Birth Name: John Charles Carter
Date of Birth: October 4, 1923
Place of Birth: No Man’s Land (now Evanston/Wilmette), Illinois, U.S.
Date of Death: April 5, 2008
Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Cornish, distant German
Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Ben-Hur (1959).
Charlton was the son of Lilla (Baines/Baynes) and Russell Whitford Carter. He took on the surname of his stepfather, Chester Heston.
Charlton was married to Lydia Clarke, an actress and photographer, until his death. The couple has two children, including filmmaker and actor Fraser Clarke Heston.
Charlton’s paternal grandfather was named John B. “Jack” Carter (the son of John Carter). Charlton’s grandfather John was born in Cornwall, England.
Charlton’s paternal grandmother was Katie Beatrice Clark (the daughter of William Wallace Clark and Mary Margaret Anastasia “Ann”/”Maggie” Canady/Cannady). Katie was born in Illinois, to parents from Indiana. Katie had English, and a smaller amount of German, ancestry. Mary Margaret was the daughter of Philo A. Canady/Cannady and Nancy Jane Wolfe.
Charlton’s maternal grandfather was named Charles Baines/Baynes/Barnes. Charles was born in Canada.
Charlton’s maternal grandmother was Marian/Marion Emily Charlton (the daughter of James Charlton and Mary Drysdale). Marian was born in Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada. James was born in England, the son of Thomas Charlton and Mary Athey. Charlton’s great-grandmother Mary Drysdale was born in Canada, the daughter of Scottish parents, Alexander/Alex Drysdale and Catherine Frazier.
Sources: Charlton Heston on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Charlton Heston – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Marriage record of Charlton’s maternal great-grandparents, James Charlton and Mary Drysdale – https://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Charlton’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary (Drysdale) Charlton – https://www.familysearch.org