Birth Name: Robert Arquette
Date of Birth: July 28, 1969
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Death: September 11, 2016
Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
*English, French-Canadian, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, Welsh (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
Alexis Arquette was an American actress, musician, and cabaret performer. She was the sister of actors Rosanna Arquette, Richmond Arquette, Patricia Arquette, and David Arquette. Her family surname was spelled “Arcouet” many generations back.
Alexis was born Robert Arquette, and changed her name to Alexis Arquette. She transitioned from male to female.
Alexis’s father, actor Lewis Arquette (Lewis Michael Arquette), had English, French-Canadian, Swiss-German, German, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ancestry.
Alexis’s mother, Brenda Olivia (Nowak), was Jewish (of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent).
There is a claim on the internet that Alexis’s father was a descendant of explorer Meriwether Lewis. Meriwether Lewis had no children. It is possible that Alexis’s father was related to Meriwether Lewis in some other way.
A DNA test of Patricia Arquette whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) stated that Patricia’s genetic ancestry is:
*48.5% Ashkenazi [Jewish]
*36.6% British & Irish
*0.2% French & German
*11.3% Broadly Northern European
*1.0% Broadly Southern European
*2.1% Broadly European
*0.1% Sub-Saharan African
*<0.1% East Asian & Native American
Alexis’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Jean Arcouet dit Lajeunesse, who was born, c. 1646, in Marennes, Rochefort, Saintonge, France.
Alexis’s paternal grandfather was Clifford “Cliff” Charles Arquette (the son of Charles Augustus Arquette, Jr. and Winifred/Wynne/Minnie Ethel Clark). Clifford was a famous comedian under the name “Charlie Weaver”, and was known for his appearances on the Hollywood Squares TV show; he was also a Civil War expert. Alexis’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Charles Arquette (who was born in Michigan, to parents of French-Canadian descent, Peter Daniel Arcouette/Arquette, who was from Sandwich, Ontario, and Marie Anne Valade Viliquette), and of Philomina “Minnie” Josephine Fritsche, who was Swiss, of Swiss-German descent. Alexis’s great-grandmother Winifred was the daughter of Charles Cicero Clark and Emma E. Kear.
Alexis’s paternal grandmother was Mildred Nesbitt LeMay (born Mildred Speight, the daughter of Shirley Sidney Speight and Willie Sue Barr). Mildred took on the surname of her stepfather, David John LeMay. Shirley was the son of Jessie Bryan Speight and Ellen Martha Williams. Willie was the daughter of Thomas Alexander Barr and Mary Emma Hill.
Alexis’s maternal grandparents were Yusseff “Joseph” Nowack/Nowak (the son of Wolff “Zev” Nowak and a mother whose maiden name was “Yasnor”) and Claire Hibel/Hibbel (the daughter of Harry Hibel and Fannie Zacharek). Yusseff was a Jewish immigrant, who was born in Belaja Zerkovy/Bila Tserkva, Kiev, Ukraine, then in the Russian Empire. Claire was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Fannie’s parents were Moshe Zacharek and Rochel Znizer.
Genealogies of Alexis Arquette (focusing on her father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Patrilineal genealogy of the Arquette family – http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com
Alexis’s paternal grandfather, Clifford Charles Arquette, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Alexis’s paternal great-grandfather, Charles Augustus Arquette, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Alexis’s paternal grandmother, Mildred Speight, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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