Three remarkable women - Ann Davis, Elizabeth Morris, and Mary Williams, a grand-daughter of both women, founded this family in Australia. Faced with daunting responsibility at a very young age these courageous and resourceful pioneers bore large families in very difficult circumstances and founded a dynasty in the Parramatta - Castle Hill area of Sydney. Fate, and the convict system, brought Ann and Elizabeth to Parramatta as teenagers when the colony was less than ten years old. Their relationships with eight men resulted in seventeen children, all but one of who survived to adulthood. Whilst most of their partners died relatively young these remarkable women survived well past their 'allotted span'. In 1820 Ann Davis' oldest surviving son Thomas Williams II, married Elizabeth Morris' eighteen-year-old daughter Charlotte Kentwell. The twenty-one year old Thomas was the first family member born in Australia; his sixth daughter was Mary Williams.

In 1856 the families of the 'founding mothers' were joined to that of
John and Jessie Black. Like those already in Australia, the Blacks arrived with in a ship loaded with people of similar status. Their passage was also subsidised but they were not convicts but free assisted migrants from Ireland. John and Jessie were accompanied by their three sons and Jessie's two sisters. After eighteen years in New South Wales Henry George Black, the eldest son of John and Jessie, married Mary Williams.

The
Morgans were Londoners who emigrated to Queensland in 1904. The Blacks and the Morgans were joined when Vicki's mother Lurline Black married Len Morgan during World War II.
THE ESMONDE-MORGAN STORY