Birth Name: Allison Brooks Janney
Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts
Date of Birth: November 19, 1959
Ethnicity: English, some German
Allison Janney is an American actress. She is the daughter of Macy Brooks (Putnam) and Jervis Spencer Janney, Jr. Her ancestry includes English and some German.
Allison’s paternal grandfather was Jarvis Spencer Janney (the son of Stuart Symington Janney and Frances Moale Spencer). Stuart was the son of Johns Hopkins Janney and Caroline Symington. Frances was the daughter of Jervis Spencer and Sarah Elizabeth Elder.
Allison’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Lowe Hill Smith (the daughter of Francis Hill Fay Smith and Elizabeth Stoddard Lowe). Francis was the son of Frank Hill Smith and Clara Montfort Fay. Allison’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of Houston Lowe and Caroline “Carrie” Harries.
Allison’s maternal grandfather was Henry Wilson Putnam (the son of Edmund Whitman Putnam and Ethel Harding Wilson). Edmund was the son of Irving Putnam and Emma O. Brock. Ethel was the daughter of Henry R. Wilson and Emma Louise Harding. Edmund Putnam’s grandfather, Allison’s great-great-great-grandfather, George Palmer Putnam, was a prominent publisher who founded the publishing house “Wiley & Putnam”. George’s daughter, Allison’s great-great-great-aunt, was physician, writer, and suffragist Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi, whose husband was pediatrics pioneer Abraham Jacobi.
Allison’s maternal maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Ackermann (the daughter of Frederick Thomas Ackermann/Ackerman and Frances Annette Brooks). Frederick was the son of Charles Francis Ackermann, who was German, and of Henrietta Marie Wilkins/Wilckens, who was born in New York, of German descent. Frances was the daughter of James Croxall Brooks and Mary Catherine Murtagh, whose father was born in England.
Sources: Genealogy of Allison Janney – http://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Allison Janney (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Picture and partial genealogy of Allison’s paternal grandfather, Jarvis Spencer Janney – http://www.findagrave.com
Allison’s maternal grandfather, Henry Wilson Putnam, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Allison’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Ackermann, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Allison’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Charles Francis Ackermann and Henrietta MarieWilkins/Wilckens, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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