Mary Morison

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Mary Morison, daughter of John Morison and sister of Jane Hozier nee Morison. The name of her father comes from records of her sister Jane, who married James Hozier in 1842 and James O'Loughlin in 1849. The record of Jane's second marriage gives her father as John Morison deceased, West India planter.

The relationship between Mary Morison and her sister Jane is confirmed by the will of Mary's son Thomas Gunter (proved in 1881) who refers to Jane O'Loughlin as his aunt. Thomas's daughter Lydia Jane Gunter (later Hendricks) was living with her aunt (sic - actually her great-aunt) Jane O'Loughlin at 142 Queens Road in Paddington in the census of 1871. Another of Mary's children, Jane Morison Besset nee Gunter, was a witness to her aunt Jane's second marriage, and aunt Jane registered enslaved people as guardian of her neice Jane Gunter in 1829.

Mary Morison had two children with James Brown, both baptised in Kingston, Jamaica: Lydia Brown (21/12/1805) and William Brown (21/04/1808). She had four children with William Gunter: Robert Gunter (baptised in Kingston, 22/06/1812), Henry Gunter (baptised in St Andrew, 29/11/1813), Thomas Gunter (baptised in Kingston, 04/07/1814) and Jane Morrison Gunter (baptised in St Elizabeth, 03/12/1817).

Mary Morison is assumed to have resided in Jamaica all her life, although her sister and some of her children moved to Britain. Her great grandson Sir Geoffrey Campbell Gunter was Acting Governor of Jamaica in 1960.


First marriage of Jane Morison -, Somerset, England, Marriage Registers, Bonds and Allegations, 1754-1914 [database online]

Second marriage of Jane Morison -, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online].

Will of Thomas Gunter -

1871 census online - Jane O'Laughlin age 70 and Lydia Gunter age 22, both born in Jamaica, at 142 Queens Road, Paddington.

Jane Morison as guardian of Jane Gunter in the slave registers - T71/109 p. 259.

Baptisms of the children of Mary Morison -, Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online].

We are grateful to David Barker and Paul Hitchings for their assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Lydia Brown, Thomas Morison Brown, Robert Gunter, Henry Gunter, Thomas Gunter, Jane Morison Gunter

Relationships (4)

Sister-in-law → Brother-in-law
Extra-marital relationships
Mother → Natural Son