Jim Morrison

by Rodrigo the Portuguese on February 23, 2014

Birth Name: James Douglas Morrison

Date of Birth: December 8, 1943

Place of Birth: Melbourne, Florida, U.S.

Date of Death: July 3, 1971

Place of Death: Paris, France

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, Swiss-German, distant Dutch and French Huguenot

Jim Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet. He was the lead singer of The Doors, a band whose members also included John Densmore, Robby Krieger, and Ray Manzarek.

Jim was the son of Clara Virginia (Clarke) and Rear Admiral George Stephen Morrison, USN. His father commanded U.S. naval forces at the Tonkin Gulf. He had English, Scottish, German, and Swiss-German, as well as distant Dutch and French Huguenot, ancestry.

Jim’s patrilineal line traces back to Alexander Morrison, who was born, c. 1755, in Island of Lewis, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Jim’s paternal grandfather was Paul Raymund Morrison (the son of Robert Bruce Morrison and Suzannah/Susannah/Susanna Reep). Robert was the son of Stephen Morrison and Lydia Emery. Suzannah was the daughter of John Reep and Sarah Ann Beal.

Jim’s paternal grandmother was Caroline Hoover (the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Hoover and Claudia Irene Crawford). Benjamin was of Swiss-German descent, and was the son of Isaac G. Hoover/Huber and Lydia Ann Groff. Claudia was the daughter of Thomas Sylvester Crawford and Caroline Elder.

Jim’s maternal grandfather was Dalton Frank/Trank Clarke (the son of Frank Clark/Clarke and Sophie E. Frank/Trank). Sophie was the daughter of William Frank/Trank and Matilda Stiles.

Jim’s maternal grandmother was Anna/Annie Robinson Stidger (the daughter of Leroy/Roy L. Stidger and Etta B. Robinson). Leroy was the son of Samuel Baker/D. Stidger and Elizabeth M. Walton. Etta was the daughter of Henson Robinson and Sarah Ann Reed.

Sources: Genealogies of Jim Morrison – http://www.wargs.com

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andrew February 2, 2017 at 3:51 pm

He also had Swiss-German ancestry through his paternal great-grandfather Benjamin Franklin Hoover, whose ancestral lines lead mostly back to Switzerland. (http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=dowfam3&id=I199956&style=TABLE)

andrew February 3, 2017 at 2:06 pm

Jim’s Swiss ancestors were Mennonites.

andrew January 26, 2017 at 1:19 pm
andrew October 25, 2016 at 5:43 am

a little trivia:

Jacob Reep, the paternal grandfather of Jim’s paternal great-grandmother Susannah Reep, was the uncle of U.S. President William McKinley, since Jacob’s second wife, Sarah Allison, was the sister of Nancy Allison McKinley, the mother of President William McKinley.


andrew February 26, 2016 at 5:16 am
andrew June 12, 2015 at 7:58 pm
Fatmonkey October 14, 2014 at 2:43 am

He was also likely of part French ancestry. His 4x great-grandmother, Susannah Covert, was 4x great-granddaughter of a French Huguenot settler, Pierre Couvert. Susannah’s another 2xgreat-grandparents were Bourgon Broucard and Catherine LeFevre.


andrew February 2, 2017 at 3:58 pm
Mommame October 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Scots-Irish in some books. Jim considered himself Irish.

ses101 May 19, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Maybe he thought Morrison was an Irish name (which it definitely wasn’t), or maybe he just liked the idea of being Irish because he liked a drink.

A lot of Americans seem to think most Scottish names are Irish, which is kind of annoying.

andrew February 24, 2014 at 3:14 am

well, Morrison family was Scottish. I read many biographies. His eyes were blue

greensurfer March 11, 2014 at 8:09 am

If I knew Jim Morrisoson back before he died I would have gotten him saved for Jesus Christ, got him off all the drugs and booze, away from his band members, away from his girlfriend and all those evil people and brang him back home to me and my wife Dar and cleaned him all up. I would have shown him YHWH (God) and he would be a great christian and alive today……so sad sorry God I did not help this poor evil soul back then, forgive me Lord YHWH.

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