Thorne & Bryan Genealogy
Last Page Activity: January 7, 2014         

Birth:  19 May 1854  Place: Portrush or Limavady, Co Derry, Ireland2

Death:  27 Jul 1936  Place: Hampton, New Brunswick3

Burial Place:  Hampton, New Brunswick  ("Rural Cemetery at Hampton Station")


Father:  Rev James KENNEDY (1818-1898)

Mother:  Eliza CONN (1821- 1875)



William Sommerville MORRISON MD

Birth:20 Sep 1849Place: Wilmot, Annapolis Co, Nova Scotia4

Death:25 Dec 1938Place: Lachute, Quebec

Burial Place: Lachute, Quebec

Father:  Daniel MORRISON (1809-1876)

Mother:  Margaret CAMPBELL (1810-1869)


Marriage:  28 Jan 1885  Place: 34 West 55 Street, New York5



James Kennedy "Kennedy" (1886-)

Frank Sifford (1887-1976)

Hugh O'Neill "Neill" (1889-)

Fraser Campbell (1892-)


Pictured right (L-R)  Frank, Fraser, Hugh

Above portrait o MARY KENNEDY taken by Otto Wagner Photo 61 Bond Street NY



  • 1880 Census for New York City, New York  shows  Kennedy household:  Mary , Race "W",  Gender "F",  Age "26", marital status "S",  Birthplace "Ireland", Father's birthplace "Ireland", Mother's birthplace "Ireland".   Other people in the household were her father, James Kennedy,  her sisters  Lizzie, Sarah and Matilda, as well as a servant named Ellen Kuhan. 


  • "[Mary Kennedy-Morrison as a mother] made the boys learn to do in the house and it's paid off over the years."  Irene Shaw-Morrison speaking of the boys ability to cook and clean February 9, 1955
  • "Yes, I do write at your grandmother's [Mary Kennedy-Morrison] desk and its innards aren't very tidy but she didn't keep it neat either.  I know because I cleared it after she was gone." Irene Shaw-Morrison November 19, 1968


  •  "... larger homes had parlors and sitting rooms, or like the Morrison's, library and 'drawing room' which was probably your grandmother's old country label carried over to America. At my home and my grandmother's it was parlor and sitting room doubled for dining as well.  [William S. and Mary Morrison] had a room for dining and nothing else in St John and Hampton.  But gradually with smaller families and lack of help, the living quarters have shrunk and now-a-days a 'maid' is a rarity. "  Irene Shaw-Morrison February 26, 1971


Dr Mrs Morrison Honored on Their Golden Wedding - Newspaper clipping





Outstanding Ability,

Had Earned Wide Acquaintanceship

Church Mary attended in Ireland.  Her father James Kennedy was the minister. (photo not part of article.


Many friends in Saint John and vicinity will learn with deep regret of the death of Mary Kennedy Morrison, wife of Dr. W. S. Morrison, Hampton, which occurred at her residence "Kenmore," there last evening after an illness of four weeks.

She was born in the north of Ireland, 83 years ago, and went to New York as a child with her parents, the late Rev. James Kennedy, D.D., and Mrs. Kennedy, when the former received a call from one of the leading Presbyterian churches there. On Jan. 28, 1885, she married Dr. Morrison, who was one of Saint John's prominent physicians for many years.

A woman of outstanding ability, gracious and unassuming, she made many firm friends during her years of residence in Saint John. She was active in the Sunday School, the W.M.S. and various societies of St. David's Church, and her home was noted for its hospitality.

The Morrison residence in Saint John was on Carleton Street, the house at present owned by R. Downing Paterson. Dr. and Mrs. Morrison had a summer home at South Bay and it was one of the local summer show places at that time. Mrs. Morrison was a keen amateur horticulturist and her flower garden was exceptionally beautiful. She was most generous with her flowers and many a sick room was brightened by a bouquet from her garden.

Moved to Hampton

Dr. and Mrs. Morrison moved to Hampton 28 years ago and Mrs. Morrison continued active in church and welfare work. She organized the Women's Institute of Hampton directly after the war, and was a tireless worker in charitable organizations. Her early training as a daughter of the Manse helped her in many ways to help others.


Above L-R:  sister-in-law Eliza Morrison, husband William Sommerville and Mary (Kennedy) Morrison. Photo not part of article.

Mary Kennedy Morrison centre (photo not part of article)


Her passing will be deeply mourned as her kindly disposition had caused her to be beloved by all who know her. She is survived by her husband and three sons, Frank, Vancouver; Neil, London, Eng., and Fraser of LaChute, Que. Three granddaughters, Molly, Betty and Peggy Morrison of Vancouver also survive.

The Funeral will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from her late residence and interment will be in Hampton.




The funeral of Mrs. W. S. Morrison, prominent resident of Hampton, was held from her residence yesterday afternoon and was largely attended by people from Hampton and the surrounding districts and many friends from Saint John.


KenMor Place (picture not part of printed article)

The service was conducted by Rev. Dr. E. H. Ramsay, St. David's Church, Saint John, assisted by Rev. Gordon Fraser, pastor of Hampton United Church, and Rev. W. P. Dunham, rector of the Anglican Church at Hampton. The pallbearers were Robert Reid, A. Douglas Malcolm, C. T. Wetmore and Ira Smith. Internment was made in the Rural Cemetery at Hampton Station. 

Many beautiful floral tributes were received, testifying to the high esteem in which Mrs. Morrison was held. 

Mary Kennedy Morrison (photo not part of article)



1. 1862, Reformed Presby'n Congregation, Newtonlimavady, Newtonlimavady Society, Reformed Presbyterian Church, Limavady, Northern Ireland, Copy in estate of Sherrie Thorne.

2. Irene Morrison,  Information and letters sent to Peggy Bryan.

3. Unknown (clipping sent from Irene (Shaw) Morrison to Peggy (Morrison) Bryan, Most likely Saint John, New Brunswick newspaper, July 28, 1933, "MRS. Morrison Dies in Hampton," Unknown.

4. "Family Bible - Holy Bible Old & New Testaments - Appointed to be read in churches," Oxford: Printed at the University Press, and sold by Thomas Nelson and Sons, New York M,DCCC.LXIX, Passed down to Margaret Campbell Morrison then to Sherrie Patricia Bryan after which it will go to Bryan Arthur Thorne, Estate of Sherrie Patricia Bryan.

5. "Marriage invitation," Estate of Sherrie Patricia Bryan, Inside Family Bible.

6.  Various newspaper clippings