Allison Janney

by follers on October 19, 2012

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Birth Name: Allison Brooks Janney

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

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.

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 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 –

Genealogy of Allison Janney (focusing on her father’s side) –

Picture and partial genealogy of Allison’s paternal grandfather, Jarvis Spencer Janney –

Allison’s maternal grandfather, Henry Wilson Putnam, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Allison’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Ackermann, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Allison’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Charles Francis Ackermann and Henrietta Marie Wilkins/Wilckens, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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andrew February 24, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Allison’s ancestor George Palmer Putnam founded the publishing house “Wiley & Putnam”. George’s daughter Mary Corinna married Abraham Jacobi.

Allison’s matrilineal line can be traced back to Sir Roger de Puttenham, born c. 1272 in Puttenham, Hertfordshire, England.

Allison’s father

Putnam family

follers February 24, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Allison’s matrilineal line goes through Frances Annette Brooks, and Frances’ mother.

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