Harry Dean Stanton

LOS ANGELES - APRIL 27: Harry Dean Stanton at the Opening night

Stanton in 2006, photo by s_bukley/Bigstock.com

Date of Birth: July 14, 1926

Place of Birth: West Irvine, Estill, Kentucky, United States

Date of Death: September 15, 2017

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, some Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, and Irish, distant Welsh, French, and Swedish

Harry Dean Stanton was an American actor, musician, and singer.

He was the son of Ersel Greene (Moberly) and Sheridan Harry Stanton. His family had lived in the United States for many generations.

Harry’s paternal grandfather was Solomon Allen Stanton (the son of William M. Stanton and Obedience Stroud). Solomon was born in North Carolina. William was the son of John/Jonathan Shelton Stanton and Margaret Elizabeth Piveley/Piverly. Obedience was the daughter of David Stroud.

Harry’s paternal grandmother was Hester Jane Tweed (the daughter of Abner Grainger Tweed and Jane S. Pinner). Hester was born in North Carolina. Abner was the son of James Tweed, who was born in Ireland, and of Rachel Neely, who was born on the Atlantic Ocean, on the way from Ireland. Jane was the daughter of Hugh Pinner and Isabella Tweed, whose father was born in Ireland.

Harry’s maternal grandfather was Archibald Crawford “Archie”/Arch Moberly (the son of Valentine Crawford Moberly and Agatha Smyth/Smith). Archibald was born in Kentucky. Valentine was the son of John N. Moberly and Armina Delina Crawford. Agatha was the daughter of George Smyth/Smythe and Nancy Green Cole.

Harry’s maternal grandmother was Zouie/Zuey/Jamie Maude/Maud Wilson (the daughter of Harvey Lucas Wilson and Mary Susan Marcum). Zouie was born in Kentucky. Harvey was the son of Jonathan Bangum Wilson and Elizabeth A. Freeman. Mary Susan was the daughter of Lewis Elias Marcum and Mary Jane Bowles.

Sources: Genealogies of Harry Dean Stanton – https://www.geni.com

Harry Dean Stanton on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Harry Dean Stanton (focusing on his father’s side) – http://genforum.genealogy.com

Harry’s paternal grandparents, Solomon Allen Stanton and Hester Jane Tweed, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

3 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    genealogy of Harry Dean’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Susan Marcum:


    The “Marcum” surname was originally spelled “Markham”.

  2. andrew says:

    genealogy of Harry Dean’s maternal great-grandmother, Agatha Smyth:


    The “Smyth” originates with Tobias Smith, born c. 1725, in Delaware, United States, to Hans George Smidt, who was Swedish, from Falun, Dalarna, and Maria Stalcop, who was born in Delaware, to Swedish parents.

    Genealogy of Tobias Smith: https://www.geni.com/people/Tobias-Smith/6000000022129543829?through=6000000006699188006

    Harry Dean, on his maternal side, has also Scottish ancestry from mid 1700s, and one Jamaica-born ancestor, Jonathan Tipton, of English descent.

  3. phaedra says:

    He looks very Italian or Greek to me.

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