Jennifer Garner

Garner in 2009, Featureflash /

Birth Name: Jennifer Anne Garner

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 17, 1972

Ethnicity: English, as well as Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, and Swiss-German

Jennifer Garner is an American actress and producer. Her roles include the films Pearl Harbor, Catch Me If You Can (2002), Daredevil (2003), 13 Going on 30, Elektra, Juno, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The Invention of Lying, Valentine’s Day (2010), The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Dallas Buyers Club, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Miracles from Heaven, Love, Simon; Peppermint, Yes Day, and The Adam Project, the shows Time of Your Life, Alias, Camping, and The Last Thing He Told Me, and the made-for-tv movie Zoya. She is an activist for early childhood education, and a board member of Save the Children USA. She is a co-founder, and chief brand officer, of organic baby food company Once Upon a Farm.

Jennifer is the daughter of Patricia, a teacher of English, and Billy Jack Garner, a chemical engineer. She was raised in Charleston, West Virginia. She has three children with her former husband, actor and director Ben Affleck. She has also been credited as Jennifer Foley, while married to her first husband Scott Foley, and Jennifer Affleck.

Jennifer’s paternal grandfather was George Floyd Garner (the son of James Sampson Garner and Nellie B. Walton). George was born in Runge, Karnes, Texas. James was the son of Luke Garner and Armilla/Armilda J. “Matilda” Rose. Nellie was the daughter of George G. Walton and Rachel Adelaid “Addie” Koonce/Kountz.

Jennifer’s paternal grandmother was Exie Mae Lancaster (the daughter of George Hardy Lancaster and Carrie Melvina Amick). Exie was born in Texas. George was the son of George W. Lancaster and Harriett/Bertha Hutchison/Hutchenson. Carrie was the daughter of Silas Milledge/Milliage Amick and Louisa/Louise M. Franklow.

Jennifer’s maternal grandfather was Harvey Newton English (the son of James English and Malissa F. Delzell). Harvey was born in Evansville, Washington, Arkansas. James was likely the son of John English and Elizabeth/Eliza Graham. Malissa was the daughter of Samuel Delzell and Mary Pemberton.

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother was Hazel Violet Margaret Sayre (the daughter of Warren Sayre and Laura Lacy Gray). Violet was born in Igo, Ozark, Missouri. Warren was the son of Spencer Sayre and Eliza Jane Wilson. Laura was the daughter of Charles Gray, who was English, and of Elvira D.

Garner in 2009, photo credit: Karon Liu

Sources: Genealogy of Jennifer Garner –

Genealogy of Jennifer’s paternal grandfather, George Floyd Garner (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Obituary of Jennifer’s paternal grandmother, Exie Mae (Lancaster) Garner –

Genealogy of Jennifer Garner (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Jennifer’s maternal grandfather, Harvey Newton English, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Jennifer’s maternal great-grandparents, Warren Sayre and Laura Lacy Gray, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


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35 Responses

  1. italiano90 says:

    I never understood the Hilary Swank comparison. I think most will say Ms Garner is more attractive but Hilary has a warmer cuter face to me at least. Ms. Garner has an annoying face and I think its the way her eyes resemble Megan Markles who is certainly not my type.

  2. Preservationist says:

    I bet she is PROTESTANT too. But this site only mentions when people are Jewish or Roman Catholic.

    • passingtime85 says:

      The reason Judaism is mentioned is because unlike other religions, is because Judaism is rooted in a shared ethnic heritage. As is such, when there’s converts, it’s worth noting because people often conflate the religion with the people/heritage/ethnicity, so a distinction is made on the individual pages to make the profiles more accurate.

      Honestly though, I don’t tend to notice when profiles mention Catholicism.

  3. AW says:

    She looks very German, like Hilary Swank.

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