William H. Macy

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Macy in 2014, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: William Hall Macy, Jr.

Place of Birth: Miami, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 13, 1950

Ethnicity: Scottish, English, smaller amounts of French/Cajun, Irish, Welsh, Swiss-German, and Dutch, 1/64th Spanish, 1/512 Choctaw Native American

William H. Macy is an American actor, teacher, writer, and director. He is the son of Lois Elizabeth (Overstreet) and William Hall Macy. He is married to actress Felicity Huffman, with whom he has two children. William often talks about his Lutheran faith.

William’s patrilineal line can be traced to Thomas Macy, who was born, c. 1605, in England. Thomas was among the early European owners and settlers of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

William’s paternal grandfather was Albert Hall Macy (the son of William Henry Macy and Emily de la Montagnie). Albert was born in New York. William’s great-grandfather William was the son of John I. Macy and Jane Hall. Emily was the daughter of William de la Montagnie and Cornelia McMullen. Through his Macy line, William is a distant cousin of Rowland Hussey Macy, who founded R. H. Macy & Co. (now Macy’s), and of actor Ethan Hawke.

William’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Cowan Somerville/Sommerville (the daughter of John Somerville and Clementine Cowan McLeyne). Elizabeth was born in Maryland. John was Scottish, from Cambusnethan, and was the son of John Somerville/Sommerville and Agnes Russell. Clementine was of mostly or entirely Scottish descent, and was the daughter of John McLeyne and Katharine Cowan.

William’s maternal grandfather was Clement Overstreet (the son of Ellis G. Overstreet and Isabelle/Isabella Elizabeth Quave). Clement was born in Mississippi. Ellis was the son of Jacob H. “Jake” Overstreet and Sarah Elizabeth Loper. Isabelle was the daughter of Ursin “Ursant”/”Usant”/Justin DeCuevas/dit Quave, whose own grandfather was from Seville, Andalusia, Spain, and of Sarah Elizabeth “Mamie” Davis.

William’s maternal grandmother was Lois E. Everitt (the daughter of Horace Benjamin Everitt and Martha Letitia/Leticia “Mattie” Roberts). Lois was born in Mississippi. Horace was the son of George Gaines Everitt/Everett and Mary Ann Mayers. Martha was the daughter of Aaron Roberts and Margaret Martha Hearn.

William is a third cousin, once removed, of actor and singer Chord Overstreet and musician Nash Overstreet. William’s maternal great-grandfather, Ellis G. Overstreet, was a brother of Chord and Nash’s paternal great-great-grandfather William Sharkey Overstreet.

William is also a fourth cousin, once removed, of football player Brett Favre. William’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents, Pierre Baptiste Cuevas and Marie/Mary Louise Ladner, were also Brett’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandparents.

A DNA test on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2017) found that William has a common ancestor with actress Mary Steenburgen.

Sources: Genealogies of William H. Macy – https://www.geni.com

Genealogies of William’s parents – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of William H. Macy (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

William’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of William’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Cornelia McMullen (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of William H. Macy (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://wmstrother.org

William’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogies of William’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Ursin “Ursant”/Justin DeCuevas/dit Quave – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

9 Responses

  1. rafe says:

    It’s tragic what they did to this man’s lips.

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