Birth Name: Aron Lee Ralston
Place of Birth: Marion, Ohio, United States
Date of Birth: October 27, 1975
Ethnicity: Swedish (maternal grandfather), Dutch, English, German, Irish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Scottish, Welsh, some French-Canadian, some Swiss-German, remote French
Aron Ralston is an American outdoorsman, engineer, and motivational speaker. He survived a canyoneering accident in southeastern Utah in 2003, during which he amputated his own right forearm with a dull pocketknife in order to extricate himself from a dislodged boulder, which had him trapped for five days and seven hours (127 hours). The incident is documented in Ralston’s autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place and is the subject of the 2010 film 127 Hours, starring James Franco.
Aron is the son of Donna Pearl (Anderson) and Larry Eugene Anderson. He was married to Jessica Trusty.
Aron’s paternal grandfather was Pearl Kendall Ralston (the son of Paul Thomas Ralston and Sarah Pauline Kinnear). Paul was the son of Plenny Kendall Ralston and Nellie G. Brelsford. Pauline was the daughter of Franklin N. Kinnear and Anna Virginia Fults.
Aron’s paternal grandmother was Marjorie Lou Osbun (the daughter of Ivan Verle Osbun and Helen Gertrude Smith). Ivan was the son of Nathaniel J. Osbun and Minnie Alice Oburn. Helen was the daughter of Earl Smith and Elizabeth “Lizzie/Lizzy” Jordan.
Aron’s maternal grandfather was Karl Gustaf H[enry] Anderson (the son of Carl Oscar Harry Andersson, later Anderson, and of Anna Petronella Andersdotter, later Anna Pearl Anderson). Carl was born in Vessige, Halland County, Sweden, to Anders Johan Petersson and Anna Lovisa Bengtsdotter. Aron’s great-grandmother Anna Anderson was born in Asige, Halland County, Sweden, to Anders Peter Nilsson and Anna Beata Svensdotter.
Aron’s maternal grandmother was Grace Louise Beckley (the daughter of John Ross Beckley and Bertha Leona Buxton). John was the son of John Hiram Beckley and Rebecca Jane Brooks. Bertha was the daughter of Presley R. Buxton and Florence Rebecca Nixon.
Sources: Aron’s birth record – http://birth-records.mooseroots.com
Birth record of Aron’s father – http://birth-records.mooseroots.com
Birth record of Aron’s paternal grandfather, Pearl Kendall Ralston – http://birth-records.mooseroots.com
Birth record of Aron’s paternal grandmother, Marjorie Lou Osbun – http://birth-records.mooseroots.com
Birth record of Aron’s mother – http://birth-records.mooseroots.com
Aron’s maternal grandfather, Karl Gustaf Henry Anderson, on Find a Grave – http://www.findagrave.com
Birth record of Aron’s maternal great-grandfather, Carl Oscar Harry Andersson – http://search.ancestry.com
Birth record of Aron’s maternal great-grandmother, Anna Petronella Andersdotter – http://search.ancestry.com
Birth record of Aron’s maternal grandmother, Grace Louise Beckley – http://birth-records.mooseroots.com
Obituary of Aron’s maternal grandmother, Grace Louise (Beckley) Anderson – http://www.legacy.com
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