Anthony Mullins

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Anthony Mullins (Antonio Molini) accompanied Philip Mazzei when he immigrated from Italy to Virginia in 1773, and so far as is known, remained in Virginia for the next several decades.

Mullins enlisted in the Continental Army in 1777 and served until the end of the war in 1783.[1] By 1799, he had returned to Albemarle County and was doing "tolerably well," according to Thomas Jefferson.[2] In 1802, James Monroe purchased a 150-acre tract of land from Mullins for £100, which Mullins had in turn purchased from Peter DeRieux, Mazzei's son-in-law; this piece of land became part of Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland estate.[3] Mullins later makes a brief appearance in Jefferson's account books, having sold Jefferson some grain. Jefferson wrote to his overseer, Edmund Bacon, "...I am persuaded that wheat will be to be got at the present price of corn. Mr. Higginbotham wrote me last month that mr A. Mullins between Monticello and Blenheim had 70. barrels to sell at 10/. you might purchase this if to be had at 2. & 3. months credit..."[4] A notation later appeared in Jefferson's accounts, "Pd. E. Bacon for Higginbotham on acct. of Mullins 110 D. / do. for Mullins 5.75".[5]

Footnotes

  1. Mullins, Anthony. Widow pension and Bounty Land Warrant application file, Series M805, Roll 605.
  2. Jefferson to Carlo Bellini, 24 April 1799. PTJ, 31:99.
  3. Albemarle County Deed Book, 14:294.
  4. Thomas Jefferson to Edmund Bacon, 23 February 1808. Betts, Farm Book, 233.
  5. MB, 2:1230.