Clarissa Fanny Smith

Early photograph of Sydney Cove (1857-1863). Clarissa Fanny Smith arrived in Sydney aboard the ship "John and Lucy" in 1857
Early photograph of Sydney Cove (1857-1863)

Morris Family Ancestor 2nd Great-grandmother 1846–1905

When Clarissa Fanny Smith was born on 4th October 1846, in Middlesex, her father, Henry, was 38 and her mother, Jane, was 36. She married Samuel Best and they had four children together between 1865 and 1872. She then had five children with Amiel Morris between 1874 and 1881. She died on 7th October, 1905, in New South Wales, at the age of 59.

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Clarissa Fanny Smith was born on 4th October 1846 in West Hackney, Middlesex to Jane Price, age 36, and Henry Smith, age 38.

Half fan chart showing the ancestors of Clarissa Fanny Smith
Half fan chart showing the ancestors of Clarissa Fanny Smith

In 1857, Clarissa at the age of 10 accompanied her parents Henry and Jane when they emigrated from Liverpool, Lancashire, England to Sydney, New South Wales. They arrived aboard the vessel “John and Lucy” to Australia on 6th May 1857. Also aboard the vessel were her siblings Mark, Isaac, Joseph, Frank, Grace and David.

Clarissa’s father Henry passed away on 29th July 1864, at Wallaga Lake near Broulee, New South Wales, at the age of 56. Henry Smith (1808–1864)

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Clarissa Fanny Smith married Samuel Best on 25th September 1864, in Newtown, New South Wales, when she was 17 years old.

Samuel Best was admitted to Gladesville Lunatic Asylum on 4th May 1871 suffering from General Paralysis of Insane. Following assessment he was transferred on 16th August 1871 to Parramatta Lunatic Asylum where he died on 7th August 1879, at the age of 43. Samuel Best was buried at All Saints Church of England where the dead were overwhelmingly the poor and wretched, former inmates of the nearby prison, orphanage and, in particular, the Parramatta Lunatic Asylum.

Photo of All Saints Church plaque to Samuel Best and other former inmates of the nearby prison, orphanage and, in particular, the Parramatta Lunatic Asylum.
All Saints Church plaque to Samuel Best and other former inmates of the nearby prison, orphanage and, in particular, the Parramatta Lunatic Asylum.
Children of Clarissa Fanny Smith with Samuel Best & Amiel Morris
Children of Clarissa Fanny Smith with Amiel Morris and Samuel Best

Our direct relationship to Clarissa Fanny Smith and Amiel Morris was Alfred Morris (1876 – 1929)

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Death of Partner: Amiel Morris died on 3rd May 1904, in St Peters, New South Wales, having lived a long life of 82 years. Amiel Morris (1822–1904)

Clarissa Fanny Smith, known as Mrs. Morris, died on 6th October 1905, in 4 Turner Street, Redfern, New South Wales, when she was 59 years old. Her death was caused by cancer of uterus and heart disease.

Clarissa was buried on 9th October 1905 at the Wesleyan Cemetery, Rookwood. The burial service was conducted by Charles Stead, Methodist Minister.