Taylor Lautner

by ethnic on April 27, 2009

Birth Name: Taylor Daniel Lautner

Place of Birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 11, 1992

Ethnicity: English, Swiss-German, German, Dutch, Scottish, distant Irish, French, and Welsh

Taylor Lautner is an American actor, model, and martial artist. He starred in the 2008 film Twilight, and its four sequels. In the films, he played Jacob Black, a Native American of the Quileute tribe. On the show Scream Queens, he played the son of a black father and a white mother.

Taylor’s documented ancestry includes English, Swiss-German, German (including Sudeten German), Dutch, Scottish, and distant Irish, French, and Welsh. He has Canadian-born ancestors. A picture of Taylor with his parents and sister can be seen here.

On June 24, 2005, Taylor stated of his ancestry:

I am only French, Dutch and German. I get my skin color from the French side of my family.

Then, in an interview published on May 20, 2008, he stated:

…actually, I am part Native American. We learned that through [preparing to play a Native American in the Twilight films]. I’m French, Dutch and German, and on my mother’s side, she has some Potawatomi and Ottawa Indian in her.

Later that year, in July 2008, in reply to a question about him having Native American ancestry, Taylor stated:

I have some Native American in my distant background.

It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been verified/documented. All of Taylor’s maternal grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents are listed as “White” on United States Censuses. No Native American ancestry appears in publicly available family trees of Taylor’s mother.

Taylor is a half-second cousin, three times removed, of prominent architect John Lautner.

Taylor’s paternal grandfather is Loren Joseph Lautner (the son of LaVern Francis Lautner and Maxine Wave Draper). Loren has Sudeten German, English, German, and Swiss-German ancestry. LaVern was the son of Joseph S. Lautner and Florence Ethel Courtade. Maxine was the daughter of Lorn James Draper and Maryetta Mosher. The surname Lautner originates with Taylor’s great-great-great-grandfather, Edward M. Lautner, who was born, c. 1848, in Austria, the son of Wenzel Lautner and Helen Quiezer/Queiser. The Lautner line originates with ethnic Germans from the town of Engelsberg (now Andělská Hora, Moravian-Silesian Region, Czech Republic). Taylor’s great-great-grandmother Florence also had German ancestry, from Altenstadt, Wissembourg, Bas-Rhin, Alsace (now France).

Taylor’s paternal grandmother is Sandra J. Pickard (the daughter of Howard John Pickard and Bernetta “Betty” J. Akers). Howard was the son of Sherman Issac Pickard and Viola Madilene Duell. Bernetta was the daughter of John Guil Akers and Ruth French.

Taylor’s maternal grandfather is Andrew David Bos (the son of Andrew John Bos and Helen Elizabeth Soules). Taylor’s great-grandfather Andrew was the son of John Arend Bos, who was born in Michigan, to Dutch parents, and of Barbara Antje Bess/Bessie Dykenhouse, who was Dutch. Helen was the daughter of Cleon/Leon Benjamin Soules and Emily Jane Himebaugh.

Taylor’s maternal grandmother is Patricia Anne Nichols (the daughter of Keith Francis Nichols and Wanda Juanita Yount). Keith was the son of Francis James “Frank” Nichols and Olive Florence Allen. Wanda was the daughter of Charles Carl Yount and Pina Sally Ford Oatley/Oatly/Vatley.

Taylor’s matrilineal line can be traced back to Emeline/Emma Eliza Clark, who was born, c. 1846, in Somerset, England.

Through Taylor’s maternal grandfather, Taylor is a descendant of William Brewster (c. 1566-1644), a Mayflower passenger and noted Pilgrim. Among many of William’s other descendants are actors Jordana Brewster, Paget Brewster, Chevy Chase, Seth MacFarlane, and Brandon Routh, soccer player Clint Dempsey, Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, U.S. Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, and Governor of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller.

Sources: Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal grandfather, Loren Joseph Lautner – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal grandfather, Loren Joseph Lautner (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-grandfather, LaVern Francis Lautner – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Joseph S. Lautner and Florence Ethel Courtade – http://www.ancestry.com

Death record of Taylor’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Maryetta (Mosher) Draper – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-grandfather, Howard John Pickard – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Taylor’s paternal great-grandfather, Howard John Pickard, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Sherman Issac Pickard – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Taylor’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Isaac Ladd Pickard – https://www.ancestry.com
http://www.familycentral.net

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Lewis/Louis Pickard (through Lewis’s brother, James Algernon Gerson Pickard) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Taylor’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, William Henry Pickard – https://www.ancestry.com.au
http://familypedia.wikia.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-great-great-grandmother, Nellie Elnora Swaney – https://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-grandmother, Bernetta “Betty” J. Akers – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-grandmother, Bernetta “Betty” J. Akers (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.ancestry.com.au

Obituary of Taylor’s paternal great-grandmother, Bernetta “Betty” J. (Akers) Pickard – http://www.legacy.com

Taylor’s paternal great-great-grandfather, John Guil Akers, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Ruth French (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.frenchfamilyassoc.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-grandparents, Bushrod Washington French and Sarah Lucretia Wooster/Worcester – https://www.ancestry.com.au

Genealogy of Taylor Lautner (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Taylor’s mother – https://www.ancestry.ca

Marriage record of Taylor’s maternal great-grandparents, Andrew John Bos and Helen Elizabeth Soules – https://www.familysearch.org

Taylor’s maternal great-grandfather, Andrew John Bos, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Andrew John Bos on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Taylor’s maternal great-grandfather, Andrew John Bos – http://www.legacy.com

Taylor’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen Elizabeth Soules, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Taylor’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Cleon/Leon Benjamin Soules – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogies of Taylor’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Howard Soule – https://www.wikitree.com
https://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Taylor’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Emily Jane Himebaugh – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
https://www.wikitree.com

Genealogies of Taylor’s maternal great-grandparents, Keith Francis Nichols and Wanda Juanita Yount – https://www.findagrave.com

Taylor’s maternal great-grandfather, Keith Francis Nichols, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Taylor’s maternal great-grandmother, Wanda Juanita Yount – https://www.geni.com

Taylor’s maternal great-grandmother, Wanda Juanita Yount, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Wanda Juanita Yount on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Taylor’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Charles Carl Yount and Pina Sally Ford Oatley/Oatly/Vatley – https://www.familysearch.org

1st photo by PR Photos

2nd photo: derivative work by Gage

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