Birth Name: Thomas Jeffrey Hanks
Place of Birth: Concord, Contra Costa, California, United States
Date of Birth: July 9, 1956
*English, some Cornish, more distant German (father)
Tom Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. He has twice won the Academy Award for Best Actor, for Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994).
Tom is the son of Janet Marylyn (Frager) and Amos Mefford Hanks. Tom is married to actress Rita Wilson, with whom he has two children. He also has two children, including actor Colin Hanks, with his former wife, late actress Samantha Lewes (born Susan Jane Dillingham). His siblings are Sandra Hanks Benoiton, a writer, Larry Hanks, an entomology professor, and Jim Hanks, an actor and filmmaker. Tom is a convert to the Greek Orthodox church.
Tom’s father was of mostly English, some Cornish, and more distant German, ancestry. Tom’s mother was of entirely Portuguese ancestry, from the Azores Islands. A picture of Tom’s father can be seen here. A picture of Tom’s mother can be seen here.
Tom is a third cousin, four times removed, of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, and a seventh cousin, once removed, of actor George Clooney. Tom’s paternal six times great-grandparents, John Hanks and Catherine, were also the maternal great-great-grandparents of President Lincoln and the maternal seven times great-grandparents of George Clooney.
Tom’s paternal grandfather was Ernest Buel/Beauel Hanks (the son of Daniel Boone Hanks and Mary Catherine Mefford). Ernest was born in California. Ernest’s family has lived in the United States for many generations; most of Ernest’s anestry was English, with more distant German roots, from Ernest’s great-great-great-grandparents, Johannes Meffert and Catherine Barbara Lutz. Daniel was the son of Thomas Hanks and Rachel J. Rayburn Cull. Tom’s great-grandmother Mary Catherine was the daughter of Jacob M. Mefford and Sarah F. Critchlow.
Tom’s paternal grandmother was Gladys Hilda Ball (the daughter of Amos Ball and Selina Scoble). Gladys was born in Iowa. Amos and Selina were English immigrants. Amos was from Cornwall, the son of Isaac Ball and Mary Clinnick. Selina was from Devon, the daughter of John Dench/Dinch Scoble and Mary Pinkham.
Tom’s maternal grandfather was Clarence Peter Frager (the son of William G. Frager and Frances/Mary Enos). Clarence was born in California. William’s name was originally Manuel Gonsalves Fraga. William’s parents, Francisco “Frank” Gonçalves Fraga and Barbara N. Silveria, were Portuguese immigrants, from West Isle. Tom’s great-grandmother Frances was born in California, to Portuguese parents, Sergio Soares Enos and Maria Perpetua. Her family’s surname was originally “Ignacio”.
Tom’s maternal grandmother was Elexio Norrine Rose (born under the surname Rosa, the daughter of Emmanuel Rose and Josephine Leonora “Nora” E. A. Borge). Elexio was born in California. Emmanuel was a Portuguese immigrant; his original name was Manuel Rosa. Josephine was born in California, to Portuguese parents.
Pictures and genealogy of Tom’s recent ancestors – http://www.findagrave.com
Tom’s maternal grandmother, Elexio Norrine Rose (“Elexis N Rosa”), on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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