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The International Molyneux Family Association is a forum for the exchange of genealogy and family history for people interested in the Molyneux surname (and its many variants). Our publications and online forums include our 28-page quarterly newsletter, this website, our DNA project, and our Facebook pages. IMFA relies on members to provide content for these media. We welcome your participation!

Research Assistance

From time to time we all find ourselves facing an apparent brick wall in our research efforts. We find pieces of the puzzle are missing and cannot be found. Sometimes another pair of eyes or knowledge of a little known document resource can break the barrier and open new connections. If you find yourself in that situation we might be able to help. Request help.

PDF files from GRO (General Register Office)

The GRO has a PDF pilot program for at least the next three months. If you have Great Britain ancestry, this could be really beneficial; also, quicker than snail mail. The extended Pilot covers PDF copies of those historical digitised civil registration records held by GRO (i.e. birth entries from 1837 - 1916 and death entries from 1837 - 1957). A GRO index reference is required to be provided with the application. You can find the GRO index references by logging on to the GRO online ordering service and accessing the GRO online indexes. A PDF will cost £6.00 each.

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"The Mighty Mux"

USS Mullinnix (DD-944) was a Forrest Sherman-class destroyer of the United States Navy. She was named for Admiral Henry Maston Mullinnix USN (4 Jul 1892 - 24 Nov 1943), who was killed in action during World War II, when the aircraft carrier USS Liscome Bay was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-175 and sank southwest of Butaritari Island on 24 November 1943.

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Mx Military Records

As part of our Resources section of the MxWorld website we wish to further develop the Military records. Brian Seddon AU019 contributed the information to kick-start this project. We have a large number of records relating to Mx service personnel in WWI and WWII. We have commenced putting some of these records on our website but some of the remaining material requires minor editing or further research. This is not an onerous or long-term commitment but may appeal to a member with a particular interest in military history – we would be delighted to have someone take on this role.

If you can assist us with any of the above please email, Brian Seddon, on military@mx-world.org

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New MxWorld Online

The May 2018 edition of MxWorld is available now on our website.

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Mx Pedigrees

Member MxPedigrees began appearing on the website several years ago as part of the DNA Surname Project. We are in the process of expanding the pedigrees to include information submitted by past and present members for publication in MxWorld.

When the project is completed you will be able to upload a GEDCOM file of your Mx ancestry where it will become part of a searchable all-name database of member GEDCOMs. Until then, you can add or update your information on this website at Add/Edit Pedigree Information.

This information can be accessed by our members using the new Pedigree Search. Names of living individuals, or individuals with a birth date after 1911 and no death date, are automatically hidden on the website.

MxWorld Revisited

Joe Mulliner: Man, Loyalist, Rake, Bandit, Folk Hero & Ghost. Written by US332 Wayne Straight, edited by US312 Steve Mullinax & US339 Wendy Arnim. First appeared in MxWorld, Volume 26, Number 3, pages 5-9, February 2012.

While trying to verify or refute a Branford Mx genesis for several Mx lineages in New York state and beyond, I ran across the following Find-a-Grave entry for one Joe Mulliner, a bigger-than-life character who ran a band of brigands called The Refugees out of a stronghold in the New Jersey (NJ) Pine Barrens. I already knew that Thomas Mx3, a grandson of Thomas Mx of Branford had migrated to NJ ca 1683, so I was on the lookout for any of his descendants. The fact that Joe spelled his name the same way as Thomas had sparked my interest and I’d promised myself to eventually investigate him for any connection to Thomas Mx3.

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Who Will Inherit Your Genealogy Research?

This Genealogy Will is being posted so you can designate who you would like to see inherit your genealogical research. Example: You can leave your research to a family member, a society or perhaps a study partner. Print out this will and place it with your family papers.

What became of William W's Cutlass?

In the 1750s, the colonies of Maryland and Delaware had some border disputes. One such area was known as "Cedar Creek Hundred" and there dwelt William W Mullinax, his Coverdale in-laws and some neighbors. Tax collector Outten finds the home of William W. Mullinax, and places him under arrest. William W. breaks free, and in the scuffle Outten gains possession of William W's cutlass. But what became of William W's cutlass?

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President's Message

Hi Everyone, we are just going into our Spring and last issue of MxWorld Vol.XXXII, No.4 and the weather is lovely at the moment. I hope everyone is well and staying out of trouble.

Recently, I have been reading and chatting about the English Wars of the Roses. The Battle of Blore Heath was one of the first major battles, fought on 23rd September 1459 at Blore Heath in Staffordshire, near to Market Drayton.

It was so called ‘War of the Roses’ because the emblems of the two royal Houses were a red rose for Lancaster and a white rose for York. The Houses of Lancaster and York were both descended from Edward III. Their rivalry came to a head when a Lancastrian King, Henry VI, became too mentally ill to rule. In 1454 Richard Duke of York was appointed Protector. When Henry VI got better, Richard would not give up his new found power and went to war. Henry VI was defeated at St. Albans in 1455 and Richard was killed at Wakefield in 1460.

A Knight by the name of **Sir Richard Molyneux of Sefton, died at Blore Heath where he fell fighting against the Yorkist army under the Lancastrian Banner in one of the first engagements, but the sad thing was, that throughout the whole war spanning 30+ years – family was pitched against each other. Father fought son etc. It really brings home the sad and rough plight that these poor people had to go through.

Henry VI’s forces were defeated with great loss, and a great many men from Cheshire died. This lament by the poet Michael Drayton (1563 – 1631) says it all:

"There Dutton, Dutton kills, a Done doth kill a Done; A Booth a Booth,and Leigh by Leigh is overthrown; A Venables against a Venables doth stand, A Troutbeck fightest with a Troutbeck hand to hand. There Molyneux doth make a Molyneux to die, And Egerton the strength of Egerton doth try. O! Cheshire! Wert thou mad of thine own native gore, So much until this day thou never shedd’st before! Above two thousand men upon the earth were thrown; Of whom the greater part were naturally thine own"

The Earl of Salisbury who knew the sleights, strategies and policies of warlike affairs suddenly returned and shortly encountered with the Lord Audley and his chief captains ere the residue of his army could pass the water. The fight was sore and dreadful. The earl desiring the saving of his life and his adversaries coveting his destruction, fought sore for the obtaining of their purpose, but in conclusion, the earl ‘s army, as men desperate of aid and succour, so eagerly fought that they slew the Lord Audley, and all his captains, and discomfited all the remnant of his people.

The death of Audley meant that Lancastrian command fell to the second in command, Lord Dudley, who ordered an attack on foot with some 4,000 men. As this attack also failed, some 500 Lancastrians joined the enemy and began attacking their own side. At this point, all remaining Lancastrian resistance collapsed and the Yorkists had only to advance to complete the route. The route continued throughout the night with the Yorkists pursing the VOLUME XXXII, fleeing enemy for miles across the countryside. At least 2,000 Lancastrians were killed, with the Yorkists losing nearly 1,000 soldiers.

**To identify Sir Richard Molyneux, he was the eldest son of Sir Richard Molyneux (1396- 1454) and Joan Haydock (d.1440). Sir Richard the younger, married Elizabeth eldest daughter of Thomas Stanley of Lathom, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and sister to Thomas 1st Earl of Derby. Sir Richard was appointed in 1454 one of the gentleman Ushers of the Privy Chamber of Henry VI with whom he was a great favourite. He was in such high favour at court that he was given the Constableship of the Castle of Liverpool, (demolished 1726).

In 1485 The Earl of Richmond, Henry Tudor a Lancastrian landed in Wales. He defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth, Nr. Leicester, and ended the Wars of the Roses in 1486 by marrying Elizabeth of York. He became Henry VII.

I chose this particular item because of the lament and battle, further reading can be found on the internet.

Hope everyone has a lovely summer, and enjoy this issue of MxWorld. Cheerio until next time.

Antony Molyneux Steele UK188