Welcome to season 2 episode one of "Finding Your Roots". We have: King Vance Reuben. Our guests
are better known as Stephen King, Courtney Vance and Gloria Reuben. All three of our celebrities want to
know about their paternal line.
Welcome to season 2 of "Finding Your Roots" episode 1. We have King Vance Reuben. Our guests are better known as Stephen King, Courtney Vance and Gloria Reuben. All three of our celebrities want to know about their paternal line.
Stephen King is our first celebrity. Author, novelist, and working with Horrifying Hollywood films. He grew
up in Portland, Maine His father Donald Edwin King (Pollack) told his wife he was going to buy cigarettes and never returned. Stephen was 2 years old at the time.
Stephen was told by his mother to say his father was in the Navy at sea, because it was possible.
Mr. King did not know this was not his father's real surname until Mr. Gates presented him with the information.
The research proved that the real surname to be Pollack. Donald (Donnal) Edwin Pollack was using this name
at age 16 years. At age 23 approximate he was now Donald Edwin King and no proof of the name being
Watch the video and learn about these ancestors: James Pollack: William Bowden; Enoch Bowden.
Our next celebrity is Courtney Vance, born in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Vance is an actor and is married to
actress Angela Bassett. Courtney's father was Conroy Vance. Conroy was very depressed when his son Courtney
was 30 years old his father committed suicide.
All Courtney Vance new about his father was that he was a foster child. In this episode Courtney learns
the name of the family who fostered his father. Their names were Cooper.
We learn of Ardella Vance Conroy's mother and Courtney's grandmother.
Now we learn about John T. Janey who is great-great grandfather on his mother's side.
Watch the video learn more about Ardella Vance's tragic life. Learn about a paternity suit and who was right.
See what Lincoln's funeral meant to Mr. Janey. What is the connection to 22nd Infantry.
Gloria Reuben grew up in a mixed family (black and white ) in Toronto, Canada. Gloria is an actress having
appeared in the television series E.R. and staring in Stephen King's film "Lincoln" shown in movie theaters
around the country.
Ms Reuben wants to know about her father Cyril George Reuben. She comes from Mr. Reuben's second marriage.
Her father was 73 years old when she was born. Mr. Reuben was born in Jamaica.
We learn Cyril Reuben was previously married to a lady named Muriel and they had 3 children. Cyril Reuben's
mother Florence Gabay had another from another marriage named Percivil Mason.
Ms Reuben has learned about Henry Emanuel Reuben, her grandfather and Isaac Reuben her great-grandfather.
Yes the Reubens are Jewish.
Watch the video for Gloria's maternal line. Thomas Higgins and Elizabeth Martin. Who is Leonora.
Enjoy all three stories.
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