Some Mullinax Roots
South Carolina to Texas
Otto B. Mullinax (1912-2000) was a founding member of the International Molyneux
Family Association (IMFA), formalized by its first newsletter in August of 1986
by founder and then editor Wesley L. Mullenneix (1919-1975).
Since the spring of 1998, it had been Otto’s wish that an updated edition of this
book, be co-authored by IMFA. Not resting on the research that led to its publication
in 1982, Otto continued to research, making hand-written notes of additions and
changes in the margins of his "master" copy. It was this master copy he gifted to
From this "master" copy IMFA created a fully searchable 2nd Edition PDF version,
incorporating Otto's changes plus additional commentary by IMFA researchers. IMFA
members / volunteers who have contributed to this project: Jim Molineux, Marie Mullenneix
Spearman, Steve Mullinax and Wayne Straight.
The complete book is available for download in our Resources/Bibliography.
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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.
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.
> More about USS Mullinnix (DD-944)
> More about Adm. Henry Maston Mullinnix
New MxWorld Online
The November 2018 edition of MxWorld is available now on our website.
Login (click Member Login at the top of this screen) and then
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Learn more about DNA and genetic genealogy in our new DNA Bibliography, recommended reading to further your understanding of DNA.
> DNA Bibliography
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
Names of living individuals, or individuals with a birth date after 1911 and no
death date, are automatically hidden on the website.
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?
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.
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
If you can assist us with any of the above please email, Brian Seddon, on
Search Mx military records:
> Go there
Here’s a challenge for you: write a story that engages our readers! You can do it,
and you may be surprised to find that it can be easy, and fun for you and your audience
Here are some hints: Find an engaging lead or idea. Research it. Write it up. Post
and/or publish it! Watch the responses roll in!
First, a lead. Say you’re reading an article and you spot an Mx name that you’ve
never heard before, or one that you would like to know more about. Maybe a person
who did something notable. There’s a good chance that an online search will turn
up some material. For example, I saw a reference to a John Molyneux in a book that
my son was reading. Google led me to an article in the online reference Wikipedia,
where I learned that "John Molyneux (born c. 1948)[Mx World, notable references,
Vol.1 #3, Vol. 5 #3, Vol. 12 # 4 & Vol. 18 #1. Thanks to Wayne Straight.] is a British
Trotskyist, academic and author. He has been a leading member of the Socialist Workers
Party before retiring to Ireland, where he became active in the Irish SWP and is
editor of Irish Marxist Review." I did a brief write-up and posted it in the IMFA
Facebook page. Instant article, with less than a half-hour’s work!
My next example was a bit more work. Marie Spearman posted this query in summer,
2010, Mx- World:,
"Wellesley [College] Announces List of Honor Scholars" The New York Times, 13 April
1913. Among the Senior Wellesley Scholars listed is Frances Mullinax, second from
left, standing in accompanying photo. Where does Frances fit in our Mx family puzzle,
and where did her scholarly interests lead her in life?
I searched for "Frances Mullinax Wellesley", and learned a few bits about her undergraduate
life, and, crucially, that she was from "Princeton, Mo." Find-a-grave turned up
some family connections. Then I found "Sarah Frances" in Marilyn Mullinix Blanck’s
foundational genealogy, Delaware Mullinixes and their descendants' migrations 1698-1900.
Connecting the dots, I traced her back to Richard Mullinax (1742-1820). Richard
is also my ancestor, which makes Frances my fourth cousin once removed! With a few
hours’ work, I was able to create an article for Mx World that responded quite nicely
to Marie’s challenge.
Here’s another easy example: Captain Edward Molyneux. I was reading "When Paris
Sizzled" by Mary McAuliffe, where I learned that Molyneux was "among the go-to names
during the 1920s for sophisticated women of means, from Misia Sert to Marlene Dietrich
and the Duchess of Kent."". A search yielded an informative Wikipedia article (sound
familiar?) informing me that Edward Molyneux was, according to historian Caroline
Milbank, "the designer to whom a fashionable woman would turn if she wanted to be
absolutely right without being utterly predictable in the Twenties and Thirties.".
A quick write-up and posting with the Wikipedia link on IMFA Facebook. This one
reached 547 people and got quite a few "likes" and comments. Again, an effort of
only about an hour from me.
Finally, one that was a lot more work, but very rewarding. Otto B. Mullinax (1912-2000)
was a longtime member of IMFA, and writing by or about him has appeared in several
issues of Mx World [Mx World, notable references, Vol.1 #3, Vol. 5 #3, Vol. 12 #
4 & Vol. 18 #1. Thanks to Wayne Straight.].
He is well-known as the author of Some Mullinax Roots: South Carolina to Texas,
1982. I spotted him in a book I was reading about the "red scare" in Texas (my home
state) in the 1950’s. I soon realized that I had used his genealogy book, but knew
nothing about his professional life. He was a lawyer for the US Army in the Nuremburg
war crimes trials of Nazis following WW II. He went on to a very influential legal
career in which he mentored many progressive lawyers and judges, including several
Texas Supreme Court justices. One of his junior partners was David Richards, also
an illustrious civil rights attorney. David’s wife was Ann Richards, who went on
to become governor of Texas from 1990-1994. Ann got her early political education
from her connections with the Mullinax-Wells law firm.
Give it a try! Surprise us with a fresh story about a Mx we don’t know enough about.
A little curiosity and some easy-to-use research tools (like Google) and publishing
media (IMFA and other Molyneux Facebook pages MxWorld) will get your writing career
moving in new directions!
Steve Mullinax US312