Jennifer Lawrence

Lawrence in 2011, image via kathclick/

Birth Name: Jennifer Shrader Lawrence

Place of Birth: Indian Hills, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States

Date of Birth: August 15, 1990

Ethnicity: English, German, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant Welsh, remote French and Swiss-German

Jennifer Lawrence is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook (2012). She is the first, and thus far only, person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar.

Jennifer is the daughter of Karen, who ran a summer camp, and Gary Lawrence. Her family has lived in the United States for many generations. Her ancestry includes English, German, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant Welsh, and remote French and Swiss-German.

Jennifer is married to art gallerist Cooke Maroney.

Jennifer’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Robert Lawrence, who was born, c. 1589, in Chelsea, Middlesex, England, and who died, c. 1682, in Nansemond, Virginia.

Jennifer’s paternal grandfather was David Vernon Lawrence (the son of Francis Marion “Frank” Lawrence and Bessie Steger). David was born in Kentucky. Francis was the son of James Ogden Lawrence and Penelope Nellie Burroughs. Bessie was the daughter of Samuel Jefferson Steger and Ida Louisa O’Banion.

Jennifer’s paternal grandmother was Doris Shrader (the daughter of William Martin Shrader and Reva Mae Adams). Doris was born in Kentucky. William was the son of John William Shrader and Permelia Alice/Allie Martin. Reva was the daughter of John Thadius Adams and Lena Rivers Tague.

Jennifer’s maternal grandfather is Charles J. Koch (the son of Charles A. Koch and Mary P. Sheehan). Jennifer’s grandfather Charles was born in Ohio. Jennifer’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Charles Koch and Anna/Annie Kleinhens/Kleinhenz, and was of German descent. Mary P. was the daughter of Martin J. Sheehan and Mary Elizabeth Broderick, and was of Irish ancestry.

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother is Carolyn M. Mongtomery (the daughter of Robert C. Montgomery and Esta M. White). Carolyn was born in Kentucky. Robert was the son of Charles Arthur Montgomery and Leona/Leana M. Blocher. Esta was the daughter of Hiram M. White and Viola Agnes Gregory.

Jennifer is a fifth cousin, once removed, of actor Jeremy Renner. Jennifer’s five times great-grandparents, Robert Tague and Sarah/Sallie Caplinger, were also Jeremy’s four times great-grandparents.

Sources: Jennifer Lawrence’s and Jeremy Renner’s genealogical relation –

Genealogies of Jennifer Lawrence –

Genealogy of Jennifer Lawrence (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Jennifer’s paternal grandfather, David Vernon Lawrence –

Genealogy of Jennifer’s paternal grandfather, David Vernon Lawrence (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Picture of, and some information on, Jennifer’s paternal grandfather, David Vernon Lawrence –

Genealogy, and obituary, of Jennifer’s paternal grandmother, Doris (Shrader) Lawrence –

Marriage record of Jennifer’s maternal great-grandparents, Robert C. Montgomery and Esta M. White –


Curious about ethnicity

89 Responses

  1. ses101 says:

    She looks half British, half Eastern European. The people saying she looks Asian don’t seem to realise that people from parts of Europe do have these kinds of eyes, from Scotland to Germany to Finland to Russia.

  2. andrew says:

    Jennifer’s “Lawrence” line traces back to a Robert Lawrence, born c. 1589, in Chelsea, Middlesex, England, and died, c. 1682 in Nansemond, Virginia.

  3. passingtime85 says:

    Can anyone substantiate the Wikipedia claim that Jennifer is at all related, even through marriage, to screen writer/producer/former actress Jennifer Salt?

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