Joan Didion

Place of Birth: Sacramento, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 5, 1934

Ethnicity: English, Welsh, Irish, German

Joan Didion is an American essayist and novelist.

Joan is the daughter of Eduene (Jerrett) and Frank Reese Didion. She was married to novelist, screenwriter, and literary critic John Gregory Dunne, until his death, with whom she had a daughter.

Joan’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Francis Didion (the son of John F. Didion and Mary Jeanette Dreman). Mary was the daughter of John Frederick Dreman.

Joan’s paternal grandmother was Ethel Mira Reese (the daughter of David D. Reese and Mira L. Kilgore). Ethel was born in California. David was born in Carmarthenshire, Wales, the son of John Rees and Elizabeth Anthony.

Joan’s maternal grandfather was Hermann Daniel Jerrett (the son of Daniel Jerrett and Clarinda Ellen “Clara” Farnsworth). Daniel was the son of Robert Jerrett. Clarinda was the daughter of Seba Farnsworth.

Joan’s maternal grandmother was Edna F. Magee (the daughter of James Bernard Magee and Sarah Elizabeth Geiger).

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1 Response

  1. andrew says:


    Have you at least looked to the familysearch genealogy you posted? Definitey not.

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