Thomas Mellon was born in this cottage in County Tyrone in February 1813. It was built by his father Andrew and his brother Archy, 'chiefly by the labour of their own hands'. Thomas spent the first five years of his life here, before he and his family emigrated to America. In 1870 Thomas Mellon established his banking business which went on to become the Mellon Financial Corporation, one of the world's largest money management firms based in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. It merged with The Bank of New York in 2007. This new company, BNY Mellon Corporation, employs about 42,900 staff worldwide and has over US$928 billion in assets under management and $20.2 trillion in assets under custody and administration.