James Spader

Spader in 2009, photo by PR Photos

Birth Name: James Todd Spader

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 7, 1960

Ethnicity: English (mostly), with small amounts of Scottish, French, Dutch, German, Swiss-German, and Norwegian

James Spader is an American actor.

James is the son of Jean (Fraser) and Stoddard Greenwood “Todd” Spader. Most of his ancestry is English, with many of his family lines leading back to Colonial America. One of his great-great-great-grandfathers was a French immigrant. He also has more distant Scottish, Dutch, German, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, roots. James has two children with his former wife, decorator Victoria Kheel; and a son with his partner, model, actress, and artist Leslie Stefanson.

Among his famous ancestors are Laurent Clerc (1785-1869), a French-born educator of the deaf, Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838), a mathematician, Joshua Babcock (1707-1783), an American Revolution general, and Paul Mascarene (c. 1684-1760), a Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia. James shares a common ancestor with famous businessman Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877), although James is not descended from Cornelius.

James’s paternal grandfather was Vanderbilt Reginald Spader (the son of Vanderbilt Spader and Fanny/Fannie Augusta Stoddard). James’s grandfather Vanderbilt was born in New York. James’s great-grandfather Vanderbilt was the son of Jeremiah Vanderbilt Spader and Margaret Gilbert Moore. Fanny was the daughter of Charles Henry Stoddard and Helen Greenwood.

James’s paternal grandmother was Mary Heaton Beers (the daughter of Henry Augustin Beers and Mary Florence Heaton). James’s grandmother Mary Heaton was born in Connecticut. Henry was the son of George Webster Beers and Elizabeth Victoria Clerc, whose father was French-born Laurent Clerc. Mary Florence was the daughter of Thomas Heaton and Julia Anne Brenneman.

James’s maternal grandfather was James Randall Fraser (the son of Edward Abbott Fraser and Myrtle Hazard Brown). James’s grandfather James Fraser was born in Hawaii. Edward was the son of William Edwin Fraser and Julia Maria Randall. Myrtle was born in Pickering, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of James Brown and Mercy Ann Playter.

James’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Higginson Bowditch (the daughter of Frederick Channing Bowditch and Elizabeth Thompson Forster). James’s grandmother Elizabeth was born in Massachusetts. Frederick was the son of William Ingersoll Bowditch, whose father was mathematician Nathaniel Bowditch, and of Sarah Rhea Higginson. James’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of Edward Jacob Forster and Anita Damon Lyon.

James is a fourth cousin, once removed, of actress Amy Brenneman. James’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Julia Anne Brenneman, was a sister of Amy’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Jacob Nessly Brenneman.

Sources: Genealogies of James Spader – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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