Place of Birth: Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: April 25, 1988
*father – Irish, Scottish, English, very distant French (convert to Judaism)
*mother – Mexican [Spanish and Dutch Jewish, some German and Chilean] (born into the Jewish faith)
Sara Paxton is an American actress, singer, and model. She is known for her roles in the films Aquamarine, The Last House on the Left, and The Innkeepers, among many others. She is married to actor, writer, and director Zach Cregger.
Sara’s father, Steven Ray Paxton, who was born in California, is of Irish, Scottish, English, and very distant French, descent. Steven is a convert to Judaism.
Sara’s mother, Lucía (Menchaca Zuckerman), was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. Lucía was raised Jewish. Lucía’s maternal grandfather was a Dutch Jewish immigrant, while the rest of her family is of Mexican ancestry, along with 1/16th German and 1/16th Chilean. Lucía’s maternal grandmother almost certainly converted to Judaism when marrying her grandfather, and Lucía’s father, who was buried in a Jewish ceremony, almost certainly converted to Judaism when marrying her mother.
Sara was raised Jewish.
Sara stated in an interview that she is able to speak some Spanish, but not fluently. She also mentioned that her mother stopped speaking to her in English to make her learn Spanish.
Sara’s paternal grandfather is Raymond Emery Paxton (the son of Russell McQuiston Paxton and Vita Marie Gerard). Raymond was born in Colorado. Russell was the son of James Emory/Emry Paxton and Eva Carolyn McQuiston. Vita was the daughter of Charles Raymond/Ray Gerard and Carrie May Warner.
Sara’s paternal grandmother is Barbara Lou Layne (the daughter of Lewis Libourn Layne and Beulah Bunch). Barbara was born in California. Lewis was the son of William Howard Layne and Maude/Maud Lewis. Beulah was the daughter of Earnest C. Bunch and Florence M. Inman.
Sara’s maternal grandfather was Rafael Menchaca Villareal (the son of Eduardo Menchaca Constancia and Jesusita [also known as María de Jesús] Villarreal Guerra). Sara’s grandfather Rafael was born in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila. Eduardo was born in Jiménez, Coahuila, the son of Rafael Menchaca de la Garza and Gabina Constancia Rubio. Jesusita was also born in Jiménez, Coahuila, the daughter of Anacleto Villarreal Villarreal and Victoriana Guerra Martínez.
Sara’s maternal grandmother is María Guadalupe Zuckerman Riebeling (the daughter of Max/Moisés K. Zuckerman and Carolina Riebeling y García Conde). Sara’s grandmother María Guadalupe was born in Puebla, Puebla. Sara’s great-grandfather Max was a Dutch Jewish immigrant, from Amsterdam, and was the son of Max Zuckerman and Sara Kaufman. Sara’s great-grandmother Carolina was born in Mexico City, the daughter of Clemente Ricardo Riebeling/Rievelig Rivera and Teresa García Conde y Albiano. Ricardo’s father, Manuel Ernest Riebeling, was a German emigrant, from Kassel, and Ricardo’s mother, Dolores Rivera Jiménez, was a Chilean immigrant. Teresa’s likely maternal great-great-grandfather, Salvador de Torres y Guerrero, was from Binondo, Manila, Philippines, and participated in the Manila galleon trade, settling in Mexico City.
Sources: Article on Sara’s Jewish background, 2007 – http://www.jweekly.com
Genealogy of Sara Paxton – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Sara Paxton (focusing on her father’s side) – http://famouskin.com
Marriage record of Sara’s paternal grandparents, Raymond Emery Paxton and Barbara Lou Layne – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Sara’s paternal grandfather, Raymond Emery Paxton (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Sara’s paternal great-grandfather, Russell McQuiston Paxton – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Sara’s paternal great-grandmother, Beulah Bunch – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Birth record of Sara’s mother – https://familysearch.org
Birth record of Sara’s maternal grandfather, Rafael Menchaca Villareal – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Sara’s maternal grandfather, Rafael Menchaca Villareal – http://www.jewishjournal.com
Birth record of Sara’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Rafael Menchaca de la Garza – https://familysearch.org
Birth record of Sara’s maternal great-grandmother, Jesusita [also known as María de Jesús] Villarreal Guerra – https://familysearch.org
Baptismal record of Sara’s maternal great-grandmother, Carolina Riebeling y García Conde – https://familysearch.org
Baptismal record of Sara’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Clemente Ricardo Riebeling Rivera – https://familysearch.org
Death record of Sara’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Teresa (García Conde y Albiano) Riebeling – https://familysearch.org