Clingan & Morris

All web pages attached to this section of the website, have been prepared for members of the Clingan and Morris families. Each individual web page is based on verifiable sources, documents and citations obtained from official sources.

Because many people are associated with the surnames Clingan and Morris; understandably these names are not unique to our family. The names are shared by many groups or individuals who are not actually related to us, or even to each other. Ancestral relationships of unconnected individuals or families should be avoided.

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Clingan Family Ancestor

Our Clingan Ancestors

Descendant fan chart of William Clingan and Esther Dick including Dorothy May Clingan
Descendant Fan Chart of William Clingan and Esther Dick including Dorothy May Clingan

The related Clingan ancestors include members of the Dick, Biggs, Campbell, Clayphon, Ronald and Emery families.

Our objective is to clearly identify those people with the surname Clingan who are our direct ancestors. To meet this criterion, we know that they must have Irish or Scottish heritage and been related to William Clingan (1824-1885) and Esther Dick (1838-1892), or their children.

On his way to the Bendigo goldfields, William arrived in Melbourne in 1854 accompanied by his first wife Elizabeth and son. They lived in Victoria where they had another five children. In the early 1860’s they moved to Sydney and had another child. William’s wife Elizabeth died in 1865 and he remarried; his second wife Esther bore him six children.

Photograph of shipping on the Yarra River Melbourne in the 1850s
Shipping on the Yarra River Melbourne in the 1850s

William Clingan’s second wife, Esther Dick, is the direct ancestor of our branch of the Clingan family in Australia. William’s first wife Elizabeth Cowden is not a direct ancestor but is included in the above fan chart.

Morris Family Ancestor

Our Morris Ancestors

Descendant fan chart of Amiel Morris and Esther-Dick including Frederick George Morris
Descendant Fan Chart of Amiel Morris and Esther-Dick including Frederick George Morris

The related Morris ancestors include members of the Hall, Wilkinson, Smith and Price families.

Our objective is to clearly identify those people with the surname Morris who are our direct ancestors. To meet this criterion, we know that they must have French, English or Australian heritage and been directly related to Amiel Morris (1822-1904) and Clarissa Fanny Smith (1846-1905), or their descendants.

Amele, known as Amiel Morris, a native of France, arrived aboard the French Ship of War Le Rhin in 1845. Three years later in 1848 he married Harriet Mc.Bride nee Welsh a widower and between 1850-1869 they had twelve children.

French Man of War Ship Le Rhin at Akaroa in the 1840s by Charles Méryon
French Man of War Ship Le Rhin at Akaroa in the 1840s by Charles Méryon

In February 1874, at the age of 52, Amiel desired to obtain the advantages of naturalisation in New South Wales.  At this time he was a boot and shoe maker residing in the City of Sydney who had permanently settled in the Colony and purchased land. His application was successful.

Clarissa Fanny Best nee Smith became Amiel’s partner in 1874; they had four children. The descendants of the union between Clarissa and Amiel created  the direct ancestors of this branch of the Morris family. Amiel’s first wife Harriet Welsh is not a direct ancestor but is included in the above fan chart.


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