W. Averell Harriman

by follers on November 22, 2017

Birth Name: William Averell Harriman

Date of Birth: November 15, 1891

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York, New York, United States

Date of Death: July 26, 1986

Place of Death: Yorktown Heights, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, Dutch, some French, distant Scottish

W. Averell Harriman was an American politician, businessperson, and diplomat. A member of the Democratic Party, since 1928, he was U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, from October 23, 1943 to January 24, 1946, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, from April 30, 1946 to October 1, 1946, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, from October 7, 1946 to April 22, 1948, and Governor of New York, from January 1, 1955 to December 31, 1958.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1952 and 1956.

W. was the son of Mary Williamson (Averell), a philanthropist, and E. H. Harriman (Edward Henry Harriman), a railroad executive. His siblings were E. Roland Harriman, a financier and philanthropist, and Mary Harriman Rumsey, who founded The Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements.

W. was married to art collector Marie Norton Harriman, until her death, and to socialite Pamela Harriman (born Pamela Beryl Digby), until his death. W. had two children with his first wife, Kitty Lanier Lawrence.

W.’s paternal grandfather was The Rev. Orlando Harriman (the son of Orlando Harriman and Ann Ingland). W.’s grandfather The Rev. Orlando was an Episcopal clergyman. W.’s great-grandfather Orlando was born in London, England.

W.’s paternal grandmother was Cornelia Neilson (the daughter of John Neilson, III and Abigail Bleecker). John was the son of Gen. John Neilson, Jr. and Catharine Schuyler van Voorhees. Abigail was the daughter of Anthony Lispenard Bleecker and Mary Noel, who was born in Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain.

W.’s maternal grandfather was William John Averell (the son of James Averell III). W.’s grandfather William was a banker, and president of the Ogdensburg and Lake Champlain Railroad. James was the son of James Averell II and Marcy Holt.

W.’s maternal grandmother was Mary Lawrence Williamson.

Source: Genealogy of W. Averell Harriman –


Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

by follers on November 14, 2017

Birth Name: Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Jr.

Date of Birth: December 9, 1909

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York, New York, United States

Date of Death: May 7, 2000

Place of Death: New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (paternal grandfather), English, Scottish, possibly other

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. was an American actor. He was a decorated naval officer in World War II.

Douglas was the son of Anna Beth (Sully) and famed matinee idol Douglas Fairbanks, who was also a screenwriter, director, and producer.

Douglas was married to merchandiser Vera Shelton, until his death, and to Mary Lee Hartford (born Mary Lee Epling), until her death. Douglas and Mary Lee had three children.

Douglas’s paternal grandfather was Hezekiah Charles Ullman (the son of Lazarus Ullman and Lydia Abrams). Douglas’s grandfather Hezekiah was Jewish. Lazarus was born in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, the son of Hayim Simon Uhlmann and Rosa V. Lydia was the daughter of Levi Abrams, from Bittkau, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, and of Roseanna Lindermann, from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Douglas’s paternal grandmother was Ella Adelaide Marsh.

Douglas’s maternal grandfather was Daniel John Sully (the son of Abram/Abraham Charles Sully and Jane). Daniel was born in Rhode Island, to English and Scottish parents.

Douglas’s maternal grandmother was Emma Frances Thompson (the daughter of David M. Thompson and Anna J.). Emma was born in Massachusetts.

Sources: History of the Ullman family –

Genealogy of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. –

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Douglas’s mother on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Douglas’s maternal grandparents, Daniel John Sully and Emma Frances Thompson –

Douglas’s maternal grandparents, Daniel John Sully and Emma Frances Thompson, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

by follers on November 14, 2017

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall – Royal Film Performance 2011 – “Hugo” – Arrivals – Odeon Leicester Square – London, UK – Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos

Birth Name: Camilla Shand

Place of Birth: King’s College Hospital, Lambeth, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 17 July, 1947

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish, as well as 1/128th French-Canadian, distant Dutch

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is the wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, the heir apparent to the British throne.

The Duchess is the daughter of Rosalind Shand (born Rosalind Maud Cubitt) and Bruce Middleton Hope Shand, a British Army officer. She has two children with her former husband, British Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles.

The Duchess’s paternal grandfather was Philip Morton Shand, a journalist, businessperson, pomologist, architecture critic, and wine and food writer (the son of Alexander Faulkner Shand, a writer and barrister, and of Augusta Mary Coates). Alexander was the son of Hugh Morton Shand, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and of Edrica Faulkner, who was born in Florence, Italy. Augusta was the daughter of Charles Coates and Sarah Clegg Hope.

The Duchess’s paternal grandmother was Edith Marguerite Harrington (the daughter of George Woods Harrington and Alice Edith Stillman). George was the son of Henry Harrington and Eliza Woods. Alice was the daughter of Frederick Stillman and Ann Endle/Endell.

The Duchess’s maternal grandfather was Roland Calvert Cubitt, 3rd Baron Ashcombe (the son of Henry Cubitt, 2nd Baron Ashcombe, and of Maud Marianne Calvert). Baron Henry was the son of George Cubitt, 1st Baron Ashcombe, and of Laura Joyce. Maud was the daughter of Archibald Motteux/Monteaux Calvert and Constance Maria Georgianna/Georgiana/Georgina Peters.

The Duchess’s maternal grandmother was Sonia Rosemary Keppel (the daughter of George Keppel, a prominent soldier, and of Alice Frederica Edmonstone, a society hostess). George was the son of William Coutts Keppel, 7th Earl of Albemarle, a soldier and politician, and of Sophia Mary MacNab/McNab, who was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and whose father, Sir Allan Napier MacNab, 1st Baronet, was Prime Minister of Upper Canada, from 1854 to 1856. Alice was born in Duntreath Castle, Loch Lomond, Scotland, and was the daughter of Sir William Edmonstone, 4th Baronet, a naval commander, courtier, and politician, and of Mary Elizabeth Parsons.

Sources: Genealogies of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall –


Charles, Prince of Wales

by follers on November 14, 2017

Birth Name: Charles Philip Arthur George

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

Date of Birth: 14 November, 1948

Ethnicity: European Royal, English (mostly), small amounts of German, Hungarian, French, Anglo-Irish, distant Irish, Danish, Swedish, Swiss, Belgian, Dutch, Bohemian/Czech, Scottish, Lithuanian, Russian, Polish

Charles, Prince of Wales, is the heir apparent to the British throne.

He is the son of Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Charles is married to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. With his former wife, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, he is the father of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales.

Prince Charles’ paternal grandfather was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark (the son of George I of Greece, and of Olga Constantinovna of Russia). Prince Andrew was born in Old Royal Palace, Athens, Kingdom of Greece. George I was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, the son of Christian IX, King of Denmark, and of Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel. Olga was born in Pavlovsk, Russian Empire, the daughter of Grand Duke Konstantin/Constantine Nikolayevich/Nikolaevich/Nicholaievitch of Russia, and of Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg.

Prince Charles’ paternal grandmother was Princess Alice of Battenberg (the daughter of Prince Louis of Battenberg, and of Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine). Princess Alice was born in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, England. Prince Louis was born in Graz, Austrian Empire, the son of Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine, and of Countess Julia/Julie Therese Salome Hauke. Princess Victoria was born in Windsor Castle, the daughter of Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, and of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom.

Prince Charles’ maternal grandfather was George VI, who was King of the United Kingdom from 1936 to 1952 (the son of George V, and of Mary of Teck). George VI was born in York Cottage, Sandringham House, Norfolk, United Kingdom. George V was born in Marlborough House, London, and was King from 1910 to 1936. He was the son of Edward VII, who was King from 1901 to 1910, and of Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Mary of Teck was born in Kensington Palace, London, the daughter of Francis, Duke of Teck, and of Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge.

Prince Charles’ maternal grandmother was Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the daughter of Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and of Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne). Lady Elizabeth was born in England. Claude was the son of Claude Bowes-Lyon, 13th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and of Frances Dora Smith Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne. Cecilia was the daughter of The Rev. Charles William Frederick Cavendish-Bentinck and Caroline Louisa Burnaby.

Sources: Genealogies of Charles, Prince of Wales –

Genealogy of Charles, Prince of Wales (through his son, Prince William) –

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Janet Mock

by follers on November 13, 2017

Janet Mock – “Everything is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted” New York City Special Screening – Arrivals – The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Laurence Agron /

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

Date of Birth: March 10, 1983

*African-American (father)
*Portuguese, English (maternal grandfather)
*Native Hawaiian (maternal grandmother)

Janet Mock is an American writer, television host, and transgender rights activist.

Janet is the daughter of Elizabeth (Barrett) and Charlie Mock III. Her father is African-American. Her maternal grandfather was of Portuguese and English descent, and her maternal grandmother was a Native Hawaiian. Janet is married to photographer Aaron Tredwell.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2017) stated that Janet’s genetic ancestry is:

*42.8% African
*27.9% European
——–*7.8% Iberian
——–*6.0% Broadly Northwestern European
——–*3.8% British & Irish
——–*3.6% Broadly Southern European
——–*3.0% Scandinavian
——–*1.9% French & German
*17.6% East Asian & Native American
*10.9% Oceanian
*0.8% No Match

Janet’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Henry Mock, who was born, c. 1847, in Louisiana or Georgia, and to his wife, Lucinda Ward.

Janet’s paternal grandfather was Charlie Mock, Jr. (the son of Charlie Mock and Veader Nelson). Janet’s great-grandfather Charlie was the son of Harold Mock and Vannie Kay or King.

Janet’s paternal grandmother was Shellie Jean Gipson.

Janet’s maternal grandfather was Arthur Amorin Barrett (the son of Howard Roscoe Barrett and Emily/Amalia Amorin). Arthur was born in Honolulu. Howard was the son of Parnoble N. Barrett and Mary Alice Leachman. Emily was of Portuguese descent, and was the daughter of John DeMedeiros/de Medeiros Amorin and Antonia de Jesus de Freitas.

Janet’s maternal grandmother was Pearl Lawae Kahanoai (the daughter of David Kahanoai and Winifred “Winnie” Pomakai). Pearl was born in Honolulu, of Hawaiian descent. David was born in Kau, the son of Abraham Kahanoai and Theresa. Winifred was the daughter of Michael Pomakai and Kaili Lawai; Kaili was the daughter of Keaho Lawai and Kamawae.