Tommy Lee Jones

by follers on October 23, 2015

Birth Name: Tommy Lee Jones

Place of Birth: San Saba, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 15, 1946

Ethnicity: English, some Scots-Irish/Northern Irish and Scottish, remote Dutch

Tommy Lee Jones is an American actor, director, and filmmaker. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Fugitive (1993).

Tommy is the son of Lucille Marie (Scott) and Clyde C. Jones. He is married to Dawn Laurel. He has two children with his former wife, Kimberlea Cloughley. All of his recent ancestors were Southerners. Many of his ancestral lines lead to England, and a smaller amount were Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) and Scottish. He also has remote Dutch roots.

Tommy has stated that one of his grandmothers was of Cherokee Native American ancestry. He has referred to himself as a “little Indian boy.” One of Tommy’s paternal great-great-grandmothers, Harriet Jane Walls, was said to be the daughter of a Native American woman named Nicameah. It is not clear if this is accurate, or if Tommy has any verified/documented Native American ancestry. All of Tommy’s grandparents and great-grandparents are listed as “White” on United States Censuses.

Tommy’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Ransom Columbus Jones (the son of James Henry Jones and Frances Jane Taylor). James was the son of Norman N. Jones and Susan Arminda Reeves. Frances was the daughter of Absolum Taylor and Elizabeth Ryan.

Tommy’s paternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Nash (the daughter of Columbus Franklin Nash and Mary Jane Green). Columbus was the son of Franklin William/Wiley Nash and Rebecca Jane Raby. Tommy’s great-grandmother Mary Jane was the daughter of Elijah Henry Green and Harriet/Harriett Jane Walls.

Tommy’s maternal grandfather was Archie Lee Scott (the son of John Nathaniel Scott and Linnie Malinda Martin). John was the son of Samuel Nathaniel Scott and Sarah Eliza Garner. Linnie was the daughter of James Samuel Martin and Anda Cal Barnett.

Tommy’s maternal grandmother was Lillian Beatrice Bradshaw (the daughter of Needham Jessie Bradshaw and Almeda “Media” Modella Fleming). Almeda was the daughter of Andrew Jackson Fleming and Adaline “Addie” F. Scarborough.

Sources: Genealogies of Tommy Lee Jones –

Genealogy of Tommy Lee Jones (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogies of Tommy’s parents –

Tommy’s paternal grandfather, Thomas Ransom Columbus Jones, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Tommy’s paternal grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Nash, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Tommy’s paternal great-grandparents, Columbus Franklin Nash and Mary Jane Green, on the 1880 U.S. Census –
Columbus Franklin Nash and Mary Jane Green on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Tommy’s paternal great-grandmother, Mary Jane Green, on the 1860 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Tommy’s mother –

Genealogy of Tommy’s maternal grandfather, Archie Lee Scott (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Tommy’s maternal grandfather, Archie Lee Scott, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Tommy’s maternal grandmother, Lillian Beatrice Bradshaw, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Tommy’s maternal great-grandparents, Needham Jessie Bradshaw and Almeda “Media” Modella Fleming, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Needham Jessie Bradshaw and Almeda “Media” Modella Fleming on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Tommy’s maternal great-grandmother, Almeda “Media” Modella Fleming (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Tommy’s maternal great-grandmother, Almeda “Media” Modella Fleming, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Tommy’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Andrew Jackson Fleming and Adaline “Addie” F. Scarborough, on the 1870 U.S. Census –

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John Boyega

by follers on April 29, 2014

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Birth Name: John Adedayo B. Adegboyega

Place of Birth: Lambeth, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 17 March, 1992

Ethnicity: Nigerian

John Boyega is a British actor and producer. His parents, Abigail (Aboderin) and Samson Adegboyega, are Nigerian. His father is a Pentecostal preacher and his mother works with the disabled.

He has said:

My dad is a minister and my mum is a worker with the less fortunate and the disabled. They’re Nigerian natives. Their first language is Yoruba, and their second language is English. My mum and dad moved to London when they had my eldest sister. They started a life in London as immigrants, and they built up from there. They’re no actors in my family, but there are definitely animated black people in my family. My dad’s a Pentecostal minister, meaning that he’s full of charisma. If he’s telling a story about Noah’s ark, you best know each tiger is going to be having their own little conversation and narrative.

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Adam Driver

by follers on May 23, 2013

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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, 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, along with German, some Scottish, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant Welsh, and remote Swedish, 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/Rose Bell Whiteside). Adam’s great-grandfather Kelly was the son of Miles/Milas 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 –

Genealogy of Adam Driver (focusing on his father’s side) –

Adam’s paternal grandfather, Kelly Potter Driver, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Adam’s paternal grandfather, Kelly Potter Driver, Jr. –

Genealogies of Adam’s paternal great-grandfather, Kelly Potter Driver –

Genealogy of Adam’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Jacob Davis Whiteside –

Adam’s paternal grandmother, Edith Mae Fisher, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Adam’s paternal grandmother, Edith Mae (Fisher) Driver –

Genealogy of Adam’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Jane Quattlebaum (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Obituary of Adam’s aunt (mother’s sister), Debra L. (Needham) Camren –

Genealogy of Adam’s maternal grandfather, Ira Lee Needham (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Adam’s maternal grandfather, Ira Lee Needham, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Adam’s maternal great-grandmother, Gertrude Dexter/Dykstra (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Adam’s maternal grandmother, Dolores L. Pettit, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Adam’s maternal great-grandmother, Florence Geneve Ullrich, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Daisy Ridley

by follers on May 1, 2012

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Birth Name: Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley

Place of Birth: Westminster, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 10 April, 1992

Ethnicity: English, as well as 1/32 German

Daisy Ridley is an English actress. She is the daughter of Louise Fawkner-Corbett and Christopher Ridley, a photographer.

Daisy is a cousin, once removed, of Arnold Ridley (William Arnold Ridley), a playwright and actor.

Daisy’s maternal grandfather was Roger Picton Fawkner-Corbett (the son of William Victor Fawkner-Corbett and Dorothy Frances Bauer/Barr). William was born under the surname “Corbett”, and added the “Fawkner-” to his surname; he was the son of William G. Corbett and Florence. Daisy’s great-grandmother Dorothy was the daughter of William Bauer (whose own father, Moritz/Maurice Bauer/Baner, was German, from Saxony, and whose own mother was English, from Norfolk, England), and of Minnie Louisa Cowley.

Daisy’s maternal grandmother was Isobel Sheila Lake (the daughter of Charles Thomas Connet Lake and Mary Irene Smerdon). Charles was the son of John Lake and Emma Elizabeth. Mary Irene was the daughter of John Sidney Smerdon and Mary Parnell Newman.

Sources: Genealogies of Daisy Ridley (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Obituary of Daisy’s maternal grandfather, Roger Picton Fawkner-Corbett –

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Carrie Fisher

by follers on April 29, 2010

Carrie Fisher

Birth Name: Carrie Frances Fisher

Date of Birth: October 21, 1956

Place of Birth: Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: December 27, 2016

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, small amounts of Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and German, and distant French (mother)

Carrie Fisher was an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, humorist, producer, and speaker. She was the daughter of singers and actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (born Mary Frances Reynolds). Her brother is TV and filmmaker Todd Fisher, and her half-siblings are actresses Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher. Carrie’s daughter, with agent Bryan Lourd, is actress Billie Lourd.

Carrie’s paternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Russia and Ukraine. Carrie’s mother had English, small amounts of Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and German, and distant French, ancestry.

Carrie had described herself as having been raised Protestant. As an adult, she and her daughter attended Jewish services with friends.

Carrie’s paternal grandfather was Joseph D. Tisch/Fisher (the son of Mojsche/Morris Tisch/Fisher and Sarah Peltzer). Joseph was born in Russia. Mojsche was the son of Ansel Taesch/Tesch and Esther.

Carrie’s paternal grandmother was Gitte Kathrine “Kate” Minicker/Minocker/Winokur (the daughter of Zelig/Selig Zadik Minicker/Minniker/Winokur and Neche “Ida” Hudel). Gitte was born in Yampil’ Vinnyts’ka, Ukraine.

Carrie’s maternal grandfather was Raymond Francis Reynolds (the son of William Granville Reynolds and Pearl Ruby Prigmore). William was the son of James Jefferson Francis Reynolds and Darilla Ann Lair. Pearl was the daughter of Joseph Martin/Monroe Prigmore and Nancy Elizabeth Vestal/Vestel.

Carrie’s maternal grandmother was Maxine/Maxene N. Harman/Harmon (the daughter of Owen Harmon/Harman and Maxie Boone Dykeman). Owen was the son of Solomon E. Harmon/Harman, Jr. and Sarah Catherine/Katherine Harper. Carrie’s great-grandmother Maxie was the daughter of William Tennessee Dykeman and Mary Adeline Rollins.

Sources: Genealogies of Carrie Fisher –

Genealogy of Carrie Fisher (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Carrie’s mother (focusing on her own father’s side) –

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Phil McGraw

May 23, 2009

Birth Name: Phillip Calvin McGraw Place of Birth: Vinita, Oklahoma, U.S. Date of Birth: September 1, 1950 Ethnicity: English, some Irish Phil McGraw, also known as Dr. Phil, is an American television personality, author, psychologist, and actor. He has hosted the show Dr. Phil since 2002. Phil is the son of Anne Geraldine “Jerry” (Stevens) […]

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Dave Franco

June 9, 2008

Birth Name: David John Franco Place of Birth: Santa Clara, California, United States Date of Birth: June 12, 1985 Ethnicity: *Portuguese/Madeiran, Swedish (father) *Ashkenazi Jewish (mother) Dave Franco is an American actor. His brothers are Tom and actor James Franco. Dave is the son of Betsy (Verne) and Douglas Eugene Franco. His father ran a […]

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Rita Coolidge

April 4, 2008

Birth Name: Rita Faye Coolidge Place of Birth: Lafayette, Tennessee, U.S. Date of Birth: May 1, 1945 Ethnicity: Scottish, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant German, Dutch, and Cornish Rita Coolidge is an American recording artist and songwriter. She is the daughter of Charlotte Faye/Fae/Fate (Stewart) and The Rev. Raymond Merrill/Myrle “Dick” Coolidge (who was born under […]

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Rudy Mancuso

December 14, 2017

Birth Name: Rodolfo Mancuso Place of Birth: New Jersey, U.S. Date of Birth: February 28, 1992 Ethnicity: *Italian (father) *Brazilian (mother) Rudy Mancuso is an American actor, producer, internet personality, comedian, musician, and singer. He is the son of Maria Agra and Alfonso B. Mancuso. His father is of Italian descent. His mother is Brazilian. Rudy […]

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Christian von Koenigsegg

December 14, 2017

Birth Name: Christian Erland Harald von Koenigsegg Place of Birth: Stockholm, Sweden Date of Birth: 2 July, 1972 Ethnicity: *German (paternal grandfather) *Swedish (paternal grandmother) *Finnish (mother) Christian von Koenigsegg is a Swedish entrepreneur. He is the founder of Swedish automobile manufacturer Koenigsegg Automotive AB. Christian’s father, Jesko Harald Gunnar von Koenigsegg, is of half […]

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Aaron Burckhard

December 14, 2017

Birth Name: Aaron Thomas Burckhard Place of Birth: Oakland, Alameda, California, United States Date of Birth: November 14, 1963 Ethnicity: German, Welsh, possibly other Aaron Burckhard is an American musician. He is known as the original drummer for the American grunge band Nirvana. Other members of Nirvana were Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic, […]

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Tony Azevedo

December 14, 2017

Birth Name: Anthony Lawrence Azevedo Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Date of Birth: November 21, 1981 Ethnicity: *Brazilian (Portuguese, possibly other) *English, German (mother) Tony Azevedo is a Brazilian-born American water polo player. Tony is the son of Libby D. (Rawald) and Ricardo D. Azevedo. Tony’s father is a Brazilian […]

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Donna Lewis

December 14, 2017

Place of Birth: West Glamorgan, Glamorganshire, Wales Date of Birth: 6 August, 1973 Ethnicity: Welsh Donna Lewis is a Welsh singer, songwriter, and record producer. Donna’s father is an amateur jazz pianist. Donna’s mother’s maiden surname is Adams. Source: Birth record of Donna Lewis –

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