W. C. Fields
Birth Name: William Claude Dukenfield
Date of Birth: January 29, 1880
Place of Birth: Darby, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Date of Death: December 25, 1946
Place of Death: Pasadena, California, U.S.
*German, Swiss-German (mother)
W. C. Fields was an American comedian, actor, juggler, and writer. He was the son of Kate Spangler (Felton) and James Lydon Dukenfield. His father was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. His mother was of German and Swiss-German descent, with roots in Pennsylvania going back to the early 1700s. W. C. was married to vaudevillian chorus girl Harriet “Hattie” Hughes, until his death, with whom he had a son.
W. C.’s paternal grandparents were named John L. Dukenfield and Anna/Ann W. Lyden.
W. C.’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Jones Felton (the son of Godfrey Felton and Catherine Fulmer). Thomas was born in Pennsylvania. Godfrey was the son of Gottfried Felton and Elizabeth Page. Catherine was the daughter of John Fulmer and Anna Maria Krauskop.
W. C.’s maternal grandmother was Anna/Ann Eliza Miller (the daughter of John Miller and Catherine/Catharine Ominsetter). John was the son of Abraham Miller and Mary Peck. Catharine was the daughter of Christopher Ominsetter and Maria Catharina.
Sources: Genealogy of W. C. Fields – https://www.findagrave.com
Genealogy of W. C. Fields (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Half English + half German. paternal grandparents John L. Dukenfield (1810-1867) and Ann W. Lyden (1815) were indeed English, however mothers side was of German descent.
Thomas Jones Felton (1827-1882) was born in Philadelphia the son of Godfrey Felton I (1787) and Catherine Fulmer (1789), both from Philadelphia. Godfrey was the son of Gottfried Felton (1760) and Elizabeth Page (1760). Although Gottfired and Elizabeth were born in France they were of German ancestry. Catherine was the daughter of John Fulmer Sr. (1763) and Anna Maria Krauskop (1764).
Ann Eliza Miller (1835-1903) was the daughter of John Miller (1797) PA and Catherine Ominsetter (1798) PA. John Miller was the son of Abraham Miller and Mary Peck who were both from Pennsylvania.Catharine was the daughter of Christopher Ominsetter and Maria Catharina Ominsetter. To conclude W.C. Fields ethnicity should be half English, half German/Swiss German.
looks like Sir Winston Churchill in that pic