Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau

Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau – “Den of Thieves” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Regal LA LIVE Stadium 14, 1000 W Olympic Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2018 – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 13, 1983

Ethnicity: Irish, English, French, Scottish, Dutch, 1/32 Chinese, 1/32 Native Hawaiian, German

Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau is an American actor.

He is the son of Marion Lyman-Mersereau (born Marion W. Lyman), a poet and navigator, and Arthur Mersereau. Kaiwi’s father, who is from Massachusetts, is of Irish, French, Scottish, Dutch, English, and German, ancestry. His mother, who is from Hawaii, is of English, Irish, 1/16th Chinese, and 1/16th Native Hawaiian, descent.

Kaiwi’s paternal grandfather was Arthur Mersereau (the son of Miles Alexander Mersereau and Margaret Lucinda “Maggie” McRae). Arthur was born in Maine, to Canadian parents, from New Brunswick. Miles had Irish, English, Scottish, French, and Dutch ancestry, and was the son of Richard Mersereau and Sarah Porter. Margaret was of Scottish, and some German, descent, and was the daughter of John McRae and Hannah Weaver.

Kaiwi’s paternal grandmother was named Mary O’Connor. Mary’s parents were Canadian.

Kaiwi’s maternal grandfather was David Belden “Bel” Lyman (the son of David Belden Kua’ana Lyman and Charlotte Armstrong). Kaiwi’s great-grandfather David’s father, Rufus Anderson Lyman, was a lawyer and politician, who founded the Pa’auhau Sugar Plantation Company. Rufus was born in Hawaii, and was the son of David Belden Lyman, a missionary to Hawaii, who was born in Connecticut, and of Sarah Joiner, who was born in Vermont.

David’s mother, Kaiwi’s great-great-grandmother, was born as Hualani Ahung, but went under the anglicized name Rebecca Brickwood; after her father had died when she was one year old and she was adopted by her mother’s second husband, Postmaster General Arthur Peter Brickwood, who was from Cornwall, England. Rebecca was born in Hawaii, and was the daughter of Chun Ahung, a Chinese merchant from Macau, who co-founded Honolulu’s Hungtai Co., and Louisa/Luika Nahili “Chu Chu” Neddles Gilman. Kaiwi’s great-great-great-grandmother Louisa was of Native Hawaiian descent, and was the biological daughter of Kaniliaulaninui Nahili and Kamoku; she was adopted by John Anthony Needles “Chu Chu” Gilman, a Cherokee Native American, and Louisa Pi’ilani Po’Okui, who was Native Hawaiian.

Kaiwi’s great-grandmother Charlotte Armstrong was born in Canada, to Irish parents, Robert Armstrong and Jane Mooney.

Kaiwi’s maternal grandmother was Marion P. Webster (the daughter of Ernest Charles Webster and Marion Rawling Mix). Kaiwi’s grandmother Marion was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to parents from Connecticut. Ernest was the son of Wilbur F. Webster and Jennie A. Wooster. Kaiwi’s great-grandmother Marion was the daughter of Arthur Hendrick Mix and Emelia Louisa Rawling, whose parents were English.

Sources: Kaiwi’s paternal grandfather, Arthur Mersereau, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Arthur Mersereau on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogies of Kaiwi’s paternal great-grandparents, Miles Alexander Mersereau and Margaret Lucinda “Maggie” McRae – https://www.wikitree.com

Marriage record of Kaiwi’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Richard Mersereau and Sarah Porter – https://www.familysearch.org

Kaiwi’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Richard Mersereau and Sarah Porter, on the 1871 Canada Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Kaiwi’s paternal great-grandmother, Margaret Lucinda “Maggie” McRae, on the 1881 Canada Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogies of Kaiwi’s maternal great-grandfather, David Belden Kua’ana Lyman – https://www.geni.com

Kaiwi’s maternal grandmother, Marion P. Webster, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Kaiwi’s maternal grandmother, Marion P. (Webster) Lyman – http://archives.starbulletin.com

Kaiwi’s maternal great-grandmother, Marion Rawling Mix, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

1 Response

  1. madman says:

    These are likely Richard and Sarah:

    Sarah Dudley -> Sarah Porter

    Dudley might have been a remarriage surname if that marriage record is of them.

    Richard and Sarah are listed as Native on the 1861, but that can’t mean First Nations here, right? Pretty much everyone born in Canada on the same sheet is listed as Native, maybe they just meant “Native born” in this case.


    If these trees are correct, then Miles was of Irish, English, Scottish, French, and Dutch descent (no French-Canadian, the French is from the U.S.). Margaret had Scottish, and some German, ancestry.

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