Tuesday Weld

Birth Name: Susan Ker Weld

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 27, 1943

Ethnicity: English, approx. one quarter Scottish, more distant Welsh, Northern Irish, Dutch, and Belgian Flemish

Tuesday Weld is an American actress and model. She has starred in the films Sex Kittens Go to College, The Private Lives of Adam and Eve, Play It as It Lays, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, and Once Upon a Time in America, and television’s The Winter of Our Discontent, among many other works.

Tuesday is the daughter of Yosene/Josephine Balfour (Ker) and Lothrop/Lathrop Motley Weld. She has deep roots in Colonial New England, particularly Massachusetts. Tuesday is a member of the prominent Weld family, a descendant of Captain Joseph Weld (1599-1646), one of the founders of the Boston Brahmin Weld lineage of Massachusetts. Among Joseph’s other descendants are Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, actress and director Polly Draper, and her children, actors and musicians Nat Wolff and Alex Wolff. Tuesday is a fourth cousin of Bill, through their shared great-great-great-grandparents William Gordon Weld and Hannah Minot. Tuesday’s father was born in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. Tuesday’s mother was born in Middlesex, England, to a Canadian father and an American mother.

Born Susan Ker Weld, she legally changed her name to Tuesday Weld in 1959. Tuesday has a daughter with her former husband, screenwriter Claude Harz; and a son with her former husband, English actor, comedian, and musician Dudley Moore.

Tuesday’s paternal grandfather was Edward Motley Weld (the son of Stephen Minot Weld, Jr. and Eloise Rodman). Edward was born in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, and had deep Colonial American (English) ancestry. Stephen was a horticulturalist, and much-decorated U.S. Army officer of the American Civil War. He was the son of Stephen Minot Weld, a schoolmaster, real estate investor, and politician, and of Sarah Bartlett Balch. Stephen’s father, Tuesday’s great-great-great-grandfather, was shipmaster and ship owner William Gordon Weld, who owned and commanded the armed ship Jason, with which he defeated pirates off the coast of Tunisia in 1802. Sarah’s father, Joseph Balch, was President of the Merchants Insurance Co., of Boston. Susan was the daughter of Alfred Rodman and Anna Lothrop Motley.

Tuesday’s paternal grandmother was Sarah Lothrop King (the daughter of George Parsons King and Sarah Williams Lothrop). Tuesday’s grandmother Sarah was born in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, and had deep roots in the U.S. George was the son of Jacob Morrell King and Frances Holt Parsons. Tuesday’s great-grandmother Sarah was the daughter of Thomas Charles/Church Lothrop and Ann Avery Parker.

Tuesday’s maternal grandfather was William Balfour Ker (the son of William Ker and Lily/Lilly/Lizzie Florence Bell). Tuesday’s grandfather William was born in Dunville, Ontario, Canada, to a father born in Scotland and a mother born in Northern Ireland. Tuesday’s grandfather William Ker was an artist and painter, who was an illustrator for Life and The Delineator magazines. Tuesday’s great-grandfather William was the son of The Rev. John Ker and Marion Balfour. He was a businessperson and banker. Lily was the daughter of David Bell, who was Scottish, and of Ellen Adine Hyland, who was born in Ireland, and possibly was of Scottish descent. Lily was a first cousin of Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell.

Tuesday’s maternal grandmother was Josephine Reeder Phillips (the daughter of Charles G. Phillips and Annie Chambers Bennett). Josephine was born in Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, and had deep roots in the U.S. Charles was the son of Joseph R. Phillips and Annie M. Hendrickson, who likely had some degree of Dutch ancestry. Tuesday’s great-grandmother Annie was the daughter of Henry Harrison Bennett and Rachel Marrett.

Sources: Genealogies of Tuesday Weld – https://www.familysearch.org

Tuesday’s father on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Tuesday Weld (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

1 Response

  1. Erik1714 says:

    I had a mistake. I meant to put “english, scottish, smaller degrees of… and the rest”, because she had an important amount of Scottish in her ancestry.

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