Birth Name: Benjamin James Ayres
Place of Birth: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Date of Birth: January 19, 1977
Ethnicity: English, German, some Irish and Scottish
Benjamin Ayres is a Canadian actor. He is known for his roles on the series jPod, Less Than Kind, and Saving Hope; in the film Cottage Country; and in various Hallmark made-for-tv movies.
He is married to Erin, with whom he has two children. He is said to be a distant relative of British actor Boris Karloff.
Benjamin’s paternal grandfather was Melvin Joseph “Mel” Ayres (the son of James Ayres and Rose Elizabeth Pratt). Melvin was born in Ontario, to English parents. James was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, the son of George Bartholomew Ayres and Mary Elizabeth Whincup. Rose was born in Sunningdale, Berkshire, the daughter of William John Pratt and Mary Ann Caroline Evans.
Benjamin’s paternal grandmother was Margery Jeanne/Jean Leslie (the daughter of John Arthur Leslie and Helen Jane Hodgson/Hodson). Margery was born in British Columbia. John was born in Carlyle, Cumbria, England, the son of Robert Leslie. Helen was born in North Dakota, to Canadian parents, from Ontario, David Thomas Hodgson and Mary Ann Jarvis, who had English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry.
Benjamin’s maternal grandfather was named Calvin Edgar Thomas Stuart Wilson. Calvin was born in Alberta.
Benjamin’s maternal grandmother was Arlyn Joan Froese (the daughter of Herman Gustav Froese and Elfrida “Freda” Wendland/Wenland). Arlyn was born in Saskatchewan. Herman was born in Germany, the son of Franz Theodor Froese and Ernestine Abt. Elfrieda was born in Saskatchewan, to ethnic German parents from Russia, Ludwig Wendland and Sofia/Sophia Gottschalk.
Sources: Obituary of Benjamin’s paternal grandfather, Melvin Joseph “Mel” Ayres – http://findagrave.com
Obituary of Benjamin’s paternal grandmother, Margery Jeanne/Jean (Leslie) Ayres – http://dignitymemorial.com
Genealogy of Benjamin Ayres (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://froese-theo.net
Obituary of Benjamin’s maternal grandfather, Calvin Edgar Thomas Stuart Wilson – https://www.dignitymemorial.com
Obituary of Benjamin’s maternal grandmother, Arlyn Joan (Froese) West – https://www.drakecremation.com