Birth Name: Jennifer Mary Butala
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: September 30, 1971
*English, Scottish, German (mother)
Jenna Elfman is an American actress. She is the daughter of Susan (Grace) and Richard Gregory Butala. Her uncle (father’s brother) is singer Tony Butala (Anthony Francis Butala), the lead singer of the pop trio The Lettermen. Jenna is married to actor Bodhi Elfman, who is the son of filmmaker Richard Elfman and the nephew of composer and musician Danny Elfman. The couple has two children.
Jenna’s paternal grandfather was John George Butala (the son of Miko/Michael John Butala and Helen Sinkovich). Jenna’s grandfather John was born in Pennsylvania, to Croatian parents. Miko was the son of Michael Butala and Mary Drost. Helen was the daughter of George Andrew Sinkovich and Mary Birskovich.
Jenna’s paternal grandmother was Mary Ann Ference (the daughter of Joseph Peter Ference and Helen Gladich). Mary Ann was born in Pennsylvania, to Croatian parents. Joseph was the son of Ivan Ferenac and Magdalena Povina.
Jenna’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Logan Grace (the son of Jackson Marion Grace and Sarah C. Shaw). Thomas was born in Nebraska. Jackson was the son of Elijah/Elisha Grace and Sarah A. Laird. Jenna’s great-grandmother Sarah Shaw was the daughter of Joseph Henry Shaw and Rachel Trosper.
Jenna’s maternal grandmother was Susan Mildred Hart (the daughter of Enos Bernard Hart and Lucia Blanche/Blanch Reaugh/Ray Ertel). Susan was born in Kansas. Enos was the son of Jacob Stansbury B. Hart and Mary Elizabeth Beeson.
Jenna’s paternal grandparents, John George Butala and Mary Ann Ference, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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