“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Clinton in Hunterdon County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Mulligans

Red Mill Museum Village

The Mulligans Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, September 21, 2019
1. The Mulligans Marker
Altogether, the various members of the Mulligan family operated the quarry for over 115 years, employing family as well as outside laborers, many who also emigrated from Ireland.

Francis, Patrick, and Terrence Mulligan arrived in Clinton between 1837 and 1842, from the town of Belturbet in Cavan County, Ireland. Initially, they worked as day laborers burning lime at the quarry In 1844 they purchased a lot on Halstead street and built a three family home, one section for each of the brothers and their respective families. In 1848, the brothers were able to purchase the limestone quarry with a down payment of $100. Their older brother, James, arrived in Clinton that same year, followed by his wife, Catherine, and his five children in 1850. However, in 1855 there was a parting of the ways. The bothers sold the quarry and Francis, Patrick, and Terrence moved west. James Mulligan remained in Clinton leasing the quarry from Gulick, the new owner and continued the business.
Records say that James operated three kilns, employed four men and produced twenty-five thousand bushels of lime annually. Business was of- ten done on a barter
The Mulligans Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, September 21, 2019
2. The Mulligans Marker
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basis and stone was exchanged for everything from livestock to liquor. When James died in 1862 the quarry business passed to his children and the business was renamed M.C. Mulligan and Sons. Michael, James s youngest son, headed up the operation not only burning lime but quarrying and selling limestone as well. He ran the business on a cash basis and by 1866, was able to raise enough money for a down payment and brought the quarry again under Mulligan ownership. Michael expanded the quarry business by cutting and storing ice for sale in the summer, and by buying coal from the railroad to sell during the winter season. Always the consummate business man, Michael exchanged gravel for the rail beds in trade for cheaper rates on his coal shipments.
Michael built a home for his family on Center Street and became a town leader. He sat on the Council and helped to found the first Catholic Church in Clinton. The stone for the foundation of the Town Hall and Library on Main Street was donated by Mulligan, and after the great fire of 1891, Mulligan stone was used to rebuild the town of Clinton.

( photo captions )
- The Mulligan family, back row: James, Mary Beatrice, Margaret and Michael Jr. Center row: Mary and Michael front row: Lillian and Kathryn.
- James Mulligan looking across the river toward downtownClinton.
- The Mulligan family, back row:
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Bernard, Michael, Jr. Mary Beatrice, James Front row: Margaret, Mary, Michael, Kathryn, Lillian.
- Michael Mulligan
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
Location. 40° 38.187′ N, 74° 54.805′ W. Marker is in Clinton, New Jersey, in Hunterdon County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of W. Main Street and Quarry Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 56 Main Street, Clinton NJ 08809, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lime Kilns (within shouting distance of this marker); The Quarry (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Cornerstone, 1754 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hunterdon Historical Museum (about 300 feet away); Red Mill Museum Village (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Red Mill Museum Village (about 400 feet away); Dunham's Mill (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clinton.
Also see . . .  The Red Mill Museum Village. (Submitted on October 6, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 6, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.

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