Birth Name: Samuel Shepard Rogers III
Date of Birth: November 5, 1943
Place of Birth: Fort Sheridan, Illinois, U.S.
Date of Death: July 27, 2017
Place of Death: Midway, Kentucky, U.S.
Ethnicity: English, some Scottish, remote Irish
Sam Shepard was an American actor, writer, and director.
Sam was the son of Jane Elaine (Schook) and Samuel Shepard Rogers. He had two children with his former partner, actress Jessica Lange, as well as a son with his former wife, actress O-Lan Jones.
Sam’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Shepard Rogers (the son of Samuel Shepard Rogers IV and Margaret Deming Howe). Sam’s grandfather Samuel was born in Illinois. Sam’s great-grandfather Samuel was the son of Arthur Rogers and Abbie Poore Tenney. Margaret was the daughter of Charles Oliver Howe and Mary Faxon.
Sam’s paternal grandmother was Helen Dodge (the daughter of Herbert Andrew Dodge and Maude/Maud Nash). Helen was born in Illinois. Herbert was the son of Leonard/Lemuel Porter Dodge and Mary Blanche/Blanch Carpenter. Maude was the daughter of Daniel A. Nash and Hannah L. Eastmead.
Sam’s maternal grandfather was Frederick DeForest “Fred” Schook (the son of Frederick William H./D. Schook and Sarah L. Powers). Frederick was born in Michigan.
Sam’s maternal grandmother was Amy Victoria/Louisa Byron (the daughter of Richard Bynon and Elizabeth Scollic/Scollick). Amy was born in Michigan, to English parents. Richard’s own father was Scottish.
Sources: Genealogy of Sam Shepard – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Sam Shepard (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Sam’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Sam’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Sam’s maternal great-grandparents, Frederick William H./D. Schook and Sarah L. Powers, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Sam’s maternal great-grandparents, Richard Bynon and Elizabeth Scollic/Scollick, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org