John Green

Green in 2015, photo by Debby Wong/

Birth Name: John Michael Green

Place of Birth: Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 24, 1977

Ethnicity: English, Irish, German, Scottish, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish, French, Dutch, Swiss-German

John Green is an American author, YouTube content creator, and podcaster. His novels include The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, and Looking for Alaska.

He is married to curator, art educator, and webseries creator Sarah Urist Green, with whom he has two children. His brother is vlogger, science communicator, entrepreneur, author, internet producer, and musician Hank Green. They are professionally known as The Green Brothers. They were raised primarily in Orlando, Florida.

Some family trees state that, on his mother’s side, John is a descendant of John Bryant, who was born, c. 1775, in Campbell, Virginia, and was of at least partial Native American ancestry. It is not clear whether this ancestry has been verified/documented.

John’s paternal grandfather was William Henry Green (the son of Joseph Martindale “Joe” Green and Beatrice Dorothy Storch). William was born in Indiana. Joseph was born in Indiana, the son of William Frame Green and Maude Blanche Blount. Beatrice was born in Indiana, the daughter of Henry C. Storch and Mary C. Oster, who was German.

John’s paternal grandmother was Mary Josephine “Jo” Crosby (the daughter of John Michael Crosby and Margaret Mary Topping). Mary was born in Colorado. John was born in Indiana, to parents from Ireland, Michael Crosby and Bridget Dolan. Margaret was born in Michigan, the daughter of Frederick Thomas Topping and Josephine Grimes, whose parents were Irish.

John’s maternal grandfather was Henry Calvin Goodrich (the son of Charles Landess/Landess Goodrich and Maude Sydney Baxter). Henry was born in Tennessee. Charles was born in Tennessee, the son of John T. Goodrich and Mary Rose Landess. Maude was born in Tennessee, the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Baxter and Sarah Matilda Gowen.

John’s maternal grandmother was Billie Grace Walker (the daughter of William Roy Walker and Lillian Grace Fuqua). Billie was born in Tennessee. William was born in Tennessee, the son of William Thomas Walker and Lillian Beatrice Akin. Lillian was born in Tennessee, the daughter of William Giles Fuqua and Margarette “Maggie” Pratt.

Sources: Death record of John’s paternal grandparents, William Henry Green and Mary Josephine “Jo” (Crosby) Green –

Obituary of John’s maternal grandfather, Henry Calvin Goodrich –

Obituary of John’s maternal grandmother, Billie Grace (Walker) Goodrich –

Information on the Bryant family –

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