Birth Name: Brian Edmund Posehn
Place of Birth: Sacramento, California
Date of Birth: July 6, 1966
Ethnicity: German, Swedish, Norwegian, English, Irish, 1/16th Italian
Brian Posehn is an American comedian, actor, musician, and writer.
Brian’s paternal grandfather was Edmund John Posehn (the son of Heinrich Posehn and Christina Buehler). Edmund was born in Kronau, Saskatchewan, Canada. Heinrich was an ethnic German, born in Eigenfeld Colony, Cherson, South Russia, to Gottlieb Posehn and Sophia Reichert. Brian’s great-grandmother Christina was also an ethnic German, born in Ebenfeld Colony, South Russia, to Michael Beiler and Catherine/Katherine Glick. Brian’s grandparents Heinrich and Christina were the first couple to marry in the Kronau Bethlehem Church, a Lutheran church, on 23 June, 1895, in Kronau, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Brian’s paternal grandmother was Clara Josephine Peterson (the daughter of Oscar Julius Peterson and Emma Theresa Skaug). Clara was born in Minnesota. Oscar was Swedish, the son of John August Peterson and Lotta Anderson. Emma was born in Minnesota, to Norwegian parents, Richard Martin Skaug and Hanna Marie Johsdatter.
Brian’s maternal grandparents were George Turner and Norma Ziegler (the daughter of Robert W. Ziegler and Irene Anita Schiller). George likely had English and Irish ancestry. Robert was born in Illinois, to a German father and an English mother. Irene was the daughter of William Schiller, whose parents were German, and of Rose W. Ferrea, whose parents were Italian.
Sources: Genealogy of Brian Posehn – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Brian’s paternal grandfather, Edmund John Posehn, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Brian’s paternal grandmother, Clara Josephine Peterson, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Brian’s maternal grandmother, Norma Ziegler, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Brian’s maternal great-grandmother, Irene Anita Schiller, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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