Topher Grace

by follers on October 22, 2012

Birth Name: Christopher John Grace

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 12, 1978

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (paternal grandmother), English, Irish

Topher Grace is an American actor. Topher’s aunt (father’s sister) is actress Sue Grace. Topher is married to actress and model Ashley Hinshaw.

Topher’s paternal grandmother was from a German Jewish family. Topher’s other ancestry is English, Irish, and possibly other.

Topher’s paternal grandfather was Walter Kenneth Grace (the son of William “Billie” G. Grace and Winnie Custis Halland). Walter was born in Oklahoma.

Topher’s paternal grandmother was Muriel Cecile Hess (the daughter of Walter Wollman Hess and Blanche Sonn). Topher’s grandmother Muriel was born in New York, to parents who were both from German Jewish families. Walter was born in Kansas, to Albert Hess, who was born in Germany, and Rosa Wollman, who was born in Kansas, to German-born parents; the family lived in Leavenworth, Kansas. Blanche was born in New York; Blanche’s father, Henry Sonn, was born in New York, to parents from Germany, and Blanche’s mother, Eva Childs, was born in Ohio, to German-born parents.

Topher’s great-great-great-aunt was Kate Wollman, who donated the funds to build New York’s Wollman Rink, a public ice rink that opened in 1949. Topher’s great-great-grandmother Rosa was Kate’s sister.

Topher’s maternal grandparents were Walter Joseph McCabe (the son of George P. McCabe and Mary Mitchell) and Helen O. Walter was of at least part Irish descent. George was the son of Christopher McCabe and Christina.

Sources: Genealogy of Topher Grace – https://www.geni.com

Wedding announcement of Topher’s paternal grandparents, Walter Kenneth Grace and Muriel Cecile Hess – http://select.nytimes.com

Topher’s paternal grandmother, Muriel Cecile Hess, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Topher’s paternal great-uncle, Walter Wollman Hess, Jr. (a brother of Topher’s paternal grandmother, Muriel Cecile Hess) – http://www.legacy.com

Topher’s paternal great-grandfather, Walter Wollman Hess, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Topher’s paternal great-grandfather, Walter Wollman Hess – http://select.nytimes.com

Topher’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Henry Sonn, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Topher’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Eva Childs, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Topher Grace in Jewish genealogy book, Jonas and Betty (Kohn) Wollman and their descendantshttp://books.google.ca

Topher’s maternal grandfather, Walter Joseph McCabe, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

celebfan September 9, 2015 at 7:35 pm

Tthis says that his maternal grandfather, Walter Joseph McCabe, is the son of George P. McCabe and Mary Mitchell. Those are both Scottish surnames, but there is no mention of Scottish ancestry here.

follers September 9, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Walter McCabe’s grandfather George was born in Ireland. I’m not sure if he has Scottish ancestry.

celebfan November 4, 2015 at 7:54 pm

Was Walter McCabe’s grandfather born in Northern Ireland? If so, that would make him Scots-Irish, as people in Northern Ireland are genetically closer to the Scottish than to most other Irish people.

follers November 4, 2015 at 10:07 pm

I don’t know, but Topher’s parents were married by a Catholic priest, which likely indicates that Topher’s mother is Catholic.

celebfan December 9, 2015 at 9:45 pm

McCabe could be a Scots-Irish surname, but Mitchell is Scottish.

roman2886 January 15, 2015 at 1:11 pm

he looks so much look like Toby Maguire they should play Brothers they look like Brothers.

WTF November 8, 2014 at 3:07 am

LMFAO WTF!?!?!? He looks white as hell, how the f*ck is he “EXOTIC”???????

ashash October 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm

He’s exotic. Too bad he was overshadowed by Ashton Kutcher . . . who isn’t exotic.

andrew October 14, 2014 at 3:17 am

exotic..what you mean?

WTF November 8, 2014 at 3:08 am

LMFAO WTF!?!?!? He looks white as hell, how the f*ck is he “EXOTIC”???????

Girll November 26, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Lol all you need is Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry and your “exotic”

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