Betty Gilpin

Gilpin in 2017, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Elizabeth Folan Gilpin

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 21, 1986

Ethnicity: Irish, English, Scottish, German, distant Dutch

Betty Gilpin is an American actress. She is known for her role on the show GLOW and in the films Isn’t It Romantic and The Hunt. She is the daughter of Ann Folan McDonough and actor Jack Gilpin (John Mitchell Gilpin). Her father is a priest in the Episcopalian church. Betty is married to Cosmo Pfeil.

Betty is a first cousin, once removed, of historian Drew Gilpin Faust, who was President of Harvard University, from July 1, 2007 to July 1, 2018.

Betty’s paternal grandfather was Kenneth Newcomer Gilpin, Jr. (the son of Kenneth Newcomer Gilpin and Isabella McGee Tyson). Betty’s grandfather Kenneth was born in Virginia. Betty’s great-grandfather Kenneth was the son of Henry Brooke Gilpin and Hattie Newcomer, who was a Baltimore heiress. Isabella was the daughter of Lawrence Davis Tyson, a general, politician, and textile manufacturer, who was a Democratic U.S. Senator from Tennessee, from 1925 to 1929, and of Bettie Humes McGhee.

Betty’s paternal grandmother was Lucy Trumbull Mitchell (the daughter of William Lendrum Mitchell and Elizabeth Trumbull Miller). Lucy was born in Michigan. William was the son of John Lendrum Mitchell and Harriet Danforth Becker. Elizabeth was the daughter of Sidney Trawbridge Miller and Lucy Trumbull Robinson.

Betty’s maternal grandparents are named Robert McDonough and Margaret.

Sources: Genealogy of Betty Gilpin (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Betty’s paternal grandparents, Kenneth Newcomer Gilpin, Jr. and Lucy Trumbull Mitchell –

Genealogy of Betty’s paternal great-grandfather, Kenneth Newcomer Gilpin (focusing on his father’s side) –

Obituary of Betty’s paternal great-grandmother, Isabella McGee (Tyson) Gilpin –

Genealogies of Betty’s paternal great-grandparents, William Lendrum Mitchell and Elizabeth Trumbull Miller –

1 Response

  1. andrewcoe says:

    Through the Sidney Trawbridge Miller line mentioned above, her 5th great uncle is Henry Hastings Sibley, the first governor of Minnesota.

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