Van Heflin

Birth Name: Emmett Evan Heflin, Jr.

Date of Birth: December 13, 1910

Place of Birth: Walters, Oklahoma, United States

Date of Death: July 23, 1971

Place of Death: Hollywood, California

Ethnicity: English, Irish, German, Dutch, French

Van Heflin was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Johnny Eager (1942). His ancestry included English, Irish, German, Dutch, and French.

Van’s paternal grandfather was Alexander Heflin (the son of Terrell Charles Heflin and Sarah E. “Sallie”/”Sally” Williams). Terrell was the son of James Martin/Madison Heflin and Elizabeth “Betsy” Payne. Sarah was the daughter of James Williams and Margaret.

Van’s paternal grandmother was Mary “Mollie” Catherine Murphree (the daughter of David Carnes Murphree and Eliza Jane Heflin). David was the son of Tapley Murphree and Mary A. “Polly” Carnes. Eliza was the daughter of Terrell Charles Heflin and Sarah E. “Sallie”/”Sally” Williams.

Van’s maternal grandfather was Martin Henry Shippey (the son of Martin H. Shippey and Eveanna R. Bleecker). Van’s great-grandfather Martin was the son of William Shippey and Charlotte Eliza Duncan Stuart, who was born in Bermuda. Eveanna was the daughter of John Anthony Bleecker and Eveanna Electra Faugerer.

Van’s maternal grandmother was Caroline Willard (the daughter of Roderick Willard and Delilah Jordan).

Van’s matrilineal line can be traced back to Mary Alice Strong, who was born c. 1856.

Sources: Genealogy of Van Heflin (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Van’s father –

Genealogy of Van’s mother –


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  1. follers says:

    Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

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