George A Mullenax m Mary A Funk 13 December 1874

George A Mullenax was born 14 March, 1845, in Franklin, VA.  His parents were Joseph and Abigail (Phares) Mullenax.   In 1850, he was living with his parents in Virginia.  The family moved to Breckenridge, MO by the time of the 1860 census.  I have found no records to indicate that George served in the Civil War. 

On 23 May 1870, George married RD Phares in Neosho, Kansas.   A few weeks later, the 1870 census worker must have been trying to work fast, as he only recorded the wife’s first initial – R, and that she was born about 1853 in Indiana.   Although the parents weren’t listed in the marriage record, RD is most certainly the daughter of  Noah D and Catherine Phares who lived next to them, according to the 1870 census.  The 1860 census for Noah provides her name as Ruhama D and she and George were second cousins.   I did not find a death record for her, so don’t know if she died in the next couple of years, or if she and George divorced. 

Mary A Funk was born 25 Mar 1846 in Eden, IN.  Her parents were John and Elizabeth (Strine) Funk.  In 1850 and 1860 she lived in Eden with parents, and brothers Adam and Daniel.  In 1870 Eden, she was listed as Marian, with father and younger siblings.  Mary married Henry Shoup on 15 March 1870 in Lagrange, IN. 

I don’t know if George and Mary both lost their first spouses to death or divorce, but they married each other on 13 December 1874, in Montgomery, Kansas, at the home of her brother Daniel.  The 1875 Kansas state census lists George  as born in Virginia, having arrived in Cherryvale from Iowa.  His farm was valued at $375. 

1880 Cherry, Montgomery, Kansas census lists him with wife Mary A. age 34, born in Indiana, both parents born in Ohio.  George lists both parents being born in Virginia.  An uncle, Gideon Vance, widower, age 68, is also living with them, no children listed.    The 1885 and 1895 Kansas state census lists GA, Mary A, and only child John Mullenax as residents of Cherry township in Montgomery County. These records indicate no military service for George. 

By 1900, the Mullenax family lived in Flathead County, MT.  The census says one child born, one surviving, so John was apparently an only child.  The 1905-06 Flathead/Kalispell MT directory lists George A. Mullenax land description 6, 26, 20, 122  value $2220, in the community of Somers where George’s first granddaughter Nellie was born.  I have not located any record where George and Mary were not listed with son John.  Since George’s second granddaughter Frances was born in Del Norte, Colorado, I can presume that the entire family was living there in 1907. 

The 1910 census of Brownlee, ID  includes wife Mary and confirms that their marriage was the second for both.  Also in the family are son John, his wife Eugenia, and their two daughters.  This census asks age at first marriage, and both list 35, so both married the first time in about 1870, which matches the other records.  

George and Mary owned ranchland adjacent to son John, in Soldier Creek.  George died 18 September 1912, in Sweet, ID.  His headstone at Sweet-Montour cemetery says “He was beloved by God and man.”  The cost of his burial was $343.66, and the bill had been sent to JJ Mullenax, but was paid by Virgil Hall.  During the gold rush to the Thunder Mountain Mines, Sweet served as an important freighters supply station. At the turn of the century Sweet boasted of three hotels, three saloons, a bank, a newspaper, two lodge halls, and other business. It was named for the first postmaster Ezekiel Sweet. After the gold rush subsided and a series of fires in the business district, the town began to deteriorate, and was not rebuilt.

On 9 March, 1916, Mary A. Mullennax, widow of George A. Mullenax, was issued land patent 518266, for 160 acres. On 11 Aug 1817, Mary Mullennax sold her property to Alonzo S. Figart for $10 and “other valuable considerations”. On 6 April, 1918, Mary purchased the Mica Bay, Idaho property on Lake Coeur d’Alene from Mary K. Hubbard, filed at the request of JJ Mullennax.  

In 1919, Mary did some traveling away from the family.  She visited a friend in Sandpoint ID, then the two ladies traveled to Kalispell to see her old home there.  Afterwards she returned to live with John and his second wife, Lucy.  One day in December, while her son was in town, Lucy became “suddenly demented” and killed her children.  She then attacked Mary and nearly killed her.  [See previous post on Lucy Fawcett.]  Mary recovered, and the 1920 census shows Mary and her son living at Bellgrove, Mica Precinct.  They sold the Mica Bay property in 1921, and John and Lucy moved to California. 

Some time later, Mary moved into Coeur d’Alene Homes, and was a resident there when she died on 28 October, 1927.  She is buried at Forest Cemetery in the plot purchased by the rest home. 

The Coeur d’Alene Evening Press, October 28, 1927 printed her obituary:  Mrs. Mullenax dies at Coeur d’Alene Homes – Mrs. Mary Mullenax, 81 years, died this morning at Coeur d’Alene Homes for the Aged after a lingering illness.  Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at two o’clock from the Homes chapel, Rev. Johnson officiating and interment will be in Forest cemetery, Cassedy’s Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.  Mrs. Mullenax formerly lived near Mica Bay.  Her son, who was a resident of this city and of Mica, died several years ago.  No other relatives survive. 

This last statement is not accurate, as her two granddaughters from John’s first marriage were alive and had families of their own.

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