Saturday, March 27, 2010

Good News on the MX-DNA Front

Hi All;

As at least some of you know, IMFA member, George Mollineaux (US294), has been trying to prove or disprove his descent from the Branford, CT, Mx's (my Mx line as illustrated in our Wiki of the same name-- To further this goal he has taken a Y-DNA test and is awaiting the results.

In preparation for that I've been trying to identify living males with the Branford Mx Y-DNA to serve as proofs with which to compare George's DNA. It just occurred to me today (somewhat belatedly, I admit), that some of the pedigrees/DNA results already listed in our DNA page ( might provide just such a comparison. As it turns out, I did find a pedigree, that of Dallas Mullinnex (Kit: 80097), which belongs to the Branford Mx's. (Dallas' haplogroup is Type R1B-not yet assigned a type.)

The pedigree for John Mullinex as featured on the DNA page is as follows:
1 John Mullinex, b Jun 1830, NY; d c 1900, Delaware Co., NY
m Christina C. LNU, date, place unknown

2 James Ira (also known as Ira James) Mullinex, b May 1864, NY; d c 1941, Delaware Co., NY
m Anna Cummings, date, place unknown

3 Raphael J. Mullinex, b c 1918, NY; d date, place unknown

4 Dallas Mullinnex

This same pedigree as reflected in my Branford Mx tree is as follows:
John Mullinex/Mulnix/Mulanix, b. Jun 1828-1830, in Andes Twp., Delaware Co., NY , d. 1900, Tompkins Twp., Delaware Co., NY, bur. Dryden Brook Cemetery, Dryden Brook Rd., Delaware Co., NY, USA. He m1. Christina C. Spencer ca 1851-1854, in Andes Twp. They had the following children: Elizabeth, LaFayette, Hiram, Mary J., Sarah C., James Ira, Uriah, Sophia, Louisa, and Abijah.

John's parents were Charles Mx Sr. (1792-1859) & Abigail Gregory (1794-1876). His siblings were Jarvis (1815-1889), Samuel (1817-1897), & Richard (1825-??)

If, as we suspect, George is indeed one of the Branford Mx's, then John would be his 3rd cousin, 4 times removed, and John's descendant, Dallas, would be George's 5th cousin, once removed. (Dallas and I are also fifth cousins, once removed.)

It appears that this comparison will result in at least two, and possibly three, happy results: 1) Dallas will benefit from the documentation in my Branford Mx family tree; 2) I will have some more names to add to my Branford Mx tree; and 3) George may finally have proof of his relationship to the Branford Mx's.

Unfortunately, the John-Dallas pedigree was the only one listed to date for the Branford Mx's, so if you are an male descendant, surname Mx, seriously consider getting the Y-DNA test. And even if you don't , you should be able to use Dallas' DNA results to type yourself. Cheers, Wayne

SC-VA/WV-DE Mx Connection?

Whether you're new at "blogging" or it is common place, welcome! I'm new at it so please bear with me as I learn. I've embarked on this new venture in an attempt to both share --- as well as obtain --- information about my pre-Revolutionary War Mx ancestors. ("Mx" represents the more than 200 ways of spelling Mullinax, Mulenix, etc.)

I have conclusive documentation that takes me back to my GGGG grandfather, John Mx, who was born between 1765 & 1774, died in SC in 1819 or 1820, & had a wife named Alsey (a nickname for Alice). Whether or not Alsey was the only wife John ever had is not yet known. The theory has been that this John's parents were John & Sarah who were of what eventually became Cherokee County, SC, but I am open to following the clues wherever they may lead. The strongest clues seem to point to Virginia as the pre-SC location, & recently, clues have emerged that point to possible Delaware & West Virginia connections as well.

Did you have Mx ancestors in any of these areas during the 1700s? If so, I invite you to share your thoughts & ideas related to things shared in this blog &/or related to my two reports at the link mentioned here. Several of us have already been exchanging ideas & information, and as we do, theories continue to develop, & we'd love for you to hop on board & enjoy the ride!