Ginger Rogers

Birth Name: Virginia Katherine McMath

Date of Birth: July 16, 1911

Place of Birth: Independence, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Death: April 25, 1995

Place of Death: Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Scottish, Welsh, English, Irish

Ginger Rogers was an American actress, dancer, and singer. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Kitty Foyle (1940).

Ginger was the daughter of Lela Emogene (Owens), a reporter, scriptwriter, and movie producer, and William Eddins McMath. Her stepfather was John Logan Rogers.

Ginger’s paternal grandfather was James/Jay Charles Gibbon/Gideon McMath (the son of James McMath and Ellen Almira Lawrence). Ginger’s grandfather James was born in Ohio. Ginger’s great-grandfather James was the son of James McMath and Hannah Keller/Kellar. Ellen was the daughter of Jesse Lawrence and Susanna/Susannah Farwell.

Ginger’s paternal grandmother was Louise/Louisa Eddins (the daughter of William Joseph Eddins and Elizabeth Whitsett Pearson). Louise was born in Missouri. Elizabeth was the daughter of Alonzo Pearson and Eliza W. Sappington.

Ginger’s maternal grandfather was Walter Winfield Scott Michael Owens (the son of Edward W. Owens and Mary Ann Josephine Moore). Ginger’s grandfather Walter was born in West Virginia. Mary Ann was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Irish parents, John Moore and Mary Dowling.

Ginger’s maternal grandmother was Sophronia/Sophrona W. Ball (the daughter of William Marion Ball and Catherine/Katherine/Cynthia T. Masterson). Sophronia was born in Iowa. William was the son of Dennis Ball and Mary Ann Modley.

Sources: Genealogies of Ginger Rogers –


Curious about ethnicity

5 Responses

  1. follers says:

    Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

  2. sadie says:

    I always thought she was so pretty, a wonderful actress and a great dancer especiallly with Fred Astaire – amazing.

  3. Carl Halling says:

    Ginger’s mother’s maiden name was Owens, which is Welsh.

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