Birth Name: Robin McLaurin Williams
Date of Birth: July 21, 1951
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Date of Death: August 11, 2014
Place of Death: Tiburon, California
Ethnicity: English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, French
Robin Williams was an American comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, and singer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting (1997). He was the son of Laura McLaurin (Janin; later Smith) and Robert Fitzgerald Williams. His daughter is actress Zelda Williams.
Robin had English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, and French, ancestry. He was raised an Episcopalian. Robin’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Anselm J. McLaurin (Anselm Joseph McLaurin), was a Senator from Mississippi and a Governor of Mississippi.
Robin’s paternal grandfather was Robert R. Williams (the son of Haywood Ross Williams and Mary Elizabeth Riley). Haywood was the son of James Clardy/Claridy Williams and Millicent “Mellie”/”Milly” Sutton. Mary was the daughter of William A. Riley and Rebecca M. Bradley.
Robin’s paternal grandmother was Ellanora/Ollana E. Fitzgerald (the daughter of James Jackson Fitzgerrell and Sarah Melissa Whitlow). James was the son of James S. Fitzgerald and Elizabeth “Betsy” Ray. Sarah was the daughter of Thomas Whitlow and Elizabeth Tomkin.
Robin’s maternal grandfather was Robert Amistead Janin (the son of Herbert/Hubert Lawrence Janin and Julia Louisa/Louise Fassmann). Herbert’s father, Leon Fergus/Furgis Janin, was the son of French parents, Charles Louis Pierre Janin and Marie Pauline Allain. Herbert’s mother was Kate Hall Armistead. Julia was the daughter of Victor Edward Fassmann and Marie Damelia/Damillia Collins.
Robin’s mother later took on the surname of her own stepfather, Robert Forrest Smith.
Robin’s maternal grandmother was Laura McLaurin Berry (the daughter of John Pleasant Berry and Stella May McLaurin). John was the son of Joseph Boggan Berry and Laura Josephine Evans. Stella was the daughter of Anselm Joseph McLaurin and Laura Elvira Rauch.
Sources: Notes on Robin’s ancestry – http://vita-brevis.org
Marriage record of Robin’s paternal grandparents, Robert R. Williams and Ellanora/Ollana E. Fitzgerald – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Robin’s mother – http://www.sfgenealogy.com
Genealogy of Robin Williams (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Robin’s maternal grandfather, Robert Amistead Janin (through Robert’s brother, Hubert L. Janin) (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Article about Robin’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Governor and Senator Anselm J. McLaurin – http://mshistory.k12.ms.us
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