MALPASS is an old family name in colonial, eastern North Carolina. This page sets forth what limited information I have regarding my search for the ancestors of Rebecca MALPASS who married Frederick CROOM about 1810 in New Hanover County, North Carolina. To provide some perspective as to where Rebecca MALPASS "fits in" to the ongoing research, I have included some other New Hanover County MALPASS families living shortly before and during her lifetime.
Hopefully, the information I have displayed on this page will facilitate the study of the early MALPASS families and lead to additional findings. As these and other related names are better understood and sorted out, this page undoubtedly will continue to be revised. For now, it is a start. I am indebted to Terri BROWN, APG, a MALPASS descendant, for her untiring research and help. Among her works, Richard MALPASS, Senior, Junior and Third, and An Assumption That Proved Misleading: A Case Study of Simon Malpass and His Son Simon, have been very useful in the compilation of this page. Additionally, I thank Caleb Molpus and Edgar Mike Malpass for their suggestions from time to time. This is what I understand at this point:
To date I have found few references to individuals named MALPASS living in the eighteenth century or earlier and who migrated to North Carolina. Ms. Terri Brown identified one as Simon MALPASS who was in Virginia in 1736 and who later appeared in Craven County, NC in 1739. The earliest information of my MALPASS ancestral line known to me begins in Virginia in the late seventeenth century. A Richard MALPASS who appears to be connected to families of that name in Virginia is recorded as the earliest MALPASS believed to have arrived in North Carolina. Court records in Albemarle County show approval of a land grant for a ...Rich. MALEPASS... in July 1694.
Richard Malpass, Senior and Descendants
NOTE: The aforementioned Hardy MALPASS is not to be confused with the Hardy MOLPUS (MALPASS), who lived in Washington County, GA in 1820 and whom some assert was a son of Jeremiah MALPASS. The 1820 Georgia census lists him as age 26-45 and with a household of of 3 children, 1 male 18-26 and a slave. In adjacent Baldwin County, the 1820 census lists a Jeremiah MOLPUS, b bef 1775. He possibly was the father of the Hardy in Washington County.
Note: "Fnu" means "first name unknown".
Simon Malpass: What Do We Know?
In the Fall of 2000, Terri Brown published a paper entitled, "An Assumption That Proved Misleading: A Case Study of Simon Malpass and His Son Simon." Her paper was the culmination of her extensive research and provides an important view of a Simon MALPASS, his family and other related families living in both North Carolina and South Carolina during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Mrs. Brown's credible work has led me to temporarily remove my previously published section on this page hypothesizing on Simon MALPASS. Shortly, I will display known information on Simon MALPASS SR and JR.
James Malpass x 3 = Confusion
Census and other records suggest as many as three individuals named James MALPASS were living contemporaneously in New Hanover County in the late 1700s. Assigning records to the proper James has been and continues to be difficult.
In 1800 Simon MALPASS, JR, gave one acre to the people of Moore's Creek for the building of a church. This gift deed was witnessed by JAMES MALPASS who was a brother of Simon MALPASS, Jr. Both were of the seven sons of Simon MALPASS, SR, who was born in VA, lived briefly in Craven County, NC, and later lived and presumably died in SC. Records reveal that Simon, Jr., moved from SC back to NC and the Moore's Creek area sometime after January 1766 where he received a land grant of 100 acres in 1767. His brother James MALPASS is first found in New Hanover County in 1767 when he purchased land on the Black River from Peleg ROGERS who had obtained the land in an original patent two years earlier. Of the three men named JAMES MALPASS living concurrently in New Hanover County in the late 1700s, this James was the oldest, having been born about 1746 or earlier. This James did not stay put for long. After his NHC marriage in the latter part of 1791 to Julia, the widow of Matthew ORR , records reveal the family living in South Carolina for a brief time. They moved back to NHC, as an 1812 record reveals their witnessing the will of John JONES.
The second JAMES MALPASS is the one who, according to his military pension application, was born about 1760. [This record has led me to believe the 1840 census record was in error in giving his age as "88." I believe he was then 80.] This James, of course, was the father-in-law of Frederick CROOM and was, I believe, a son of Richard MALPASS, III. James died between 1840 and 1850.
The third JAMES MALPASS was born 2 Apr 1775 and was, I believe, a son of Hardy MALPASS. This James married Mary, daughter of Thomas and Catherine? Rivenbark GIDDENS/GIDEON. The 1850 NHC census shows James as 75 years of age, blind and living in the household of his son Lovett. Presumably, James died before 1860.
It should not be surprising that erroneous conclusions have been made concerning the name James MALPASS. Admittedly, some parts of my MALPASS line are speculative, but hopefully it will generate some thought, promote continued research and produce some new facts.
CAUTION: The association of some family members on this page is probable but nonetheless SPECULATIVE. They are shown here for study purposes only. Your help in clarifying these MALPASS families of North Carolina would be appreciated. More information to be inserted here.
Origin of the Malpass Surname
The March 1991 Journal of the Florida Genealogical Society, Inc., contained an informative article which had been abstracted from The Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra (Australia) Inc. The article was based on a paper given by Dr. Niel Gunson at the Second National Capital History Seminar, October 28-29, 1989 in Australia. The article describes the origins of a number of surnames in English ancestry. Information pertaining to one surname of particular interest to this web page is excerpted from that article as follows:
As early as 1266, there were royal edits to control and protect resident aliens, particularly merchants of various nationalities in London and small colonies of Flemish artisans and weavers. In 1331, however, Edward III, whose wife was a Netherlander, issued an important invitation to foreign weavers to settle in England. Communities of Netherlanders were formed in London, York, Winchester, Norwich, Bristol, Abingdon, the Cotswolds and the West Riding of Yorkshire. Flemish names introduced in this period were CLUTTERBUK, FORTEY, HOLBROW, MALPASS, PETTITT, PHILLIMORE, PROUT AND TAME. Click here to return to Possible Origins of Malpass at the top of this page.
Note: LNU= last name unknown
This page was last revised on 14 February 2011
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