VOLUME XXXV       FEBRUARY 2021       ISSN 1530-4132


In This Issue:

News from the US and Canada
US101 Marie Mullenneix Spearman

Since our last quarter, November 2020, we have three new US members to introduce:

Welcome New Member US508 Debbie Rodriguez

We hope to be able to share Debbie’s Mx ancestors in a future newsletter.

Welcome New Member US509 Fred E. McClure

Fred has shared his lineage on his public tree at ancestry.com
Fred’s first Mx is his great grandmother
Mary Ann Mullinix, b. 1840, daughter of
Elisha Mullinix (1790-1882) and Hannah Hunt Jenkins (1796-1885), Elisha is a son of
Greenberry Mullinax (1771-1851) and Christina Beaver Morgan (1771-1851), Greenberry is a son of
Jonathan Mullinix, Jr. (1733-1800) and Susan Greenberry (1752-1811), Jonathan Jr. is a son of Jonathan Mullinix (1705-1790) and Rebecca Haslip, Jonathan is a son of
Thomas “Emigrant” Mulleneaux (1674-1728)
Fred’s lineage on ancestry.com goes much further back, and of interest to IMFA members will be siblings in each of the generations, place of birth and death, their children, as well as accompanied source documents.

The record sources attached to these families may well help others in our membership who descend from Jonathan and Rebecca Haslip.

One IMFA member is US236 Don Mullinix, descends from Jonathan’s brother Henry, brother to the Jonathan who m. Susannah Greenberry. Thank you, Fred, for sharing your research.

Welcome New Member US510 Liisa Small

Liisa also has her lineage at ancestry.com Liisa writes she only recently found information on Elizabeth’s family - and shares the following: Liisa’s gt gt grandfather Henry J. Cauldwell m. Elizabeth Molyneux (1859-1928)

Her parents were
John Molyneux (1826-1911) and Louisa Buck (1824-1863), his parents
John Molineaux (1796-1866) and Elizabeth Howard (1793-1867)
Further generations of Mx males are:
Thomas Molyneux (1753-1853)
Edmund Molyneux (1712-1779)
Anthony Mollineaux (1682-1743)
Edmond Molyneux (1630-1687)
Thank you, Liisa.

US297 Christina (Chris) Mollineaux Witcher shares the following history written by Buddy Beck. Buddy’s mother was Lelia Mae Mullineaux, who marred James Joseph Dickson “Dick” Beck. They named their son George William Bryan but everyone called him Buddy. What a gift Buddy has given to his family piecing together all this family information. And thank you, Christina, for sharing with us all.

By Buddy Beck

“Buddy” Beck

“Buddy” Beck

The name, Mollineaux, is of French origin, made up of two words; moulin which is mill in English, and eaux which is waters. Literally translated the name would be, Millwaters. Probably it designated where a certain person lived; probably the miller who operated a watermill. It would be termed a place name and possibly an occupational name.

The progenitor of our family in the United States, was a James Mollineaux, born 15 April 1811 in England. His parents were also born in England but beyond that we know nothing about his ancestors. One speculation is that they may have been among the several thousands of French Huguenots who were exiled from France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. Many of these middle-class craftsmen took refuge in England, Ireland and America, which caused the French economy to suffer greatly.

James Mollineaux came from England to the United States, landing at Philadelphia, Pa. in 1826. He appeared before a Quarter Sessions Court for Philadelphia County, Pa., held on 28 Sep 1840. He was about 29 years of age, a native of England, residing in Philadelphia county. He made oath of his intentions to become a citizen of the United States and renounced his allegiance to the Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Although he swore that he was then living in Philadelphia County, he is not on the census of 1840, but is found in Northampton Twp. in Lehigh County, Pa. He seems to have been married with two small sons and was engaged in manufacturing; everyone on this census was either listed as manufacturing or farming.

When the census was taken, 24 Sep 1850, James Mollineaux and family were recorded as house no. 69 and family no. 69, in Delaware Twp., Pike Co.; Pa; James was a 39-year-old farmer born in England. He owned real estate valued at $3,000. His wife, Esther A. was 33 years old; born in England; his son George, was 18 years old, a farmer; son James, 14 years old; daughter Emeline, 6 years old; son John, 4 years old; and daughter, Mary, 2 months of age. All of the children were born in Pa.; Also living in the household were: James Lang, 70 years old, born in England; Phebe Lang, 69 years old, born in England; and Mary A. Brooks, 21 years of age, born in Pa. James and Phebe Lang may have been the parents of Esther A., wife of James Mollineaux. Mary A. Brooks may have been a servant.

Eleanor Van Auken (1809-1875)

Gerard Van Auken (1800-1873)

Gerard Van Auken (1800-1873)

Eleanor Van Auken (1809-1875)

10 houses later, G. Abraham Van Auken, was enumerated as house no. 79 and family no. 79. G. Abraham was a 50-year-old farmer, born in New Jersey. He owned real estate valued at $4,000. His wife Eleanor, age 41 was born also in New Jersey. Their children were: Mary, age 20; Cornelia, age 16; Sarah, age 13, (in a few years she became the wife of George Mollineaux, son of James and Esther A.); Lydia, age 9; and Henry, age 5. All children were born in Pa.

On 24 July 1860, the James Mollineaux family was again enumerated by the census taker. They were still living in Delaware Twp. 1 Pike Co., Pa.; Their post office was Dingman’s Ferry. They were house no. 892 and family no. 851. James was working as a miller; his real estate was $2,500 and personal estate was $300. His wife, Esther, and all children were still at home, except George, who was, by this time, married to Sarah van Auken and they were living somewhere in Illinois.

I was unable to find James Mollineaux, Sr. listed on the 1870 census of Pike County, but on 16 or 17 June 1880 he was living in Delaware Twp., Pike County, Pa.; his occupation was, “work at mill.” He, his father and his mother were all born in England. His wife Esther A. was still with him. She, her father and her mother were all born in England. All of their children were gone from home but a grandson, Harry, was living with them. He was a 13-year-old laborer. He and both parents wore born in Pa.

James Mollineaux, Jr. was living in Delaware Twp., Pike Co., Pa., P.O. Dingman’s Ferry on 4 Aug 1870. James was 34 years old; working as a miller; had $300 personal estate. His wife, Catherine (last name possibly Resor), age 30, born in New Jersey. Their children were: Florence Sophia, age 9; George W., age 7; Joseph, age 6; Nettie, age 3 and Franklin, age 5 months. Also living with them was Margaret Reser, age 28 (possibly a sister or sister-in-law of Catherine), born in New Jersey; and John Mollineaux, age 23, born in Pa., working as a wheelwright. This is James’s brother John. I have no further record of him.

James Mollineaux, Jr. is found again, 15 or l6 June 1880, living in Milford Twp., Pike Co. Pa. He was working as a carpenter. His wife and all children listed on the 1870 census, except Franklin, were still at home. He had four more children, born since 1870: Alfred L., age 7; Richard S., age 5; Nellie, age 2; and Lewis, 6 months.

The town, Dingman’s Ferry, Pa., is located on the eastern border of the state; in Pike County. The Delaware River is the dividing line between the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. some time ago, I was watching the CBS TV program, “Sunday Morning”, when they were doing a segment about old toll bridges. that are still operated by the governments. Then they showed one at Dingman’s Ferry, Pa., which is privately owned and operated by a woman. If I understood it right, it is the only privately owned toll bridge still in operation in the United States. Anyway, I got to see a scene of a street in Dingman’s Ferry, going across the old toll bridge. What a thrill to think that some of our ancestors may have walked up and down this street.

There is a country church and cemetery located a few miles northeast of Sedgewickville in Bollinger Co., Mo. This church was first named Propst Church, in honor of the first pastor; but the name was later changed to Sargent’s Chapel Church. In the Sargent’s Chapel Church Cemetery there is a memorial stone with the names of four members of the Mollineaux Family:

1. Jas. Mollineaux, born 15 April 1811; died 14 Sept. 1889.

2. Esther A. Mollineaux, wife of Jas. Mollineaux, born 13 May 1812; died 6 June 1889.

3. Malison, dau. of G.W. and Sarah Mollineaux, born 17 July 1866; died 14 Jan 1887.

4. Emeline R. Mollineaux, wife of C.M. Horn and dau. of G.W. and Sarah Mollineaux, born 5 Oct 1858; died 19 Feb 1890.

The court house at Marble Hill (Bollinger County) has death certificates for only a few years, but the two following tell a little more of the Mollineaux Family history:

Death Certificate for James Mollineaux

Date of report, Oct. 7, 1889; date of death, Sept. 14, 1889.
Widower, Nationality, French. Where born, America. Place of death, White Water Township.
Cause of death, Cholera Morbus.
Name and residence of physician returning certificate, John J. Ellis, Sedgewickville, Mo.

Death certificate for Mallison Mollineaux

Date of report, Feb. 16, 1887. 20 years, 5 months and 6 days.
Single. died Jan 17, 2:30 P.M. female, white.
Place of death, Mollineaux’s Mill, White Water Township. Cause of death, Pneumonia.
Place of birth, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Name of undertaker and place of business, John Stienmer, Mollineaux Mill.
Place of church and burial, Propst Church.
Name and residence of Physician returning certificate, Jas. A. Turner, M.D., Sedqewickville, Mo.

The death certificates in the Bollinger County Records do cover the date that Esther A. Mollineaux died, however, a record of her death is not there, so I conclude she must have died elsewhere. Possibly she died in Pennsylvania and James Mollineaux came to Missouri soon after she died. She may be buried in Pennsylvania or James may have brought her to Missouri for burial.

The death certificate for James Mollineaux shows that he was born in America, but all other records indicate he was born in England which I believe is correct.

James Mollineaux’s journey through life began, 15 April 1811, somewhere in England and ended, 14 Sep 1889, in White Water Twp., Bollinger Co., Mo. His body was laid to rest in Sargent’s Chapel Church Cemetery, a few miles northeast of Sedgewickville. We know but little about his life. He came from England to Philadelphia, Pa. when he was only fifteen years old. He married and raised a family of three boys and two girls; mostly in Pike Co., Pa. Like many others who were fortunate enough to find a new home in the United states, he was proud to be here and named his first born son after George Washington, who was one of the greatest founders of our great nation.

The name, Mollineaux, came from the craft of milling. Crafts or trades were handed down from father to son. James Mollineaux was a miller, and he may have been one of several generations of the trade, beginning in France, from there to England and from there to the United States.

The Family of George Washington Mollineaux

George Washington Mollineaux, first son and first child of James Mollineaux and his wife, Esther A. (Lang ?), was born 30 May 1832 in Pa. and died 2 Oct 1902 in St. Louis, Mo. He is buried in Slaybaugh Cemetery in the southeast edge of Lutesville, Mo., near the water tank and tower. He married Sarah E. Van Auken, dau. of Girard Abraham and Eleanor Van Auken. Sarah was born 3 June 1837 in Pa., and died 25 Feb 1912. She is also buried in Slaybaugh Cemetery. G.W. Mollineaux and Sarah E. Van Auken were parents of seven children:

1. Esther G. Mollineaux, first dau. and first child of G.W. Mollineaux and his wife, Sarah E. VanAuken, was born 5 May 1856 in Pa. She suffered a stroke of paralysis on Tuesday, 12 April 1927 and died, Saturday evening, 16 April 1927, at her home in University City, St. Louis, Mo. She was brought back to Leadwood, Mo. for burial.

On 14 Feb 1891, Esther G. Mollineaux was united in marriage to George F. McPike and to this union two daughters were born: Lulu McPike Married A.C. McMillen of Leadwood, Mo.; May McPike was at home with her mother in 1927. George F. McPike died at Leadwood in 1910.

2. Emeline Ruth Mollineaux, second dau. and second child of G.W. Mollineaux and his wife, Sarah E. Van Auken was born 5 Oct 1858 in Illinois and died 19 Feb 1890 of an apparent heart attack, at her home in Daisy, Mo. She is buried in Sargent’s Chapel Cemetery.

Emeline Ruth Mollineaux was married to C. M. “Frank” Horn and at the time of her death they had seven children, but Mom only remembered the names of two: Frank Horn and Nellie (Horn) Roe.

3. Mary E. Mollineaux, third dau. and third child of G.W. Mollineaux and his wife, Sarah E. Van Auken, was born about 1859 in Illinois. She married 1 Dec 1878 in Bollinger Co., to John Foley who was born May 1847 in Ireland and died 6 Sep 1902 at his home in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The children of John and Mary were: John, born Sep 1879; Esther M., born Aug 1887; William J.W.B., born Nov 1889; Mary E., born Oct 1892; Leo, born Feb 1895; Weldon T., born oct 1897. All of these children except the oldest son, John, were still living with their mother in 1910.

John Foley was Recorder when Lutesville Lodge No. 129 A.O.U.W. (United Workmen ?) was organized on May 9, 1879.

On 16 Jun 1884, Clayton L. and Nancy Jane Huntington gave a warranty Deed on 26 acres of land in Section 20, Township 28, Range 26, to John Foley in exchange for $163.00.

From: Marble Hill Press, 23 July 1902

The many friends of John Foley in this county regret to learn of his death, which occurred at his home in Cape Girardeau, Mo. on the 18th instant, after a lingering illness. Mr. Foley came to this county in 1878, and entered into the employ of Pioneer Cooperage Company, then owned by Mr. Wm. Brown, and continued in their employ, and was general manager of the company in this part of the state at his death. While he lived here he married Miss Mary Mollineaux, a young lady who was brought up in this town, and who survives him.

He studied law while a resident of this county under Moses Whybark, and his examination for admission to the bar was pronounced by all who participated in it as one of the most creditable ever conducted in the Circuit Court of this county. He was a scholar, and a gentleman of unquestioned integrity, and was loved and esteemed by all who knew him.

4. Nina Belle Mollineaux, fourth dau. and fourth child of G.W. Mollineaux and his wife, Sarah E. Van Auken, was born about 1862-63 in Illinois. Belle had never married and was living with her sister, Esther G., when the latter died, 12 April 1927. Uncle Joe said they had not heard from their brother Will for several years and after Esther G. died, Belle went to Houston, Texas to see if she could find him and discovered he had died in a car wreck in 1912.

5. Malison “Mallie” Mollineaux, fifth dau. and fifth child of G.W. Mollineaux and his wife, Sarah E. Van Auken, was born, 17 July 1866, either in Illinois or Missouri, and died of pneumonia, 17 Jan 1887 at Mollineaux’s Mill, White Water Twp., Bollinger Co., Mo. She is buried in Sargent’s Chapel Cemetery.

6. George Washington Eads Mollineaux (see his family records later in this writing).

William A Mollineaux (1876-c1933)

William A Mollineaux (1876-c1933)

7. William A. Mollineaux, second son and seventh child of G.W. Mollineaux and his wife, Sarah E. Van Auken, was born about 1874 in Lutesville, Mo. When he was about 20 years old he shot a young merchant named William C. Yount at Patton, Mo. There were many and varied accounts of this incident handed down by different members of the family.

From “Old Bollinger” a history made up of abstracted newspaper articles by Cletis R. Ellinghouse, editor.

Vol. 10, Page 36: W.C. Yount Shot
I am glad to report that our esteemed young merchant W.C. Yount, who was shot on the 7th inst. is at this writing better, and I hope on the way to recovery.

The shooting of Mr. Yount by William Mollineaux was a terrible shock to the entire community and had the shooting proved fatal at the time no doubt that mob violence would have resulted. (Marble Hill Press, 20 Feb 1896).

Vol. 7, Page 39:
The case of the state vs Wm. Mollineaux for murder in the first degree, for shooting W.C. Yount, was continued until next regular term. He was taken to Jackson Jail pending trial. (Bollinger County Times, 2 Oct 1896).

Vol. 6, Page 53:
Republican prisoner praises Democrats

Editor Times: We, W.A. Mollineaux and C.G. Baumgarden, desire to express our thanks, through your impartial paper, to Sheriff Nenninger and his guards for their treatment of us while under his charge. Notwithstanding we differ in politics from Sheriff Nenninger, we earnestly and sincerely believe that he is the best man in the county for the office. He is a gentleman in every shape and form. If a prisoner ever thought of trying to escape he would change his mind after the kind treatment of Mr. Nenninger. He must also have a wife who does not condemn a man because he is a prisoner. She sent us some money to spend for anything we needed. We had candy, apples, nuts and most anything that we wanted every night, nearly. When we leave him our best wishes will always be with him.

We also desire to tender our kindest regards to Mr. H. Berry, our guard, for his kind treatment of us.

W.A. Mollineaux
C.G. Baumgarden

I, Charles Baumgarden, desire to say that the parties who brought. me to Marble Hill loaded down with chains and surrounded with revolvers told Mr. Berry to ball-and-chain me, for I was determined to get away. He did as requested by the parties who brought me up, but soon took off the ball and chain and ever after treated me in a gentlemanly manner. Much more so than the parties who brought me from zalma and they were all brother Republicans. I had much better treatment from Democrats than from Republicans. Sheriff Nenninger and his deputies have my heart felt thanks, although they are only those of a poor boy condemned to prison. C.G. Baumgarden. (Bollinger County Times, 26 March 1897).

Vol. 9, Page 41: W.C. Yount Killed
The jury agreed in the case of the state vs Mollineaux for killing W.C. Yount, the 7th. of Feb. ’96. They gave W. Mollineaux 35 years ln the penitentiary. The verdict is generally approved. The jurors were Jacob Crader, J.M. Allman, S.A. Bedwell, A.M. Liley, J.H. Eaker, S.F. McGhee, John Barker, J.F. Wygell, Solomon Shanks, Jacob Whybark, Henry Eaker and W.H. Dulaney. (The Lutesville Banner, 23 Sept 1897).

Vol. 8, Page 54:
The case of the state vs Mollineaux was decided Wed. night. Prosecuting Attorney Caldwell and H.N. Phillips were against and Judge Nalle and Wm. Morgan for Mollineaux. The jury returned a verdict of murder in the first degree and 35 years imprisonment. William C. Yount, who was murdered, was one of Bollinger county’s best citizens. He left a wife and one small child. William Mollineaux is only nineteen or twenty years of age. The Jury was Jacob Crader, J.M. Allman, S.C. Bedwell, A.M. Liley, J.H. Aker, S.I. McGhee, John Barker, Solomon Shanks, Jacob Whybark, Henry Eaker and W.H. Dulaney. (Bollinger County Times, 24 Sept 1897).

The following is part of an article found in a publication named “Echo01”, printed by a Historical Society in Bollinger County. The lady who wrote this article is a daughter of Andrew Seabaugh who was a first cousin to my grandmother Polly Anna (Hahs) Mollineaux. I visited with Andrew Seabaugh in 1973. He was then very old and sick and has since died. He remembered the G.W. Mollineaux family. He told me where the watermill that they operated was located and where they lived. He remembered when Will Mollineaux killed Will Yount. When I told hm that grandmother said that Will (Mollineaux) was mean, he replied, “When Will was around I always kept an eye on him”.

Mollineaux Mill
By Mrs. Roy L. (Mary) Barks

Mollineaux Mill

Mollineaux Mill

The Mollineaux (Mullineux, Mullineaux; spelled all three ways in Old Bollinger , Vols. 8, 9, 10 pages 54, 41 and 36 respectively) Mill was owned by a Mollineaux whose first name is unknown, but because of an unfortunate circumstance his surname became quite well known in the later part of the 19th century in Bollinger county. Mr. Mollineaux, Sr. from contemporary report was a good, honest, well respected member of the community. He was a very fine man and especially a happy man of that time. He had a good mill business--the tolls easily supported him and his family and supplied all their wants. He had three children, William, George and Bell. The son named William brought grief to his father and disgrace to himself when he shot a young Patton merchant, William C. Yount, on October 7, 1896. From the report of “The Marble Hill Press” dated February 20 1896 (sic) (note: this data is not correct. The date of the shooting should be February 7 instead of October 7), Mr. Yount survived some time after the shooting and was still living at that date. But in September of 1897, William Mollineaux had been tried and convicted of murder and sentenced to 35 years in prison. (For details see Old Bollinger , Vols. 8, 9, 10, pages 54, 41, 36 respectively). Young William Mollineaux was drunk at the time of the shooting. Will stated that he was so drunk he didn’t know what he was doing.

Will was arrested and charged with murder. Mr. Mollineaux raised all the money he could and employed able and expensive lawyers to defend his son. He spent all the money he has saved trying to save his boy from a death sentence. Judge William Morgan was one of the attorneys in Mollineaux’s defense. In spite of the pleas of his lawyers, he was sentenced to prison. Mr. Mollineaux was left desolate in his old age. He died soon after that, a very sad and unhappy man.


Following are some stories I have heard from members of the family about this incident:

According to my mother, Lelia Mae (Mollineaux) Beck, Will Mollineaux asked Will Yount to show him some pocket knives which were locked in a case. Mr. Yount was cutting meat for a customer so he unlocked the case and told Uncle Will that he would be with him shortly. Uncle Will picked out a knife and started to leave with it. Yount yelled at him and told him to come back and pay for the knife. Will’s brother, George W.E. Mollineaux, was standing there and told Mr. Yount to let Will go and he would pay for the knife. Yount replied, “I’m going to make that s-o-b pay for it, and followed Uncle Will out of the building and the two got into a scuffle and Mollineaux got Yount down and got on top of him and pulled out a pistol and shot him.

Uncle Joseph Albert Mollineaux said his father told him that Will had gotten across the street when Yount came out of the store. Will told him, “If you start across the street, I’m going to shoot you.” About then a bullet hit the window near where Grandpa was standing. He said he didn’t know Will had a gun until then.

Uncle John Mollineaux said that, after the shooting, Uncle Will got on a horse and rode to the outskirts of town and had stopped and was talking to some men who were making ties when the sheriff and a deputy came up. The sheriff told Will he was under arrest and he replied, ’’I’ll go with you but I won’t go with him,’’ meaning the deputy. The sheriff took Will’s pistol and the three of them started to leave and the deputy rode up alongside of Will, and Will grabbed his rifle and jerked him out of the saddle and almost got away.

According to my mom, Mr. Yount told them (the prosecution I suppose),“Don’t do anything to that boy, it was all my fault.”

None of the above three had been born when this happened. They were repeating what their parents had told them.

Will Mollineaux went to prison for 35 years. While there he worked at making shoes, and while using a sewing machine he ran the needle through his finger. He was afraid of being punished if he yelled for help so he waited for some time before a guard noticed what had happened. The finger had to be amputated.

Some of Will’s fellow inmates were planning to break out and wanted him to go with them. He refused the offer but told on them, which gained him some favor with the prison officials.

After serving five years of his sentence, his sister Belle got him out with the help of doctor at Lyons, Mo. This was about 1902, after the Mollineaux family had moved to Wayne Co., Mo., possibly after the father, G.W., had died, 2 Oct 1902 in St. Louis, Mo.

According to Uncle John Mollineaux, after Will got out of the pen, he. was working with some. men (I don’t know what they were doing) and two younger men were picking on an older one. Will defended the older man and almost beat one of the other men to death. He came home and told the family he was going to leave, because the people there were crazy and if he stayed there he was apt to kill someone eJse. He left and came back some time later. He had married by his mother’s maiden name, Van Auken. (Mom said he used the name, Van Auken, because he was afraid of Will Yount’s several brothers.) While they were visiting, his wife discovered his name was Mollineaux and told him they were going to be remarried. I supposed he had married around Houston, Texas and returned there, where he lived until his death in 1912. [NOTE: We have since learned from Dorothy Mae Van Auken, that William was her grandfather, and that after prison he changed his last name to Van Auken and died in 1933 in El Monte, Los Angeles, CA.

Uncle Joe Mollineaux said Will used to shoot frogs in the mill pond. He would shoot them in the back, disabling their hind legs so they couldn’t dive. The frogs floated on top of the water and after shooting several, Will would go around in a boat and collect them. He would take them home and cut the hind legs off and leave the other part alive. Grandma Mollineaux thought this was cruel. She also said that Will kept a pistol hidden in a dresser but his mother wouldn’t believe this. It seems that Grandpa and Grandma lived with his parents when they were first married.



George W, Mollineaux was born 30 May 1832 in Pennsylvania, and his wife, Sarah E. Van Auken, vas born 3 June 1837, also in Pennsylvania. (Probably in Delaware Twp., Pike Co.) They must have been married about the year 1854. Their first child, Esther G., was born 5 May 1856 in Pa. Their second child, Emeline Ruth, was born 5 Oct 1958 in Ill. The third child, Mary E., was born Oct 1860 in Ill. The fourth child, Nina Belle, was born 1861-62 in Ill. The fifth child, Mallison, was born 17 July 1866 in either Ill. or Mo. (The 1870 census has Ill., but the death certificate has Mo.) The sixth child, George Eads, was born 12 Dec 1869 in Mo.

Geo. W. Mollineaux lived somewhere in Ill. at least from sometime in 1858 to sometime in 1862. He is not on the 1860 census index for the state of Ill.

John Weldon Mollineaux (1905-1975)

John Weldon Mollineaux (1905-1975)

The following was related to me by Uncle John Weldon Mollineaux. This is how he remembered his father, George Eads Mollineaux, telling the story.

When George Washington Mollineaux first came to Missouri, he lived in Cape Girardeau and worked in a foundry there. The son, George Eads, was born there and started to school there. When he started to school he changed his name to George Washington and he became the third George Washington.

When Geo. Eads was twelve years old his father moved the family to Brownwood where he operated a sawmill for some man there. While they were living at Brownwood, Sarah E. Mollineaux’s father died back in Pa., and she went there for the funeral. While she was there her father’s estate was settled and she came home with about $3,000.00.

Geo. W. Mollineaux took the money and purchased a water powered flour mill northeast of Sedgewickville, in Bollinger Co.

All that Uncle John told doesn’t seem to have been exactly right, but with facts learned elsewhere we were able to put most of the story together.

1869, 12 Dec. George Eads Mollineaux, first son and sixth child of Geo. W. Mollineaux and his wife, Sarah E. Van Auken, was born in Mo. (Probably in Cape Girardeau City.)

1870, 24 Feb. Len E. Whybark and Mary C., his wife, and Robert Fisher and Roena, his wife, of Bollinger Co. Mo. gave a deed (Deed book 4, pages 652 & 653) to Wann-Mollineaux and Co. of Cape Girardeau county, Mo. for tracts of land----“containing in all 11-2/100 acres more or less included in the above is the undivided half of the grist and saw-mill situated upon said land with all fixtures appurtenances upon said half thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining to.”

The above property was all located in Sec. 5, Twp. 30 North, Rg. 10 East in Bollinger Co., Mo. It was located on the east side of Marble Hill and south of present highway 34.

Wann Mollineaux & Co. paid $2,500.00 for the above mentioned property. It is interesting that the seller retained a half interest in the grist and saw-mill, etc. George W. Mollineaux seems to have been living in Cape Girardeau Co., and maybe in Cape Gerardeau City when this business transaction took place. Wann Mollineaux & Co. must have been active before the above purchase, hence the location, Cape Gerardeau County.

1870, 3 June; Geo. W. Mollineaux was living in Marble Hill, Bollinger.Co., Mo.

1870 Census of Lorance Twp., Bollinger Co., Mo. Marble Hill, 3 June 1870; Page 6

44, 44, G. Mollineaux, 38, W, M, miller, $4,000.00, $150.00, Pa.
both parents foreign born.
Sarah, 33, w, f, keeping house, Pa.
Esther, 14, w, f, at home in school, Pa.
Ruth, 11, w, f, at home in school, Ill.
Mary, 9, w, f, at home in school, Ill.
Belle, 7, w, f, at home, Ill.
Mallison, 3, w, f, at home, Ill.
baby, 7/12, w, m, at home, Mo.

Geo. W. Mollineaux was a miller in 1870. He must have been operating the mill which Wann Mollineaux & Co. had just purchased. His real estate was valued at $4,000.00, but in the property purchased by Wann Mollineaux & Co. he owned real estate valued at only $833.00, so he must have had property somewhere else. All of Geo. W. Mollineaux’s children were at home and he seems to have been doing well financially. This should have been an enjoyable time of life for the Mollineaux family.

1870, 25 July John C. Wann and Mary Wann, his wife, and Christian Allers and Henrietta Allers his wife, of Cape Girardeau, Mo. gave a warranty deed (Deed Book 4, Page 707, Bollinger Co.) to George W. Mollineaux of Bollinger Co., Mo. for “certain parcels of real estate near the town of Marble Hill containing 11-2/100 acres more or less described by meets and bounds the particular description of which is found in a deed conveyance made by L.E. Whybark & wife and Robert Fisher and wife to Wann Mollineaux & Co. dated 28th. day of February AD 1870 and recorded in Book 2 pages 652 & 653 in the Records of Deeds in the Recorders Office of Bollinger County Missouri to which for a more complete and perfect description reference is hereby made and on Real Estate is situate a Grist and Saw-mill Engine Machinery etc.”

G.W. Mollineaux paid $1600.00 for the above property which was two thirds of the price Wann Mollineaux & Co. had paid for the same property on 28 Feb 1870. So it appears that Christian Allers, John C. Wann, and G.W. Mollineaux, each owned a third interest in Wann Mollineaux & Co. and in the above transaction, Christian Allers and John C. Wann sold their interest in the property at Marble Hill to G.W. Mollineaux.

From Goodspeeds History of Southeast Mo. published 1888

History of Lutesville

Lutesville was laid out in 1869 & named for Eli Lutes.

General Store of Sample & Co., operated by William C. King & George E. Statler.
Drug Stores of Dr. A.R. Jaques & Dr. A.J. Mayfield.
Hardware Store operated by George E. Clark.
A Stave Factory operated by Stanton & Co.
A Custom Mill operated by F.P. Trautmein.
Two newspapers have been published for a few months each (sic); The “Herald,” established in 1872, and the “Vidette,” in March 1884.

1872, 17 Feb; Geo.W. Mollineaux was Senior Deacon when charter was granted for Trowel Lodge No. 440 at Lutesville. (Masonic Lodge).

I didn’t find a record where G.W. Mollineaux sold his mill property in Marble Hill; But he seems to have been living in Lutesville by 17 Feb 1872.

1874; G.W. Mollineaux’s son, William A., was born.

1874, 25 Sep; G.W. Molllneaux was initiated into Trowel Lodge 440 at Lutesville.

1874, 3 or 23 Oct; was date of passing for G.W. Mollineaux in above Lodge.

1874, 6 Nov; was date of raising for G.W. Mollineaux in above lodge.

1874 or 75; G.W. Mollineaux’s dau., Emeline Ruth, married C.M. “Frank” Horn.

1878, 13 June; Lutesville Lodge No. 285, I.O.O.F. (Oddfellows) was organized with the following charter members: A.J. Martin, George E. Clark, F.M. Wells, H.A. Sanford, W.G. Waldo, A.J. Tibbs, G.W. Mollineaux, and A. Bohnsach.

1878, 1 Dec; G.W. Mollineaux’s dau., Mary E., married John Foley in Bollinger Co., Mo.

1878, 9 May; Lutesville Lodge No. 129, A.O.U.W. (Workmen), was organized with George E. Statler, P.M.W.; G.W. Mollineaux, M.W.; H.A. Sanford, G.F.; D.L. Phelps, John Foley, Recorder; Eli Lutes, Financier; J.M. Welch, Receiver; William Price, G.; J.T. McGuire, I.W.; and Eli Johnson, O.W.

1880, 16 June, Census of Lutesville,. Lorance Township, Bollinger Co, Mo.

Mollineaux, Geo. W. w m 46 manager in stave factory Pa. Eng. Pa.
Sarah E. w f 41 wife keep house Pa. Pa. Pa.
Esther J. w f 41 dau. does house work Pa. Pa. Pa.
Bella N. w f 18 dau. does house work Il. Pa. Pa.
Malison w f 14 dau. does house work Il. Pa. Pa.
George E. w m 12 son at home Mo. Pa. Pa.
William A. w m 6 son at home Mo. Pa. Pa.

King, William H. w m 44 works in stave factory Tn. Tn. Tn.
Virginia w f 32 wife keeps house Va. S.C. S.C.
Cora L. w f 11 dau. at home Tn. Tn. Va.
Mary E. w f 9 dau. at home Tn. Tn. Va.
Chas. H. w m 8 son at home Tn. Tn. Va.
Florence J. w f 4 dau. at home Tn. Tn. Va.
Robert K. w m 2 son at home Tn. Tn. Va.

Foley, John w m 32 book keeper in stave factory Ire. Ire. Ire.
Mary E. w f 19 wife keeps house Il. Pa. Pa.
John w m 9/12 Oct. at home Mo. Ire. Il.

In 1880·Geo. W. Mollineaux was the manager of a stave mill, probably for William Brown. The 1880 census shows that his mother was born in Pa. but all others show that she was born in England. There was a family named King living in the house with the Mollineaux family and his son-in-law, John Foley was living next door and he was book keeper f or a stave factory, probably for William Brown.

1880, 12 Oct; George W. Mollineaux & Sarah Mollineaux, his wife, sold to Allen Rose & Barsheba Rose, for $300.00, all of lots 11, 12, 13 & 14, in range “A” in the town of Marble Hill as laid off and numbered on the plat of said town now on file in the recorder’s office of said county of Bollinger (Warranty Deed; Deed Book 15, Page 134).

1884, 12 Oct; John Stamer & Mary Stamer, his wife, of Bollinger Co., Mo., gave a Warranty Deed (Deed Book 23, Page 134) to G.W. Mollineaux of Bollinger Co., Mo., for two tracts of land; one containing 8-5/100 acres and the other containing 3 acres. The three acres was a Mill Plat. All of this property was in Sec. 15, Twp. 33 N, Rg. 10 E, in Bollinger Co., Mo. G.W. Mollineaux paid $1000.00 for this property. This was the water powered flour mill which G.W. Mollineaux owned & operated on White Water Creek, northeast of Sedgewickville, Mo.

1884, 2 Sep; George W. Mollineaux & Sarah Mollineaux, his wife, of Cape Girardeau Mo. gave a Warranty Deed (Deed Book. 19, Page 450) to Paul Richt of Bollnger Co., Mo. for the following:--- “being a part of a tract of land conveyed to Wm. Brown by Peter Baker & wife by Deed dated July 15th 1869 and recorded in Recorder’s Office of same County of Bollinger in Book 4 and pages 51 & 52 on July 21st 1867 and situated in Section Six Township (30) Range (10). The part of said tract hereby conveyed being the portion thereof upon which is situated the north building in the row of dwelling houses erected thereon by the said William Brown, west of the stave factory.” The above property sold for $200.00 and must have been where G.W. Mollineaux was living when the 1880 census was taken. Apparently G.W. & Sarah Mollineaux were living in Cape Girardeau when the above transaction took place. I found no record where they purchased the above property.

1886, 19 March; G.W. Mollineaux was dismissed from the Masonic Lodge at Lutesville.

1887, 16 Feb; G.W. Mollineaux’s dau., Mallison, died at Mollineaux’s Mlll, White Water Twp., Bollinger Co., Mo.

1888, 23 March; Carrie Pool, Plaintiff, brought an Action of Ejection suit against William Brown, George W. Mollineaux, Daniel s. Brown, Firman Jessup and Prentis J. Bachelor, defendants. (Circuit Court Records of Bollinger County, Book 4, Pages 384, 385, 386, 387 & 388).

Carrie Pool was seeking $1000.00 in damages and possession of several acres of Land which apparently she had leased to the defendants. All of the mentioned tracts of land were located in the southeastern part of Bollinger Co., near Castor River. The place known as Brownwood. named for William Brown, who had the first saw-mill there, is located a short distance (about 1/4 mile) from the west side of section 17, in Stoddard Co., Mo. It seems there may have been some basis tor Uncle John’s story about G.W. Mollineaux operating a saw-mill at Brownwood.

1889, 14 Sep; G.W. Mollineaux’s father, James Mollineaux, died in Whte Water Twp., Bollinger Co., Mo.

1890, 11 Sep; The defendants were ordered by the court to pay $1000,00 to Carrie Pool and to vacate her land.

1890, 15 Sep; The defendants filed a counter suit against Carrie Pool.

1890, 17 Sep; The above case was transferred to Madison Co., Mo.

1890, 20 Sep; Geo. W. Mollineaux was brought into court on a charge of Disturbing an Assembly of People:

State of Missouri, Ptiff. )  
Against ) Disturbing an assembly of people.
George w. Mollineaux )

Now comes C.P. Caldwell, Prosecuting attorney who prosecutes for the State of Missouri herein, and the defendant in his own proper person also appears, and waives the necessity of a formal arraignment herein, and for plea to the indictment herein says he is guilty in manner and form as he stands charged in the said indictment, and by consent of the parties it is ordered by the Court that his punishment be assessed at the sum of Five Dollars ($5.00)- It is therefore considered and ordered and adjudged by the Court that the State of Missouri have and recover of and from the said defendant for the use and benefit of the Public School Fund of Bollinger County said sum of Five Dollars - the amount of the fine so as aforesaid assessed by the court together with her costs in this behalf expended, and have hereof her writ of execution therefor. And it is further ordered by the court that said Defendant George W. Mollineaux, be and stand committed to the Common Jail of Bollinger County until said Fine and Costs be paid or he be otherwise discharged by due course of law.

1892, 14 March; Geo. W. Mollineaux was brought into court on a Concealed weapons Charge.

State of Missouri, Plaintiff )  
Against ) Concealed Weapons.
George W. Mollineaux, Defendant )

Now comes the Prosecuting Attorney who prosecutes for the State of Missouri and the defendant in his own proper person also appears and waives the necessity of a formal arraignment herein and for plea to the first count in the indictment preferred against him says he is guilty in manner and form as he stands charged therein; and therefore it is ordered by the Court that his punishment be assessed at a Fine of Fifty Dollars as to said first count in the said indictment and upon motion of the Prosecuting Attorney aforesaid, it is ordered by the Court that the prosecution as to the second count in the indictment be dismissed. Wherefore it is ordered that the plaintiff herein have and recover of and from the defendant, George W. Mollineaux, the said Fine of Fifty Dollars together with the costs in this suit expended. And that the said defendant be committed to the County Jail until said Fine and Costs be paid.

George Washington Eads Mollineaux (1868-1927)

George Washington Eads Mollineaux (1868-1927)

1892, 1 Oct; George Eads Mollineaux, son of G.W., married Polly Anna Hahs in Bollinger Co.

1896, 7 Feb; Geo. W. Mollineaux’s son, William A. Mollineaux shot Will Yount at Patton, Mo.

1896, 22 Sep; Geo. W. Mollineaux sold his water powered mill northeast of Sedgewickville.

1897, 23 or 24 Sep; William A. Mollineaux was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

1900; (maybe earlier) The Mollineaux Family had moved on a farm near Hiram, in Wayne Co., Mo.

1902, 1 Oct; Geo. Wash. Mollineaux died at his home in St. Louis, Mo. His wife, Sarah E., died 25 Feb 1912.

1902 or 03; William A. Mollineaux was released from prison.

From: Marble Hill Press 1899-1903
(In the library at Marble Hill, Mo.)

Oct. 8, 1902; Geo. W. Mollineaux, who was many years a resident of our town, died in St. Louis, Oct. 1, aged 69 years. His remains were brought here the 3rd. and laid to rest in the Slaybaugh Cemetery. The funeral was conducted by the United Workmen, he having been a charter member of the lodge and in good standing at the time of his death.

From: Tombstone in Slaybaugh Cemetery
(located on the southeast edge of Lutesville, near the water tower.)

Mollineaux, George W. May 30, 1832 -Oct. 2, 1902

Sarah his wife June 3, 1837 - Feb. 25, 1912

According to my mother, Geo. W. Mollineaux and·family lived in a big, two story house on the farm near Hiram, Mo. and Geo Eads Mollineaux and family lived in a smaller house around the hill behind his parents. Geo. W. could not have lived there long, because he had moved to St. Louis and died there by 2 Oct 1902. Mom said he left the farm at Hiram in care of Geo. Eads and he went to Leadwood, Mo. and operated a boarding house there, which may be correct because his dau. Esther G. (Mollineaux) McPike lived there at one time.

My mothers grandmother, Sarah E. (Van Auken) Mollineaux lived with her son, George Eads and family at one time when they were living in the big house. She had a room upstairs where she had a large trunk in which she kept her personal belongings. Mother remembered her giving candy from the trunk to the grandchildren occasionally. Also Mom remembered her grandmother being addicted to a drug of some kind; she would get badly upset when she ran out of it. On one occasion, Geo. Eads had to get a doctor out at night and get her a new supply.

I don’t know how long Sarah E. lived with her son, Geo. Eads, but by 1908 he had sold the farm near Hiram and had bought a smaller one near Silvia, Mo. I don’t recall my mother mentioning her grandmother living with them there. Geo. E. sold the farm at Silvia and the family moved to Malden in the late summer or early fall of 1912.

From: Mollineaux Mill by Mrs. Roy L. (Mary) Barks

The Mollineaux Mill located two and one-half miles northeast of Sedgewickville at the creek ford near the Andrew Seabaugh-Roy Barks farm was in existence in the late 1800s. The dam for the mill was about the same place as is the low water bridge at the present time. The dam extended across the creek reaching the late W.H. Seabaugh land now owned by Andrew Seabaugh. The mill was located on Mr. Mollineaux’s land now owned by Bob Thompson. The dam was six or eight feet high holding the water back and making a mill pond of 200 feet across. The pond extended back upstream as far as one could see perhaps one and a half miles.

The mill was three or four stories high, various parts of the machinery being installed on the different floors. There were three turbine wheels. One wheel ran the mill to grind flour, one to grind corn and the other to run a sash saw, a saw where the blade ran up and down.

Mollineaux would take his toll out before the grain was ground. He would take a peck for each bushel of grain he ground.

To stop the mill, Mr. Mollineaux would throw his strength on a small wheel, this raised a gate letting the water run through the turbine wheel. The mill wheel gradually came to a stop. The small wheel resembled the steering wheel of an automobile today. Turning the small wheel had severed the connection of the mill machinery to the drive wheel turned by the water rushing through the mill sluice. The drive wheel would continue to turn until the mill stream was shut at the head of the sluice.

One spring there were tremendous rains and Big Whitewater spread over it’s valley. When it went down, it was plain that it had cut a new channel away from the mill. Mr. Mollineaux had to sell his fine mill machinery for junk and give up milling.

The end


My mother said that the creek went dry and they could no longer operate the mill. The only part of the mill I recall her mentioning were some sheets of silk material through which the flour was sifted. It was sifted through seven sheets of silk. Once, the women took these sheets out of the mill and made themselves dresses out of them. I don’t know if this was at the time of dismantling of the machinery or if the sheets of silk were being replaced.

The story of the mill machinery being sold for junk either was not true or Geo. W. Mollineaux was a good salesman, or con artist. He bought the property from John Stamer on 26 Aug 1884 for $1000 and sold it to Susie L. Scott on 22 Sep 1896 for $3500. Susie L. Scott also assumed responsibility for two liens of S400 each on the property. One lien for $400 was held by Wm. M. Morgan and the other one, also for $400, was held by Wm. N. Nalle. These were the lawyers who represented William Mollineaux. The S800 lien was probably in return for their services. Geo. W. Mollineaux may have exhausted his cash on the defense of his son before he gave the lien on his property.

The deed, when Geo. W. Mollineaux sold the mill property, reads: ---- containing 80 50/100 acres ---- together with all improvements thereon to include Water Power flour and corn mill with all the machinery and fixtures as well .as all other appliances (about three words here which I can’t read) thereto on said mill now stands completed.

This does not read as if the mill machinery had been sold for Junk, nor does the price he sold the mill for indicate so. When he purchased this property the deed read 8 50/100 acres instead of 80 50/100 acres but the land descriptions were the same on both deeds, which leads me to believe that one of the deeds was an error in copying.

Geo. W. Mollineaux sold the mill a little over seven months after William killed Will Yount. Maybe the disgrace and expense of defense for William did cause the family to move.

Some other stories told to me by uncle John and Uncle Joe:

George Eads Mollineaux was operating the water mill one night and along toward morning he became tired and went out on the porch and leaned a chair against the wall and sat down to take a rest. He fell asleep leaving the mill machinery running. When his father arrived to relieve him, he kicked the chair legs out and when he hit the floor he was wide awake.

On another occasion, Geo. Eads came to work to relieve his father, Geo. W., and his brother; Will, and when he arrived he found them in the mill pond, fighting. Will had his father’s goatee in his hand and was plunging his head under the water and then pulling it out. Geo. Eads stopped the fight.

Geo. Eads was at a picnic when he was a young man. He had finished drinking a mug of beer and had stuck the empty mug down in his overall pocket. He and a friend were walking down a path when they met a man. After the man had gotten a short distance away Geo. Eads pulled the beer mug out of his pocket and threw it and hit the man in the back of the head and knocked him out. He told this to Uncle Joe. He added, “we only had about half sense back then.”

When I visited with Andrew Seabaugh in 1973, he told me that the creek didn’t go dry, but it changed it’s course, which could have been corrected by some dredging, but Mr. Mollineaux’s business had fallen off, and he closed the mill down. He also told me that the mill had been located just south of the creek that was running when I was there. So someone must have either changed the course back to its origin or it changed itself. I didn’t think to ask Mr. Seabaugh about this at the time.

I have wondered about the two times Geo. W. Mollineaux was brought into court. He must have been upset about something. Both times were before his son, Will, had shot Will Yount. So that was not the cause. The Action of Ejection suit in which he was involved had dragged on for over two years and on 17 Sep 1890 had been transferred to Madison County. It was only three days later that he was brought into court on a Disturbing an Assembly of People charge. Maybe he lost his cool over the long court battle and told somebody off. This suit was first filed 23 Mar 1888, which as almost four years after he bought the water mill. He must have quit working

for William Brown about the same time. William Brown died shortly after the suit was filed and his wife and several children became defendants, which may have complicated things more.

The court ordered Geo. W. Mollineaux to pay $5.00 to the Public School Fund of Bollinger County which makes me to wonder if the incident may have happened at school; maybe something concerning his son, Will. Will would have been about 14 years old and could have still been in school.

The next incident, Geo. W. Mollineaux was brought into court, 14 Mar 1892, on a concealed weapons charge. The only way I see that the concealed weapon could have been discovered would have been if he had pulled the weapon or if he had been searched; either of which case would have brought about a confrontation with law enforcement officers. Without more information, which may never be found, all we can do is wonder what happened. From what we do know it appears that Geo. W. Mollineaux was an aggressive man and maybe even an unreasonable, hot-headed one. I am inclined to believe that Geo. Eads may have been of about the same character as his father.

The Geo. W. Mollineaux family is not found on the 1900 census of Bollinger Co., Mo. They moved to near Hiram in Wayne Co., Mo. sometime between 22 Sep 1896, when they sold the water mill, and 7 July 1900 when Maudie Mable Mollineaux, dau. of Geo. Eads Mollineaux, was born.

In about 1970, we made a trip with my mother to the old home place near Hiram. The old house in which Geo. W. Mollineaux had lived and where Geo. Eads Mollineaux lived later, was still standing. It was a long two story house with a long front porch running the full length of the house. There was a well in the front yard. Mom recalled climbing upon the well casing when she was a small girl. When she looked down into the well she became frightened and climbed down. Mom said her parents first lived in a small house around behind the hill, but after her grandfather moved to Leadwood, to operate a boarding house, they moved into the big house. Mom remembered her grandmother, Sarah E. Mollineaux, living with them for a while. That may have been after Geo. W. died. She said her grandma talked so dutchy you could hardly understand her.

Down the road east of the two story house and across the road there was a church and a cemetery in which Mom said one of her sisters was buried. I think this must have been the sister named Ruby Mae.


Geo. Wash. Eads Mollineaux, first son and sixth child of Geo. Wash. Mollineaux and his wife, Sarah E. Van Auken, was born 12 Dec 1869 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. and died 2 July 1927 at his home northwest of Tallapoosa, New Madrid Co., Mo. He is buried in the old Memorial Park Cemetery in Malden, Mo.

When Geo. W.E. Mollineaux was about fifteen years old the family moved northeast of Sedgewickville, Mo. to a place on Whitewater River that became known as Mollineaux Mills. There he grew to man-hood helping his father operate a water powered grist and saw-mill. While living there he met Polly Anna Hahs, whom he married 1 Oct 1892 in Bollinger Co.. Polly Anna Hahs was born 1 May 1874 near Sedqewickville, Mo. and died 20 Jan 1959 in the Dunklin Co. Memorial Hospital ln Kennett, Mo.. At the time of her death she was living with her son, John Weldon Mollineaux, about 2-3 miles southeast of Risco, Mo.. She is also buried in Old Park Memorial Cemetery. Polly Anna Hahs was a daughter of Henry C. Hahs and his wife, Elizabeth Seabaugh; both of whom were descendants of Swiss-German settlers from N.C. who came to present Bollinger and Cape Girardeau Co. areas while it was still a Spanish Territory.

John Weldon Mollineaux related that his father told him he was named George Eads at birth but when he started to school he changed his name to Geo. Wash. and thus became the third Geo. Wash. Mollineaux. On the 1880 census of Bollinger Co. he is Geo. E. Mollineaux. He married 1 Oct 1892 as Geo. W. Mollineaux to Polly A. Hahs. (Bollinger Co. Mar. Records, Book 2, Page 204) Grandmother’s obituary show she married 2 Oct 1892 to George E. Mollineaux. His tombstone has G.W. and an old school book of his has G.W.E. Mollineaux written inside the cover.

Geo. W.E. Mollineaux could not have been George Washington Mollineaux III but his uncle, James, who stayed in Penn., named a son born about 1863, George W. so possibly there were three Geo. Washingtons in the family.

I don’t know if Grandfather Mollineaux or his parents had any church affiliation but Grandmother’s parents were Lutherans. She used to say that she was Lutheran and that she was baptized as a baby. She became a member of the Tallapoosa Baptist Church in 1928.

Back (L-R): Fate Karlish, Willie Mae Mollineaux, John Mollineaux, Maude Mollineaux, Leila Mollineaux, Joseph Mollineaux, Unk (possible a neighbor). Front (L-R): Bill Karlish (seated), Jim Mollineaux, George Mollineaux, Fred Karlish (on lap left), Mildred (aunt Maude’s daughter) (on lap right), Polly Ann Hahs Mollineaux holding Charley Ray Mollineaux (Sr.), Maggie Mollineaux

Back (L-R): Fate Karlish, Willie Mae Mollineaux, John Mollineaux, Maude Mollineaux, Leila Mollineaux, Joseph Mollineaux, Unk (possible a neighbor). Front (L-R): Bill Karlish (seated), Jim Mollineaux, George Mollineaux, Fred Karlish (on lap left), Mildred (aunt Maude’s daughter) (on lap right), Polly Ann Hahs Mollineaux holding Charley Ray Mollineaux (Sr.), Maggie Mollineaux

Geo. W.E. Mollineaux and his wife, Polly Anna Hahs, were parents of thirteen children; eight of them living to be grown:

1. George Henry Mollineaux, first son and first child, (named after his two grandfathers) was born about 1894, while the family still lived at Mollineaux Mills in Bollinger Co., Mo. He died in infancy.

2. Willie Ruth Mollineaux, first dau. and second child, (named after her uncle Will Mollineaux) was born 16 April 1896; probably at Mollineaux Mills, and died 17 April 1960 at her home on South Graham Street, Malden, Mo. She was married 20 May 1917 in New Madrid Co., Mo., to Chris. L. “Fate” Karlish, who was born 28 April 1895 (He may have been born in Indiana. His younger brother, “Ted”, was born 8 July 1912, in Zalma, Bollinger Co., Mo.) and he died 26 May 1943 at his home in Malden, Mo. His parents were Christopher Frederick Karlish and Anna Laurie Berrong.

Source: New Madrid County Marriage Records, Book 8, Page 330

Chris Karlish of Broadwater (over 21) and Willie Mollineaux of Hyman (over 18); married at G.W. Williams’(sic) house, 20 May 1917, by Rev. A.A. Day.

Broadwater was located on No. 2 ditch where the railroad running from Malden to New Madrld crossed the ditch. There was a post office there from 1904 through 1911. There was also a school there which some of the Karlish and Mollineaux children attended. Both families w ra liv1ng there in 1913.

Hyman was located on the same railroad about half way between 5 ditch and 6 ditch. There was a post office there from 29 April 1905 through 1909. A Ralph Hyman was the first post-master. There was also a stave mill there at one time.

By 1917 the Geo. W.E. Mollineaux family had moved from near Broadwater to near Hyman. Then by about 1919 they had moved to the lower swamp about three miles south of Tallapoosa, Mo.

Chris. L. and Willie Ruth (Mollineaux) Karlish were living 1/2 mile east and 1 mile north of Tallapoosa on the west side of ditch no. 44 when their first child, George “Fred” Karlish, was born 23 Jan 1921. A few years later they moved to Pleasant Hill, Mo. and lived there until sometime in the early 1940’s and then they moved to Malden, Mo. Both are buried in the Old Memorial Park Cemetery.

The children of Chris. L. and Willie Ruth (Mollineaux) Karlish

1. George “Fred” Karlish was born 23 Jan 1921 near Tallapoosa, Mo. and died ______; He is buried in Memorial Gardens cemetery south of Poplar Bluff, Mo. on Highway 67. Fred married Lavern ______? and their children were:

1. Evelyn Ruth Karlish married ______ ? they have a son, Steven and maybe other children.

2. Lydia Karlish Married ______? No children.

3. Ruby Josephine Karlish, born 7 May 1956; died 3 Aug 1956. Buried Old Memorial Park Cemetery, Malden, Mo.

4. Deborah Karlish, born and died 25 Dec 1957; buried Old Memorial Park Cemetery.

5. Stephen F. Karlish, born and died 10 June 19GO; buried Old Memorial Park Cemetery.

2. Ruby Anna Laurie Karlish, dau. of Chris. L. and Willie Ruth Karlish, married Farrell cooper and they are parents of three children; David, Phillip and Esther Cooper. David and Phillip are married and have children but Esther has not married.

3. Ruby Mae Mollineaux, second dau. and third child of Geo. W.E. Mollineaux & his wife, Polly Anna Hahs; died in infancy. She must have been the sister which Mom said was buried in the church cemetery near where they lived near Hiram, in Wayne county, Mo.

4. Maude Mable Mollineaux, third dau. & fourth child of Geo. W.E. Mollineaux & his wife, Polly Anna Hahs, was born 7 July 1900, near Hiram, Wayne Co., Mo. and died 19 Feb 1985 in Lucy Lee Hospital at Poplar Bluff, Mo. She was married 2 Dec 1917 in New Madrid Co., Mo., to William David Karlish who died in 1968. He was a cousin to Chris L. Karlish who married Willie Ruth Mollineaux. William David & Maude (Mollineaux) Karlish are both buried in the Old Memorial Park Cemetery, Malden, Mo.

Source: New Madrid County Marriage Records, Book 8, Page 392

Wm. D. Karlish of Hyman (over 21) and Maude M. Mollineaux of Hyman (under 18), by written consent of girl’s mother;·Married at J.W. Mollineaux’s home, 2 Dec 1917 by Rev. A.A. Day, Pastor of Baptist Church.

William David Karlish (1890-1968)
Maude Mable Mollinneaux (1900-1985)

William David Karlish (1890-1968)
Maude Mable Mollineaux (1900-1985)

William David Karlish & his wife, Maude Mable Mollineaux, were parents of five children:

1. Mildred Irene Karlish, married Leman Bendrix and they were parents of one child,·Lee Hendrix.

2. Ethel Maude Karlish, married Ted Smoot and they have a dau. named Judy.

3. George William Karlish, married Dorothy Swanson and they have three children: Terry, David and Polly Anna.

4. Bessie Murl Karlish, married Walker Gunter and their children were: Richard, Steven and Karla. Bessie Murl (Karlish) Gunter passed away 11 May 1990 in Montgomery, Ala.

5. David Joe Karlish is married and has a son named Douglas. I know nothing more about his family.

5. Lelia Mae Mollineaux, fourth dau. and fifth child of Geo. W.E. Mollineaux & his wife, Polly Anna Hahs, was born 25 Feb 1902 near Hiram in Wayne Co., Mo. & died 20 Dec 1988 in Ridgeview Rest Home at Malden, Mo. She was married 30 Sep 1923 in Tallapoosa, Mo., to James Joseph Dickson “Dick” Beck who was a son of Joseph Burrus Beck & Susan Virginia Burrus. Dick Beck was born 5 Mar 1895 near Herrick, Ill. and died at his home in Risco, Mo. 16 Nov 1970. and Dad were married by Rev. Drew, pastor of the Tallapoosa Assembly of God Church. They were parents of five children:

1. Ethel May Beck, born 17 Sep 1924 near Tallapoosa, Mo. She married Howard Hamlett, son of R.B. Hamlett & Frona Hancock. Howard & Ethel were parents of one child, a girl, stillborn.

2. George William Bryan “Buddy” Beck, born 17 May 1926 near Tallapoosa, Mo. He married 20 Jan 1949 at Piggott, Ark. to Juanita Delores “Nita” Whittenburg, dau. of Orby Cephus “Fat” Whittenburg & Lora Gray Bryant. Nita was born 12 May 1932 in the White Oak Community, southwest of Matthews, Mo. Buddy and Nita were parents of two daughters:

1. Cathy Delores Beck, born 17 Jan 1950 at Baderville, Mo. She married 10 Dec 1967 at Pleasant View General Baptist Church in Risco, Mo. to William Lee Wilson, son of William Clyde Wilson & Christine Clark. William Lee was born 17 Aug 1946.

Children of William Lee Wilson & Cathy Delores (Beck) Wilson:

1. William Bryan Wilson, born 10 Oct 1973 in Dunklin County Memorial Hospital in Kennett, Mo. Bryan married 2 Oct 1996 to Tena (Wicker) Howell, dau. of Boyd Wicker & Rita Gunn. Bryan and Tena were married in her parents’ home near Piggott, Ark. Bryan and Tena also live near Piggott. Tena has a son named Zackory Tyler Howell, by her first husband.

2. Christine Delores “Christi” Wilson, born 1 May 1976 in Lucy Lee Hospital at Poplar Bluff, Mo. Christi married 9 Mar 1996 in the First Baptist Church at Risco, Mo. to Dennis Michael Morrison, son of Dennis Morrison & Tresa McGee of Dothan, Ala. Michael and Christi are presently (1997) living in Enterprise, Ala.

2. Deborah Ann “Debbie” Beck, born 17 May 1951; died 9 Dec 1951 at her parents’ home in Risco, Mo.

3. James Douglas Beck, born 11 Oct 1928 at Tallapoosa, Mo. He married Virgie Maxine Whittenburg, born 17 April 1930, dau. of Robert Dewey Whittenburg & Maybell McCool. Douglas and Maxine are parents of a son, Ronnie Douglas Beck. Ronnie Married (1) to Vicki Clark and they have a dauqhter, Staci Beck. Ronnie married (2) to Veronica “Bunnie” Lanckriet & they have two children,. Andrea “Annie” Beck and Steven Beck. Douglas Beck married (2) to Carol Agnes Gobbel Larrison. They have no children of this marriage.

4. Ida Virginia Beck, born 24 April 1931. Married Colin Bowman and they have a daughter, Sandra “Sandy”. Sandy married John Nyhof and they have a son and two daughters: Melissa, John Colin and Rachael.

5. Robert Joseph “Bobby” Beck., born 9 Mar 1939 at Tallapoosa, Mo. He has never married.

All of the deceased members of the Beck Family to date (1997) are buried in the New Memorial Park Cemetery, Malden, Mo. My grandmother, Susan Virginia (Burrus) Beck died in 1944 and she was the 14th. person to be buried there.

6. Unnamed male stillborn, second son and sixth child.

7. John Weldon Mollineaux, third son and seventh child of Geo. W.E. Mollineaux & his wife, Polly Anna Hahs, was born 12 Jan 1905 in Wayne Co., Mo. He died 11? Dec 1975 in Dunklin Co. Memorial Hosp. and is buried in New Memorial Park Cemetery, Malden, Mo.

Joseph Albert Mollineaux (1908-1976)
Minnie Grace Farr Mollineaux (1918-1997)

Joseph Albert Mollineaux (1908-1976)
Minnie Grace Farr Mollineaux (1918-1997)

8. Joseph Albert Mollineaux, fourth son & eighth child of Geo. W.E. Mollineaux & his wife, Polly Anna Hahs, was born 27 Sep 1908 at Silva, Wayne Co., Mo.; died Sunday 30 Sep 1976 at his home on Rt. 1, Clarkton, Mo. Joe married (1) at Tallapoosa, Mo. to Gertrude Lee, dau. of Amos & Anna Lee. He married (2) at Tallapoosa, Mo. to Minnie Grace Farr. He is buried in the New Memorial Park Cemetery at Malden, Mo. He had no children.

9. Mary Maggie Mollineaux, (twin sister of Joseph) fifth dau. & ninth child of Geo. W.E. Mollineaux & his wife, Polly Anna Hahs, born 27 Sep 1908 at Silva, Wayne Co., Mo.; died 5 Feb 1986. She married 5 Feb 1927 in New Madrid Co., Mo. to Ben Eakins, son of William A. Eakins and Molly Fitch. Ben was born 23 Jan 1903 at Clarkton, Mo. & died 26 Nov 1993 at Delta Medical Center, Sikeston, Mo. Both Ben & Maggie are buried in the Old Memorial Park Cemetery, Malden Mo. Ben & Maggie were the parents of nine children:

1. Mary Eakins, died in infancy.

2. Leota Eakins, married Wallace Spain. They had two girls and a boy, I believe.

3. Anna Belle Eakins, married Jack Miller and they had three daughters: Patty, Sandy & Lisa. Anna Belle had a son before she married Jack.

4. Jerry Dale Eakins, born 5 Feb 1938 at Tallapoosa, Mo., died 21 Dec 1992 at Delta Medical center at Sikeston, Mo. On 26 May 1959 at New Madrid, he married Goldie Young. Jerry is buried in New Memorial Park Cemetery, Malden, Mo. Jerry and Goldie had three children:

1. Calvin Eakins

2. Kenneth Eakins

3. Katherine “Kathy” Eakins, married Mark Hughes.

5. Glodine Eakins, married Ray Thompson.

6. Ola Faye Eakins. died in infancy.

7. Ronnie Eakins, married Earline ______? & they have three children:

1. Ronnie Eakins Jr., married Tammy Grey & they have two qirls.

2. Robert Eakins, married Billy Meese, dau. of Nin Meese, & they have two boys; one named Zack.

3. Randy Eakins

8. Cathy Eakins, died in infancy.

9. Brenda Eakins, married Russel Wallis. She was killed in a car wreck. Children:

1. Paul Wallis, married Misty Wallace, dau. of Leon Wallace and Terry Hoxworth. They have two boys and a girl.

2. Dav1d Wallis

3. Kim Wallis, married and has some children.

10. James William “Jim” Mollineaux, fifth son & tenth child of Geo. W.E. Mollineaux & his wife Polly Anna Hahs, was born 24 Apr 1911 in Silva, Wayne Co., Mo. and he died 30 June 1974 in Dunklin Co., Mo. He married (1) to Eva F. (Britt) Farmer, born 17 Jan 1911; died 5 Jan 1967. Both are buried in New Memorial Park Cemetery, Malden, Mo. Children:

Polly Anna Hahs Mollineaux, James W. Mollineaux, Eva Britt Mollineaux, Josie Lea Farmer Mollineaux, Shirley Mollineaux, Bonnie Mollineaux

Polly Anna Hahs Mollineaux, James W. Mollineaux, Eva Britt Mollineaux, Josie Lea Farmer Mollineaux, Shirley Mollineaux, Bonnie Mollineaux

1. Josie Lea Farmer, (Eva’s dau. by her first marriage) married James Eakins.

2. Shirley Mollineaux, married Jimmy Tibbs, son of Luther Tibbs.

3. Bonnie Mollineaux, married (1) to ______ Tibbs, son of Luther Tibbs. Married (2) to Amos Rogers.

4. James William Mollineaux, Jr., married ______ Lowery.

All of the above have children but I don’t know their names.

Jim Mollineaux married (2) to Glenda (Blackburn) Wallis, mother of Russel Wallis who married Brenda Eakins. Jim had no children by the second marriage.

11. Bertha Ines Mollineaux, born 1912, died in infancy; sixth dau. and eleventh child.

Charley Ray Mollineaux, Sr. (1915-1965),
Hester Lee Tinsley Mollineaux (1919-1989),
Mildred Geneva Mollineaux (1939-1940)

Charley Ray Mollineaux, Sr. (1915-1965),
Hester Lee Tinsley Mollineaux (1919-1989),
Mildred Geneva Mollineaux (1939-1940)

12. Charley Ray Mollineaux, sixth son and twelfth child of Geo. W.E. Mollineaux & his wife, Polly Anna Hahs, was born 10 Dec 1915 in New Madrid Co., Mo. and he died at 49 years of age in Bakersfield, California. He married Hester Tinsley, dau. of Ernest Tinsley. Charley & Hester were parents of six children:

1. Mildred Geneva Mollineaux, born at Tallapoosa, Mo., died in infancy.

2. Wanda Lee Mollineaux, married James DeMoss, son of James “Bootlegger” DeMoss.

3. Charles Ray Mollineaux, Jr. (my grandfather's birth certificate has his first name as Charley. My dad's birth certificate has his first name as Charle - The assumption was that my grandfather’s name was actually Charles and so my dad has always gone by Charles. In hindsight, since my dad is a junior, his birth certificate was probably supposed to be Charley, but the ‘y’ was left off)

4. Joseph Albert Mollineaux, born 16 Dec 1946 at Tallapoosa, Mo.; died 19 Oct 1969 in Bakersfield, Ca. He had been out of the military service only a short time when he was killed in a car wreck.

5. Marilyn Mollineaux ) Twins, born ln Bakersfield, Ca.

6. Carolyn Mollineaux )

13. Minnie Irene Mollineaux, born 1917 near Jericho, New Madrid Co., Mo., seventh dau. and thirteenth child.


Letter from Uncle Charley to Dad and Mom

Bakersfield, Ca.
5 - 2 - 64

Dear Bud, Sis & all,

I received your letter yesterday. Sure glad to hear from you all, well I am out of the hospital and I sure was glad to get home again. I spent 28 days in the hospital. I am doing OK. I haven’t went back to work yet. lt will be about 3 weeks yet. Well sis I guess from what every body tells me I am lucky to be here including the doctor. But the Dr. said I was in good shape now. Well I don’t know much to write about I haven’t been out much for the last six weeks. Hester and all the kids are well. Hester is working every day. I will be glad to get back to work. I need that $3.20 per hour. I am working for Waukesha Motor Co.

I sure wish you all could come out here just one time you wouldn’t want to go back. You just don’t know the difference in the two places until you see California. We were coming back this summer but I can’t now. I may next year. I sure would like to see you all. Well I have to close. I hope you can read my writing. From Charley and Family To My Bud Sis and Family. good by.

Some stories from Mom

Grandpaw Mollineaux seemed to have an attraction to strange people. Mom told about a friend of his that could make tables walk. Once this man was at their house and made their eating table walk and while it was walking he picked up Mom’s sister, Irene I believe, and stood her up on the table. The child was about two years old and she became frightened and went into hysteria. After that she would have fits from time to time. Mom used to say,“That old Man put a spell on Irene”. Grandpaw took the child to a doctor in Malden and he said she would have to have an operation. So he brought another doctor out to the house and the two of them were going to do the operation. believe she said they were Dr. Dalton and Dr. Van Cleve. They spread a clean sheet on the table and laid their knives out there and took the child’s clothes off. Then Grandpaw got mad and run the doctors off and Irene never had the operation. she died shortly thereafter.

Grandpaw Mollineaux had a sorghum mill and he made Sorghum Molasses, when the family lived northwest of Tallapoosa. The mill sat behind the house and sometimes during the night the mill would make a racket which frightened the family. Grandpaw got to going out and shooting out toward the mill when this would happen.

There was an old woman who lived near them who people claimed was a witch. I don’t know if anyone ever saw her doing so, but somehow they came to believe the old woman was coming down there at night and riding the drive pole to the sorghum mill, around and around. Anyway, Grandpaw told Dr. Blackman about his problem and the kind doctor told him, “George, if it’s a witch, you’ll have to shoot her with a silver bullet.”

According to Mom, her dad cut up a dime and put it into a shell, some way, and the next time the sorghum mill began making a racket, he ran out and shot at it and the racket stopped. The next day, Grandmaw went down to these people’s home and found the old woman in bed with a bandage wrapped around her arm. Shortly after that the family moved away and the sorghum mill was quiet from then on.


Uncle John and Uncle Jim used to kill hogs with a 410 gauge shotgun. They liked the brains to eat and to keep from blowing them away they would open the crimped end of a shall and remove most of the shot, and fill it with dampened paper, wads and then close the end back. This shell was then used to kill a hog. Did they learn this from their dad? Was this the way be loaded a shell with pieces of a silver dime to shoot the witch?

Unless I decide to write more, this is THE END!

You never know, I have told the undertaker not to close the lid on me until they are blamed sure that I am dead because I might have something else to say.

Mollineaux Photo Archive

Charley Ray Mollineaux, Sr.

Charley Ray Mollineaux, Sr.

Charley Ray Mollineaux, Sr.
Hester Lee Tinsley Mollineaux

Charley Ray Mollineaux, Sr.
Hester Lee Tinsley Mollineaux

Hester Lee Tinsley Mollineaux
Mildred Geneva Mollineaux

Hester Lee Tinsley Mollineaux
Mildred Geneva Mollineaux

Mildred Geneva Mollineaux

Mildred Geneva Mollineaux

Hester Lee Tinsley Mollineaux
Mildred Geneva Mollineaux

Hester Lee Tinsley Mollineaux
Mildred Geneva Mollineaux

Hester Lee Tinsley Mollineaux

Hester Lee Tinsley Mollineaux

James Forest DeMoss, Jr.
Wanda Lee Mollineaux DeMoss

James Forest DeMoss, Jr. (1940-2016),
Wanda Lee Mollineaux DeMoss (1941-2013)

Charles Ray Mollineaux, Jr.
Joseph Albert Mollineaux

Charles Ray Mollineaux, Jr. (1943-)
Joseph Albert Mollineaux (1946-1969)

Charles Ray Mollineaux, Jr.

Charles Ray Mollineaux, Jr.

Charles Ray Mollineaux, Jr.

Charles Ray Mollineaux, Jr.

Joseph Albert Mollineaux

Joseph Albert Mollineaux

John Mollineaux

John Mollineaux

Mary T. Haviland Mollineaux
Gertrude Anna Pugh Mollineaux
George Washington Mollineaux, Sr.

Mary T. Haviland Mollineaux
Gertrude Anna Pugh Mollineaux
George Washington Mollineaux, Sr.