Birth Name: Felicity Kendall Huffman
Place of Birth: Bedford, Westchester, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: December 9, 1962
Ethnicity: German, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, French, Dutch, Irish
Felicity Huffman is an American actress.
Felicity is the daughter of Grace Valle (Ewing) and Moore Peters Huffman, who were both from upper-class families. Felicity is married to actor William H. Macy, with whom she has two children.
When Felicity was fourteen, she discovered that her biological father was Roger Tallman Maher, a family friend with whom her mother had had an affair. Felicity, the youngest of eight children, was raised by both Grace and Moore Huffman, and considers Moore to be her father. She discussed this family situation on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2019).
Moore Huffman’s parents were Otto Von Huffman (the son of William Huffman and Emily/Emilie Hivling Huston) and Betsy/Betsey King Peters (the daughter of The Rev. Gershom Moore Peters, Jr. and Mary Elizabeth King). Otto was born in Ohio. Betsy was born in New York. The Rev. Gershom was a Baptist minister. He was the son of Gershom Moore Peters and Miranda Eaton. The Rev. Gershom was a founder of the Peters Cartridge Company, which specialized in gunpowder and ammunition. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of Joseph Warren King, who had founded the King Mills Powder Company, and of Betsy/Betsey Kendall.
Felicity’s biological paternal grandfather was Francis Herbert “Frank” Maher (the son of John Maher and Anna/Annie M.). Francis was born in Connecticut. John was Irish.
Felicity’s biological paternal grandmother was Grace Brown (the daughter of Frederick/Fred S. Brown and Effie Grace Wooster). Grace Brown was born in Connecticut, to a family with ancestral lines in the state going back to the 1600s. Frederick was the son of Edgar Lucius Brown and Mary. Grace Wooster was the daughter of Hollis Wooster and Esther Betsey/Betsy Whitney.
Felicity’s maternal grandfather was William Lane/J./C. Ewing (the son of Frederick/Frederic Berthold Ewing and Jessie Adeline Vallé). William was born in Missouri, and was a wealthy banker. Frederick was a prominent St. Louis businessperson, and was the son of William Lane Ewing and Clara Berthold. Jessie was the daughter of François Jules Vallé and Isabella/Belle H. Sargent.
Felicity’s maternal grandmother was Maria/Marie von Phul Taylor (the daughter of Henry von Phul Taylor and Martha Newton “Mattie” Lindsay). Maria was born in Missouri. Henry was the son of Thomas Meridith Taylor and Anna Maria/Marie von Phul. Martha was the daughter of Andrew Jackson Lindsay and Jane “Jennie” Delaney/Delany, who was of Irish descent.
Sources: Genealogy of Felicity Huffman – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Felicity Huffman (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Information about Felicity’s paternal ancestors and relatives in Ohio (see WILLIAM HUFFMAN, [pages 598-599]) – http://www.daytonhistorybooks.com
Felicity’s biological paternal grandfather, Francis Herbert “Frank” Maher, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Francis Herbert “Frank” Maher on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Felicity’s maternal grandparents, William Lane/J./C. Ewing and Maria von Phul Taylor, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Felicity’s maternal grandfather, William Lane/J./C. Ewing (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Felicity’s maternal grandmother, Maria/Marie von Phul (Taylor) Ewing – https://www.findagrave.com
Felicity’s maternal great-grandfather, Henry von Phul Taylor, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
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