Miss Ellen McNulty was the daughter of Irish immigrants. She came to Attala County from New York prior to the Civil War. She was one of the county's first school teachers and her first assignment was teaching the children of William and Allen Dodd in the Bluff Springs community.
In the 1890's Miss McNulty, along with her sister, Annie (also a teacher), opened the Male and Female Institute in the area that is now Jason Niles Park in Kosciusko.
Annie McNulty married Micajah Adolphus Clark and they had five children, including Mrs. Edward Coleman, wife of Dr. Coleman.
Jim Fullilove, who submitted this photograph, indicates that he took a special interest in Miss McNulty because she is one of his great grandfather's namesakes. Jim's great grandfather was named William McNulty Noah, his middle name in honor of the school teacher who never married, but dedicated her life to educating the children of Attala County. According to Jim, Will Noah went on to establish the Kosciusko Herald (later the Star-Herald) and also served as mayor and postmaster of Kosciusko.
August 31, 1838—August 13, 1911
buried with her sister's family in the Kosciusko City Cemetery.