Joyce Carol Oates‏

by follers on April 23, 2014

Place of Birth: Lockport, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 16, 1938

*English, German (father)
*Hungarian (mother)

Joyce Carol Oates is an American author. Her mother, Carolina Elizabeth (Bush), was of Hungarian origin. Her father, Frederic James Oates, had English and German ancestry. Joyce is married to professor, Charles Gross. She was previously married to educator, author, and book editor Raymond J. Smith, until his death.

Joyce’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Carlton Oates (the son of James Oates and Caroline/Carrie Spedding).

Joyce’s paternal grandmother was Blanche I. Morningstar (the daughter of John Morningstar and Hattie Perkins Saws). John was the son of immigrants from Baden, Germany, Johann/John Morningstar/Morgenstern and Albertina/Betty. Hattie’s parents, James Amosy Perkins and Hattie Josephine Hutson, were of English origin.

Joyce’s biological maternal grandparents were Stephen Bush and Elizabetha Torony (the daughter of Andras Torony and Orsze Szur). Elizabetha was born in Budapest. Joyce’s mother was fostered by John Bùs/Bush and Lena.

Joyce sometimes makes reference to her paternal grandmother having been Jewish. It does not appear that this statement is accurate. Joyce’s paternal grandmother’s mother was not Jewish. It is not clear if Joyce’s paternal grandmother’s father was Jewish, but there is some evidence that he was not.

Sources: Genealogy of Joyce Carol Oates –

Marriage record of Joyce’s paternal grandparents, Carlton Oates and Blanche I. Morningstar –

Joyce’s paternal grandmother, Blanche I. Morningstar, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Joyce’s paternal great-grandfather, John Morningstar, on the 1870 U.S. Census –

Article about Joyce’s mother’s family –

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follers August 3, 2017 at 9:10 pm

Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

ethnic August 19, 2017 at 7:42 am

no sorry

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