William Joseph Firth

Date of Birth: 1990

Ethnicity: Chinese (maternal grandfather), English, one eighth Finnish, some Scottish and Ulster-Scots/Northern Irish

William Joseph Firth, also credited as Will Firth, is an actor. He is the son of actors Meg Tilly and Colin Firth. His maternal aunt is actress Jennifer Tilly.

William’s father is English, and has English, and some Scottish and Ulster-Scots/Northern Irish, ancestry. William’s mother is Canadian and American, and was born in California, to a father of Chinese descent and a mother of Finnish and English ancestry. William’s maternal grandmother is also said to have had Irish ancestry. It is not clear if this is accurate. She is also sometimes reported as having had First Nations/Indigenous Canadian roots. This is not accurate.

William’s paternal grandfather was David Norman Lewis Firth (the son of Cyril Bruce Firth and Helen Mary Lewis). Cyril was the son of Norman Kennardy/Kennedy Firth and Mary Helen Bruce, whose father was Scottish. Helen was born in India, the daughter of Edwin Herbert Lewis and Dora Katharine/Katherine Slater.

William’s paternal grandmother was Shirley Jean Rolles (the daughter of Montague John Rolles-Rolles and Helen Jean Johnson). Montague was the son of Montague Rolles Rolles and Eliza Florence Hayes. Helen was the daughter of Edward John Martyn Johnson and Eleanor Mather Bruce, whose father was Scottish, from Perthshire, and whose mother was Northern Irish.

William’s maternal grandfather was Harry Chan (the son of Harry Chan and Enna/Emma/Eva Lum). William’s grandfather Harry was born in California. William’s great-grandfather Harry was born in Guangdong, China. Enna was born in Taiwan, to Chinese parents, Bohim Lum and Gam Y. Lee.

William’s maternal grandmother was Patricia Ann Tilly (the daughter of Ray Virgil Tilly and Ellen Anna Flinkman). Patricia was born in Illinois. Ray was born in Illinois, the son of Van Buren/Vanburen/Vanburin Tilly/Tilley and Elizabeth Tucker. Ellen was born in Issaquah, King, Washington, to Finnish parents, Jacob Flinkman and Josephine/Justina Adalina Maki.

Sources: The Independent – http://www.independent.co.uk

Genealogy of William Joseph Firth – https://www.geni.com

Family history of William’s father – https://www.findmypast.co.uk

William’s maternal grandfather, Harry Chan, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Harry Chan on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

William’s maternal great-grandparents, Ray Virgil Tilly and Ellen Anna Flinkman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary record of William’s maternal great-grandfather, Ray Virgil Tilly – https://www.familysearch.org

Social Security record of William’s maternal great-grandmother, Ellen Anna (Flinkman) Tilly – https://www.familysearch.org

Washington death record of William’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Josephine/Justina Adalina (Maki) Flinkman – https://www.familysearch.org

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