Martha Plimpton

Martha Plimpton at the Critics' Choice Television Awards Luncheo

Plimpton in 2011, photo by s_bukley/

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 16, 1970

Ethnicity: English, along with small amounts of Ashkenazi Jewish, Danish, German, Swiss-German, distant Irish, Scottish, Dutch

Martha Plimpton is an American actress, singer, and model. She is the daughter of actors Keith Carradine (Keith Ian Carradine) and Shelley Plimpton, a half-sister of actress Sorel Carradine, a granddaughter of actors John Carradine and Sonia Sorel, a niece of actors Christopher Carradine and Robert Carradine, a half-niece of actors David Carradine and Michael Bowen, and a cousin of actress Ever Carradine.

Her father has English, Ashkenazi Jewish, Danish, German, Swiss-German, and distant Irish and Dutch, ancestry. Her mother has English, and distant Scottish, ancestry.

Martha’s paternal grandfather was John Carradine, an actor (born Richmond Reed Carradine, the son of William Reed Carradine and Genevieve Winifred Richmond). John was born in New York, and had English, with distant Irish and Dutch, ancestry. William was the son of The Rev. Beverly Francis Carradine, who was a Methodist religious author, and of Laura Green Reid. Genevieve was the daughter of Horace Calver/Culver Richmond and Winifred/Winifrede Ryan.

Martha’s paternal grandmother was Sonia Sorel, an actress (the daughter of Henry Robert Gustav Henius and Lillian Dorothy Fuess). Sonia was born in Wisconsin. Henry was the son of Max Henius, a prominent biochemist, who was a Danish Jew, and of Johanne/Johanna Louise “Henne” Heiberg, who was of Danish background. Lillian was the daughter of Joseph Fuess, who was German, from Roentgen, Baden, and of Anna Fischer, who was of German and Swiss-German descent.

Martha’s maternal grandfather was William Sherman Plimpton (the son of William Melvin Plimpton and Annabelle/Anabel Campbell). Martha’s grandfather William was born in Oregon. Martha’s great-grandfather William was the son of William Wright Plimpton and Alice Josephine Miller. Annabelle was the daughter of Horace Guy Campbell and Laura Belle Sherman.

Martha’s maternal grandmother was named Martha Jane Williams.

The surname Carradine is sometimes said to have an Italian or Spanish origin. Martha’s last traceable patrilineal ancestor is believed to have been a man named Parker Carradine, who was born in Georgia, in North America, c. 1755. There is no evidence that Parker had Italian or Spanish ancestry.

Sources: A discussion of the Carradine family’s origins –

Genealogy of Martha Plimpton –

Genealogies of Martha Plimpton (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogies of Martha’s father (through his half-brother, David Carradine) (focusing on his father’s side) –

Martha’s paternal great-grandmother, Lillian Dorothy Fuess, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Martha’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Joseph Fuess and Anna Fischer –

Genealogy of Martha’s maternal grandfather, William Sherman Plimpton (focusing on his mother’s side) –

1 Response

  1. Thistlelicious says:

    Through her father Keith Ian Carradine, Martha is an 11th great grandniece of John Howland, Mayflower.

    Her uncle John Arthur “David” Carrdine’s connection to John Howland can be found here:

    Thru their Titus lineage (which is the English line) they have kinship with Warren Edward Buffet, Susan Brownell Anthony, Stephen Joseph Harper (ex Prime Minister of Canada), author Mazo de la Roche (Whiteoaks of Jalna series), author John Hoyer Updike, Robert Townsend (Culper Spy Ring), Charles N. Dresser (minister who performed the marriage ceremony of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd) and Kenneth R. Carpenter (Bing Crosby’s announcer).

    Not shown (yet) on the Titus Family site are their connections to Amy Grant and George Hamilton “The Tanned One”.


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