Birth Name: James Paul Marsden
Place of Birth: Stillwater, Oklahoma, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 18, 1973
Ethnicity: English, German, Scottish, distant French
James Marsden is an American actor, singer, and Versace model. His roles include the X-Men and Sonic the Hedgehog films, as well as Disturbing Behavior, 10th & Wolf, Hairspray, Enchanted, 27 Dresses, Straw Dogs, The Best of Me, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and Hop, and television’s Westworld, Dead to Me, and The Stand.
James is the son of Kathleen and James Luther Marsden, a professor of animal sciences. James has two children with his former wife Lisa Linde; and a son with his former partner, Brazilian model Rose Costa. Lisa’s father was country music songwriter Dennis Linde.
James’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced to George Marsden, who was born, c. 1808, in England.
James’s paternal grandfather is Luther Durwood Marsden (the son of James Luther Marsden and Virgie Lois Hill). James’s grandfather Luther was born in Texas. James’s great-grandfather James was the son of Daniel Edward Marsden and Rosetta/Rose/Rosa McKinney. Virgie was the daughter of Robert Dudley Hill and Buena Vista Victoria Caldonia Perkins.
James’s paternal grandmother is Norma Junelle Owrey (the daughter of The Rev. Norman Sidric Owrey and Alma G. Anderson). Norma was born in Oklahoma. The Rev. Norman Owrey was the son of Augustus Norman Owrey and Mary Catherine/Ann Kaser/Kaiser. Alma was the daughter of Solomon Wilson Anderson and Lela Agness Threlkeld.
James’s maternal grandfather is William George Scholz (the son of Adolph Henry Scholz and Lillie Elizabeth Foster). William was born in Texas. Adolph was born in Texas, to a father, William Guillermo Scholz, who was born in Mexico, to German parents (Adolph Sholz, from Brieg, and Pauline Algog), and to a mother, Eva Katherine/Kathryn Wolf, who was born in Pennsylvania, of German descent. Lillie was the daughter of Ephraim E. Foster and Alta McBride.
James’s maternal grandmother is Mary Louise Orr (the daughter of Jack C. Orr and Anita Louise/Lydia Conring). James’s grandmother Mary Louise was born in Texas. Anita was the daughter of Julius Conring, who was born in either Texas or Mexico, to German parents (Carl Heinrich Hermann Conring and Emma Benner), and of Anita M. Myrick, who was English.
Sources: Genealogy of James Marsden – http://www.geni.com
James’s paternal grandmother, Norma Junelle Owrey, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James’s paternal great-grandmother, Alma G. Anderson, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of James’s paternal great-grandmother, Alma G. (Anderson) Owrey – http://newsok.com
James’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Solomon Wilson Anderson and Lela Agness Threlkeld, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James’s maternal grandfather, William George Scholz, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of James’s maternal great-grandfather, Adolph Henry Scholz (focusing on his own father’s side) – https://www.findagrave.com
James’s maternal great-grandfather, Adolph Henry Scholz, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James’s maternal great-grandmother, Lillie Elizabeth Foster, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James’s maternal grandmother, Mary Louise Orr, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org