They were a European merchant family living for generations in the Ottoman Empire (Turkey).
They are (in the male line) from England.
They went out from England to the Ottoman Empire on commercial and diplomatic business in the 18th century.
They inter-married with other European families living in the Ottoman Empire. (The European families generally did not marry either the Greeks or the Turks.)
My wife has French ancestry through one of these marriages.
Some descendants of the English Maltass family still live in Turkey.
See Historical background.
Rev. --- Maltass,
Extract from [Maltass letter, 1892].
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