Birth Name: Benjamin A. Foster
Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 29, 1980
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, Irish, French, distant Welsh and Scottish (mother; who may have converted to Judaism)
Ben’s father is from a Jewish family that emigrated from Ukraine, Romania, and Russia. Ben’s mother has English, Irish, French, and distant Welsh and Scottish, ancestry; it is possible that Ben’s mother converted to Judaism. Ben was raised Jewish, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.
Ben’s paternal grandfather was named Abraham Frank Foster (the son of Samuel Foster and Bessie). Abraham was born in Massachusetts, to Ukrainian Jewish parents. He was a prominent judge in Boston.
Ben’s paternal grandmother was Celia “Lucille” Segal (the daughter of Barney Segal and Mary Seltzer). Celia was a Romanian Jewish immigrant, who came to the U.S. when she was eight, in the 1920s.
Ben’s maternal grandfather was Paul F. Jackson (the son of William Alfonso Jackson and Adele T. Carmody). William was the son of Michael J. Jackson, whose parents were Irish, with his father being from Galway, and of Alice M. Birmingham, who was likely also of at least part Irish ancestry. Adele was the daughter of William Timothy Carmody, who was born in England, and of Victorine Bartelle, who was French, from Normandy.
Ben’s maternal grandmother is Sophie Louise Jones (the daughter of Arthur Donald Jones and Sophie Louise Kirwan). Ben’s grandmother Sophie was born in Maryland. Arthur was the son of James Radcliffe Jones and Miriam Estelle Navy. Ben’s great-grandmother Sophie was the daughter of Solomon Franklin Kirwan, Jr. and Addie/Ada Travers Robinson.
Sources: Genealogy of Ben Foster – https://www.geni.com
Obituary of Ben’s paternal grandfather, Abraham Frank Foster – http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com
Ben’s paternal grandmother, Celia Segal, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Ben’s paternal grandmother, Celia (Segal) Foster – http://brezniakrodman.com
Marriage announcement of Ben’s maternal grandparents, Paul F. Jackson and Sophie Louise Jones – http://fultonhistory.com
Ben’s maternal great-grandparents, William Alfonso Jackson and Adele T. Carmody, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Ben’s maternal great-grandfather, William Alfonso Jackson, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Ben’s maternal great-grandmother, Adele T. Carmody, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Ben’s maternal grandmother, Sophie Louise Jones, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Ben’s maternal great-grandfather, Arthur Donald Jones (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Ben’s maternal great-grandmother, Sophie Louise Kirwan (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://records.ancestry.ca