Place of Birth: McComb, Mississippi, United States
Date of Birth: April 4, 1991
Ethnicity: English, along with 1/16th Maltese, and small amounts of Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Irish, French, and Welsh
Jamie Lynn Spears is an American actress and singer. She is the daughter of Lynne Irene (Bridges) and James Parnell “Jamie” Spears. She is the sister of pop singer Britney Spears.
Jamie Lynn’s maternal grandmother was an English war bride, and one of Jamie Lynn’s maternal great-great-grandfathers was Maltese. Most of the rest of Jamie Lynn’s recent ancestors were American-born, with most of her roots being English, along with Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Irish, French, and Welsh, all of them distant or remote to various degrees. Some of Jamie Lynn’s distant English ancestors lived in Barbados and Liberia.
Jamie Lynn’s paternal grandfather was June Austin Spears (the son of June Bacot/Becker Spears and Nova Mae Gill). June was the son of Pascal Greene Spears and Mary Pauline Bridges. Nova was the daughter of James Monroe Gill and Effie Strahan.
Jamie Lynn’s paternal grandmother was Emma Jean Forbes (the daughter of William Nelson Forbes and Lexie/Lexis May Thompson). William was the son of William Nelson Forbes and Kiturah/Katuriah Leona Ball. Lexie was the daughter of Ernest Fulton Thompson and Bertha Magee.
Jamie Lynn’s maternal grandfather was Barnett/Barney O’Field Bridges (the son of Joel Menton Bridges and Adeline/Addie/Addy Williams). Joel was the son of James/John Jackson Bridges and Mary Josephine Phillips. Adeline was the daughter of Marshall E. Williams and Missouri E. Wall.
Jamie Lynn’s maternal grandmother was Lilian/Lillian Irene Portell (the daughter of George Anthony Portelli/Portell and Lilian Esther Lewis). Jamie Lynn’s grandmother Lilian was born in Barkham Road, Tottenham. George was the son of Edward Richard Portelli, who was from Malta, and of Alice Taylor. Lilian was the daughter of James Lewis and Esther Moss. Jamie Lynn’s Maltese great-great-grandfather Edward was the son of Antonio Portelli; it is possible that Edward was of Italian ancestry, like many people on Malta.
Jamie Lynn’s parents are third cousins. Two of Jamie Lynn’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents, William Lee Bridges and Pauline Ann Travis, were also two of Jamie Lynn’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents.
Genealogy of Jamie Lynn’s father’s family – http://www.findagrave.com
Article about the family of Jamie Lynn’s maternal grandmother, Lilian Irene Portell – http://www.dailymail.co.uk
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