Jim Morrison

promotional photo of Jim Morrison in 1968, Elektra Records

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, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, 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.

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). Paul was born in Georgia. 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). Caroline was born in Ohio. 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/H. Crawford and Caroline Elder.

Jim’s maternal grandfather was Dalton Frank/Trank Clarke (the son of Frank Clark/Clarke and Sophie E. Frank/Trank). Dalton was born in Kansas. 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). Anna was born in West Virginia. 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
http://www.geni.com
http://www.findagrave.com
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Jim Morrison (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Jim’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Lydia Emery – https://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Jim’s mother (through her brother) – https://www.wikitree.com

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23 Responses

  1. celebfan says:

    There is a recent article in Celtic Family Magazine which claims that Morrison was partly of Irish ancestry. It points out that some members of the Scottish family married into the Clelland clan, who were from Down County in northeast Ireland.

    Here is a link to the issue:

    https://web.archive.org/web/20160601070104/https://www.aravenabovepress.org/collections/celtic-family-magazine-collection/products/celtic-family-magazine-spring-2016-issue-11

    • andrew says:

      genealogy of Jim Morrison (focusing on his father’ side): https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Morrison-Family-Tree-4075

      genealogy of Jim’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Lydia Emery: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Emery-Family-Tree-1496

      genealogy’s of Jim’s mother (through her brother, Dalton Stidger Clarke): https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Clarke-Family-Tree-7019

      I don’t think Jim had more English ancestry than German overall

    • ses101 says:

      The Clelland clan originated from Scotland but some obviously moved into Northern Ireland, and were part of the Ulster Scots, many of whom moved onto America.

      • andrew says:

        THANK YOU

        I had a look at Jim’s documented genealogies.

        Well, most of his recent lines actually trace back to Germany (including Swiss German people), Scotland and Northern Ireland, rather than England.

        I don’t want to be polemical, but I understand why “English” is not the most claimed ethnicity by White Americans, contrarily as you often see in this site.

        Real “English” ancestry actually is mostly reduced to the first wave of Euro immigrants to New England, combined with Dutch and some French Huguenots. These ones later mixed with the consequent German, Scots-Irish and Irish immigrants. The large bulk of White Americans is based upon this ancestral substrate,

        • madman says:

          “Real “English” ancestry actually is mostly reduced to the first wave of Euro immigrants to New England, combined with Dutch and some French Huguenots. These ones later mixed with the consequent German, Scots-Irish and Irish immigrants. The large bulk of White Americans is based upon this ancestral substrate,”

          While it’s true that German, Scots-Irish, and Irish immigrants mixed with the English-descended Americans, it’s not true that these immigrants are “the large bulk” of white Americans’ ancestry. The large bulk of their ancestry is English, from the colonial times, people with more German or Scottish/Scots-Irish ancestry are exceptions, and often come from areas or towns where these group settled exclusively. That’s why many people here have ethnicities like “English, small amounts of German and Scottish”. It’s not anyone who’s trying to trick you. If anything, English ancestry is often UNDERstated on this site, when certain people have ethnicities like “English, Scottish”, and no recent immigrant ancestors, which gives the impression that they are English and Scottish to around the same degree, when they, in reality, are likely way more English than Scottish.

          • andrew says:

            ” The large bulk of their ancestry is English, from the colonial times”

            That is what I said. Their only English ancestry traces back to 1600s, and it’s pretty distant. How is English ancestry underestimated in this site is beyond me. To have an Anglo surname does not mean to have English ancestry. It often turns out that it’s rather an anglicized German last name or usually a Scots-Irish one. About Jim Morrison’s ancestry:

            Morrison Scotland
            Reep Germany
            Emery Germany
            Beal undocumented
            Hoover Switzerland
            Crawford Scotland
            Groff Switzerland
            Elder Germany
            Clark Scotland or Northern Ireland (they were Presbyterians)
            Trank Germany
            Stiles England
            Stidger Germany
            Robinson undocumented
            Reed Northern Ireland

          • madman says:

            “Their only English ancestry traces back to 1600s, and it’s pretty distant.”

            That’s like saying “French-Canadians aren’t that much French, because their French ancestors are from the 1600’s”. The average white American with roots in the U.S. beyond, let’s say, the mid 1800’s, are majority English with ancestry from the settlers in the 1600’s. So your use of the word “only” makes no sense since it’s the majority of their ancestry. I’m not talking about only looking at the surname, I mean their actual roots when you trace them.

            Yes, it seems like English is a minority of Jim Morrison’s ancestry. But he doesn’t represent the average.

          • andrew says:

            Actually before the 1700s the U.S. were not much populated. Those who colonized the Frontier were mostly Scots-Irish.

            An interesting article: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/23/opinion/whatever-happened-to-german-america.html

          • madman says:

            I’m not denying the influence that the Germans and Scots-Irish had on the American population. But there seems to be an ongoing myth that Americans are less English than they actually are. All I can say at this point is that I’ve gone through many family trees of celebrities here, and from them, I can say that most white Americans who aren’t descended mainly from recent immigrant families appears to be mostly English.

          • andrew says:

            “I can say that most white Americans who aren’t descended mainly from recent immigrant families appears to be mostly English”

            Yes. Colonial family trees are very well documented, and they use to trace back to England (and Netherlands in N.Y.) More recent genealogies are full of holes and not so accurate.

          • andrew says:

            btw at the end of the day Jim Morrison had more German (including Swiss-German) and Scottish ancestry than English.

  2. andrew says:

    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)

  3. andrew says:

    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.

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=25451989

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