Birth Name: Annette Carol Bening
Place of Birth: Topeka, Kansas, U.S.
Date of Birth: May 29, 1958
Ethnicity: German, English, Irish, distant Welsh
Annette Bening is an American actress. Her roles include Bugsy, The American President, Mars Attacks!, American Beauty, and Being Julia. She is married to actor Warren Beatty, with whom she has four children.
Annette’s paternal grandfather was Erwin William Bening (the son of Grant W. Bening and Rosa C. Schulze). Erwin was born in Iowa. Grant was born in Missouri, the son of German parents, Ferdinand Benning and Maria Hamann. Rosa was born in Illinois, the daughter of German parents, Louis Schulze and Friedericke Kanning.
Annette’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Jane Arnett (the daughter of Arthur A. Arnett and Margaret Jane “Jenny”/”Jennie” Barrett). Annette’s grandmother Margaret was born in South Dakota. Arthur was born in Little Hereford, Herefordshire, England, the son of John Bill Arnett and Sarah Elizabeth Robotham. Annette’s great-grandmother Margaret was born in Minnesota, to an Irish father, David Barrett, and a Canadian mother, Jane.
Annette’s maternal grandfather was Roy Edgar Ashley (the son of Hugh Monroe Ashley and Mary Ida Harmon). Roy was born in Iowa, to Iowa-born parents. Hugh was the son of Nathan Farnsworth Ashley and Elmina Mariah/Maria Ashley. Annette’s great-grandmother Mary Ida was the daughter of William Nelson Harmon and Clarissa Emily Howery.
Annette’s maternal grandmother Mayme Katherine Bradfield (the daughter of Andrew Bradfield and Esther Jane Bradfield Little). Mayme was born in South Dakota, to a father from Indiana and a mother from Iowa. Andrew was the son of Carey Bradfield and Atlantic Ocean Beals. Esther was the daughter of John Little and Mary Jane Hamilton.
Sources: Genealogy of Annette Bening – http://gw.geneanet.org
Annette’s paternal grandfather, Erwin William Bening, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Annette’s paternal grandmother, Margaret Jane Arnett, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Annette Bening (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com
Annette’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Annette’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Ida Harmon (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Annette’s maternal grandmother, Mayme Katherine Bradfield – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
>Arthur was born in Little Hereford, Herefordshire, England, to John Bill Arnett and Sarah Elizabeth Robotham.
Here’s some more of Annette Bening’s ancestry through her
great-great-grandfather Nathan Farnsworth Ashley (father of Hugh):