Margot Kidder

2008 Winter Hollywood Collectors Show

Kidder in 2008, photo by

Birth Name: Margaret Ruth Kidder

Date of Birth: October 17, 1948

Place of Birth: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Date of Death: May 13, 2018

Place of Death: Livingston, Montana, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, Welsh, Northern Irish, Irish, Scottish

Margot Kidder was a Canadian and American actress and activist.

Margot was the daughter of Jocelyn Mary “Jill” (Wilson), a history teacher, and Sidney Kendall Kidder, an explosives expert and engineer. She had a daughter with her former husband, American novelist Thomas McGuane. Margot’s brother, John Kidder, co-founded the Green Party of British Columbia. John is married to politician Elizabeth May, who was Leader of the Green Party of Canada.

Margot’s father was American, from New Mexico. Margot’s mother was Canadian, from British Columbia. Through her father, she had deep roots in New England. Her father worked in remote locations, including her birthplace of Yellowknife. She was also raised in Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador and Toronto, Ontario.

Margot’s paternal grandfather was Sidney Jesse Kidder (the son of Willard R. Kidder and Louise K. Kendall). Sidney was born in Indiana. Willard was the son of Ashbel Kidder and Mary Sprague. Louise was the daughter of Isaac Platt Kendall and Caroline F. Partridge.

Margot’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Powell (the daughter of David Powell and Margaret Q. Greeley/Greely). Margaret was born in California. David was Welsh, born in Breconshire, Wales, the son of William Powell and Jeannette Owen. Margot’s great-grandmother Margaret was born in Maine, the daughter of Justus Greely and Margaret M. Rideout.

Margot’s maternal grandfather was John Owen Wilson (the son of Peter Edmund/Edward Wilson and Christine Brown). John was born in Nelson, Central Kootenay, British Columbia. Peter was the son of Charles Wilson, who was born in Londonderry, Ulster, Northern Ireland, and of Rachel Doyle, whose own father was Irish. Christine was born in Twickenham, England, the daughter of George Brown and Laura.

Margot’s maternal grandmother was Ruth Helen Pyne (the daughter of Charles Arthur Pyne and Mary Ellen King). Ruth was born in Woodstock, Oxford, Ontario, Canada. Charles was the son of Andrew Charles Pyne and Sarah Jane Doyle. Mary Ellen was the daughter of William Scott King and Ellen Jane Morrison.

Sources: Genealogy of Margot Kidder –

Genealogies of Margot Kidder (focusing on her father’s side) –

Margot’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Margot’s maternal grandparents, John Owen Wilson and Ruth Helen Pyne –

Genealogy of Margot’s mother (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Birth record of Margot’s maternal grandmother, Ruth Helen Pyne –

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