Jessica Capshaw

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Capshaw in 2009, photo by

Birth Name: Jessica Brooke Capshaw

Place of Birth: Columbia, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 9, 1976

Ethnicity: English, German, some Scottish and Belgian/Walloon

Jessica Capshaw is an American actress.

Jessica is the daughter of businessperson Robert Capshaw and actress Kate Capshaw. Her stepfather is director, producer, and screenwriter Steven Spielberg. Among her half-siblings are musician Theo Spielberg and actress and musician Sasha Spielberg.

Jessica is married to entrepreneur and author Christopher Gavigan, with whom she has four children. Christopher co-founded The Honest Company.

Jessica’s paternal grandfather was Robert Harold Capshaw (the son of Ira Harold Capshaw and Verda/Berda Leora Prosser). Robert was born in Missouri. Ira was the son of William Henry/Harold/Carrol Capshaw and Nancy Cathern/Catherine Ferguson. Verda was the daughter of Luther Prosser and Martha Griffin.

Jessica’s paternal grandmother was Juanita Clara Scheeter (the daughter of John Frank Scheeter and Bertha Amrhein). Juanita was born in Missouri. John was the son of John Scheeter and Rosalia Oreinte Messmer. Bertha was the daughter of Anton L. Amrhein, who was born in Missouri, to German parents, and of Louise Mary Legrand, who was of Belgian/Walloon and Alsatian German descent.

Jessica’s maternal grandfather was Edwin Leon Nail (the son of Myron Hooper Nail and Bertha Bessie Bergman). Edwin was born in Waggoner, Montgomery, Illinois. Myron was the son of Richard Henry Nail and Lucy Mary Hooper, whose own parents were from Somersetshire, England. Bertha was the daughter of Louis Bergman, who was German, and of Annie.

Jessica’s maternal grandmother was Beverley/Beverly Sue Simon (the daughter of Eldon W. Simon and Evelyn Beryl Roberts). Beverley was born in Illinois. Eldon was the son of George Cleveland Simon and Anna B. Seaborn, whose mother was English. Evelyn was the daughter of Myron Eugene Roberts and Pearl Ethel Pugh/Depugh.

Sources: Genealogies of Jessica Capshaw –

Genealogy of Jessica’s paternal grandparents, Robert Harold Capshaw and Juanita Clara (Scheeter) Capshaw –

Genealogy of Jessica’s mother –

Article about Jessica’s maternal great-grandfather, Myron Hooper Nail –

Jessica’s maternal great-grandmother, Bertha Bessie Bergman, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Jessica’s maternal great-grandmother, Evelyn Beryl (Roberts) Simon –

3 Responses

  1. mycarf123123 says:

    Something worth mentioning in the profile:
    Her stepfather is Jewish, and her mother is a convert to Judaism.

    Meaning it’s quite plausible their daughter Jessica was raised Jewish as well.

  2. bablah says:

    Louise Mary Legrand, who was of Belgian/Walloon and French descent -> Louise Mary Legrand, who was of Belgian/Walloon and Alsatian German descent.

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