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In 1984 I self-published "Documentary History of the English-Speaking Mullis Family" in which I traced the origins of the surname to two Norman knights who participated in the Norman Conquest, Baldwin and Roger de Meulles. By early sixteenth century the modern Mullis spelling was in use in Cornwall, having evolved from twelve variant spellings including Mulles, Mullys, Mulys, Molis, Mules, Molys, Moelis and Moleus, depending on scrivenor's spelling abilities. From Domesday this surname was hereditary in a Devon family which held the same lands from 1086 to 1396. After 1500 one branch in Devon continued the Mules variant and the title Sir/esquire/gentleman that went with it. A cadet lineage from 14th century developed parallel to the Sir Mules, separating by end of 15th century and then situate in eastern Cornwall in Michaelstow and neighboring parishes. By or before 1658 Mullis had arrived in Virginia, and from then into mid 18th century it is traced via records into N. Carolina. I am at present working on a new edition of this work which contains siginificant new material relating to both England and the US, through the mid seventeenth century in England and to 1784 in America. A. Mullies