Clark Gable

Date of Birth: February 1, 1901

Place of Birth: Cadiz, Harrison, Ohio, United States

Date of Death: November 16, 1960

Place of Birth: West Hollywood, California

Ethnicity: German, Irish, some Swiss-German, remote Belgian

Clark Gable was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for It Happened One Night (1934). He was referred to as “The King of Hollywood” or “The King”.

Clark was the son of Adeline (Hershelman) and William Henry Gable. Clark’s father was of German, some Swiss-German, distant Irish, and remote Belgian, descent, with some roots in Rhineland-Palatinate. His mother was of German and Irish ancestry.

Clark was married to actress Carole Lombard, until her death, and to actress Kay Williams, until his death. He had a daughter with actress and singer Loretta Young, and a son with Kay. His grandson is actor and model Clark James Gable.

Clark’s paternal grandfather was Charles Gable (the son of John George Gable and Sarah Frankenfield). Charles was born in Pennsylvania. John was the son of George Gable and Catherine. Sarah was the daughter of Johann/John Philip Frankenfield and Cadarena/Catherine/Catharine Haupt.

Clark’s paternal grandmother was Nancy Ann Stainbrook (the daughter of Jacob Stainbrook, Jr. and Rebecca McFadden). Nancy was born in Pennsylvania. Jacob was the son of John Jacob Stainbrook and Elizabeth Conrad. Rebecca was the daughter of John McFadden, Jr. and Catherine Steinbruch/Stainbrook.

Clark’s maternal grandfather was John J. Hershelman (the son of Johann Jakob/Jacob Hershelman and Maria Elizabeth Hill). Clark’s grandfather John was born in New York, to German parents, from Bavaria. Clark’s great-grandfather Johann was from Triippstadt, the son of Johann Adam Hershelman and Catharina Nothoff.

Clark’s maternal grandmother was Rosetta Clark (the daughter of Timothy Clark and Jane Bullock). Rosetta was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, with her father having been born in Aghalee, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Timothy was the son of Catherine Harmon.

Sources: Genealogies of Clark Gable – http://www.geni.com
http://www.wikitree.com
http://www.findagrave.com
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Clark Gable (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.politicalfamilytree.com

Clark’s father on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Clark’s mother on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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41 Responses

  1. cdonorab says:

    Correction. According to some trees I’ve seen threw his father’s stainbrook/Conrad line Clark gable had Dutch and French ancestry as well.

  2. andrew says:

    * Johann Jakob Hershelman was born in Bavaria, Germany.
    * Clark’s German ancestors (Frankenfield and Conrad lines) were from Rhineland-Palatinate. Two of Clark’s ancestors (from 1600s) were born in Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium
    http://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Frankenfield-Family-Tree-69
    * Timothy Clark was born in Aghalee, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

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