Birth Name: Richard William Wheaton III
Place of Birth: Burbank, Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: July 29, 1972
Ethnicity: English, Irish, Welsh, German, French, one eighth Sephardi Jewish (matrilineal), as well as possibly distant Dutch
Wil Wheaton is an American actor, writer, and blogger. His roles include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stand by Me, and The Curse.
His maternal grandmother was born in Panama, and Wil’s matrilineal great-grandmother was Sephardi Jewish. Wil’s other ancestry is English, Irish, Welsh, German, French, and possibly distant Dutch. Wil is married to Anne Prince, and has adopted one of her sons.
Wil’s paternal grandfather was Richard William Wheaton (the son of Donald Ulysses Wheaton and Mary Frances Ostrander). Richard was born in California. Donald was the son of George Seldon/Sheldon Wheaton and Nellie May Smith/Renchler. Mary Frances was the daughter of Henry Milton Ostrander and Ruhama/Ruhamah Howard Wood.
Wil’s paternal grandmother was Dorothy Virginia Morton (the daughter of Harold Coleman Bowers Morton and Dorothy Frances Smith). Wil’s grandmother Dorothy was born in California. Harold was the son of John Morton and Lillian Bowers. Dorothy was the daughter of Frank Clifton Smith and Mary Lou Stanwood.
Wil’s maternal grandfather was Dwyer/Dean Frank O’Connor (born Dwyer F. O’Connor, the son of Francis Leo O’Connor and Susan C. Gay). Dwyer was born in New York. Frank O’Connor was an actor and director in the early 1900s. He was of Irish origin, and was the son of John O’Connor and Julia O’Dwyer/Dwyer. Susan was the daughter of William Gay, who was born in New York, to German parents.
Wil’s maternal grandmother was Norma Aleene Farrington (the daughter of Edwin Flavel Kortright Farrington and Daphne Pretto Silvera). Norma was born in Colón, Panama. Edwin was also born in Panama, which was then part of Colombia, the son of Edwin F. Farrington and Emily Dyett; Edwin had English and French ancestry, and Montserratian-born ancestors. Wil’s matrilineal great-grandmother Daphne was born in Kingston, Jamaica, the daughter of Theodore Edward Silvera and Deborah Pretto, who were Sephardi Jews. Theodore was born in Jamaica, the son of Alexis Silvera and Caroline Aarons/Ahrens/Ahrnes. Wil’s matrilineal great-great-grandmother Deborah was born in St. Thomas, then in the Danish Virgin Islands, the daughter of Abraham Elias Pretto and Rachel Pretto Henriquez. Wil’s Sephardi Jewish family includes Dutch Jewish and Portuguese Jewish ancestors.
Will is a second cousin of actress, singer, songwriter, and comedian Julie Brown. His maternal great-grandparents, Francis Leo O’Connor and Susan C. Gay, were also Julie’s paternal great-grandparents. Will is also a first cousin, three times removed, of actor and theatre director Frank Silvera. Wil’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents, Alexis Silvera and Caroline Aarons, were also Frank’s paternal grandparents.
Genealogy of Wil Wheaton (focusing on his father’s side) – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Marriage record of Wil’s maternal great-grandparents, Francis Leo O’Connor and Susan C. Gay – https://www.familysearch.org
Wil’s maternal great-grandmother, Susan C. Gay, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Wil’s maternal great-great-grandparents, William Gay and Louise Jungst/Zuengat – https://www.familysearch.org
Article about Wil’s mother’s family history, by Chris Dunham – http://www.genealogywise.com