Birth Name: James Christopher Carmack
Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.
Date of Birth: December 22, 1980
Ethnicity: Irish, German, English, Scottish, 1/16th Italian, distant Welsh, Cornish, and Swiss-German
Chris Carmack is an American fashion model, actor, and singer. He is known for his roles on the shows The O.C., Nashville, and Grey’s Anatomy, and in the films The Last Ride, Love Wrecked, Suburban Girl, and Shark Night, among others.
He was raised in Derwood, Maryland. He is married to Erin Slaver, with whom he has a daughter. Erin is of paternal Irish and maternal Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
Chris’ patrilineal line can be traced to Christopher Carmack, who was born, c. 1653, likely in Scotland. Christopher emigrated to Maryland.
Chris’ paternal grandfather was James Kerr Carmack (the son of Mark M. Carmack and Helen M. Kirby). James was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Chris’ great-grandfather Mark was the son of James K. Carmack and Carrie/Carolyn/Caroline M. Malatesta, who herself was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents, with her father having been born in Cicagna, Genoa, Liguria. Chris’ great-grandmother Helen was the daughter of John Albert Kirby and Flora Celesta/Celeste Lieberman, whose own parents, Joseph Lieberman and Walburga/Walberger Doneggar/Donegger, were from Immendingen, Tuttlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and were Catholic.
Chris’ paternal grandmother was Catherine/Kathryn Agnes Egan (the daughter of Thomas Francis Egan and Elizabeth Agnes Byrne). Catherine was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to Irish parents. Thomas was born in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, the son of John Rockett Egan and Catherine Wells. Elizabeth was born in Middleton, County Cork, the daughter of Michael Byrne and Catherine Donnelly.
Chris’ maternal grandfather was Charles Walter McDougall (the son of Walter Burroughs McDougall and Edith Hodgson). Charles was born in Hammonton, New Jersey. Chris’ great-grandfather Walter was the son of Charles McDougall and Anna Florence Burroughs. Edith’s parents, Joseph Hodgson and Anne Richardson, were English, from Cumberland.
Chris’ maternal grandmother was Eleanor Ruth Snoke (the daughter of Raymond Snoke and Helen C./K. Musser). Eleanor was born in Pennsylvania, and had deep roots in the state, including significant or predominate German ancestry. Raymond was the son of Charles Henry Snoke and Eva Peters Turner. Helen was the daughter of Luther Willis Musser and Frances May “Fannie” Shaffer/Schaeffer.
Chris’ matrilineal line can be traced to Magdalene (Smith) Grimm, who was born, c. 1795, in Snyder County, Pennsylvania.
Sources: Chris’ paternal grandfather, James Kerr Carmack, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Chris’ paternal grandmother, Catherine/Kathryn Agnes Egan, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Chris’ maternal grandfather, Charles Walter McDougall, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Chris’ maternal grandmother, Eleanor Ruth Snoke, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org