Birth Name: Calliope Silver Thorne
Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Date of Birth: November 20, 1969
*Ashkenazi Jewish (paternal grandfather)
*Irish, English, Welsh (paternal grandmother)
*Assyrian, Armenian (mother)
Callie Thorne is an American actress.
Callie is the daughter of Karen Silver (Oshana) and Stuart Ewen Thorne.
Callie’s father is of half Ashkenazi Jewish and half British Isles (Irish, English, Welsh) ancestry. Callie’s mother has stated that she is of Assyrian and Armenian descent. Callie’s mother’s family were members of St. Stephen’s Armenian Apostolic Church.
Callie’s paternal great-grandfather, Lincoln MacVeagh, was a soldier, diplomat, businessperson, and archaeologist. Lincoln was the son of Charles MacVeah, who was ambassador to Japan, from 1925 to 1928, the grandson of Wayne MacVeagh, who was U.S. Attorney General, in 1881, and the great-nephew of Franklin MacVeagh, who was U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, from 1909 to 1913.
Callie has stated:
I’m Armenian but I pass for several ethnicities, which is great. It’s easy for me, and I do accents really well. But it’s not all that I can do. That particular movie and this show — because I’m playing Laura Ballard, not Laura Esposito — show that.
Callie’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Edmund Thorne (the son of Bernard David Thorn and Julia/Julie Parvel/Pawel). Samuel was a legal historian and professor at Harvard Law School. Bernard was a Jewish immigrant, who was born in Austria, the son of Samuel Thorn and Rosa Bader. Julie was born in New York, the daughter of Jewish immigrants, Adolph Parvel/Pawel, from Leszno, Poland, and Emma Klein, from Leipzig, Germany.
Callie’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Ewen MacVeagh (the daughter of Davenport Lincoln MacVeagh and Margaret Charlton Lewis). Davenport Lincoln was the son of Charles Miner MacVeagh and Fanny Davenport Rogers. Callie’s great-grandmother Margaret was the daughter of Charlton Thomas Lewis and Margaret Pierce Sherrard.
Callie’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Pius Oshana (the son of Pius Oshana and Martha). Samuel was born in either Russia or Connecticut, to Assyrian parents from Persia (now Iran).
Callie’s maternal grandmother was Beatrice Davidian (the daughter of Khachig/Rathador Davidian and Siranoush). Beatrice was born in Connecticut, to parents from Armenia.
Sources: Genealogy of Callie Thorne (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Marriage record of Callie’s parents, Stuart E. Thorne and Karen Silver Oshana – http://www.familysearch.org
Callie’s paternal grandfather, Samuel Edmund Thorne, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Samuel Edmund Thorne on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Samuel Edmund Thorne on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Callie’s paternal grandfather, Samuel Edmund Thorne – http://www.nytimes.com
Marriage record of Callie’s paternal great-grandparents, Bernard David Thorn and Julia/Julie Parvel/Pawel – https://familysearch.org
Callie’s maternal grandfather, Samuel Pius Oshana, on the 1940 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Callie’s maternal grandfather, Samuel Pius Oshana – http://www.legacy.com
Callie’s maternal grandmother, Beatrice Davidian, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Callie’s maternal grandmother, Beatrice (Davidian) Oshana – http://www.legacy.com
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