Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter – 30th Annual “Human Rights First” Award Dinner, 2008 – Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 21, 1958

Ethnicity: English, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, Scottish, smaller amounts of Danish, French/French-Dominican Republic, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Dutch

Mary Chapin Carpenter is an American singer and songwriter. She is the daughter of Mary Bowie (Robertson) and Chapin Carpenter, Jr., a Life Magazine executive.

Mary’s ancestry is English, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, Scottish, with small amounts of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, French, Dutch, and German. One of Mary’s fourth great-grandmothers, Sophie Carre, was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, of French descent. One of Mary’s fourth great-grandfathers, George Louis Hammeken, was evidently born in Tunisia, to a family of Danish consuls in Algeria, Tunisia, and New York. His ancestry is not completely clear, although it likely included Danish and German (his mother’s maiden name, Gordon, might imply Scottish ancestry).

Mary’s paternal grandfather was Chapin Carpenter (the son of James Stratton Carpenter and Lillian Louise Chapin). Mary’s grandfather Chapin was born in Pennsylvania. James was the son of John Thomas Carpenter and Eliza Adelaide Hill. Lillian was the daughter of Asahel Chapin and Louise Jane Horton.

Mary’s paternal grandmother was Mary Ruth Smyth/Smythe (the daughter of William T. Smyth/Smythe and Mary Reese/Rees). Mary Chapin’s grandmother Mary was born in Pennsylvania. William was born in Schull, Cork, Ireland, to William Smyth/Smythe, who was Cornish, and Elizabeth Caverly, who was Irish. Mary Chapin’s great-grandmother Mary was Welsh.

Mary’s maternal grandfather was Harrison Marshal/Marshall Robertson (the son of Harrison Robertson, Jr. and Mary Longley Vawter). Mary Chapin’s grandfather Harrison was born in Virginia. Mary Chapin’s great-grandfather Harrison was the son of Harrison Robertson and Eliza Marshall. Mary Chapin’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of Capt. Charles Erastus Vawter and Virginia Harriet Longley.

Mary’s maternal grandmother was Mary McRae McKenzie/MacKenzie (the daughter of John Pinkerton McKenzie/MacKenzie and Mary Sherwin Rice). Mary Chapin’s grandmother Mary was born in Maryland. John was born in London, England, to American parents, Colin McKenzie/MacKenzie and Christiana Sophia Bowie. Mary Chapin’s great-grandmother Mary was the daugther of Charles Davis Rice and Lucy Ella McRae.

Sources: Genealogies of Mary Chapin Carpenter –

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