Adam Driver

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Birth Name: Adam Douglas Driver

Place of Birth: San Bernardino, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 19, 1983

Ethnicity: English, one eighth Dutch, German, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, more distant Welsh, remote Swedish

Adam Driver is an American actor. He is the son of Nancy (Needham) and Joe Douglas Driver. His father has English, German, Scottish, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant Welsh, and remote Swedish, ancestry. His mother has English, one fourth Dutch, and some German and Irish, ancestry. His father’s family is from Arkansas and his mother’s family is from Indiana, where Adam was raised, in Mishawaka. His stepfather is a Baptist minister, and Adam had a religious Baptist upbringing. He is married to actress Joanne Tucker.

After 9/11, Adam joined the United States Marine Corps, and served in Afghanistan. He later founded Arts in the Armed Forces, a non-profit foundation, which stages theatrical performances for military personnel.

While Adam was cast as a Jewish character a few times, most notably in This Is Where I Leave You (2014) and BlacKkKlansman (2018), he is not himself of Jewish heritage.

Adam’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to John Driver, who was born, c. 1675, in Avening, England, to Giles Driver and Olive Hardy.

Adam’s paternal grandfather was Kelly Potter Driver, Jr. (the son of Kelly Potter Driver, Sr. and Rosa/Rosie/Rose Bell Whiteside). Adam’s grandfather Kelly was born in Arkansas. Adam’s great-grandfather Kelly was the son of Miles/Milas Washington Driver and Sarah Elizabeth Johnson. Rosa was the daughter of Jacob Davis Whiteside and Eliza Ann Withers.

Adam’s paternal grandmother was Edith Mae Fisher (the daughter of Joe Guy Fisher, Sr. and Belva/Belvia/Belvie Yeager). Edith was born in Arkansas. Joe was the son of Walter S./W. Fisher and Mary Jane Quattlebaum. Belva was the daughter of Charles O. Yeager and Irene Almeda Favors.

Adam’s maternal grandfather was Ira Lee Needham (the son of Lester G. Needham and Gertrude Dykstra/Dexter). Ira Lee was born in Indiana. Lester was the son of Ira H. Needham and Flora Anna Harrington. Gertrude was born in Indiana, to Dutch parents, John H. Dykstra/Dexter and Jantje/Jennie F. Kuypers/Kipers.

Adam’s maternal grandmother is Dolores Lavone Pettit (the daughter of Theodore George Pettit and Florence Geneve/Geneva Ullrich). Dolores was born in Indiana. Theodore was the son of William Clayton Pettit and Cora Ethel Campbell. Florence was the daughter of Jacob Ullrich and Nellie Blanche Carpenter. Jacob was the son of a German father and an Irish mother.

Sources: Genealogy of Adam Driver – http://www.geni.com

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

Adam’s paternal grandfather, Kelly Potter Driver, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Adam’s paternal grandfather, Kelly Potter Driver, Jr. – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogies of Adam’s paternal great-grandfather, Kelly Potter Driver – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
https://www.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Adam’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Jacob Davis Whiteside – https://www.ancestry.com

Adam’s paternal grandmother, Edith Mae Fisher, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Adam’s paternal grandmother, Edith Mae (Fisher) Driver – http://assuredpeace.com

Genealogy of Adam’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Jane Quattlebaum (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Adam’s aunt (mother’s sister), Debra L. (Needham) Camren – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Adam’s maternal grandfather, Ira Lee Needham (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Adam’s maternal grandfather, Ira Lee Needham, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Adam’s maternal great-grandmother, Gertrude Dexter/Dykstra (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Adam’s maternal grandmother, Dolores Lavone Pettit, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Adam’s maternal great-grandfather, Theodore George Pettit, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Adam’s maternal great-grandmother, Florence Geneve/Geneva Ullrich, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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43 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    he descends from several Mayflower passengers: Francis Cooke, Stephen Hopkins, Elizabeth Fisher, Peter Browne

  2. follers says:

    Why is this web site turning into a link farm?

  3. andrew says:

    Genealogy of Adam’s paternal great-grandfather, Kelly Potter Driver – https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/kelly-potter-driver_89835466

  4. andrew says:

    genealogy of Adam’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Jacob Davis Whiteside – https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/jacob-d-whiteside_111682637

    there’s Scots-Irish, Irish and Colonial American (English) ancestry on this side

  5. andrew says:

    genealogy of Adam’s paternal great-grandmother, Rosa/Rosie Bell Whiteside (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Whiteside-Family-Tree-904

    • andrew says:

      Through this line, Adam and Patrick Swayze are 6th cousins twice removed

      Adam’s paternal 7th great-grandparents, Samuel Swazey, Jr. and Phebe Hannah Horton, were also Patrick’s paternal 5th great-grandparents

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