Paul Morphy did not marry, but his brother, Edouard Stephen Morphy Sr., had descendants. Some of those descendants were named Paul down through the years.
Charles Paul Morphy had interesting parents. His father, Michel "Alonzo" Morphy, was once a Supreme Court judge of Louisiana. He was appointed to the supreme bench by Governor Andre Bienvenu Roman, August 31, 1839, but became attorney general of Louisiana in 1829 before going to the high court. From 1841 to 1891, his family occupied present-day 417 Royal Street, now Brennan's Restaurant. Prior to Morphys ownership of the residence, Andrew Jackson made an appearance there while campaigning for the presidency.
Paul Morphys grandfather, Don Diego Morphy, of Madrid, Spain, was a vice consul for Spain.
Paul Morphys mother, Louise Therese Felicite "Telcide" Le Charpentier, was the daughter of the auctioneer, Joseph Le Charpentier, who built 1113 Chartres Street, known today as the Beauregard-Keyes House. In 1829, Paul Morphys parents were married in that house.
I'm sure Blake must have been embarrassed when he read what he wrote:
"however; Micaela's father-in-law, intent on seizing the Almonester fortune, tried to murder her by shooting her in the chest. Thinking he had killed her, he shot himself in the heart and died."
There is an obvious error in logic here. If someone was intent on seizing someone's fortune, he certainly would not shoot that person and then, beliving he succeeded, shoot himself.
The truth is, the Baron hated his daughter-in-law because she was a spoiled brat as a child, and what we might politely describe as a B1tch in her later years. The Baron loved his son dearly and could not stand to see his daughter-in-law treat his son as she was doing.
The Pontalbas were quite wealthy. The Baron certainly did not need his daughter-in-law's money.
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