Stephen King

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Birth Name: Stephen Edwin King

Place of Birth: Portland, Maine, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 21, 1947

Ethnicity: English, some German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant Scottish, Welsh, Dutch, and French

Stephen King is an American writer, director, and actor. He is known for his many horror novels and stories, including Carrie, The Shining, Cujo, Christine, Children of the Corn, and Pet Sematary. He has also been credited as Richard Bachman, John Swithen, and Beryl Evans.

Stephen is the son of Nellie Ruth (Pillsbury) and Donald Edwin King. His father, born under the surname Pollock, later used the surname King (he had also used his own stepfather’s surname, Szczepanski).

With his wife, author and activist Tabitha (Spruce) King, he has three children, including authors Joe Hill and Owen King.

Stephen’s paternal grandfather was William Edwin Pollock (the son of David Rittenhouse Pollock and Elizabeth Davis). William was born in Indiana. David was the son of John Pollock and Rosanna Marie/Maria Rittenhouse. Elizabeth was the daughter of Nathan Davis and Martha Maston/Masten.

Stephen’s paternal grandmother was Helen Alethea Bowden (the daughter of William F. Bowden and Harriet R. “Hattie” Clear). Helen was born in Indiana. William was the son of William T. Bowden and Polly Ann Manis/Maness/Manus. Hattie was the daughter of Samuel S. Clear and Lovina/Lavina Nichols/Nickols/Nicholas.

Stephen’s maternal grandfather was Guy Herbert Pillsbury (the son of Howard Leavitt Pillsbury and Cecelia/Cecilia/Celia Medea/Media Foss). Guy was born in Maine. Howard was the son of Charles Carl Pillsbury and Eunice M. Waterhouse. Cecelia was the daughter of Joseph Foss and Susan Grant Robinson.

Stephen’s maternal grandmother was Nellie Weston/Western Fogg (the daughter of Arthur Jonathan Fogg and Susan Ann Carter). Nellie was born in Maine. Arthur was the son of Asa Rand Fogg and Elizabeth H. Babb. Susan was the daughter of Daniel Carter and Mary Ann Meserve.

A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Stephen’s genetic ancestry is:

*99% European

The DNA test stated that Stephen’s genetic ancestry is 68% Western European, 8% Scandinavian, 3% Iberian, 2% Irish, 1% Eastern European, and less than 1% West Asian and from the Caucasus areas.

Sources: Genealogies of Stephen King –

Genealogies of Stephen’s parents –

13 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    He has Dutch ancestry on his father’s side, and more distant French.

    His Rittenhouse line starts with this notable figure:

  2. bearboy says:

    In case you want to go deeper into his DNA results he is 68% European West, 8% Scandinavian, 3% Iberian, 2% Irish, 1% European East and less than 1% West Asia and the Caucuses. The rest I believe is from Great Britain which Henry Louis Gates Jr. expected Stephen King to have more ancestry from. I believe this was from ancestry DNA based off how they have British and Irish separately and have a category called “European West” also unlike 23andme.

  3. bearboy says:

    99% European descent going back to the time of Columbus.

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