Aretha Franklin RIP

by madman on February 7, 2017

22nd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Birth Name: Aretha Louise Franklin

Date of Birth: March 25, 1942

Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Death: August 16, 2018

Place of Death: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Ethnicity: African-American

Aretha Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

She was the daughter of Barbara Vernice (Siggers), a gospel singer, and The Rev. Clarence LaVaughn “C.L.” Franklin (born Walker), a Baptist minister and civil rights activist. Aretha had four children.

A picture of Aretha’s parents can be seen here.

Aretha’s paternal grandfather was named Willie Walker.

Aretha’s paternal grandmother was Rachel Pittman (the daughter of Elijah J. Pittman and Willie Ann). Rachel was born in Mississippi.

Aretha’s maternal grandfather was named Samuel Siggers.

Sources: Genealogies of Aretha Franklin (focusing on her father’s side) –

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Finn Wolfhard

by follers on July 27, 2016

Finn Wolfhard – 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Arrivals – The Shrine Expo Hall, 665 W Jefferson Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit:

Place of Birth: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: December 23, 2002

Ethnicity: Irish, Scottish, French, German, English, Welsh, Jewish

Finn Wolfhard is a Canadian actor and musician. He is known for starring in the show Stranger Things and the film It (2017). His brother is actor Nick Wolfhard.

He has said:

[Finn’s] my given, full name. Finn’s not short for anything; it’s just Finn Wolfhard. And then Wolfhard means, I think, heart of the wolf in German. What’s funny is I’m German, but then I’m like French – I’m French and German and then Jewish. It’s really weird. I have really weird blood. And then I go to Catholic school, which is really weird.

Finn also has Irish, Scottish, English, and Welsh ancestry.

Finn’s maternal great-great-aunt was silent film and theatre actress Rita Jolivet.

Finn is likely descended from John Wolfgang Wolfhard, who was born, in 1903, in Bichofingen, Germany. John was the son of Karl Adolf Wolfhard and Mathilde Guth, and was married to Jane/Jeannie E./C. R. Banks. Mathilde was a pastor’s daughter.

Finn’s maternal grandfather was Lawrence Charles LaTouche Jolivet (the son of Alfred Eugene Jolivet and Beatrice Wilhelmina Theodora LaTouche, later known as Trixie Witherbee). Finn’s grandfather Lawrence was born in Dieppe, France, and was raised at least partially in Stowe, England. Lawrence was president of the British Columbia Liberal Association. Finn’s great-grandfather Alfred was born in Richmond, Surrey, England, the son of parents from Paris, France, Charles Eugene Jolivet, who owned vineyards in France, and Pauline Hélène Vaillant/Vaillent/Valunt, a concert musician, whose own mother was of Welsh descent. Alfred’s sister was actress Rita Jolivet. Finn’s great-grandmother Beatrice was born in London, England, the daughter of James LaTouche and Mary Cummings/Cummins/Crimmins.

Finn’s maternal grandmother was Patricia Mary “Trish” Lynch (the daughter of Arthur Louis Lynch and Janet Hunter Elizabeth Doughty). Patricia was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Arthur was born in Carleton, Ontario, Canada, of Irish descent, and was the son of William Joseph/John Lynch and Ann Josephine “Annie” Mullin. Janet was born in Wanstead, Essex, England, and was the daughter of George Bell/Sell Doughty and Janet Hunter Kerr, who was of Scottish descent.

Sources: History of the Wolfhard family –

Article about Finn’s great-great-aunt, silent film actress Rita Jolivet –

Genealogy of Finn Wolfhard (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Obituary of Finn’s maternal grandfather, Lawrence Charles LaTouche Jolivet –

Marriage record of Finn’s maternal great-grandparents, Alfred Eugene Jolivet and Beatrice Wilhelmina Theodora (LaTouche) Witherbee –

Marriage records of Finn’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Charles Eugene Jolivet and Pauline Hélène Vaillant/Vaillent/Valunt –

Death record of Finn’s maternal great-grandmother, Beatrice Wilhelmina Theodora (LaTouche) Witherbee Jolivet –

Death record of Finn’s maternal grandmother, Patricia Mary “Trish” (Lynch) Jolivet –


Cliff Curtis

by natalyc97 on June 26, 2016

"The Last Airbender" New York City Premiere - Arrivals

Birth Name: Clifford Vivian Devon Curtis

Place of Birth: Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Date of Birth: 27 July, 1968

Ethnicity: Māori

Cliff Curtis is a Māori actor from New Zealand. He is affiliated with the Ngāti Pikiao and Te Arawa.

He is married, and has three children.

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John David Washington

by follers on April 11, 2016

John David Washington – HBO’s Post 2016 Golden Globe Awards Party – Arrivals – Circa 55 Restaurant at The Beverly Hilton – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /

Date of Birth: July 28, 1984

Ethnicity: African-American

John David Washington is an American actor and football running back. He stars in the film BlacKkKlansman (2018).

He is the son of actress and singer Pauletta Pearson Washington (born Pauletta Rachelle Pearson) and actor, filmmaker, director, and producer Denzel Washington. His full first name is John David. His parents are both black, his father from New York and his mother from North Carolina. His aunt is actress Rita Pearson.

John David’s paternal grandfather is The Rev. Denzel H. Washington (the son of William Washington and Virginia Page). The Rev. Denzel was born in Virginia, and is a Pentecostal preacher. William was the son of William Washington, Sr. and Margaret Johnson. John David’s great-grandmother Virginia was the daughter of Herod “Harry” Page and Lucia “Louise”/”Louesa” Rain/Rayn.

John David’s paternal grandmother is Lennis Lowe (the daughter of Tillman/Tilman Lowe/Low and Eliza Jackson). Lennis was born in Georgia. Eliza was the daughter of William Jackson and Rachel.

John David’s maternal grandfather was Phairlever Pearson (the son of Frank Pearson and Laura Barrier). Phairlever was born in Opa Locka, Florida.

John David’s maternal grandmother was Arletta DuBois Smallwood (the daughter of John R. Smallwood and Kate/Katie Hairston). Arletta was born in Leaksville, North Carolina. John David’s great-grandfather John was the son of John W. Smallwood and Mary Galloway.

Sources: Article about John David’s father’s family history –

Genealogy of John David’s father –

John David’s paternal grandfather, Denzel H. Washington, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

John David’s paternal great-great-grandparents, William Washington, Sr. and Margaret Johnson, on the 1870 U.S. Census –

John David’s paternal great-grandmother, Virginia Page, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

John David’s paternal grandmother, Lennis Lowe, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituaries of John David’s maternal grandparents, Phairlever Pearson and Arletta DuBois (Smallwood) Pearson –

John David’s maternal grandmother, Arletta DuBois Smallwood, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Arletta DuBois Smallwood on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of John David’s maternal great-grandfather, John R. Smallwood –


Jason Statham

by follers on October 5, 2015

Place of Birth: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 26 July, 1967

Ethnicity: English

Jason Statham is an English actor, martial artist, model, and competitive diver. He is the son of Eileen (Yates) and Barry S. Statham.

Jason has a son with his fiancée, model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Jaosn’s maternal grandfather is Harold Yates (the son of George Yates).

Jason’s maternal grandmother is Ivy Young (the daughter of Charles Young and Anne/Ann Boddice/Bodice). Charles was the son of Charles Young and Susanna. Anne was the daughter of Arthur Boddice and Kate Beard.

Sourcea: Genealogy of Jason Statham (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Jason’s maternal great-grandmother, Anne/Ann Boddice/Bodice (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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Adam Driver

May 23, 2015

Birth Name: Adam Douglas Driver Place of Birth: San Bernardino, California, United States Date of Birth: November 19, 1983 Ethnicity: English, one eighth Dutch, German, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, more distant Welsh, remote Swedish Adam Driver is an American actor. He is the son of Nancy (Needham) and Joe Douglas Driver. His father has English, […]

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Henry Golding

April 25, 2015

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Mila Kunis

May 14, 2010

Birth Name: Milena Markovna Kunis Place of Birth: Chernivtsi, Ukraine, Soviet Union (now Ukraine) Date of Birth: August 14, 1983 Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish Mila Kunis is an American actress. She became known for starring in the television series That ’70s Show. Her parents, Elvira and Mark, are both Jewish. She moved to the U.S. when […]

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Li Bingbing

March 7, 2010

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Eva Longoria

December 27, 2007

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Emily Althaus

August 16, 2018

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Kelly Karbacz

August 16, 2018

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Kris Kobach

August 16, 2018

Birth Name: Kris William Kobach Place of Birth: Madison, Wisconsin, U.S. Date of Birth: March 26, 1966 Ethnicity: *German, Bohemian/Czech (father) *Norwegian (mother) Kris Kobach is an American politician. A Republican, he has been Secretary of State of Kansas, since January 10, 2011. He was previously Chair of the Kansas Republican Party, from January 28, […]

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Lexy Panterra

August 16, 2018

Birth Name: Alexis Liela Afshar Place of Birth: Sonoma, California, United States Date of Birth: May 22, 1989 Ethnicity: *Iranian (father) *Irish, possibly other (mother) Lexy Panterra is an American dancer, actress, singer, and entertainer. Lexy is the daughter of Elizabeth (Fitzmorris) and stuntman Tony Panterra/Pantera (born Pasha Afshar). Her half-brother is football player Elijah […]

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Sam Pottorff

August 16, 2018

Birth Name: Samuel John Pottorff Place of Birth: San Clemente, Orange, California, United States Date of Birth: October 19, 1995 Ethnicity: *Palestinian Arab, possibly Turkish (father) *English, possibly other (mother) Sam Pottorff is an American Youtube personality, actor, and singer. Sam is the son of Lesley Pottorff and a father named Sam. His siblings are […]

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