Paget Brewster

Brewster in 2015, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Paget Valerie Brewster

Place of Birth: Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 10, 1969

Ethnicity: English, some Irish and German, distant French

Paget Brewster is an American actress. She is the daughter of Hathaway (Tew) and Galen Brewster. Paget is married to composer Steve Damstra.

Paget’s paternal grandfather was George Washington Wales Brewster, Jr. (the son of George Washington Wales Brewster and Ellen Mackenzie Hodge). Paget’s grandfather George was born in Massachusetts. Paget’s great-grandfather George was the son of Benjamin Brewster, Jr. and Ann Wales Emmons. Ellen was the daughter of John Ledyard Hodge and Susan Savage Wilson.

Paget’s paternal grandmother was Joan Ryerson (the daughter of Donald Mitchell Ryerson and Isabelle McGenniss). Joan was born in Illinois. Donald was the son of Edward Larned Ryerson and Mary Pringle Mitchell. Isabelle was the daughter of Charles Burrill McGenniss and Isabelle S. Corwith, and had Irish, English, and French ancestry.

Paget’s maternal grandfather was John Bechtel Tew (the son of James Dinsmore Tew and Elinor Edith/Elaine Bechtel). John was born in Ohio. James was the son of Harvey William/Williams Tew and Susan Dinsmore Goodrich. Elinor was the daughter of Theodore H. Bechtel and Elinor Focht, and had German ancestry.

Paget’s maternal grandmother was Valerie Hathaway (the daughter of Stewart Southworth Hathaway and Helen Viles). Valerie was born in London, England, and was adopted by American parents, Stewart and Helen, who were from New Jersey and Nebraska, respectively. Stewart was the son of Charles Hathaway and Cora Southworth Rountree. Helen was the daughter of James Francis Viles and Anna Underwood.

Paget’s patrilineal line traces to William Brewster (c. 1566-1644), a Mayflower passenger and noted Pilgrim. Among many of William’s other descendants are actors Jordana Brewster, Chevy Chase, Taylor Lautner, Seth MacFarlane, and Elisabeth Shue, actors and models Noah Mills and Brandon Routh, soccer player Clint Dempsey, Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, U.S. Vice Presidents Hannibal Hamlin and Nelson Rockefeller, and Governor of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller.

Sources: Genealogies of Paget Brewster –

Paget’s maternal grandmother, Valerie Hathaway, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

5 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    He has other prominent descendants, like Bing Crosby, Katherine Hepburn, Richard Gere etc.

    • follers says:

      Yes, a full list would be very long.

      • andrew says:

        Yes, but the ones I’ve mentioned are bigger than Chevy Chase or Seth MacFarlane. Also I believe that the genealogical connection between Paget and Jordana should not be that distant, like 5th cousins or something.

        • follers says:

          At least through their direct patrilineal lines, Jordana and Paget’s last common “Brewster” ancestors were Mary and William Brewster themselves. They’re 13th cousins, once removed.

          I specifically picked the more obscure ones, because, as you say, the other connections are more widely reported already.

          • andrew says:

            So, is there a closer genealogical relation than that between William Brewster’s famous descendants?

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