Family tree with roots firmly in Derbyshire enjoys new growth
AN American family tree researcher with an unusual surname has been contacted by dozens of Murfins following a story in the Derby Telegraph.
Ed Murfin, of Jacksonville, Florida, has been hunting down members of his family clan for 25 years, a search which has led him to Derby.
The 76-year-old contacted the paper and in August we ran the story of his appeal for people with the surname to get in touch with him.
He said Derbyshire was a "hotbed" of Murfins and planned to arrange a global family reunion of the clan.
And after the story was published, he said he was personally contacted by dozens of people with the surname, hoping to take part in the gathering.
He said: "It was really exciting to get the responses coming in and we are still on the lookout. It is an unusual surname but there seems to be plenty in the Derby part of the world. People have been contacting me and telling me their connections."
Barbara Rea, 77, contacted Mr Murfin after seeing the article in the Derby Telegraph.
She said: "I live in Suffolk and was sent the article by a cousin. My name was Barbara Jean Murfin, as my father was William Edward Murfin and I was born in Belper in 1935 and lived in Allestree until I was seven.
"I contacted Ed Murfin with my details and the family tree I had researched and together with long lost second cousins we have managed to trace our line back to 1761."
Caren Williamson also got in touch with Mr Murfin after reading the story on www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk.
Her father is Michael Murfin and she sent photos of herself, her sister Anna and her father.
Josie Davis, of Derby, said she had also done some research into the background of the surname.
She said: "I read the article and I was originally called Josie Murfin. I have done a lot of research into my father's family who are Murfins. I have his family tree going back to 1817 or so.
"He is also originally from Derby or Derbyshire. We have found out about relatives we didn't know existed even in his lifetime such as great uncles.
"It is a big name to research and if you're not careful you get the wrong branch members as there were so many brothers and sisters born in the 1800's in Derbyshire."
A quick look in the phone book reveals that about 60 people with the surname Murfin live in Derbyshire, with the possibility of many more family members or unlisted residents.
Those Murfins live all around the county and there is also a firm of coal merchants, M Murfin and Sons, based in Ravenscroft Drive, Chellaston.
Mr Murfin said: "The aim is to reach Murfin people going by any spelling or even other surnames due to marriages – get them interested in their family background and get them to checking out our website, www.murfing enealogy.com.
"I want to help re-unite all people from the clan to our common roots in the UK."
Ed Murfin can be contacted by e-mail on edward firstname.lastname@example.org.