Birth Name: Ruth Elizabeth Davis
Date of Birth: April 5, 1908
Place of Birth: Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Date of Death: October 6, 1989
Place of Death: Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Ethnicity: English, as well as remote Scottish and Welsh
Bette Davis was an American actress. She twice won the Academy Award for Best Actress, for Dangerous (1935) and Jezebel (1938).
She was the daughter of Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis. Her family had lived in New England for several hundred years, particularly Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. Her ancestry was English, except for some remote ancestors who were Scottish, in the 1600s, and Welsh, in the 1500s.
She had three children: two with her former husband, actor Gary Merrill, and a daughter with her former husband, artist William Grant Sherry, who was later adopted by Gary. Bette was married to innkeeper Arthur Farnsworth, until his death.
Bette’s patrilineal line leads to James Davis/Davisse, who was born, c. 1583, likely in England.
Bette’s paternal grandfather was Edward Elwell/Ellwood Davis (the son of Calvin Harlow Davis and Ann/Anne Permelia Mathews/Matthews). Edward was born in New Hampshire. Calvin was the son of Mark Davis and Abigail Stevens. Anne was the daughter of John Mathews/Matthews and Permelia/Pamelia Kimball.
Bette’s paternal grandmother was Eliza/Elizabeth Jane Morrell (the daughter of Alexander Hatch Morrell and Eliza/Elizabeth Seavey/Seavy). Bette’s grandmother Eliza was born in Maine. Alexander was the son of Josiah Morrell, Jr. and Sarah Quint. Bette’s great-grandmother Eliza was the daughter of Thomas Burnham Seavey and Keziah/Kezia Hinckley.
Bette’s maternal grandfather was William Aaron Favor (the son of Jacob Gordon Favor and Augusta Freeman). William was born in New Hampton, Belknap, New Hampshire. Jacob was the son of Cutting Favor/Favour and Hannah Gordon. Augusta was the daughter of Peletiah Freeman and Mary.
Bette’s maternal grandmother was Harriet/Harriette Eugenia/Eugenie Thompson (the daughter of Charles Otis Thompson and Harriet Jane Bailey). Harriet was born in Massachusetts. Charles was the son of Moody M. Thompson and Harriet A. Keyes/Keys. Bette’s great-grandmother Harriet was the daughter of Benjamin W. Bailey and Latta Hopkins.
Genealogy of Bette Davis (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Marriage record of Bette’s patrilineal ancestors, James Davis/Davisse and Cecily Thayer – https://www.familysearch.org