Mary Bliss Parsons
Marion Michael Morrison
A.K.A. John Wayne

The Genealogy of the Bliss Family in America by Aaron Tyler Bliss states that, "According to a Salt Lake City, Utah newspaper (1979), Mary Bliss Parsons was a seventh great-grandmother to the late Hollywood screen actor, John Wayne, who was b. Marion Michael Morrison May 26, 1907 at Winterset, IA and d. in 1979." (page 31)

The newspaper was correct in its findings.  Below is the descendant tree from Mary Bliss Parsons to Marion Michael Morrison.  Information for the tree was gathered from the Bliss genealogy and from the Parsons Family Association site at




Margaret Hulins
(abt. 1595)


Thomas Bliss
(abt. 1590)



Patience Burt
(abt. 1645-1732)


John Bliss
(abt. 1635-1705)
Built Mary's House;
Lived Nextdoor


Mary Bliss
(abt. 1625-1711)
First Witch of


Joseph Parsons
British Soldier
and Businessman

Johanna Lamb


Ebenezer Bliss


Mary Clark


Jonathan Parsons

Catherine Burt


Stephen Bliss
Revolutionary War


Abigail Smith


Jonathan Parsons, Jr.

Mary Woodworth


Gideon Bliss


Sarah Spencer
(abt. 1726-?)


Jonathan C. Parsons III
(abt. 1720-1800)

Lydia Chase


Roswell E. Bliss


Wealthy Chase
(abt. 1755-?)


Dr. Medad Parsons

Susan Hester Evarts


Edward Flint Bliss


Betsey Buck
(abt. 1794-1827)


Eldad Parsons

Ellen T. Leavin


Willard Marquini Bliss


Abigail Buck


Henry Charles Parsons

Margaret Johanna Geiger


Leon Willard Bliss


Marion Mitchell Morrison


Weltha Chase Parsons

Charles Keld Hanson


Violet Ellen Bliss


Clyde Leonard Morrison


Mary Alberta Brown

Ethel Louisa Hutchins
Social Psychologist


Floyd Bliss Hanson
Professor of Mathematics,
Applied and Computational


Marion Robert (Mitchell*)
(aka John Wayne)

(May 26, 1907
-June 11, 1979)
Movie Actor


Josephine Saenz
(m. 1933-1945)
Esperanza Baur
(m. 1946-1954)
Pilar Palette
(m. 1954-1979?)



For an interesting excerpt from the book John Wayne, American,
by Rand Roberts and James Olson: God, Lincoln and the Golden Gate,


Original Page Source, Modified with Thomas Bliss of Hartford Line:


*According to his Genealogy, John Wayne listed a different middle name on his Social Security application
than was on his birth records:
John Wayne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia In fact,
the previous source lists his original name as Marion Michael Morrison, while more of the motivation behind the name changes is in the Roberts and Olson chaper in the second link above.