Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date of Birth: October 25, 1969
Ethnicity: Irish, English, at least 1/16th French, possibly other
Samantha Bee is a Canadian-American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actress, and television personality. She has hosted the news comedy show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS since 2016. She was previously a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
She is the daughter of Debra and Ronald Bee. Samantha has stated that she has a family heirloom from Ireland that goes back many generations. She is married to actor and comedian Jason Jones, with whom she has three children.
Samantha’s maternal grandfather was Harry Meekins (the son of George Frank Meekins and Edith Bessie Pierre). Harry was English. George was the son of Frank Meekins and Katherine/Kate Charlotte Bunce. Edith was the daughter of Louis Cesar Pierre, whose parents were French, and of Amelia Lavinia Hollingdale.
Samantha’s maternal grandmother was Doris Dougherty (the daughter of William Michael Doherty/Dougherty and Edna Alice “Gert” Griffin). William was the son of Michael Patrick Doherty/Dougherty and Mary E. Minnie Waterhouse. Edna was the daughter of Colborne Nellis Griffin and Mary Harriet “Hattie” Margaret Burt.
Sources: Immigration record of Samantha’s maternal grandfather, Harry Meekins – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Samantha’s maternal grandfather, Harry Meekins – http://www.legacy.com
Samantha’s maternal great-grandmother, Edith Bessie Pierre, on the 1891 England and Wales Census – https://familysearch.org
Edith Bessie Pierre on the 1901 England and Wales Census – https://familysearch.org
Christening record of Samantha’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Amelia Lavinia Hollingdale – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Samantha’s maternal great-grandparents, William Michael Doherty/Dougherty and Edna Alice “Gert” Griffin – https://familysearch.org