Eli and Sarah Mullinix
Son of Richard Mullinix and ELizabeth Poynter, Eli is thought to have been born in the
eastern most part of TN during the 1770's.
Eli's name is 1st found in public record in 1880 when he witnessed a Greene Co., TN, deed
for property which his father purchased. (Greene, Co., TN D. Bk. 6, p. 413, 1 Nov 1800).
Next he is listed as a taxpayer of Barren Co., KY, Living near his father and brothers,
Nathaniel and Levy, on the East Fork of Big Barren River.
The earliest proof of residence in the Overton/Fentress Co. area is found in Hutcherson,
Homesteaders and Landourners, Fourth Surueyors District of Tennessee, Ouerton, Tennessee.
Eli Mullinix is listed as a "certified carrier of the chain" in an 1808 survey
of lands of Jacob Cooper, in Poplar Cove on Obey's River, Overton Co.
Eli and his wife and children had moved to the area from Barren Co., KY, along with his
father Richard and brother Nathaniel. First mention of Fentreas County property of Eli's
is in Deed Book A, pg. 179, 24 Sept. 1829, which records his purchase of 151/A, part of
the McIver lands, Donelson, Cove Tract. This property he deeded to his son Isham on 14 Mar
1838 (D. Bk. C, p. 200). The family lived in what later became known as the Boatland
Community of Fentress County.
Eli is thought to have died around 1842 in Fentress County.
Eli's wife Sarah was the daughter of William Dykes and Sarah Haley Dykes. The parental
families lived in the area where the boundaries of Hawkins, Greene, Sullivan and
Washington Counties meet -- the Dykes families near Beech Creek and the Mullinixes near
Lick Creek. The Dykes family are traceable to Goochland County, VA., and it appears that
they are of English origin.
Sarah Dykes Mullinix survived Eli by many years, and is Last found in public record on
1860 Census, in the home of her son, Nathaniel. By 1870 she is presumed deeeased.
Eli and Sarah's children were: Nathaniel (1800 - d. after June 1880) mar. 1) Elizabeth
Pritchard, 2) Betsy Wright; Nina (b. ca 1805 -d. 1850/60) mar. Joel Hinds; Polly (b. ca
1807 - d. ) mar. William West -- they moved to Missouri; Margaret (ca. 1808 -) mar.
William Winton; Anna (b. ca 1810 - d. 1845/50) mar. John Pulse; Elizabeth (b. ca 1813 - d.
1870/80) mar. Charles Smith; Isham (b. ca 1810- d. 1854/60) mar. 1834- Lavina Boswell.
Nathaniel and Elizabeth's children were: Sarah mar. Sabe Choate; Isham mar. Nancy (or
Nine) Pulse; William - unmarried; Eli mar. 1) Sarah Moss, 2) Arminda Eberhardt; Anna mar.
William Storie; Themes mar. Hattie Elizabeth Brock; Celia mar. John Davis; Catherine C.
mar. Christopher Choate; Andrew Jackson mar. 1) Elizabeth --, 2) Katherine Beaty;
ELizabeth - unmarried; Isaac Tindal - unmarried; Nancy Jane mar. Sabe Choate (his 2nd
marriage); Nathaneil; John Preston mar. Martha Elinor Loyal; David- unmar.; Vine- unmar.;
Abigail mar. 1) Hiram Pogue, 2) John Hicks; and Marion -unmar.
Nina and Joel Hinds' children: fly; Polly; Simeon mar. Elizabeth Smith; Joel; Ferry mar.
Elizabeth Allred; Jane; and John (?).
Polly and William West's children: James; Isham; Sarah A.; John; Frances M.; Nancy J.; and
Anna and John Pulse (see John and Anna Pulse story).
Elizabeth and Charles Smith's children: William; Celia; Barton; Cintha; Tilda; Polly;
Margaret (or Mary) (same as Polly?); Sarah; Inglintine; David; Amanda and Granville.
Isham and Lavina Boswell's children: Nathaniel mar. Margaret -- ; Sarah Jane mar. William
Conatser; Eli Foster mar. Thursa Evelyn Richardson; BurceLia mar. John Sherrill; Andrew
unmar.; Sampson - unmar.; Samuel Winton mar. Cumanza Huddleston; William Dyke mar. Abbie
Wood; and Nina mar. Levi Norris.
(Source: Mulllinix Families from Delaware to Tennessee and Beyond by Marilyn Mullinix
Blanck, Aug. 1983)
by Novella S. Cravens