Joan Van Ark

Van Ark in 2013, photo by kathclick/

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 16, 1943

Ethnicity: Dutch, English, more distant Scots-Irish/Northern Irish

Joan Van Ark is an American actress. She is the daughter of Dorothy Jean (Hemenway) and Carroll Van Ark, an advertiser and public relations consultant. Her sister is actress Carol Kuykendall.

She is married to reporter John Marshall. The couple has a daughter, actress, singer, and model Vanessa Marshall.

Joan’s paternal grandfather was Henry/Hendrik Van Ark (the son of Gradus/Gerardus Van Ark and Alice/Aaltje Oldenhof). Henry was born in Michigan, to Dutch parents. Gradus was the son of Harmen Van Ark and Jacoba Bosch. Alice was the daughter of Jan Oldenhof and Anthonia/Antonia Veerman.

Joan’s paternal grandmother was Alice Mae Miller (the daughter of Christopher/John Miller and Alberta Eskes/Escus). Alice was born in Michigan.

Joan’s maternal grandfather was Eldon Carlisle Hemenway (the son of The Rev. Charles Carroll Hemenway and Ida Eliza Shackelford). Eldon was born in New York. The Rev. Charles was the son of Seneca Carroll Hemenway and Lucy L. Francis. Ida was the daughter of Thomas S. Shackelford and Sarah Elizabeth Harrison.

Joan’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Case Rust (the daughter of Eugene Rust and Nellie Augusta Case). Dorothy was born in Missouri. Eugene was the son of William Maxwell Rust and Martha Jane Weeks. Nellie was the daughter of Isaac Winslow Case and Pamela Augusta Gilman.

Sources: Family history of Joan Van Ark –

Joan’s paternal grandparents, Henry/Hendrik Van Ark and Alice Mae Miller, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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