John MULLINAX6,7,8,9,2,10,11,12,13,14,15,16

also known as Jonathon MULLINIX1

17374 - 18005

Life History

about 1735

Born in Virginia or Maryland

(less likely)


Born in Camden, York, South Carolina.1,2

(most likely)


Born in Rockingham County, North Carolina.4

(less likely)


Married Sarah DONNALLY in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.1,14


Birth of son John S MULLINAX in Spartanburg District, South Carolina.17


Birth of son William MULLINAX in York District, South Carolina.17


Birth of daughter Elizabeth MULLINAX in South Carolina.4,14


Birth of son Isaac MULLINAX in York District, South Carolina.4,18


Birth of daughter Sarah MULLINAX.14


Birth of son Thomas MULLINAX in Kings Creek, York, South Carolina.14


Birth of son Hezekiah R MULLINAX in Cravens, York, South Carolina.19,20,21,22,23


Birth of daughter Rachel MULLINAX.14


Resident in York, South Carolina.3


Died in Jumping Branch, Kings Creek, York, South Carolina.1,2

(most likely)

before 1810

Died in Cravens District, York County, South Carolina.5

(less likely)

Other facts


Birth of daughter Mary MULLINAX in South Carolina.17


  • One or more sources have confused one child from another family with the family of Jonathan Mullinax and Sarah Donnally.  The child Greenberry Mullinax is the son of parents Jonathan Mullinix and Susannah Greenberry in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.  I am in the process of clarifying his family, hoping to find their connection to this Mullinix/Mullinax line of our family.

    There are two different places given as birthplace for John Mullinax (b 1737), son of Jonathan Mullinax:  Camden, York, South Carolina, and Rockingham County, North Carolina.  Dates also vary, with 1735 or 1737 most common.  I have no way yet to determine the basis of this difference.  The source from also reports the death year as 1810, rather than 1800, which I have allowed.  Other seemingly credible sources with good details also support the Camden place of birth.

    I have followed a source that gives the year of death as 1800.  Some sources report John Mullinax dying in the 1870s.  Deed books show him still conducting business in January 1799.  Note that the following deed is dated Oct 3, 1798, but witnessed January 1799.

    1793-1800   (Books 17, 18, 19) #999
    Oct. 3, 1798
    Book 19, p. 87
    John Sloan (Spartanburg County, SC) to Henry Ettres (Lincoln County); for 50# sold 200 ac on a branch of Kings Creek near the "South" line; part of 400 ac granted to John Mullinax who sold to John West who sold to Dan Smith who sold to John Sloan. Signed John Sloan. Witness Sam Espey & Elizabeth Espey. Wit. oath Jan 1799 by Sam Espey. Book 19, p. 87.

    At the following URL, you can view the picturesquely named site of Jumping Branch on King's Creek:
    --  Topozone,

    Following from George Moss, Ancestry World Tree, edited (URL no longer valid)

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    John was born about 1735-1740 (Note: Camden, York County, Census, 1790) and his wife Sarah was born about the same time. (York County Census 1810).

    All indications are that John and his family migrated to Northwestern South Carolina along the border with NC some time prior to 1769. They either came via the Wilderness Road or on the Indian Trail near the coast of Virginia & North Carolina.  (Note: A search of Savanah, GA & Charlestown, SC failed to show any Mullinaxes in that era. However, there were Mullinaxes at that time & before in PA, MD, VA, & NC.)

    On July 26, 1769, John bought around 200 acres for 10 pounds on Jumping Branch on Kings Creek from Joseph Hardin. (Note: Lincoln County Deeds Book 1, pp. 60-61. This land was described as about one mile above John Hardin & joined John McKilmorry's land.)  It was witnessed by Peter Johnson & George Potts and sworn to in open court before Ezekiel Polk, County Clerk.

    On July 22, 1773, John and wife Sarah Mullenaux conveyed 400 acres on "a branch of Kings Creek" to James Patterson for fifty pounds.

    Lincoln Co, NC, Deeds Book 2, p. 39-40.  In this deed, John & Sarah described themselves as residing in Cravens Co, SC, and James Patterson is shown as being in Tryon County, NC.  This was the area of dispute between North and South Carolina, and was finally surveyed and settled in 1782.  Cravens County at the time embraced most of the northern half of South Carolina, including the areas in dispute between NC & SC.   This area went from the Saluda River eastward to the coast and included all of present day Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union, and York Counties, plus other counties.  Likewise, Tryon County, NC claimed most of this area, and since Cravens County never had a courthouse, most of the records from this area of dispute are found in North Carolina courthouses.

    Jumping Branch Creek's headwater is in Whittaker Mountain in SC. The land is about two miles southwest of Antioch Baptist Church and East of Kings Creek in SC. However, because of the factors mentioned above, the deed was recorded in Lincoln County, NC. This error was a common one, it seems.  Lincoln Co, NC was formed from Tryon County, NC.  Tryon County was in turn formed from Mecklenburg County, NC in April 1769. The border between NC & SC was not extended beyond the Catawba River until June 4,1772. So NC & SC had been granting land in this same area since 1752.

    The land sale was witnessed by Robert McAfee & John Logan and proved in July 1774 in open court by Ira Neil, County Clerk.  John was shown as signing his name, but Sarah made her mark.

    John Mullinax was found on the petit jury list for "New Acquisitions" in Camden District, SC, in 1778-1779.  (Note: "The Jury Lists of South Carolina, 1778-1779" compiled by Hendrix and Lindsey, p. 56. "New Acquisitions" lay east of Broad River and south of NC near Kings Mt. in what is now Cherokee County, SC.)

    On October 7, 1780, when the Battle of Kings Mountain was fought in the Revolutionary War, Sarah & Thomas, her son, among others of the family, were living about two miles from Kings Mountain. John was not at home and his son Thomas accompanied a neighbor woman to the mountains, where she found her dead Tory son. (Note: "Kings Mountain and its Heroes" by Lyman C. Draper, LLD, pp. 313-314.)

    According to the Camden (York) County census (p. 29), John was married and had four sons and four daughters. Two boys were over 16 and two were under 16. (Note: This census does not give the ages of the females, it only divides the males as older or younger than 16.) Thus two boys were born before 1770 and two after. Also there was another person in the house, unidentified. Their son William and his wife Martha lived with their own family next door (p. 30). Older son John had moved to Pendleton District. Daughter Elizabeth may have moved there with him.

    John and Sarah were not in York County for the 1800 census, but were living across the Broad River.  They were noted as being over 45 and living alone. By the 1810 census, John was not listed (probably dead) but Sarah was the head of the household (age 45+).  She had with her two boys (16-26) and two girls (10-16).

    (Note: Why were Sarah and John alone in 1800, but then have Sarah with a house full of children in 1810?  Did a couple of daughters & spouses move in?)  The younger children were probably her grandchildren. Hezekiah Mullinax, James and another John Mullinax were householders near by. (Note: York census film for 1810 shows Sarah in house 655/273 and the others in houses 663/269, 659/271, 884/269, and 663/269 respectively.)

    On Feb, 12, 1811, Sarah purchased 204 acres on Burrell's Branch (Note: Now called Mullinax Branch, says Ola Pruitt of Grover, NC, who played there as a youth), from her parents James and Martha Donnally, for 30 pounds.  Note: James Donnally, in his July 10, 1818 will, left Sarah $2. If Sarah's husband John had still been alive at the time, her father would probably have left him money also, since he left money to James Kincaid, Sr, the husband of another daughter.  [Dates of birth and death are somewhat uncertain, but it is thought that John Mullinax died about 1800.]  This was recorded in York County Probate, case 17, file 699.  James Donnally was listed in Camden (York) District in 1790, with three boys under 16, two daughters and one slave in the house.

    Sarah was living on the land at the time. (Note: York County Deeds, Book G, p. 323. This land was originally granted to James Winn, says the description.  James Donale was granted 216 acres on Burrell's and Phillip's Branches of King's Creek by Gov. Charles Pinckney.  It was bounded on the northeast and southeast by Winn's land.)

    It was witnessed by Robert Caldwell, William Caldwell and James Mullenax. William swore to it before Jonathon Newman, Justice of the Peace, on June 8, 1811.

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