Birth Name: Zelda Rae Williams
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, United States
Date of Birth: July 31, 1989
*English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, French (father)
*Filipino, Finnish (mother)
Zelda Williams is an American actress. Her father was actor and comedian Robin Williams (Robin McLaurin Williams). Her mother, Marsha Garces Williams, is a former nanny, and is now a film producer, having co-produced her father’s films Mrs. Doubtfire, Patch Adams, and Jakob the Liar.
Zelda’s father has English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, and French, ancestry. Zelda’s mother is of half Filipino and half Finnish descent. Zelda’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Anselm Joseph McLaurin, was a Senator from Mississippi and a Governor of Mississippi.
Zelda’s paternal grandfather was Robert Fitzgerald Williams (the son of Robert R. Williams and Ellanora/Ollana E. Fitzgerald). Robert R. Williams was the son of Haywood Ross Williams and Mary Elizabeth Riley. Ellanora was the daughter of Joseph J. Fitzgerald and Sarah M. Whitlon.
Zelda’s paternal grandmother was Laura McLaurin Janin (the daughter of Robert Amistead Janin and Laura McLaurin Berry). Robert was the son of Herbert Lawrence Janin and Julia Louisa/Louise Fassmann. Laura was the daughter of John Pleasant Berry and Stella May McLaurin. Zelda’s grandmother Laura later took on the surname of her own stepfather, Robert Forrest Smith.
Zelda’s maternal grandparents were Pantaleon “Leon” Marciano Fernandez Garces and Ina Rachel Matilla (the daughter of Victor Eric Mattila and Selma Amanda Melendin). Pantaleon was Filipino, born in Ubay, Bohol. Ina was born in Wisconsin, to Finnish parents, with her father being from Kortesjärvi.
Sources: Genealogy of Zelda Williams – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Zelda Williams (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Article about Zelda’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Governor and Senator Anselm J. McLaurin – http://mshistory.k12.ms.us
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