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Subject: Re: Information on Peter August Mulder
Author: KenSlade2
Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
Classification: Query

I am a volunteer and not related to this Mulder family. I was not able to find the parents of Peter Mulder. I cannot find him in the 1880 census. I did find P. A. Mulder on Galveston Co. Tax Rolls in 1884 and 1890.

I did find a few brief mentions in Galveston newspapers that indicate he and 1st wife Minnie had at least two children who died very young. (articles attached) Aleis? Albert died in 1890 and Maude died in 1895.

Peter August Mulder married Minnie Heller 15 Aug 1880 Harris Co. TX. They divorced Feb 1890. The marriage record says F. A. Mulder but I assume that is a mistake.

Parents of Minnie Heller were John Heller and Minnie Peske. Minnie Heller was born 13 May 1862 in Indianola, TX and died 13 Jul 1919 Galveston, TX.

The divorce record for Peter and Minnie says Peter was awarded custody of male child and Minnie was awarded custody of female child. I assume the male child was Aleis Albert who did not die until July 1890 and the female child was Maude who died in 1885. (see below) What about the son “Harry” and the son “Louis”?

Known children of Peter A. Mulder and Minnie Heller:
Aleis Albert Mulder, born abt. 1880; died 10 Jul 1890 (not sure of first name) article attached
Harry Mulder, born 8 Jul 1884? (listed as surviving son in Minnie’s 1919 obit)
Maude Mulder, born abt. 1884; died 8 Aug 1885 (at age 17 months) article attached
Louis Mulder, born 25 Oct 1888 Galveston TX

I am wondering if Harry and Louis could be the same person (possibly Louis Henry or Henry Louis)? The attached obit for Minnie Heller Mulder Fisher lists only “Harry Mulder” as surviving son.

I know that “Harry” was still living in 1921. He sued his wife Henreitta for a divorce in 1920.
Harry and Henreitta were married 28 Aug 1908 and lived together until 10 Jan 1918.

1910 Galveston Co. TX
Henry Mulder Head M 22 Texas
Henriette B Mulder Wife F 21 Kansas

I found the 1918 WWI draft registration for a “Harry Albert” Mulder (attached). Harry says he was born 8 Jul 1884. I think 1884 is a mistake. I believe he was born later. He lists Mrs. Minnie Fisher as his mother on the form. Seems odd his middle name would be “Albert” if Peter and Minnie had a son named “Albert” who died in 1890.

I found WWI draft registration for Louis Mulder that says he was born 25 Oct 1888 in Galveston TX. He says he is married with 1 child. He was living in Jacksonville, Cherokee Co. TX and working in Beaumont. (Louis gives same birthdate on WWII draft registration).

Louis Mulder married Kate Green 18 Aug 1912 in Rusk, Cherokee Co. TX.

1920 Cherokee Co. TX
Louis Mulder Boarder M 31 Texas
Kate Mulder Boarder F 28 Texas
Helen Mulder Boarder F 6 Texas

1930 Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, LA
Louis Mulder Head M 40 Texas
Kate M Mulder Wife F 38 TEXAS
Helen A Mulder Daughter F 16 TEXAS

1940 Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, LA
Louis Mulder Head M 50 Texas
Kate Mulder Wife F 48 Texas

Louis died in 1958 in Lake Charles, LA.

I’m still not sure if this is the Louis Mulder (1888-1958) who was the son of Peter August Mulder.

1900 Beaumont, Jefferson Co. TX (census taken 22 Jun 1900)
P A Mulder Head F 33 France (widowed) (immigration 1886) born May 1867
Loui Mulder Son M 11 Texas (probably should be Louis)
Leonene Mulder Daughter F 9 Texas
Herbert S Mulder Son M 7 Texas
Bernard Mulder Son M 5 Texas
Annie Mulder Daughter F 3 Texas
Mary Phillups Servant F 66 Louisiana
Note: Census enumerator make a big mistake here on head of household. P. A. Mulder died in Mar 1900. The head of household was Anna Pislot Mulder. I don’t know if 11 year old Louis was her son or step-son.

1910 Beaumont, Jefferson Co. TX
Henry Simpson Head M 68 Virginia
Annie Simpson Wife F 42 Virginia (2nd marriage; married 5 years; 9 children/8 living)
Henry Simpson Jr. Son M 5 Texas
Roy Simpson Son M 2 Texas
Louise Mulder Stepson M 20 Texas (again, I think this is Louis)
Leonide Mulder Stepdaughter F 18 Texas
Herbert Mulder Stepson M 17 Texas
Bennie Mulder Stepson M 15 Texas
Annie Mulder Stepdaughter F 13 Texas
Nellie Mulder Stepdaughter F 10 Texas
James Glidewell Boarder M 15 Louisiana

Peter A Mulder married Anna Pislot. Known children:
1. Leonide Mae Mulder Mellen, born 9 May 1891; died 26 Nov 1975 Beaumont
2. Herbert Thomas Mulder, born 29 Jan 1893; died 27 Apr 1964 Beaumont
3. Ben A. Mulder, born 31 Jan 1895; died 27 Sep 1968 Galveston
4. Nellie Caroline Mulder King, born 1 Sep 1900 Beaumont; died 4 Sep 1960 Houston

1. Leonide Mulder death certificate:
2. Herbert Thomas Mulder death certificate:
3. Ben A. Mulder death certificate:
4. Nellie Caroline Mulder King death certificate:

1870 New York City, NY
Peter Mulder M 35 Baden
Catharine Mulder F 38 Baden
Catharine Mulder F 13 New York
William Mulder M 8 New York
August Mulder M 3 New York
John Mulder M 0 New York

I’m wondering if the August Mulder above, age 3, could possibly be Peter August Mulder? I know the headstone for P. A. Mulder in Beaumont says that Peter August was born 1859 but birth year mistakes are fairly common on headstones.

Or, Could this possible be Peter Arthur Mulder in 1880:

1880 Grand Haven, Ottawa Co. Michigan:
Elze Bounman Self M 42 Netherlands
Dina Bounman Wife F 50 Netherlands
Martin Son M 20 Netherlands
Albert Bounman Son M 11 Michigan
Jacob Devries Other M 23 Michigan
Peter Mulder Other M 20 Netherlands
Mary Van Zylen Other F 17 Netherlands
Abram Kramer Other M 23 Michigan
Ephraim Tromp Other M 25 Netherlands
Note: This Peter Mulder was born in Netherlands abt. 1860. Occupation is hard to read but looks like he was working for railroad.