VOLUME XXXV       NOVEMBER 2020       ISSN 1530-4132


President's Message

Greetings, Molyneux, Mullinax, and all you of the assorted spellings of our name(s)! Students and scholars of our varied family genealogy, history and tales: IMFA salutes you!

Of course, you have collected your own piece of the family tree, and perhaps carefully documented the details of births, deaths, marriages, inheritance and such. Most likely (as in my own case) you have hit the proverbial “brick wall”, where the trail of evidence peters out, and you can’t reliably trace back further.

Whether or not you can connect your family to their Old World roots, you may find it fascinating to learn about the early Molineux, who came with William the Conqueror to England in 1066, and their later progeny, prominent in Lancashire.

IMFA has free links on our web site to early family histories. Starting with this issue of Mx-World, we are including chapter-length excerpts of Memoir of the Molineux Family, 1882, by Gisborne Molineux, F.R.C.I. The first chapter, “The House of Sefton” is in this issue. The Goodreads web site says “This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.”

Succeeding issues of MxWorld will include more chapters of the book. When that sequence is complete, we will move on to other early works of Mx genealogy and history.

Have a look at this intriguing excerpt, and get better versed in the history of the Mx families! Let us know how you like this ongoing sequence.

Steve Mullinax US312

A Genealogy Nightmare

Now many, many, years ago when I was 23
I was married to a widow who was pretty as can be,
This widow had a grown up daughter who had hair of red,
My father fell in love with her and soon the two were wed,
This made by dad my son-in-law and changed my very life.
My daughter was my mother 'cos she was my father's wife!
To complicate the matter, even though it brought me joy
I soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy,
My little baby then became a brother-in-law to dad,
And so became my uncle, though it was very sad,
For if he was my uncle, it also made him brother
of the widow's grown up daughter, who was my stepmother.
Father's wife then had a son, who kept him on the run,
And he became my grandchild, for he was my daughter's son,
My wife is now my mother's mother, and it makes me very blue,
Because although she is my wife, she's my grandmother too,
Now if my wife is my grandmother, then I am her grandchild
And every time I think of it, it nearly drives me wild,
For now I have become the strangest case I ever saw,
As husband of my grandmother - I am my own grandpa!

Sent by UK137 Ron Molyneux and originally published in MxWorld XIV No. 4 - thanks Ron!