Sam Elliott

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Elliott in 2006, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Samuel Pack Elliott

Place of Birth: Sacramento, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 9, 1944

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant Swiss and Dutch, remote Swedish

Sam Elliott is an American actor. His roles include the films Frogs, The Legacy, Gettysburg, Tombstone, The Contender, Hulk, Up in the Air, I’ll See You in My Dreams, and A Star is Born, and the shows Justified and 1883, among many other works.

He is the son of Glynn Mamie (Sparks), a teacher, and Henry Nelson Elliott, who was a predator control specialist for the Department of the Interior. His parents were both from Texas. Sam is married to actress Katharine Ross, with whom he has a daughter.

Sam has said:

…my family has deep roots in Texas. One of my ancestors was a surgeon at the Battle of San Jacinto with Sam Houston… It was always a thrill when we got [to El Paso, during his childhood]. My family was a fun bunch to be around. The women cooked great Mexican food. Every time we went to El Paso, we walked across the bridge to Juárez… My mother’s family, the Sparks family, grew up in a cabin with a dirt floor, but my mom said they never knew that they were poor. The Sparks girls were all beauties. My mother was a top athlete at UTEP in basketball, volleyball and tennis. The day after she graduated, my parents moved to Marfa and my sister was born there, but I was born in California.

Sam’s great-great-great-uncle, Edward F. Mitchusson, was a doctor who died at the Alamo.

Sam’s paternal grandfather was Hardy/Hardie Bishop Elliott (the son of Thomas Henry Bishop Elliott and Mary Elizabeth Mitchusson/Hutchinson/Connell). Hardy was born in Texas. Henry was the son of John Nealy/Neely Elliott and Mary “Pollie” Cook. Sam’s great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of Jacob Robert Mitchusson and Elizabeth Betsy Connell.

Sam’s paternal grandmother was Leona Pack (the daughter of Samuel Owen Pack and Mary Frances McPhail). Leona was born in Tennessee. Sam’s great-grandfather Samuel Pack was the son of Joseph Owen Pack and Uphema/Euphemia/Euphama Edwards/Nelson. Mary was Canadian.

Sam’s maternal grandfather was Samuel D. “Sam” Sparks, Jr. (the son of Samuel D. “Sam” Sparks and Susan Amanda “Sue” Burden). Sam’s grandfather Sam was born in Texas. Sam’s great-grandfather Samuel Sparks was the son of Anderson West Sparks and Martha Adaline “Mattie” Akin/Aiken. Susan was the daughter of William Carrol Burden and Clarissa/Clara Kenney.

Sam’s maternal grandmother was Zora/Zorah Ada/Ida Pope (the daughter of John Marshall Pope and Lucy/Lucie Ann Whatley). Zora was born in Texas. John was the son of Silas Pope and Edna/Edney Griffin. Lucy was the daughter of William Hardy Whatley and Sarah “Sally” Lee.

Sources: Genealogy of Sam Elliott –

Genealogy of Sam Elliott (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogies of Sam’s parents –

Sam’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Sam’s paternal grandparents, Hardy/Hardie Bishop Elliott and Leona Pack, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death record of Sam’s paternal grandfather, Hardy/Hardie Bishop Elliott –

Sam’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Sam’s maternal grandparents, Samuel D. “Sam” Sparks, Jr. and Zora Ada/Ida Pope, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Sam’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Anderson West Sparks and Martha Adaline “Mattie” Akin/Aiken –

8 Responses

  1. harrison says:

    look like a southern anglosaxon, english and scottish.

  2. Sparkie says:

    Yes, I do believe he has Cherokee Native American in his veins. I am a Sparks. I’m a direct descendant to Princess Pocahontas’s sister and mother. Her sister’s name is Cleo. My mother’s name is Cleo Sparks. Plus, we are related to Andrew Jackson who sent the Cherokee and Creek on “The Trail of Tears.” That I’m ashamed!!!! Plus Sam Elliott and me carry the same Genetic Disease. Remember, you’re an actor. That’s it!

  3. Ethereal says:

    waiting for someone to say “he has has native in him”….

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