Birth Name: Justin Tokimitsu Nozuka
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 28, 1988
*father – Japanese
*mother – English, as well as distant Dutch, Scottish, and German
Justin Nozuka is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, and actor.
He is the son of Holly Sedgwick Stern and Hiromitsu Nozuka. His father is Japanese. His mother was raised in Canada, the daughter of American parents, Henry Dwight Sedgwick V and Helen Phillips Burroughs, who were both of New England WASP ancestry.
Justin is the brother of George Nozuka, an R&B singer, Philip Nozuka, an actor, and Henry Nozuka, a musician. His uncle is American jazz guitarist Mike Stern, who is his mother’s brother, his aunt is actress Kyra Sedgwick, who is his mother’s half-sister, and his cousin is actress Sosie Bacon, who is Kyra’s daughter.
Both of Justin’s maternal grandparents remarried to Jewish spouses. Justin’s grandfather’s re-marriage to Patricia Rosenwald produced Kyra, and Justin’s grandmother re-married to Philip Maurice Stern, an author, philanthropist, and Rockefeller fellow, who adopted Justin’s mother Holly and uncle Mike. Their surname was changed to Stern. Philip Stern was the son of New Orleans civic leader Edgar B. Stern Sr, and the grandson of Julius Rosenwald, the prominent businessperson and philanthropist who was a part-owner and leader of Sears, Roebuck and Company.
Justin’s six times maternal great-grandfather, William Ellery (1727-1820), signed the Declaration of Independence.
Justin’s maternal grandfather was Henry Dwight Sedgwick V (the son of Robert Minturn Sedgwick and Helen Peabody). Henry was born in Massachusetts, to a New England WASP family with deep roots in the area. Robert was the son of Henry Dwight Sedgwick III, an attorney and author; and of Sarah May Minturn, whose own father, Justin’s great-great-great-grandfather Robert Bowne Minturn, Jr., was a shipping magnate, who was Vice President of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. Henry’s parents were first cousins. Justin’s great-grandmother Helen was the daughter of The Rev. Endicott Peabody, a minister, who founded the Groton School for Boys, and of Fanny/Frances/Fannie Peabody. Helen’s parents were first cousins. The Rev. Endicott’s maternal grandfather founded investment bank, Lee, Higginson & Co. Justin’s great-grandmother Helen Peabody’s brother, Justin’s great-great-uncle, was Malcolm E. Peabody, who served as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, from 1942 to 1960. Justin’s first cousin, twice removed, was Endicott Peabody, a Democratic politician, who was Governor of Massachusetts, from January 3, 1963 to January 7, 1965.
Justin’s maternal grandmother was Helen Stern, a sculptor and art patron (born Helen Phillips Burroughs, the daughter of Robert Phillips Burroughs and Dorothy Hall Wellman). Helen was born in New Hampshire. Robert was a prominent lumber executive, and was the son of Sherman Everett Burroughs and Helen Sophie Phillips. Dorothy was the daughter of James Albert Wellman and Florence Vincent.
Sources: Genealogy of Justin Nozuka (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Partial genealogy of Justin’s mother (through her half-sister, Kyra Sedgwick) – http://famouskin.com
Marriage record of Justin’s maternal grandparents, Henry Dwight Sedgwick V and Helen Phillips Burroughs – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Justin’s maternal grandfather, Henry Dwight Sedgwick V – http://www.geni.com
Marriage record of Justin’s maternal great-grandparents, Robert Phillips Burroughs and Dorothy Hall Wellman – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Justin’s maternal great-grandfather, Robert Phillips Burroughs – https://www.nytimes.com
Genealogical information about Justin’s maternal great-great-aunt, Wellman, Harriet V. (the sister of Justin’s maternal great-grandmother, Dorothy Hall Wellman) – https://www.nhhistory.org
Genealogy of Justin’s maternal step-grandfather, Philip Maurice Stern – https://www.geni.com
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