Steve Martin

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Martin in 2012, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Stephen Glenn Martin

Place of Birth: Waco, McLennan, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 14, 1945

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

Steve Martin is an American actor, musician, comedian, writer, producer, and banjo player. He is the son of Mary Lee (Stewart) and Glenn Vernon Martin. He was born in Waco, Texas, and grew up Inglewood, California. He was raised a Southern Baptist.

Steve is married to writer Anne Stringfield, with whom he has a daughter.

Steve’s paternal grandfather was Homer Hall Martin (the son of William Samuel Martin and Elizabeth Jane Martin). Homer was born in Texas. William was the son of John Seil “William” Martin and Harriet E. Driscoll. Elizabeth was the daughter of Robert Washington Martin and Eliza/Elizabeth Smart.

Steve’s paternal grandmother was Dora Lee Holmes (the daughter of Edwin/Edward Henry Holmes and Ida Mae Davenport). Dora was born in Texas. Edwin was the son of Edward Camp Holmes and Leah R. Popham. Ida was the daughter of Elza Alexander Davenport and Frances Catherine Ferguson.

Steve’s maternal grandfather was William Marcus Stewart (the son of William R. Stewart and Mollie E. Richardson). Steve’s grandfather William was born in Mississippi.

Steve’s maternal grandmother was Katherine/Kathryn Laura “Kate” Siddall (the daughter of Stephen Jasper Siddall and Minnie Permelia Miller). Katherine was born in Texas. Steve’s great-grandfather Stephen Siddall was the son of Abner S. Y. Siddall. Minnie was the daughter of James Norman Miller and Mary Ann Tisdale.

Sources: Genealogies of Steve Martin (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Steve’s father –

Genealogy of Steve’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Steve’s paternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth Jane Martin, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Steve’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Steve’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Steve’s maternal great-grandmother, Minnie Permelia Miller –

11 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Steve and Andy MacDowell are 9th cousins

    They both descend from Isaac DuBose and Suzanne Couillandeau

  2. andrew says:

    Genealogy of Steve Martin (focusing on his father’s side) –

    • fuzzybear44 says:


      It’s interesting that you put Melungeon. I’ve seen creole sites in the past as well as some redbone sites,that listed steve martin as having that heritage.The name Captain Robert W. Martin came up in those sites as a redbone(which is basically another name for Melungeon).Now seeing how Captain Robert came up in your background check,at least part of what those sites said was true.So there might be a little more flavor in Steve,than you have listed.

      • follers says:

        This is Steve’s ancestor. Is there any proof that Robert had non-white ancestry?

        • fuzzybear44 says:

          Well if you’re asking me if I have any proof,then no.I can only go by what I’ve seen in mixed-blood sites over the past few years.They mention this particular ancestors.Now is he a redbone,I don’t know.This is why I stated it was interesting that you brought up Melungeon .Now as far as the picture goes,we both know that doesn’t mean very much.It doesn’t tell you what is or isn’t in his background.
          Norris wright cuney:

          was part black, could you tell by looking at him?Redbones and Melungeons always Id as white,no matter what their DNA tells everybody.This was the very thing I brought about passing. In this country,we are pieces of paper and the people who know us.Maybe Allyson Hobbs here could explain it better:

          • follers says:

            I wasn’t asking about his looks, I was just asking if there’s any proof that Robert Martin had black/Native American/Redbone/Melungeon ancestry.

          • fuzzybear44 says:

            Sorry for not replying yesterday,had to help cook the holiday meal.

            (I wasn’t asking about his looks)

            Well you put his picture up,so I thought that’s where it was going.It was an easy misunderstanding.However the picture I put does serve a dual purpose,of showing once again,that the outward appearance doesn’t tell you everything(for the others who were looking in on our discussion ).

            (I was just asking if there’s any proof that Robert Martin had black/Native American/Redbone/Melungeon ancestry.)

            Well like I said ,no I don’t have any proof.I just thought it was interesting that you used the word Melungeon. However ,one thing about those mixed-blood sites, is that they’re usually on the money about this stuff(they haven’t been wrong yet). Just for the record,they also bring up the Arquette family

          • follers says:

            Who was the Arquette ancestor they think was non-white? I assume they mean their father’s side. :-)

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