Nelson Eddy

Birth Name: Nelson Ackerman Eddy

Date of Birth: June 29, 1901

Place of Birth: Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

Date of Death: March 6, 1967

Place of Death: Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, some Dutch, distant Scottish and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, 1/256 Polish, remote French

Nelson Eddy was an American singer, baritone, and actor. He appeared in 19 musical films in the 1930s and 1940s, including Naughty Marietta, Rose Marie, Maytime, New Moon, Bitter Sweet, and Rosalie, and was also a star of the opera and concert stage, radio, and television, and in nightclubs. He often worked with Jeanette MacDonald.

Nelson was the son of Isabel (Kendrick) and William Darius Eddy, who was a machinist and toolmaker. Nelson was married to Ann Denitz Franklin, until his death.

Most of Nelson’s ancestry was Colonial American, particularly English, with some Dutch from his maternal grandmother. He had deep roots in Rhode Island. He was a descendant of 1600s-born Polish immigrant Wojciech Zarborovoskii/Zabriskie.

Nelson’s paternal grandfather was Isaac Nelson Eddy (the son of Darius Eddy and Esther Ann Irons). Isaac was born in Olneyville, Providence, Rhode Island. Darius was the son of George Eddy and Nancy Anne/Ann Salisbury. Esther was the daughter of Elisha Irons and Hannah Sayles.

Nelson’s paternal grandmother was Martha Perry Gardner (the daughter of William H. Gardner and Charlotte E. Read). Martha was born in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Charlotte was the daughter of William H. Read and Hannah Butts.

Nelson’s maternal grandfather was Edward Stillman Kendrick (the son of Samuel Stillman Kendrick and Emily Herbert Fryer). Edward was born in Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia. Samuel was born in Vermont, the son of Clark Kendrick and Esther Thompson. Emily was the daughter of Zachariah Louis Fryer, whose father was English, and of Sarah Matthews.

Nelson’s maternal grandmother was Caroline Netta “Carrie” Ackerman (the daughter of James/Joseph Chandler Ackerman and Belinda Sophia van Buren). Caroline was born in Alabama, to a father from New York and a mother from New Jersey. She was of mostly Dutch descent. James was the son of Lawrence Ackerman and Cynthia Robinson, who herself was born in Windsor, Hants, Nova Scotia, Canada. Belinda was the daughter of Pieter Jacobus van Beuren and Magdalena van Earle.

Sources: Genealogies of Nelson Addy –

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