Birth Name: Christopher John Grace
Place of Birth: New York City, New York
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 descendants – http://books.google.ca
Topher’s maternal grandfather, Walter Joseph McCabe, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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