D. R. Mullis, farmer and merchant, White Oak, Ark.
Mr. Mullis, who is numbered among the substantial and representative citizens of Eastern birth in Cleveland County, came originally from Union County, N. C., where his birth occurred in 1847, and to Arkansas in 1858. He now has a fine farm of 330 acres with 100 under cultivation, on which be located in 1884, and is engaged in raising cotton, grain and stock.
In October, 1888, he embarked in merchandising in connection with farming. His parents, Henry and Esther (Ross) Mullis were also born in Union County, N. C., and there remained until 1858, when they moved to Arkansas, settling near where their son, D. R., now resides. The father followed farming and died there in 1867. His wife had died in 1865.
The grandfather, Thomas Ross, died in Union County, N. C., when the subject of this sketch was a boy. The latter was the eighth of nineteen children, five sons and four daughters now living, and two sons in Cleveland County. The three eldest sons were in the Confederate army, and one son was killed at Chickamauga.
D. R. Mullis grew to manhood on the farm, received a limited education in the common schools, and was married in 1872 to Miss Elizabeth Jane Rutledge, a native of Dallas County, Ark., and the daughter of Alexander and Margaret Rutledge, both natives of Tennessee. Her parents moved to Cleveland County, Ark., in 1850, and the mother died soon after. The father was a farmer, served in the Confederate army and died in 1884.
To Mr. and Mrs. Mullis were born eight children, three sons and four daughters now living. Since his marriage Mr. Mullis has lived on his present farm, and is one of the most successful men of the county. He takes a deep interest in educational matters; is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Culpepper Lodge No. 186, Rison; is also a member of the Wheel, and his wife belongs to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
In politics he affiliates with the Republican party, and his first presidential vote was cast for Gen. Grant in 1868.
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