Theodore Roosevelt

by Gogoboots on June 9, 2015

Date of Birth: October 27, 1858

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 6, 1919

Place of Birth: Oyster Bay, New York

Ethnicity: Dutch (paternal grandfather), English, and some Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), French, German, and Welsh

Theodore Roosevelt was an American statesman, soldier, explorer, naturalist, author, and reformer. A Republican, he was the 26th President of the United States, having served from September 14, 1901 to March 4, 1909. He was elected to the position in 1904. He was previously the 25th Vice President of the United States, from March 4, 1901 to September 14, 1901. He was elected to the position in 1900. He took over as President upon William McKinley’s death.

He was also New York State Assembly Minority Leader, from January 1, 1883 to December 31, 1883, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, from April 19, 1897 to May 10, 1898, and the 33rd Governor of New York, from January 1, 1899 to December 31, 1900.

He was also the Bull Moose Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1912, and was the Progressive Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1916, although he refused the latter nomination.

President Roosevelt was the son of Martha Stewart (Bulloch) and Theodore Roosevelt. He was a fifth cousin of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Theodore’s great-great-great-grandfather, Johannes Roosevelt, was a brother of Franklin’s great-great-great-grandfather, Jacobus Roosevelt (their parents were Nicholas Roosevelt and Heyltje Jans Kunst). Theodore’s niece, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, was Franklin’s wife.

President Roosevelt’s paternal grandfather was Cornelius Van Schaack Roosevelt (the son of James Jacobus Roosevelt and Maria Van Schaack). James was the son of Jacobus Roosevelt and Annetje/Annatje Bogert. Maria was the daughter of Cornelius Van Schaack and Angeltie/Angelica Yates.

President Roosevelt’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Barnhill (the daughter of Robert Barnhill and Elizabeth Potts). Robert was the son of John Barnhill and Sarah Craig. Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Potts and Elizabeth Lukens.

President Roosevelt’s maternal grandfather was James Stephens Bulloch (the son of James Bulloch and Anne Irvine). President Roosevelt’s great-grandfather James was the son of Archibald Stobo Bulloch and Mary “Polly” De Veaux. Anne was the daughter of John Irvine and Ann/Anne Elizabeth Baillie.

President Roosevelt’s maternal grandmother was Martha Stewart (the daughter of Daniel Stewart and Susannah Oswald). Daniel was the son of John Stewart and Susanna/Susannah Quarterman. President Roosevelt’s great-grandmother Susannah Oswald was the daughter of Joseph Oswald and Anne/Ann Carter.

Sources: Genealogies of President Roosevelt –

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Lil Vacha on April 12, 2015

Birth Name: Michael King, Jr.

Date of Birth: January 15, 1929

Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Date of Death: April 4, 1968

Place of Death: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Ethnicity: African-American

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American activist, humanitarian, and Baptist minister. He was a leader in the African-American civil rights movement. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964.

He was the son of Alberta Williams King (born Alberta Christine Williams) and Martin Luther King, Sr. (born Michael King), who was a Baptist minister, missionary, and activist. He is the brother of Christine King Farris, an activist and educator, and Alfred Daniel Williams King, an activist and Baptist minister. He was married to Coretta Scott King, an author and civil rights activist. They were the parents of Yolanda King, Martin Luther King III, and Dexter Scott King, all of whom were/are activists, and Bernice King, a Baptist minister.

Martin was assassinated in 1968.

Martin’s paternal grandparents were James Albert King (the son of Nathan Brannum/Branham, later King, and of Malinda) and Delia Linsey (the daughter of Jim Long and Jane Linsey).

Martin’s maternal grandparents were The Rev. Adam Daniel Williams (the son of Willis Williams and Lucrecia Daniels) and Jenny/Jennie Celeste Parks (the daughter of William Parks and Fannie).

Sources: Genealogies of Martin Luther King, Jr. –


John F. Kennedy

by ethnic on March 25, 2015

Birth Name: John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Date of Birth: May 29, 1917

Place of Birth: Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Death: November 22, 1963

Place of Death: Dallas, Texas

Ethnicity: Irish, along with distant Scottish

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as President from January 20, 1961 to November 22, 1963. He was elected to the position in 1960. He served as president until his assassination. He was the first Catholic to become president. He was previously a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts, from January 3, 1947 to January 3, 1953, and a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, from January 3, 1953 to December 22, 1960.

President Kennedy was the son of Rose Elizabeth (Fitzgerald), a philanthropist and socialite, and Joseph Patrick Kennedy, a businessman, investor, and politician. His son was John F. Kennedy, Jr., and his grandson is Jack Schlossberg. Among his siblings were politicians Robert F. Kennedy (Robert Francis Kennedy) and Ted Kennedy (Edward Moore Kennedy). His niece is journalist Maria Shriver, and his great-nephew is actor and model Patrick Schwarzenegger.

President Kennedy was of Irish descent. He also had distant Scottish ancestry (his patrilineal Kennedy line traces back to Scotland, and President Kennedy had Scottish-born ancestors in the 1600s). President Kennedy visited Ireland in 1963, with the goal of fostering connections between Irish Americans and their ancestral homeland. He also visited Dunganstown, a place where previous Kennedys had lived.

He was played by Cliff Robertson in the film PT 109 (1963).

President Kennedy’s paternal grandfather was P. J. Kennedy (Patrick Joseph Kennedy, the son of Patrick Kennedy and Bridget Murphy). President Kennedy’s grandfather P. J. was a businessperson and politician. President Kennedy’s great-grandparents Patrick and Bridget were both from Dunganstown, Ireland. President Kennedy’s great-grandfather Patrick was the son of James/Patrick Kennedy and Maria/Mary Johanna. Bridget was the daughter of Philip or Richard Murphy and Mary Barron.

President Kennedy’s paternal grandmother was Mary Augusta Hickey (the daughter of James Hickey and Margaret Martha Field). James was from Cork, Munster, Ireland, the son of Michael Hickey and Catherine Hasset/Hasselt/Remnage. Margaret was from Rossearbery, Ireland, the daughter of Patrick Field and Mary Sheehy.

President Kennedy’s maternal grandfather was John Francis Fitzgerald (the son of Thomas Fitzgerald and Rosanna Cox). President Kennedy’s grandfather John was a politician, who served as Mayor of Boston (from 1906 to 1908, and again from 1910 to 1914), and as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (from 1895 to 1901, and in 1919). Thomas was born in Co. Limerick, Ireland, the son of Michael Fitzgerald and Ellen Wilmouth/Wilmot. Rosanna was born in Lough Cur, Limerick, Ireland, the daughter of Philip Cox and Mary McGovern.

President Kennedy’s maternal grandmother was Mary Josephine “Josie” Hannon (the daughter of Michael Hannon and Mary Ann Fitzgerald). Michael was from Lough Cur in Ireland, the son of John Hannon and Ellen Noonan/Newman. Mary Ann was from Bruff, Ireland, the daughter of Edmund/Edward Fitzgerald and Mary Linnehan/Lenihan.

Sources: Genealogies of John F. Kennedy –

Genealogy of John F. Kennedy (focusing on his father’s side) –

President Kennedy’s mother on the 1900 U.S. Census –
President Kennedy’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Notes on President Kennedy’s maternal ancestry –


Ronald Reagan

by ethnic on August 1, 2014

Birth Name: Ronald Wilson Reagan

Date of Birth: February 6, 1911

Place of Birth: Tampico, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Death: June 5, 2004

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California

*50% Irish
*25% Scottish
*25% English

Ronald Reagan was an American politician and actor. A Republican, he was the 40th President of the United States, serving from January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989. He was elected to the position in 1980 and 1984. He was previously a President of the Screen Actors Guild, from 1947 to 1952, and again from 1959 to 1960, and Governor of California, from January 2, 1967 to January 6, 1975.

He was also a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1968 and 1976.

While he was not on the ballot, he received an electoral vote for President from a faithless elector in the 1976 presidential election.

President Reagan was the son of Nelle Clyde (Wilson) and John Edward Reagan. His first wife was actress Jane Wyman. His second wife was actress Nancy Reagan, who had acted under the name Nancy Davis. Ronald and Nancy co-starred in one film together, Hellcats of the Navy (1957), playing love interests.

President Reagan’s father was of Irish descent. President Reagan’s mother was of Scottish and English ancestry, partly by way of Canada. President Reagan’s father was Catholic and his mother was of the Disciples of Christ faith; he was raised in his mother’s religion, and later attended a Presbyterian church.

All eight of President Reagan’s great-grandparents were born outside of the United States, a rarity among American Presidents.

President Reagan’s paternal grandfather was John Michael Reagan (the son of Michael Reagan and Catherine Mulcahey). John was born in Peckham, Kent, England, to Irish parents. President Reagan’s great-grandfather Michael was born in Ballyporeen, County Tipperary, Ireland, the son of Thomas Reagan/O’Reagan and Margaret Murphy. Catherine was the daughter of Patrick Mulcahey.

President Reagan’s paternal grandmother was Jane “Jennie” Cusick (the daughter of Patrick Cusick and Sarah A. Higgins). Jane was born in Illinois, to Irish parents. Patrick was the son of Patrick Thomas Cusick and Jean Gabbert.

President Reagan’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Wilson (the son of John Wilson and Jane Blue). Thomas was born in Illinois, to a father from Paisley, Scotland, and to a mother who was born in Nova Scotia, to Scottish parents. John was the son of Andrew Wilson and Amelia Glasgow. Jane was the daughter of Donald Daniel Blue and Catharine McFarlain.

President Reagan’s maternal grandmother was Mary Ann Elsey (the daughter of Robert Elsey and Mary Baker). President Reagan’s grandmother Mary was born in Epsom, Surrey, England. Robert was the son of Henry Elsey and Susannah Hill. President Reagan’s great-grandmother Mary Baker was the daughter of John Baker and Ann or Sarah Stone.

Sources: Genealogies of Ronald Reagan –

Genealogy of Ronald Reagan (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Some notes on Ronald Reagan’s Irish ancestry –


Barack Obama

by ethnic on December 29, 2013

Barack Obama

Birth Name: Barack Hussein Obama II

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 4, 1961

*Luo Kenyan (father)
*English, small amounts of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, French, possibly remote African (mother)

Barack Obama is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 44th President of the United States, from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017. He was elected to the position in 2008 and 2012. He was previously a Member of the Illinois Senate, from January 8, 1997 to November 4, 2004, and a U.S. Senator from Illinois, from January 3, 2005 to November 16, 2008. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009.

President Obama is the first person of African descent to serve as President of the United States. President Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. His father was black and his mother was white. His father, Barack Obama, a governmental economist, was born in Nyang’oma Kogelo, Rachuonyo District, Kenya Colony, and was a Kenyan of the Luo tribe. His mother, Stanley Ann (Dunham), an anthropologist, was born in Wichita, Kansas, and had English, and small amounts (to varying degrees) of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, and French, ancestry. His father was a Muslim and his mother was from a family of non-practicing Baptists and Methodists. President Obama practices Protestant Christianity.

President Obama is married to lawyer and writer Michelle Obama (born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson). His daughter are Malia Obama and Sasha Obama. He lived in Indonesia from six to ten years old.

Genealogist William Addams Reitwiesner wrote President Obama’s ancestral lineage out as such, with approximate fractions:

*50% Luo Kenyan
*35.06% English
*4.69% Scottish
*3.91% Irish
*3.71% German
*1.56% Welsh
*0.98% Swiss
*0.1% French

President Obama’s paternal grandparents were Onyango (whose name was changed to Hussein Onyango Obama; the son of Obama and Nyaoke) and Habibah Akumu Nyanjoga (the daughter of Njango/Njoga). President Obama’s great-grandfather Obama was the son of Opiyo and Marrgorat.

President Obama’s maternal grandfather was Stanley Armour Dunham (the son of Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham, Sr. and Ruth Lucille Armour). Ralph was the son of Jacob William Dunham and Mary Ann Kearney. Ruth was the daughter of Harry Ellington Armour and Gabriella “Gabbie” Lee Clark.

President Obama’s maternal grandmother was Madelyn Lee Payne (the daughter of Rolla Charles Payne and Leona Belle McCurry). Rolla was the son of Charles Thomas Payne and Della L. Wolfley. Leona was the daughter of Thomas Creekmore McCurry and Margaret Belle Wright.

Aside from being the first person of African descent to serve as President of the United States, President Obama is the first person of African descent to be the presidential nominee of a major American party.

President Obama is the fourth person of African heritage to win a caucus and/or primary for a major American political party’s presidential nomination, having won 29+ states in 2008, and 50+ states in 2012. The previous winners are:
*Walter E. Fauntroy (1972; Democratic; won Washington, D.C.)
*Shirley Chisholm (1972; Democratic; won 3 contests, including New Jersey)
*Jesse Jackson (Democratic; in 1984, he won 2+ states; in 1988, he won 9+ states)

President Obama has distant Irish ancestry, going back to his great-great-great-grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, who arrived in the States in 1850, from Moneygall in Ireland. Research done by a team of genealogists has suggested that President Obama’s mother had remote African-American ancestry (in the 1600s), through possible descent from a slave named John Punch.

In page 13 of his autobiography, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995), President Obama writes that a distant ancestor of his mother’s “had indeed been a full-blooded Cherokee” [Native American]. No Cherokee Native American ancestry has yet been documented/verified for President Obama.

President Obama has referred to his mother’s ancestors as “Scotch-Irish mostly”, though their ancestry was predominantly English, with a smaller amount of Scots-Irish.

One of President Obama’s maternal ancestors, his ninth great-grandfather, Richard Singletary, was born, c. 1585, in Surfleet, Lincolnshire, England, to Francis Singletary and Agnes Cook. Richard’s son, Jonathan Singletary (later Dunham), was born, c. 1640, in Newbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony. President Obama’s “Dunham” line traces back to Jonathan.

Sources: Genealogies of President Barack Obama –

Obituaries and genealogies of President Barack Obama’s parents –

Article about President Obama’s Irish ancestry –

Article suggesting that President Obama’s mother had remote African-American ancestry –

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Miguel Ferrer RIP

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Kevin Nealon

January 21, 2017

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Iain Glen

January 21, 2017

Place of Birth: Edinburgh, Scotland Date of Birth: June 24, 1961 Ethnicity: Scottish Iain Glen is a Scottish actor. Photo by Prphotos

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Meg Imperial

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Niykee Heaton

January 21, 2017

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Joely Fisher

January 21, 2017

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