My father was Hubert Minx born November 14, 1910 in Sevier County, Horatio, Arkansas. He and his twin brother Herbert were the youngest sons of Thomas and Elizabeth Minx. There were six sons in the family; Bain Altus, Goodrid, Johnny Pirney, Thomas Alva Edison, Hubert and Herbert.
When I started to research this family, I naturally asked my father and his brother Edison to help me. I learned very little from either of them. They only had a few clues for me. They both said the name of Minx was German, the family was from the Petersburg, Indiana area and there was an Aunt Cord and an Aunt Neva. It took me many, many years to put the links together. I was happy to share this information with some of my younger distant relatives who have the same curiosity about our common past.
If you have happened across this page while researching your family line, please email me and perhaps we can share some information. I am always interested in finding out more about my line and in helping others with their research.
My Family History
Thomas Alvin Minx and Elizabeth E. (Lillie) Johnson married on January 30, 1895 in Petersburg, Indiana. Bain was born there in 1896 and Goodrid in 1898. By the time Johnny was born in 1904 the family had moved to Arkansas. Edison, and the twins were born in Horatio.
Thomas worked various jobs around Horatio in the local saw mill, railroad, and of course he farmed. Lillie was busy raising the boys. Thomas was never in the military having been born after the civil war and too young for any other. But somewhere along the way he contracted yellow fever. According to Johnny's wife, Helen, Thomas was plagued by the fever and finally succumbed to it in 1913. He was only 45 years old.
Lillie stayed in Horatio for the rest of her life and never remarried. She raised the boys alone, farming and taking in boarders to make ends meet. Each boy left school as needed to find work and help at home. My father left school at age 13 and never returned.
The boys worked in the saw mill, the railroad and any other factory jobs they could find.
Goodrid joined the army and was shipped off to camp in 1918. He contracted the flu in the big epidemic of that same year and died in January of 1919.
Edison and Johnny found work in the railroad and both moved south to Texas. Edison married and had one daughter named Billie Faye. Edison eventually settled in the Lubbock area.
Johnny had five kids and settled in the Houston area.
Bain had two children and remained in Horatio all his life. His only son Winfred is still there today.
Herbert never married and died in 1961.
My father also moved to Texas and settled in Texarkana. He was married twice. He had one son in his first marrage, Thomas Earl who never married and died in 1984 in Mexia, Texas. He married my mother in 1940 and had two sons and two daughters.
The Family Line Back to Tennessee
John Mincks is found in court records for Carter County, Tennessee in 1820 and 21. Carter was originally part of Washington County, Tennessee. He does not appear in any census record until the 1830 census of Carter County. He then appears as John Mink and his oldest son Hiram Thomas appears on the same census as Minks.
John was married to Nancy Wilson also of Tennessee. Their oldest son was my great-great-great grandfather, Hiram Thomas Minks. Hiram was born in Carter County, Tennessee (now Johnson County) April 10 or 18, 1810. He lived in Virginia, Kentucky and finally in Pike County, Indiana.
Hiram lost most of his children to sickness or war. Alvah apparently died early in Kentucky. Thomas died in the civil war. Francis Marion never married and died in Kentucky. James Andrew died young in Indiana. Only Andrew lived to have four children but he also died young. His widow married David Griffith (or Griffee) and he raised Andrew's only son Thomas Alvin in Petersburg, Indiana.
Thomas Alvin was the first to use the spelling of Minx.
- 1989 (2) (19 KB)
Hubert on the right, Lillie center, and Rusty on the left.
- Andrew Bain Minks (18 KB)
This is the only known photo of Andrew, son of Hiram Thomas Minks.
- Thomas Alva Edison Minx (16 KB)
Edison was born August 17, 1906 in Horatio, Arkansas
- Herbert Minx (23 KB)
Herbert was my father's twin brother. He was born November 10, 1913 and died in 1961. He suffered from Epilepsy and never married. He was confined to a state hospital at about age 21 and never left.
- The Minx Boys (31 KB)
Bain is on the far left, Hubert in the center, and Johnny on the right. This was taken in the Horatio area.
- Hubert and Bessie (31 KB)
My father Hubert Minx and my mother Bessie Lucille Crawford in front of our home in Texarkana, Texas
- Winfred Bain Minx (22 KB)
Bain's only son Winfred who still lives in Horatio.
- Hubert Minx, Jr (14 KB)
Hubert's high school graduation photo
- Lillie and Richard Minx (43 KB)
My sister Lillie and my brother Richard (Rusty)
- 1989 (30 KB)
This photo was taken in 1989 after my father's death. I'm on the left with my sister Lillie on the right. My mother Bessie is seated. Taken in Texarkana.