Jerry Lewis RIP

by ethnic on November 1, 2015

16th Annual NBS Scholarship Gala NBA Scholarship Dinner - Jerry Lewis Receives the Nevada Broadcasters' Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Birth Name: Joseph or Jerome Levitch

Date of Birth: March 16, 1926

Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Death: August 20, 2017

Place of Death: Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jerry Lewis was an American actor, comedian, singer, writer, director, producer, and humanitarian.

His parents, Rachel “Ray” (Brodsky) and Daniel Levitch, were both from Jewish families (from Poland and Russia). His mother was born in Russia, and moved to the U.S. around 1904.

Jerry had six children, two with his wife, dancer SanDee Pitnick, and four with his former wife, singer Patti Palmer (born Esther Grace Calonico). Among his children with Patti is musician Gary Lewis.

Jerry’s paternal grandparents were Morris Levitch and Hannah Werstein (the daughter of Yitzchak/Yitzhak Leib “Isaac” Werstein). Morris was a Jewish immigrant, from either Poland or Russia, depending on the census. Hannah was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Jerry’s maternal grandparents were Jonah/Joseph Brodsky (the son of Baruch Tzvi) and Sarah Kaufman. Jonah and Sarah were both Russian Jewish immigrants.

Sources: Genealogy of Jerry Lewis – https://www.geni.com

Jerry’s paternal grandparents, Morris Levitch and Hannah Werstein, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jerry’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Adam Driver

by follers on May 23, 2015

adam driver

Birth Name: Adam Douglas Driver

Place of Birth: San Bernardino, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 19, 1983

Ethnicity: English, along with 1/8th Dutch, small amounts of German, Irish, Scottish, more distant Welsh

Adam Driver is an American actor. He is the son of Nancy (Needham) and Joe Douglas Driver. His father has English, along with German, some Scottish, and distant Welsh, ancestry. His mother has English, 1/4 Dutch, and some German and Irish, ancestry. His father’s family is from Arkansas and his mother’s family is from Indiana, where Adam was raised, in Mishawaka. His stepfather is a Baptist minister, and Adam had a religious upbringing. He is married to Joanne Tucker.

After 9/11, Adam joined the United States Marine Corps, and served in Afghanistan.

Adam’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to John Driver, who was born, c. 1675, in Avening, England, to Giles Driver and Olive Hardy.

Adam’s paternal grandfather was Kelly Potter Driver, Jr. (the son of Kelly Potter Driver, Sr. and Rosa/Rosie Bell Whiteside). Adam’s great-grandfather Kelly was the son of Miles Washington Driver and Sarah Elizabeth Johnson. Rosa was the daughter of Jacob Davis Whiteside and Eliza Ann Withers.

Adam’s paternal grandmother was Edith Mae Fisher (the daughter of Joe Guy Fisher, Sr. and Belva/Belvia/Belvie Yeager). Joe was the son of Walter S./W. Fisher and Mary Jane Quattlebaum. Belva was the daughter of Charles O. Yeager and Irene Almeda Favors.

Adam’s maternal grandfather was Ira Lee Needham (the son of Lester G. Needham and Gertrude Dykstra/Dexter). Lester was the son of Ira H. Needham and Flora Anna Harrington. Gertrude was born in Indiana, to Dutch parents, John H. Dykstra/Dexter and Jantje/Jennie F. Kuypers/Kipers.

Adam’s maternal grandmother is Dolores L. Pettit (the daughter of Theodore G. Pettit and Florence Geneve Ullrich). Florence’s parents were Jacob Ullrich and Nellie Blanche Carpenter. Jacob was the son of a German father and an Irish mother.

Sources: Genealogy of Adam Driver – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Adam Driver (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

Adam’s paternal grandfather, Kelly Potter Driver, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Adam’s paternal grandfather, Kelly Potter Driver, Jr. – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Adam’s paternal great-grandfather, Kelly Potter Driver – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Adam’s paternal grandmother, Edith Mae Fisher, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Adam’s paternal grandmother, Edith Mae (Fisher) Driver – http://assuredpeace.com

Genealogy of Adam’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Jane Quattlebaum (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Adam’s aunt (mother’s sister), Debra L. (Needham) Camren – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Adam’s maternal grandfather, Ira Lee Needham (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Adam’s maternal grandfather, Ira Lee Needham, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Adam’s maternal great-grandmother, Gertrude Dexter/Dykstra (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Adam’s maternal grandmother, Dolores L. Pettit, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Adam’s maternal great-grandmother, Florence Geneve Ullrich, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Halle Berry

by ethnic on December 25, 2014

Birth Name: Maria Halle Berry

Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 14, 1966

Ethnicity:
*African-American (father)
*English, German, Irish, distant Dutch (mother)

Halle Berry is an American actress and model. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Monster’s Ball (2001). She is the only black actress to have won the Best Actress Oscar.

Halle’s father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was African-American. Halle’s mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), is white, of English, German, Irish, and distant Dutch, descent. She has two children, a daughter, with her former partner, Canadian model Gabriel Aubry, and a son, with her former husband, French actor Olivier Martinez.

Of her upbringing, Halle has said:

I was raised by my white mother and every day of my life I have always been aware of the fact that I am biracial. However, growing up I was aware that even though my mother was white, I did not look or feel very white myself.

Halle’s paternal grandparents were Robert Berry and Cora Lee Powell (the daughter of Adam Powell and Charity Munford).

Halle’s maternal grandfather was Earl Ellsworth Hawkins (the son of Eugene Allen Hawkins and Bessie Clare Spaulding). Earl was born in Ohio. Eugene was the son of John William Hawkins and Katherine/Catherina “Katie” Drescher, who was born in Prussia. Bessie was the daughter of Ellsworth Warren/Warner Spaulding and Agnes L. “Aggie” Johnson. Through her maternal grandfather, Halle has American-born ancestors going back to the 1600s.

Halle’s maternal grandmother was Nellie Dicken (the daughter of Henry Dicken and Ada Brown White). Nellie was born in Sawley, co. Derby, England, to a father from Chesterfield and a mother from Spondon. Henry was the son of Robert Dicken and Ann Marsden. Ada was the daughter of John White and Maria.

Sources: Genealogies of Halle Berry – http://www.wargs.com
http://www.wikitree.com
http://famouskin.com
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Halle’s paternal grandmother, Cora Lee Powell, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Cora Lee Powell on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Death record of Halle’s paternal grandmother, Cora Lee (Powell) Berry – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Halle Berry (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Halle’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Ryan Reynolds

by Wendy on August 1, 2014

Birth Name: Ryan Rodney Reynolds

Place of Birth: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: October 23, 1976

Ethnicity: Irish

Ryan Reynolds is a Canadian actor and producer. He is known for his roles in the films National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, Waiting…, Definitely, Maybe, Adventureland, and The Proposal, and for playing Wade Wilson/Deadpool in the films X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Deadpool.

Ryan was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2010. He is thus far the only Canadian-born man to have been given this title by the magazine.

Ryan is the son of Tammy and James Chester Reynolds. He has Irish ancestry, and was raised Catholic.

Ryan is married to American actress Blake Lively, with whom he has two children.

Ryan’s paternal grandparents were Ches Reynolds and Helen Mary Long (the daughter of Thomas Long and Katherine).

Sources: Obituary of Ryan’s paternal grandmother, Helen Mary (Long) Reynolds – http://www.legacy.com

Genealogy of Ryan Reynolds (focusing on his father’s side) [apparently incorrect] – https://www.geni.com

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Daniel Craig

by ethnic on September 1, 2013

Birth Name: Daniel Wroughton Craig

Place of Birth: Chester, Cheshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 2 March, 1968

Ethnicity: English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, distant French Huguenot

Daniel Craig is a British actor. He is known for playing James Bond.

Daniel is married to actress Rachel Weisz. He has a daughter with his former wife, actress Fiona Loudon.

Daniel is the son of Carol Olivia (Williams) and Timothy John Wroughton Craig. He has English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, and distant French Huguenot, ancestry. His father was born in Aled, Denbighshire, Wales. Daniel is a descendant of Daniel Chamier (1660-1698), a French Huguenot minister, and of Sir William Burnaby, 1st Baronet (c. 1710-1776), a naval officer.

Daniel’s paternal grandfather was William John Gartland Craig (the son of William Craig and Mary Josephine Gartland). Daniel’s grandfather William was born in Suffolk, England. Daniel’s great-grandfather William was the son of William Craig and Margaret Dunlop, who were of Scottish origin. Mary Josephine was the daughter of Michael Gartland and Lucy Ann Grimshaw.

Daniel’s paternal grandmother was Rosalind/Rosalinde Maud Jones (the daughter of Howard Edward Jones and Rosa Zieman Smith). Daniel’s grandmother Rosalind was from Llandudno, Wales, though most of her parentage was not Welsh. Howard was the son of John Edward Jones and Marian Kate Leverett. Daniel’s great-grandmother Rosa was the daughter of Charles Mayvore Smith and Grace Matilda Wroughton, who were born in India (Grace in Madras), of English origin.

Daniel’s maternal grandparents were Olwyn Williams and Doris. Olwyn’s family was from Flintshire, Wales.

Sources: Wales Online article about Daniel’s family history – http://www.walesonline.co.uk

Family history of Daniel’s father – http://www.genealogyreviews.co.uk

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