This is a history of Frank Edward Mullinix and his ancestors. Much of the information
in this brief history is found in the book Mullinil Families From Delaware to Tennessee
and Beyond written and researched by Marilyn Mullinix Blanck of Alhambra, California. We
extend our thanks to her for undertaking this work of love that resulted in such a
valuable and interesting history of the Mullinix Families.
It is believed that the emigrant who began this Line of the Mullinix Family was named
Robert Milnor, and that he lived first near Annamessex, Somerset County, Maryland. He
emigrated to America from Great Britain, and interestingly enough, as two widelyseparated
branches of the family history tells, was a sailor who jumped ship in the new world. In a
1914 note from Eli Mullinix to his grandson, James Mullinix, the emigrant ancestor, whose
name he had forgotten, Landed at Point Comfort, Virginia in the late 1600's.
Official records of Sussex County, Delaware contain the name of the proven progenitor,
John Mullinix, the first to spell the name with an "X". Analysis of probate
records lead to the conclusion that the above named Robert Milnor, first found in Maryland
in 1673, is "The Emigrant" and father of John Mullinix.
It is believed that Robert Milnor was a Buaker or $uaker sympathizer and, along
withotherdissidents,refusedtopay ataxto support ministers of the Church of England.
Maryland was more tolerant of religious nonconformist and, for this reason, Robert Milnor,
his wife RebeccaBostonMilnor,and her family, moved to Somerset County, Maryland. Lord
Baltimore claimed the land of what is now the coastal region of Delaware and encouraged
many Somerset County families to settle there. Records indicate that Robert and Rebecca
Milnor lived in Sussex County Delaware for at least two years. His children were (1)
William, (2) John, (3) William 11(4) Mercy. John will continue this line. He died in
Sussex County, Delaware in the Late 1670's.
Robert's son, John Mullinix, Lived in Sussex County, Delaware for some time. He married a
girl named Penelope, and his name began appearing in the Land Records of Am ARmdel County,
John and Penelope's home was near Baltimore. He was thought to have been born about 1674
in Delaware and died before 1709 since Penelope was described in a land deed as the widow
of John Mullinir. They had four children, Mary, Penelope, William, and John.
William W. Mullinix was born about 1705 in Sussex County, Delaware. In his early adult
life he moved inland near the Coverdale Farm. He was later married to Jean Coverdale and
they lived for some time in the Cedar Creek Hundred area on the border of Delaware and
Maryland. William Mullinix had his property recorded in Sussex County, Delaware, and he
paid his tar there. When tax collectors from Maryland came to collect a tax on the land
they %aid was part of Maryland, William got into a schuffle with the under sheriff who
planned to take him prisoner, but William broke free and escaped. In a later incident,
this same undersheriff was killed by John Willey while trying to collect a Maryland Tax.
Various indictments were handed down against Mullinix, but he was not prosecuted. William
and his wife Jean, continued to live in Delaware, andthey had eight children. His eldest
son Richard will continue this line. The rest of William W. Mullinix's children were
William, John, Israel, Ahce, Mary, Jean, Roseanna.
by Bruce Mullinix