Stephen King

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King in 2004, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Stephen Edwin King

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

Date of Birth: September 21, 1947

Ethnicity: English, small amounts of 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). His father was born in Peru, Miami, Indiana. His mother was born in Scarborough, Cumberland, Maine. His family has Colonial American roots in Maine.

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 Cass County, Indiana. David was the son of John Pollock and Rosanna Maria/Marie 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 Chili, Miami, Indiana. William was the son of William T. Bowden and Polly/Mary Ann Maness/Manis/Manness. Hattie was the daughter of Samuel S. Clear and Lovina/Lavina/Lavinia Nickols/Nichols/Nicholas.

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

Stephen’s maternal grandmother was Nellie Western Fogg (the daughter of Arthur J./I./P. Fogg and Susan Ann Carter). Nellie was born in Scarborough, Cumberland, 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
——–*68% Western European
——–*8% Scandinavian
——–*3% Iberian
——–*2% Irish
——–*1% Eastern European
——–*<1% West Asian
——–*<1% Caucasus areas

Sources: Genealogies of Stephen King –

Genealogies of Stephen’s parents –

14 Responses

  1. Jason 7 says:

    Though of no relation, as his paternal line was adopted, Jackson Pollock is another famous person to have on this site. (Of irish and Scots-Irish descent according to Wikipedia.)

  2. andrew says:

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

    His Rittenhouse line starts with this notable figure:

  3. 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.

  4. bearboy says:

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

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