Birth Name: Elizabeth Irene Mitchell
Place of Birth: Pittsfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Date of Birth: February 10, 1974
Ethnicity: English, Irish, Scottish, 1/16th Dutch
Elizabeth Banks is an American actress, producer, and director. She is married to producer and writer Max Handelman, with whom she has two children.
She has English, Irish, Scottish, and one sixteenth Dutch, ancestry.
Elizabeth was raised in a family of Protestant and Catholic background. Elizabeth’s husband is from a Jewish family, and Elizabeth went through the process of converting to Judaism. In 2013, she stated of her religion:
I did not have my mikveh, so technically I’m not converted… I’ve been essentially a Jew for like 15 years… I haven’t had a Christmas tree in 15 years… Frankly, because I’m already doing everything [in terms of religious practice], I feel like I’m as Jewish as I’m ever going to be.
Elizabeth’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Phineus Mitchell (the son of Joseph Irving Mitchell and Elizabeth Clarissa Stearns). Elizabeth’s great-grandfather Joseph was the son of Joseph Isadore Mitchell, who was born in Leicester, England, and of Mary Jane Holmes. Elizabeth’s great-grandmother Elizabeth Stearns was of the daughter of Edward Llewellyn Stearns and Katherine H. Hasbrouck, who was of Dutch descent.
Elizabeth’s paternal grandmother was Clarissa Adrienne Knox (the daughter of Clarence Kay Knox and Catherine J. McCabe). Clarence was born in Massachusetts, the son of Scottish parents, Hugh Robertson Knox, who was born in Glasgow, and Catherine Gray. Elizabeth’s great-grandmother Catherine J. McCabe was the daughter of Owen McCabe, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, and of Catherine Teevan, who was born in Northern Ireland.
Elizabeth’s maternal grandfather was Richard Edward Wallace, Sr. (the son of Richard Cullen Wallace and Anna Kirby). Elizabeth’s great-grandfather Richard was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents, James Aloysius Wallace and Christine Agnes Ryan. Anna was born in Massachusetts, of Irish descent.
Elizabeth’s maternal grandmother was Irene Webster Howard (the daughter of Webster Eugene Howard and Eleanor Marie Casey). Irene had Irish and English ancestry. Elizabeth’s great-grandfather Webster was the son of Charles William Howard and Alice Claudia Miskelly. Eleanor was the daughter of Richard Leo/Lyman Casey and Ellen Marie Harkins.
Sources: Genealogy of Elizabeth Banks – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Elizabeth Banks (focusing on her father’s side) – http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com
Obituary of Elizabeth’s maternal grandfather, Richard Edward Wallace, Sr. – http://www.pittsfield.com
Elizabeth’s maternal great-grandparents, Richard Cullen Wallace and Anna Kirby, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Elizabeth’s maternal great-grandfather, Webster Eugene Howard (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Elizabeth Banks discusses her religion – http://www.jewcy.com
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