Monday, February 9, 2009

Icie Minim and Tula Aminee Malloy

Aminee and Icie were sisters, the only children of John Thomas "Tom" Malloy and Laura Elizabeth Pennington. These sisters never married; they lived long lives and took care of each other. Aminee was 87 years old when she died in 1990, and Icie was 92 years old when she died in 1997.

The Malloys attended New Bethel Baptist Church where Icie played the piano and father Tom led the singing. Tom and my great-grandfather William Hugh Pennington (Icie and Aminee's cousin) used to argue the Bible. Hugh was Primitive Baptist, you see, and attended Emmaus Church just down the road from New Bethel Church.

The Malloys and Penningtons were among several families who came to Itawamba County from across the state line in Lamar County, Alabama. The Malloys were a Scottish family who immigrated to North Carolina before moving westward to Alabama, settling in what was then Fayette County before 1830. There is today a Malloy community where they originally settled. The Penningtons came from South Carolina, also settling in Fayette County before 1830, but their heritage is believe to be of English Quaker.

Aminee and Icie's father, John Thomas Malloy, was the son of John W. and Elizabeth Malloy, while their mother, Laura Elizabeth Pennington, was the daughter of Greenberry Pennington and Kathryn Malloy. I haven't figured out yet how Kathryn Malloy is related to John W. Malloy, but I am certain there is a connection. Both sets of Aminee and Icie's grandparents moved to the Peaceful Valley community of Itawamba County before 1900.

1920 Census
Itawamba County, Mississippi
Cardsville precinct
John T Malloy 41 AL AL MS sawmill laborer
Lanor E 40 AL AL AL
Tula A 16 MS
Icy M 14 AL
John W Malloy 72 father
Marget E Malloy 69 mother

1930 Census
Itawamba County, Mississippi
Beat 3 Barrs Ferry Road
John T Malloy 51 AL AL MS farmer
Laura E 50 AL AL AL married at age 21
Tula A 25 MS (daug) single
Icie M 22 MS (daug) single
John W Malloy 83 AL SC SC (father) widowed

The sisters are buried in Wiygul Cemetery in southern Itawamba County along with their parents.


Janice Tracy said...

Unique names and a unique story. Do you know how their names were chosen?

Mona Robinson Mills said...

Janice, I don't really know. Tula was a family name, from the Malloy side. But I don't know about the other names - interesting for sure!