Birth Name: Brandon James Routh
Place of Birth: Norwalk, Iowa, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 9, 1979
Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, distant Dutch
Brandon Routh is an American actor and model. He played Clark Kent/Superman in the 2006 film Superman Returns.
Brandon Routh is of English, Scottish, German, and distant Dutch, ancestry. He has also stated:
I’m Chickapoo [Kickapoo, a Native American tribe], watered down quite a bit, on my father’s side.
It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been documented/verified. All of Brandon’s paternal grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents are listed as “White” on United States Censuses.
Brandon is married to actress Courtney Ford, with whom he has a son.
Brandon’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Lawrence Routh, who was born, c. 1660, in Yorkshire, England, and to Lawrence’s wife, Anne Metcalfe, who was born, c. 1665, also in Yorkshire.
Brandon’s paternal grandfather was Amor Ellis Routh (the son of Pearl V. Routh and Ruth Estelle Conger/Congar). Amor was born in Iowa. Pearl was the son of Joshua Routh and Emma Etta Lydia Neeley. Ruth was the daughter of Revillo/Reville/Reinllo Spencer Conger and Sarah Emma Whitaker.
Brandon’s paternal grandmother was Velma Mae/May Junkin (the daughter of Joy McQuie Junkin and Ada Lowdema “Addie” Morgan). Velma was born in Iowa. Joy was the son of George Thompson Junkin and Mary McQuie; Mary’s parents, Peter McQuie and Isabella McCulloch, were Scottish. Brandon’s great-grandmother Ada was the daughter of Alexander L. Morgan and Viola June Clearwater.
Brandon’s maternal grandfather was John Junior Lear (the son of John Lear and Madge Lavinia Phipps). Brandon’s grandfather John was born in Iowa. Brandon’s great-grandfather John was the son of Peter Lear, a German immigrant, and of Lizzie Henderson. Madge was the daughter of Charles Rush Phipps and Alice May Campbell.
Brandon’s maternal grandmother was Viola Lorraine Brown (the daughter of Leigh Alfred/B. Brown and Edith Bell Brandon). Viola was born in Iowa. Leigh was the son of Daniel Ephraim Brown (whose parents, George Christian Braun/Brown and Anna Catherine Wilhelmina Jenss, were German), and of Viola Adelpha Ballou (whose “Ballou” line originates with an English immigrant, William Ballou, from Devonshire). Brandon’s great-grandmother Edith was the daughter of William Martin Brandon and Elizabeth Caroline Van Winkle; Brandon’s great-great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of Oliver Perry Van Winkle and Irene Cox.
One of Brandon’s direct matrilineal ancestors is a woman named Hannah Brewster, who was born, c. 1688, in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, to Wrestling Brewster and Mary Holland. Hannah’s paternal great-grandfather was William Brewster (c. 1566-1644), a Mayflower passenger and noted Pilgrim. Among many of William’s other descendants are actors Jordana Brewster, Paget Brewster, Chevy Chase, Taylor Lautner, and Seth MacFarlane, soccer player Clint Dempsey, Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, U.S. Vice Presidents Hannibal Hamlin and Nelson Rockefeller, and Governor of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller.
Sources: Genealogy of Brandon Routh (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Brandon’s paternal grandfather, Amor Ellis Routh, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Brandon’s paternal great-grandparents, Pearl V. Routh and Ruth Estelle Conger/Congar – http://www.schueths.com
Brandon’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Revillo/Reville/Reinllo Spencer Conger and Sarah Emma Whitaker, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Brandon’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://www.frontierfamilies.net
Obituary of Brandon’s paternal grandmother, Velma Mae/May (Junkin) Routh – http://iagenweb.org
Genealogy of Brandon Routh (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Brandon’s maternal grandfather, John Junior Lear, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Brandon’s maternal grandmother, Viola Lorraine Brown, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Brandon’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Caroline Van Winkle (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com
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