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4/11/2005

MORPHUS surname? Roots request

Is there anyone who originates from the area known as the Black Country who bears the surname MORPHUS?

If you can help would you please contact: Alan Morphus Email: alamo1940ATntlworld.com ( replace AT with @ )

Further info:

1883 a young girl gave birth to a daughter (out of wedlock )she named this child Minnie Morphus.

1887 This young girl got wed, her marriage lines state that her name was Sarah Morphus her father now deceased was a Thomas Morphus and that she and her father were born WORDSLEY Staffs.

A witness at the wedding was a Samuel Morphus also from Wordsley.

1889 a widow named Eliza Morphus wed a Joshua Thompson a widower, they were both from WORDSLEY.

Later that year and again at the same church Samuel Morphus got wed. He gave Thomas Morphus as his father, his place of birth Wordsley. This was my great grand father. When I applied for a copy of his birth cert at Dudley I was told that there were no one with the name Samuel Morphus but there was a Samuel Malpass. His parents were Thomas and Eliza Malpass nee Morris.

Samuel had about eight children, my grandfather being the eldest. They all lived, worked and died in Nottingham but for some unknown reason all but my grandfather and his father changed their name back to Malpass, My surname is Morphus yet there are families living within 30 mins away with the name Malpass directley related, and have no idea as to why the name change.

Morphus was a common name in the Black Country and the surrounding areas In 1853 there were some in Bilston.