Birth Name: Jennifer Shrader Lawrence
Place of Birth: Indian Hills, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States
Date of Birth: August 15, 1990
Ethnicity: English, German, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant Welsh, remote French and Swiss-German
Jennifer Lawrence is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook (2012). She is the first, and thus far only, person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar.
Her family has lived in the United States for many generations. Her ancestry includes English, German, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant Welsh, and remote French and Swiss-German.
Jennifer’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Robert Lawrence, who was born, c. 1589, in Chelsea, Middlesex, England, and who died, c. 1682, in Nansemond, Virginia.
Jennifer’s paternal grandfather was David Vernon Lawrence (the son of Francis Marion “Frank” Lawrence and Bessie Steger). David was born in Kentucky. Francis was the son of James Ogden Lawrence and Penelope Nellie Burroughs. Bessie was the daughter of Samuel Jefferson Steger and Ida Louisa O’Banion.
Jennifer’s paternal grandmother was Doris Shrader (the daughter of William Martin Shrader and Reva Mae Adams). Doris was born in Kentucky. William was the son of John William Shrader and Permelia Alice/Allie Martin. Reva was the daughter of John Thadius Adams and Lena Rivers Tague.
Jennifer’s maternal grandfather is Charles J. Koch (the son of Charles A. Koch and Mary P. Sheehan). Jennifer’s grandfather Charles was born in Ohio. Jennifer’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Charles Koch and Anna/Annie Kleinhens/Kleinhenz, and was of German descent. Mary P. was the daughter of Martin J. Sheehan and Mary Elizabeth Broderick, and was of Irish ancestry.
Jennifer’s maternal grandmother is Carolyn M. Mongtomery (the daughter of Robert C. Montgomery and Esta M. White). Carolyn was born in Kentucky. Robert was the son of Charles Arthur Montgomery and Leona/Leana M. Blocher. Esta was the daughter of Hiram M. White and Viola Agnes Gregory.
Jennifer is a fifth cousin, once removed, of actor Jeremy Renner. Jennifer’s five times great-grandparents, Robert Tague and Sarah/Sallie Caplinger, were also Jeremy’s four times great-grandparents.
Sources: Jennifer Lawrence’s and Jeremy Renner’s genealogical relation – http://blogs.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Jennifer Lawrence (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com
Genealogy of Jennifer’s paternal grandfather, David Vernon Lawrence – http://www.lawrencefamhis.com
Genealogy of Jennifer’s paternal grandfather, David Vernon Lawrence (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Picture of, and some information on, Jennifer’s paternal grandfather, David Vernon Lawrence – http://www.bigbluehistory.net
Genealogy, and obituary, of Jennifer’s paternal grandmother, Doris (Shrader) Lawrence – http://www.findagrave.com
Marriage record of Jennifer’s maternal great-grandparents, Robert C. Montgomery and Esta M. White – https://familysearch.org