Montgomery Clift

Birth Name: Edward Montgomery Clift

Date of Birth: October 17, 1920

Place of Birth: Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

Date of Death: July 23, 1966

Place of Death: New York City, New York

Ethnicity: English, more distant Scottish, Dutch, German, and French

Montgomery Clift was an American actor. He was the son of Ethel Anderson Fogg and William Brooks Clift. Much of his ancestry was English. He also had smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Scottish, Dutch, German, and French, ancestry.

Montgomery’s patrilineal line can be traced back to William Clift, who was born, c. 1676, in Kent, England.

Montgomery’s paternal grandfather was Moses Haney/Hainey Clift (the son of William Clift and Nancy Arwin Brooks). William was the son of James R. Clift and Alice Hitchcock. Nancy was the daughter of Moses Brooks and Agnes Gamble Fowler.

Montgomery’s paternal grandmother was Florence Virginia Parrot (the daughter of Josiah Rhaton Parrott and Mureilla/Masila Mary Trammell). Mureilla was the daughter of Jehu Jasper Trammell and Elizabeth Fain.

Montgomery’s mother was evidently adopted by the Fogg family.

Montgomery’s biological maternal grandfather is generally believed by biographers to have been Woodbury Blair (the son of Montgomery Blair, who served as the U.S. Postmaster General, and of Mary Elizabeth Woodbury). Montgomery Blair was the son of Francis Preston Blair and Elizabeth “Eliza” Violet Gist. Mary Elizabeth Woodbury was the daughter of Levi Woodbury and Elizabeth Williams Clapp. Levi was a prominent politician, who was a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, Governor of New Hampshire, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Montgomery’s biological maternal grandmother is generally believed by biographers to have been Maria Latham Anderson (the daughter of Robert Anderson and Elizabeth Bayard Clinch). Robert was the son of Richard Clough Anderson and Sarah Marshall. Elizabeth was the daughter of Duncan Lamont Clinch and Eliza Bayard McIntosh.

Sources: Genealogy of Montgomery Clift –

Genealogies of Montgomery’s paternal grandparents, Moses Haney/Hainey Clift and Florence Virginia Parrot –

Genealogies of Montgomery Clift (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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