Birth Name: Charles Robert Redford
Place of Birth: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: August 18, 1936
Ethnicity: English, Irish, Scottish, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish, Cornish
Robert Redford is an American actor, director, producer, businessperson, environmentalist, and philanthropist. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for Ordinary People (1980).
Robert is the son of Martha (Hart) and Charles Robert Redford. His ancestry includes English, Irish, Scottish, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish, and Cornish, including recent immigrants. Robert’s mother’s family has lived in the United States for many generations. Robert is married to Sibylle Szaggars. He has had four children with his former wife, historian and environmental activist Lola Van Wagenen, including documentary filmmaker and environmental activist James Redford, and actress, director, and producer Amy Redford.
Robert’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to Peter Redford, who was born, c. the early 1700s, in Manchester, Lancashire, England.
Robert’s paternal grandfather was Charles Elisha/Elijah Redford (the son of Charles Redford and Jane Archie). Robert’s grandfather Charles was born in Connecticut. Robert’s great-grandfather Charles was born in Rhode Island, to English-born parents, of English and Irish ancestry, Elisha Redford, who was born in Manchester, Lancashire, and Mary Ann McCreary. Robert’s great-grandmother Jane was Scottish, born in Aberdeenshire, the daughter of William M. Archie and Jane Little.
Robert’s paternal grandmother was Lena Taylor (the daughter of Henry Taylor and Mary Tucker). Lena was born in England. Henry was born in Cornwall, the son of Jonathan Taylor and Elizabeth Crocker. Mary was also born in Cornwall, the daughter of William Tucker and Grace Tremberth.
Robert’s maternal grandfather was Archibald Woodruff Hart (the son of John Gabriel Hart and Ida Woodruff). Archibald was born in Missouri. John was the son of James Carmichael Hart and Mary Elizabeth Long. Ida was the daughter of William Henry Woodruff and Julia Hannah Jackson.
Robert’s maternal grandmother was Sallie/Sally Pate Green (the daughter of Eugene E. Green and Martha “Mattie” Bugg). Sallie was born in Texas. Eugene was the son of Edwin/Ed Jeremiah Littleberry Green and Eliza Jane Young. Martha was the daughter of Zachariah Pennington Bugg and Emily/Emma Jane Davis.
Sources: Family history of Robert Redford – http://www.powells.com
Robert’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Elisha Redford and Mary Ann McCreary, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Robert’s paternal great-grandmother, Jane Archie – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Robert’s paternal grandmother, Lena Taylor, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Robert’s mother – http://www.findagrave.com
Robert’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org