Nice to read your reply. Maybe you can shed some light on the Mulhall family from whatever you know. You are the only other person i'bve come in contact with who has used Thomas's middle name of Kempis. Do you know where that came from? i'd be very interested in any information/ pictures/ stories you would care to share over the coming months. I have tried unsuccessfully to get in touch with melvin since our last exchange, but have had no luck. until we talk again, I wish you a happy holiday season.