Jason Ritter

by ethnic on October 1, 2010

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Birth Name: Jason Morgan Ritter

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 17, 1980

Ethnicity: English, German, Scottish, Dutch, French, Welsh, Irish

Jason Ritter is an American actor. He is the son of actors John Ritter (Johnathan Southworth Ritter) and Nancy Morgan.

Most branches of his family have lived in the United States for many generations. His ancestry includes English, German, Scottish, Dutch, French, Welsh, and Irish. His surname, “Ritter”, likely also came from distant German ancestors.

His great-uncle, John C. Morgan, was a U.S. Army Air Forces pilot, who received the Medal of Honor during World War II.

Jason’s paternal grandfather was Tex Ritter (Woodward Maurice Ritter, the son of James Everett Ritter and Martha Elizabeth “Lizzie” Matthews). Jason’s grandfather Tex was an actor, country music singer, and politician. James was the son of Benjamin Franklin/Frank Ritter and Margaret Ann Ball. Martha was the daughter of James Pinkney Henry Matthews and Edna Katherine/Catherine Ann Murray/Murry.

Jason’s paternal grandmother was Dorothy Fay Southworth (the daughter of Harry Thomas Southworth and Harriett/Harriet Fay Fox). Harry was the son of Thomas F. Southworth, Jr. and Elizabeth/Eliza Lamb Livesay. Harriett was the daughter of William P. L. Fox and Harriet L. Tilton.

Jason’s maternal grandfather is Samuel Asa Leland Morgan (the son of Samuel Asa Leland Morgan and Verna M. Johnson). Jason’s great-grandfather Samuel was the son of John Robert Morgan and Narcissus Evelyn Lewis. Verna was the daughter of Cary Jefferson Johnson and Sarah Harper “Sallie” Spell.

Jason’s maternal grandmother is Marjorie Greenfield (the daughter of Harlan Gantt Greenfield and Constance Wood Loar).

Sources: Genealogies of Jason Ritter – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Jason’s father – http://famouskin.com

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cdonorab November 28, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Correction. He also has Irish ancestry as well threw Sarah Campbell Ball.

celebfan September 17, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Ritter is a German surname and Morgan is a Scottish surname. I’m not sure which family members donate the other ethnicities in his mix.

andrew September 25, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Ritter is a famous German chocolate brand in Europe

beckyphantom December 16, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Jason’s great grandfather was a German American.Which makes Jason at least 1/8th German.

jackie May 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm

such a BAD choice for a picture, he looks somewhat obese… sorry. but, overall, it’s good to know he’s got a page on here. dutch, I would’ve never guessed.

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