Biography of Mrs. Mary Mullin
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Mary (Fralick) Mullin. - As postmistress of Phoenix, Mary (Fralick) Mullin is prominent in that community and has a wide acquaintance throughout Oswego County, being a member of one of the first families of this section of the North Country. She was born at Hinmansville, Oswego County, June 9, 1879, the daughter of Cyrus S. and Laura Wescott (Spencer) Fralick.

Cyrus S. Fralick was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born at Hinmansville and in early life was a carpenter and building contractor. In 1884 he purchased the general store at Hinmansville, which he successfully conducted until the time of his death, Oct. 18, 1902. His wife, also born at Himnansville, died April 7, 1930. They are buried in Rural Cemetery, Phoenix. Their children were: 1. Frances J., now the wife of W. E. Taylor, lives at Fulton, N. Y. 2. Angie L., now the wife of H. L. Waugh, lives at Fulton, N. Y. 3. Aimee S., twin sister of Angie, died in 1895. 4. Mary, the subject of this sketch.

After her graduation from Phoenix High School, Mary Fralick was a student at the Oswego State Teachers School, from which she was graduated in 1898. She then taught school for five years prior to her marriage on Dec. 15, 1903, to Dennis J. Mullin, of Granby, N. Y. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and died in 1917. After the death of her husband Mrs. Mullin continued to conduct his business, which had been in the possession of her family for 40 years before. She disposed of it in 1921 and came to Phoenix as clerk in the post office. She received the appointment as postmistress in 1928 from President Calvin Coolidge.

To Dennis J. and Mary (Fralick) Mullin were born three children: 1. Cyrus Fralick Mullin, gas and oil salesman, lives at Casanova, N. Y. 2. Robert James Mullin, lives at Phoenix. 3. Laura Frances, who died in 1919 at the age of ten years.

Mrs. Mullin is a Republican in politics. She has served as county committee woman and is actively identified with local public affairs. She is a member of the Phoenix Congregational Church, and belongs to the Order of the Eastern Star, Evalyn Wood Court, Order of the Amaranth; Daughters of the American Revolution of Fulton, N. Y.; and Kanatenah Club, of Syracuse, N. Y.

Members of the family of Mrs. Mullin have lived in Oswego County for more than a century. She is descended on both sides from German Palatinates, who came to America during Queen Anne's time and settled in the Mohawk Valley. Her maternal great great grandfather was Lieut. Jacob Sammons, who was a member of the Tryon County Committee of Safety, and who fought at Saratoga. He was taken prisoner by the Indians in 1780 and for a time was confined in an English fortress in Canada, between Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence River. He escaped and found his way to Albany through an unknown wilderness along the Vermont shore of Lake Champlain. He also served in the War of 1812, and fought at Sackets Harbor and Lake Champlain.

The great grandfather of Mrs. Mullin, Daniel Spencer, was also a soldier in the War of 1812. Her grandfather, Abram Fralick, came from Palatine Bridge, N. Y., in 1826 and settled in the town of Schroeppel, Oswego County. The Fralick homestead, built in 1838, is still standing in Hinmansville. His wife, Julia Dodge Fralick, was a member of the pioneer Dodge family who came from Litchfield, Conn., in 1795 and settled at Pompey Hill, Onondaga County.

Cyrus S. Frolic, father of Mrs. Mullin, enlisted at the age of 16 years during the Civil War and served with the old 149th Regiment of New York Volunteer Infantry. He was with Sherman in the fighting before Atlanta, and was wounded at the battle of Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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