James Howe Morris1

(1821 - 1896)
Father*Alexander Morris1 b. 1777, d. 1854
Mother*Marion Howe1 b. 1786, d. 1847
James Howe Morris was born in Greenock, Renfrewshire, on 10 May 1821.1 and was baptised on 22 May 1821 in West (Old) Parish.1

On the death of their father in 1854, the MORRIS siblings inherited nearly £1000. It is likely that the inheritance provided much of the capital for James and his brother Arthur to purchase (for £1550) a small ship, the US-built S. W. Nash, which Arthur renamed the Dunedin. (See the history of the Dunedin for more detail).2

A small band of Scottish pioneers and brothers Arthur and James left London for New Zealand on the Dunedin, under the command of Capt McNeur in October 1855; after picking up Arthur at Portsmouth on the 29 Oct, the Dunedin completed the passage to Port Chalmers in only 84 days, a record at the time.3
He was listed as the brother of Margaret Hunter Morris in the 1891 Census at Mayfield Cottage, West Back Rd in Irvine, Ayrshire, and was a retired accountant.4

He was appointed executor of Margaret Hunter Morris's estate in Irvine, Ayrshire, on 25 September 1894.5,6,7

James died on 31 May 1896 in Irvine, Ayrshire, at age 75.8,6,9,10,11 He was buried at the Old Parish Churchyard in Irvine.11
Thrugh-stone of HUNTER, HOWE, MORRIS families, Irvine Old Parish Kirkyard


His estate was confirmed in Irvine, Ayrshire, on 12 November 1896 with Arthur William Morris appointed executor but was complicated by its geographic spread - although sealed in Irvine, 12 Nov 1896 with a value of £1279/19/-, it had a confirmation seal in England (21 Nov 1896) with a further affidavit by his brother Arthur in Dunedin, New Zealand (Mar 1897).12,6,9
ChartsWilliam Morries descendancy

Citations

  1. [S612] GRO Scotland, birth/bapt record, Parish of Greenock Old (or West), OPR Births/baptisms, GRO 564/03 0050 0054.
  2. [S1] Manuscript - Journal of A W Morris, pages 452-457.
  3. [S1] Manuscript - Journal of A W Morris, page 475 onward.
  4. [S178] Census - 5 Apr 1891, UK census, Scottish GRO 595/00 001/00 033.
  5. [S358] Probate - Testament - Margaret Morris Archives of New Zealand, Dunedin Regional Office DAAC/9073 111 2646, Ayr Sheriff Court, SC6/44/57.
  6. [S677] Index - England High Court of Justice, England & Wales National Probate Calendar.
  7. [S1046] Index - Commissary Clerk of Edinburgh, Scottish Calendar of Confirmations, confirmation granted at Ayr 25 Sep 1894 to James Howe MORRIS, her brother; executor dative qua next of kin, as she died intestate.
  8. [S359] Probate - Testament - James Morris Archives of New Zealand, Dunedin Regional Office DAAC/9074 252 9950.
  9. [S1046] Index - Commissary Clerk of Edinburgh, Scottish Calendar of Confirmations, confirmation granted at Ayr 12 Nov 1896 to Arthur William MORRIS, Manager, Otago & Southland Investment Co, Dunedin, NZ, his brother; executor dative qua next of kin, as he died intestate.
  10. [S918] GRO Scotland, death record, District of Irvine, Statutory Deaths, GRO 595/00 0094, aged 75.
  11. [S1228] Cemetery Marker - , Irvine Old Parish Kirkyard, Ayr.
  12. [S359] Probate - Testament - James Morris Archives of New Zealand, Dunedin Regional Office DAAC/9074 252 9950, Ayr Sheriff Court, SC6/44/59.

Janet Morris

(1790 - )
Father*Fergusson Mories b. 1747, d. 1790
Mother*Jean Arthur b. 1743, d. 1842
Janet Morris was born in Irvine, Ayrshire, on 10 September 1790.1 and was baptised on 19 September 1790 in Irvine.2
ChartsWilliam Morries descendancy

Citations

  1. [S236] CD - Dr Williams Library & County Civil records, British Vital Records CDs, FHL film 1041383.
  2. [S612] GRO Scotland, birth/bapt record, Parish of Irvine, OPR Births/baptisms, GRO 595/00 0020 021 FR359.

Jean Morris

(1782 - )
Father*Fergusson Mories b. 1747, d. 1790
Mother*Jean Arthur b. 1743, d. 1842
Jean Morris was born in Irvine, Ayrshire, on 23 February 1782.1 and was baptised on 4 March 1782 in Irvine.2
ChartsWilliam Morries descendancy

Citations

  1. [S236] CD - Dr Williams Library & County Civil records, British Vital Records CDs, FHL film 1041383.
  2. [S189] International Genealogical Index (IGI), Batch No: C115952; Source Call No:      1041383, 0102834;      Film: 6900524.

Jessie Morris

(1860 - 1950)
Father*Arthur William Morris b. 1825, d. 1910
Mother*Janet (Jessie) Moodie b. 1834, d. 1910
Jessie RIDINGS
(nee MORRIS)
(1860-1950)
Jessie Morris was born in Dunedin, Otago, on 19 May 1860.1,2

She married James Percy (Boz) Ridings at First Church in Dunedin, Otago, on 8 December 1891.1,3,4,5

She was named as a beneficiary of the will of Arthur William Morris dated 2 May 1904 in Dunedin, Otago.6

She was widowed at age 86 on the death of her husband James on 19 January 1947.7,8

Jessie died on 28 December 1950 in Auckland at age 90.1,9

Family

James Percy (Boz) Ridings (1860 - 1947)
Child
ChartsWilliam Morries descendancy
Thomas Mudie (Moodie) (1776-?) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S1] Manuscript - Journal of A W Morris, Family Register on page 519.
  2. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Birth Reg. No. 1860/2084.
  3. [S421] Presbyterian Church Archives of NZ, at https://www.presbyterian.org.nz/archives/
  4. [S443] CD - NZ Marriages, CD - NZ Marriages 1836-1956 V2, NZ Registrar General's Folio 3550.
  5. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Marriage Reg. No. 1891/2644.
  6. [S800] National Archives - NZ Archives (Archway), Dunedin probate record, Item ID R22067021, Agency DAAC, Accession D239, box 310, record 891.
  7. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1947/16731, aged 88.
  8. [S569] Waikumete Cemetery database, at https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/cemeteries/Pages/…, Waikumete Cemetery, Eucalyptus Glade, scattered ashes.
  9. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1950/27597, aged 90.

Jessie Violet Mary (Mollie) Morris

(1906 - 1974)
Father*George Moodie Morris b. 1861, d. 1929
Mother*Margaret Helen Mary (Daisy) Dymock b. c 1870, d. 1963
Jessie Violet Mary (Mollie) Morris was born in New Zealand on 14 January 1906.1

She married Frederick Arthur Llewellyn Hunt in New Zealand in 1928.2,3

Jessie died on 25 August 1974 in Wellington at age 68.4,5 She was cremated at the Karori Crematorium on 27 August 1974.5

Family

Frederick Arthur Llewellyn Hunt (1899 - 1976)
ChartsWilliam Morries descendancy
Thomas Mudie (Moodie) (1776-?) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Birth Reg. No. 1906/6789, and Death Reg. No. 1974/39622 gives this birthdate.
  2. [S443] CD - NZ Marriages, CD - NZ Marriages 1836-1956 V2, NZ Registrar General's Folio 245.
  3. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Marriage Reg. No. 1928/532.
  4. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1974/39622.
  5. [S570] Wellington City Cemeteries database, at https://wellington.govt.nz/cemeteries/…, Rec. No. 38924.

Mabel Constance Morris

(1905 - 1999)
Father*Charles Edwin Morris b. 1871, d. 1924
Mother*Edith Maud Armstrong b. 1875, d. 1959
Mabel Constance Morris was born in Oamaru, Otago, on 31 October 1905.1

She was widowed on the death of her husband William before 1912.

Mabel died in 1999 in Napier, Hawkes Bay.2
ChartsWilliam Morries descendancy
Thomas Mudie (Moodie) (1776-?) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Birth Reg. No. 1905/18086, and Death Reg. No. 1999/10103 gives this birthdate.
  2. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1999/10103.

Margaret Morris1

(1780 - )
Father*Fergusson Mories1 b. 1747, d. 1790
Mother*Jean Arthur1 b. 1743, d. 1842
Margaret Morris was born in Irvine, Ayrshire, on 29 January 1780.2 and was baptised on 30 January 1780 in Irvine.3
ChartsWilliam Morries descendancy

Citations

  1. [S240] Will - Alexander Morris, Ayr Sheriff Court Inventories.
  2. [S236] CD - Dr Williams Library & County Civil records, British Vital Records CDs, FHL film 1041383.
  3. [S189] International Genealogical Index (IGI), Batch No: C115952; Source Call No:      1041383, 0102834;      Film: 6900524.

Margaret Alice Morris

(1893 - 1894)
Father*George Moodie Morris b. 1861, d. 1929
Mother*Margaret Helen Mary (Daisy) Dymock b. c 1870, d. 1963
Margaret Alice Morris was born on 13 December 1893.

Margaret died on 20 April 1894.
ChartsWilliam Morries descendancy
Thomas Mudie (Moodie) (1776-?) descendancy

Margaret Hunter Morris

(1878 - 1878)
Father*Arthur William Morris b. 1825, d. 1910
Mother*Janet (Jessie) Moodie b. 1834, d. 1910
Margaret Hunter Morris was born in Dunedin, Otago, on 13 March 1878.1,2,3

Margaret died on 12 April 1878 at Maitland St in Dunedin, Otago.1,4,5,6 She was buried on 12 April 1878 at the Northern Cemetery.4,7
Grave - Arthur W MORRIS (1825-1910), Jessie (nee MOODIE)(1834-1910), Margaret H MORRIS (1878-1878) and Thomas M MORRIS (1873-1879), family plot, Northern Cemetery, Dunedin, NZ
ChartsWilliam Morries descendancy
Thomas Mudie (Moodie) (1776-?) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S1] Manuscript - Journal of A W Morris, Family Register on page 519.
  2. [S189] International Genealogical Index (IGI), Entry on film 1760829.
  3. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Birth Reg. No. 1878/5714 (name not recorded).
  4. [S131] Cemetery Marker - , Northern Dunedin Cemetery, NZ.
  5. [S420] Dunedin City Cemeteries database, at https://www.dunedin.govt.nz/services/cemeteries/…
  6. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1878/282, aged 1 mth (name not recorded).
  7. [S420] Dunedin City Cemeteries database, at https://www.dunedin.govt.nz/services/cemeteries/…, Original reference N18780405 and only recorded as 'baby', so presumably not baptised; Block 1 plot 8.

Margaret Hunter Morris

(1819 - 1894)
Father*Alexander Morris b. 1777, d. 1854
Mother*Marion Howe b. 1786, d. 1847
Margaret Hunter Morris was born in Greenock, Renfrewshire, on 14 January 1819.1 and was baptised on 4 February 1819 in West (Old) Parish.2
She was listed in the 1841 census at West Back Rd in Irvine, Ayrshire, with her parents, Alexander Morris and Marion Howe.3
The siblings Alexander and Margaret were listed in the 1851 census at West Back Rd in Irvine, Ayrshire, with their father Alexander Morris.4
She was listed as the sister of Alexander Fergusson Morris in the 1871 Census at West Back Rd in Irvine, Ayrshire.5
She was listed as the sister of Alexander Fergusson Morris in the 1881 Census at May Cottage, West Back Rd in Irvine, Ayrshire.6

She was appointed executrix of Alexander Fergusson Morris's estate in Irvine, Ayrshire, on 25 September 1885.7,8,9

She was listed in the 1891 census as Head of Family at Mayfield Cottage, West Back Rd in Irvine, Ayrshire; she was living on private means and the household included her brother James Howe Morris.10

Margaret died on 12 July 1894 in Irvine, Ayrshire, at age 75.11,8,12,13,14 She was buried at the Old Parish Churchyard in Irvine.14
Thrugh-stone of HUNTER, HOWE, MORRIS families, Irvine Old Parish Kirkyard


Her estate was confirmed in Irvine, Ayrshire, on 25 September 1894 with James Howe Morris appointed executor but was complicated by its geographic spread - although confirmed in Irvine, 25 Sep 1894 with a value of £1202/10/8, it had a confirmation seal in London (4 Oct 1894) and was further sealed in the Dunedin, New Zealand courts (1 Mar 1895).15,8,12
ChartsWilliam Morries descendancy

Citations

  1. [S236] CD - Dr Williams Library & County Civil records, British Vital Records CDs, FHL film 1041063.
  2. [S189] International Genealogical Index (IGI), Entry C119574; Source Call No: 1041063.
  3. [S117] Census - 6 Jun 1841, UK census, Scottish GRO 595/00 013/00 031.
  4. [S118] Census - 30 Mar 1851, UK census, Scottish GRO 595/00 013/00 038.
  5. [S367] Census - 2 Apr 1871, UK census, Scottish GRO 595/00 001/00 033.
  6. [S116] Census - 3 Apr 1881, UK Census, Scottish GRO 595/00 001/00 034 FHL film 203599.
  7. [S360] Probate - Testament - Alexander F Morris Archives of New Zealand, Dunedin Regional Office DAAC/9074 250 9911, Ayr Sheriff Court, SC6/44/46.
  8. [S677] Index - England High Court of Justice, England & Wales National Probate Calendar.
  9. [S1046] Index - Commissary Clerk of Edinburgh, Scottish Calendar of Confirmations, confirmation granted at Ayr 10 Sep 1885 to Margaret Hunter MORRIS, his sister; executrix dative qua next of kin, as he died intestate.
  10. [S178] Census - 5 Apr 1891, UK census, Scottish GRO 595/00 001/00 033.
  11. [S358] Probate - Testament - Margaret Morris Archives of New Zealand, Dunedin Regional Office DAAC/9073 111 2646.
  12. [S1046] Index - Commissary Clerk of Edinburgh, Scottish Calendar of Confirmations, confirmation granted at Ayr 25 Sep 1894 to James Howe MORRIS, her brother; executor dative qua next of kin, as she died intestate.
  13. [S918] GRO Scotland, death record, District of Irvine, Statutory Deaths, GRO 595/00 0141, aged 75.
  14. [S1228] Cemetery Marker - , Irvine Old Parish Kirkyard, Ayr.
  15. [S358] Probate - Testament - Margaret Morris Archives of New Zealand, Dunedin Regional Office DAAC/9073 111 2646, Ayr Sheriff Court, SC6/44/57.