Birth Name: Stephen McDannell Hillenburg
Date of Birth: August 21, 1961
Place of Birth: Fort Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma, U.S.
Date of Death: November 26, 2018
Place of Death: San Marino, California, U.S.
Ethnicity: Irish, English, German, Belgian [Flemish, Walloon]
Stephen Hillenburg was an American animator, cartoonist, director, writer, producer, storyboard artist, and voice actor. He was also a marine science educator. He is known for creating the iocnic SpongeBob SquarePants franchise.
Stephen was the son of Nancy and Kelly Neugent/Nugent Hillenburg, Jr. He was married to chef Karen Umland, until his death, with whom he had a son.
Stephen’s paternal grandfather was Kelly Neugent/Nugent Hillenburg (the son of Adam Austin Hillenburg and Laura Adeline/Adaline Neugent/Nugent). Kelly was born in Virginia. Adam was the son of Austin W. Hillenburg and Elizabeth Jane Kinser/Kinsler/Kincer. Laura was the daughter of William Kelly Neugent and Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Cook.
Stephen’s paternal grandmother was Anna Mae/May Vest (the daughter of John Henry Armistead Vest and Eula Mae Ackers/Akers). Anna was born in Virginia. John was the son of Samuel Dewey Vest and Mary Jane Vest. Eula was the son of Andrew Jackson Ackers/Akers and Mildred Elizabeth Payne.
Stephen’s maternal grandfather was John Dufour (the son of Alphonse DeFore and Leontine M. VanVolsen). John was born in Illinois, to Belgian parents. Alphonse was the son of Henry. Leontine was born in Wenge.
Stephen’s maternal grandmother was Lucille H. McDannell (the daughter of John L. McDannell and Mae/May E. O’Neill). Stephen’s grandmother Lucille was born in Rock Island, Illinois, and had significant Irish ancestry. John was born in Wisconsin, the son of Decatur Stephan McDannell and Emma K. McCamish. Mae was the daughter of Lawrence S. O’Neill, who was Irish, and of Sarah Elizabeth Manley.
Sources: Genealogy of Stephen Hillenurg – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Stephen Hillenburg (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com
Stephen’s maternal grandmother, Lucille H. McDannell, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org