Pictured (all “Mullinax” surnames unless otherwise stated), front row,
left to right: Lloyd, David, Paul, Hunter, Jay, Wendy (US339) & Tod Arnim; remaining,
left to right: Nellie & Wayne (US351), Faith Ferguson, Peyton Ferguson, Charles
Molineaux (US137), Dylan Blanchard, Gordon (US284), Brian Ferguson, Wyatt &
Carolyn, Walter & Inez, Linda & Reggie (US126), Carla Armstrong, Debbie
Chesnutt; not pictured: Pat Molineaux, Rhett, Van, Ginger, Wally, Helen, Di, Chance
Sikking, Michael Sikking, Jr.
This year’s reunion took place October 8-10, 2010 in the little town of Central,
SC, a suburb of Clemson. In 1809, John (m. Alsey) Mx purchased property in what
later became Central where some of his descendants still live today. Our meeting
place for much of Saturday was on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University (SWU),
literally on the spot where “The Old Mullinax House” once stood and
where several, if not all, of Dr. R.C. Mullinax’s five children were born. Dr. Mullinax,
GG-grandson of John & Alsey, was the president of SWU 1948-1968. In 2006, a
residence hall, affectionately known by students as “The Ritz” for its
very nice accommodations, was built in Dr. Mullinax’s honor and could be seen from
the meeting facilities where we met.
The theme of this year’s reunion was “Learn, Connect, See,” and there
was plenty of each throughout the weekend. The main events took place on Saturday
and included seminars, cemetery-hopping, &, of course, some good southern barbeque.
We were blessed with special speakers, including a local historian, Anne Sheriff.
She told us, among other things, about the Cherokee Indians who lived in the area
until the end of the Revolutionary War. Another very special guest was Charles Molineaux
(US137), of Northern Virginia, who descends from William Mx of the infamous Delaware
border dispute. DNA links Charles to our group, and we are working on finding our
common ancestor. Charles shared with us about the 3 main European branches of the
Mx family tree: Sefton in Lancashire, Nottingham/Teversal, and Dublin/Calais.
Although the elders of our group, Eldred & Sarah Mullinnix (US068), were unable
to attend due to health concerns, we were fortunate to have them share with us,
via video, about our Norman roots. Wendy Mullinax Arnim (US339) shared about Mxes
in Colonial America, including a brief overview of how DNA helped link her direct
ancestor, John (m. Alsey) Mx, to the Mxes of western Virginia (see her article in
the August 2010 MXWorld). We are thrilled to have had several more sign up for DNA
testing and believe this will help us better understand how each of the Mx branches
of SC fit together.
Another highlight of the weekend was the Sunday morning service, held in the historic
Freedom’s Hill Church on the university campus. This was the first Wesleyan Methodist
Church in South (moved from North Carolina) and bullet holes can still be seen in
the old door of the building, compliments of those who did not appreciate the stand
the church took against slavery in the years leading up to the Civil War. At the
service, Gordon Mullinax (US284) shared about the history of the church, Esther
Mullinax led us in singing some of the old hymns of the faith, and Wyatt Mullinax
shared with us from various appropriate scriptures.
It was a great time together, and although some of our “regulars” were
unable to attend due to recent surgeries or other health issues, 32 family members
attended some part of the reunion. Two door prizes, a 1-year membership to IMFA,
were given by Wayne & Nellie Mullinax (US351), recipients of a previous year’s
door prize given by Brady Mullinax (US133).
This article was first featured in Mx-World Volume 25 Number 2, November 2010.
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