Amanda Bearse

2012 Monsterpalooza - The Art of Monsters - Day 3

Place of Birth: Winter Park, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 9, 1958

Ethnicity: English, smaller amounts of German, Irish, Cornish, Welsh, Scottish, possibly French Huguenot, possibly 1/1024 Romani, possibly 1/1024 Wampanoag Native American

Amanda Bearse is an American actress, director, and comedian. She is known for her role as Marcy Rhoades D’Arcy in the sitcom Married… with Children. Amanda is the daughter of Ann (Armistead) and Danforth Parker Bearse. She was born in Winter Park, Florida, and was raised in Atlanta, Georgia.

Amanda’s paternal grandfather was Asa Taylor Bearse, Sr. (the son of Asa Bearse and Minnie Amanda Smith). Amanda’s great-grandfather Asa was the son of Francis Dodge Bearse and Lucy Josephine Parker. Minnie was the daughter of James Washington Smith and Emily Harriett Wynne.

Amanda’s paternal grandmother was Mary Lucille Wingo (the daughter of William Thomas Wingo and Mary Caledonia Gibson).

Amanda’s maternal grandfather was Jesse Warren Armistead, Jr. (the son of Jesse Warren Armistead and Mary Elizabeth King). Amanda’s great-grandfather Jesse was the son of Joel Colley Armistead and Sarah Elizabeth Sparks.

Amanda’s maternal grandmother was Margaret J. Beauchamp (the daughter of Charles Crogan Beauchamp and Lucia Jackson). Charles was the son of John C. Beauchamp and Ella H. Gregg.

Amanda’s patrilineal line can be traced back to her eighth great-grandfather, Augustine Bearse/Austin Bearce. According to a tale written down by Franklin Bearce, he was a Gypsy (Romani) who was deported from England to Massachusetts and married Mary “Little Dove” Hyanno, a Wampanoag Native American woman. Many people have questioned the credibility of Franklin and regard the tale as a legend. There is no proof, beside Frankiln’s writing, that Augustine married a woman named Mary or a Native American woman. However, their son Joseph Bearse, Amanda’s ninth great-grandfather, was buried in a Native American cemetery, which might add credibility to the tale. It is also not clear whether Augustine was really of Romani descent.

The surname “Wingo” is likely to be an anglicized version of the French Huguenot surname “Vigneron/Vigneau”, meaning “winegrower”.

Sources: Record of Amanda Bearse –

Genealogies of Amanda Bearse (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Amanda’s father –

Amanda’s father on the 1930 census –
Amanda’s father on the 1940 census –

Record of Amanda’s father –

Obituary of Amanda’s father –

Information about Amanda’s ancestor, Augustine Bearse –

Genealogy of Amanda Bearse (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Amanda’s mother on the 1940 census –

Obituary of Amanda’s mother –

Genealogy of Amanda’s maternal grandfather, Jesse Warren Armistead, Jr. (focusing on his father’s side) –

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4 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Information about Augustine Bearse (1618 – 1686):

  2. Connerfromvine says:

    Native butch beauty.

  3. phaedra says:

    Who is this nobody? Why such a sophisticated amount of ethnic groups for someone like her? Like as if, we care so much that she’s 1/1024 Romani. Loool

    We need such data on A-listers, not this person.

  4. madman says:

    According to the genealogy from Find a Grave, Amanda also has German ancestry

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