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. His many roles include Planes, Trains and Automobiles, The Jerk, Father of the Bride, Bowfinger, Cheaper by the Dozen, Shop Girl, It’s Complicated, and Only Murders in the Building.

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 Boone 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/Katherine 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 –

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 –

13 Responses

  1. ethnogenesis says:

    Steve Martin claimed to have a Chickasaw or Choctaw ancestor who moved from MS up the (Mississippi) river into TN where the Melungeons live. A pretendian author Erika Wurth had her maternal family line claimed to be descended from Franklin TN Chickasaws bearing the last name Martin (she probably stole his ancestor being on public record) as well her falsified Cherokee (why is it always that tribal group) and Apache since her mother’s family lived in KS (white settlers lied about being part Cherokee in an attempt to steal land in the 1890s OK land rush) and TX (in the 1900s, Erika Wurth’s family owned a brothel of all Native American women working for their white owner in Houston) respectively. There’s an issue to clarify whether Jim Varney, the actor who played Ernest, had any Melungeon ancestry, as he once claimed on E! True Hollywood Story on he’s part-Cherokee. Anyways, I wonder if Steve Martin’s lineage traced to Molly Hockaday who is said to be Choctaw can be backed up on public record ( has her in their database with the last name “Tashapiathacho”).

  2. andrew says:

    Steve and Andy MacDowell are 9th cousins

    They both descend from Isaac DuBose and Suzanne Couillandeau

  3. andrew says:

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

  4. follers says:


    • 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.

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