Birth Name: Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon
Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Date of Birth: March 22, 1976
Ethnicity: English, with smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and Dutch
Reese Witherspoon is an American actress and producer. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Walk the Line (2005).
Reese was previously married to actor Ryan Phillippe. She is now married to agent Jim Toth.
Reese has stated that a DNA test showed her to be of “63% Irish” descent. Reese does not appear to have that much Irish ancestry in her genealogy. Possibly, the test listed her DNA as being 63% of the more general “British & Irish” category.
Reese’s paternal grandfather was William James Witherspoon (the son of Mack Alford Witherspoon and Lula Mabel Curtis). Mack was the son of Thomas Arrington Witherspoon and Margaret Ann Sullivan. Lula was the daughter of William James Curtis and Lillie Abe Pennington.
Reese’s paternal grandmother was Dorothea Anne Draper (the daughter of William Gilbert Draper and Carrie Mable Byrne). William was the son of Oliver Newton Draper and Mary Olive Cummins. Carrie was the daughter of Bascomb B. Byrne and Darthula T. Watts.
Reese’s maternal grandfather was Emmett Tom Reese (the son of Benjamin Thornwell Reese and Elizabeth “Lizzie” James). Benjamin was the son of William J. Reese and Mary Elizabeth Brown. Elizabeth was the daughter of Bryant James.
Reese’s maternal grandmother was Laura Jeanne Evans (the daughter of Thomas Renfroe Evans and Mary Arminda Joyner). Thomas was the son of Arthur Wiley Evans and Emily/Emmy Gertrude Renfroe. Mary was the daughter of Samuel Mitchell Joyner and Nellie Crow.
Sources: Genealogy of Reese Witherspoon – http://gw.geneanet.org
Genealogy of Reese’s paternal grandmother, Dorothea Anne Draper (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Reese Witherspoon (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com
Genealogy of Reese’s maternal great-grandfather, Benjamin Thornwell Reese (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Family history information on Reese Witherspoon – http://www.prnewswire.com
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