Birth Name: Laura Leggett Linney
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: February 5, 1964
Ethnicity: English, with Irish, Scottish, and German
Laura Linney is an American actress and singer. Her films include Kinsey, Mystic River, You Can Count On Me, and The Savages, among many others. She is the daughter of Miriam Anderson “Ann” (Leggett), a nurse, and Romulus Linney (Romulus Zachariah Linney IV), a playwright and novelist. She is married to drug counselor Marc Schauer, with whom she has a son.
Laura’s paternal grandfather was Romulus Zachariah Linney III (the son of Romulus Zachariah Linney II and Texie N. Townsend). Laura’s grandfather Romulus was born in North Carolina. Laura’s great-grandfather Romulus was the son of Romulus Zachariah Linney and Dorcas A. Stephenson. Texie was the daughter of The Rev. Noah Townsend and Leanna/Anna F. Linthicum. Laura’s great-great-grandfather Romulus was a politician, who was a Republican, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina, from March 4, 1895 to March 3, 1901.
Laura’s paternal grandmother was Maitland LeGrande Thompson (the daughter of Jacob Alexander Thompson and Elizabeth Bettie Griffin). Maitland was born in North Carolina. Jacob was the son of Lemons Williams Thompson and Sarah Jane Townsend. Elizabeth was the daughter of Silas Griffin and Nancy Elizabeth Hill.
Laura’s maternal grandfather was Milton Mitchell Leggett, Jr. (the son of Milton Mitchell Leggett and Ruth Sally Collins). Laura’s grandfather Milton was born in Georgia. Laura’s great-grandfather Milton was the son of Benjamin/Ben Russell Leggett and Dora Ann/Ada Kirkland. Ruth was the daughter of Hugh Wilbur Collins and Celia Louise Cross.
Laura’s maternal grandmother was Miriam Mae Anderson (the daughter of David Anderson and Ella Mae Busbee). Miriam was born in Georgia. David was the son of Sparks Delaware Anderson and Sarah Delilah Salter. Ella was the daughter of Gabriel Wesley Busbee and Josephine Rosa Johnson.
Genealogy of Laura’s father (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com
Genealogy of Laura’s paternal great-grandfather, Jacob Alexander Thompson – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Laura’s maternal grandfather, Milton Mitchell Leggett, Jr. (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Laura’s maternal grandmother, Miriam Mae Anderson – http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Laura’s maternal grandmother, Miriam Mae Anderson (through Miriam’s brother) – http://www.findagrave.com