Birth Name: Jessica Claire Biel
Place of Birth: Ely, Saint Louis, Minnesota, United States
Date of Birth: March 3, 1982
Ethnicity: Hungarian Jewish (great-grandfather), Danish (great-grandmother), English, along with German, Swiss-German, remote Swedish and French
Jessica Biel is an American actress and former model. She is famous for her role in the TV drama 7th Heaven, and the films The Illusionist and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, among many others. Jessica is married to singer and actor Justin Timberlake.
Jessica has Hungarian Jewish (from her patrilineal great-grandfather), Danish (from a great-grandmother), English, as well as some German and Swiss-German, and remote Swedish (from the early 1700s) and French, ancestry. Jessica did not know of her Hungarian Jewish ancestry until her appearance on the show Who Do You Think You Are?, in a 2017 episode. She stated:
I never heard any of this before. I’m really surprised… I can’t wait to share this with my dad… [I] never had any sort of religious community at all… [I’m] going to learn a lot more about the Hungarian Jews. I’m really interested in diving into Jewish culture a little bit more.
Articles about Jessica state that she has Choctaw Native American ancestry, and a Vogue article specifically stated that Jessica’s mother has Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Choctaw Native American ancestry has been documented and/or verified. No Choctaw Native American ancestry appears in publicly available family trees of Jessica Biel.
Jessica’s paternal grandfather was Donald Arthur Biel (the son of Edward Lincoln Biel and Carrie L. Rasmussen). Edward was born in Illinois, the son of Moritz/Morris Biel and Otillie/Ottilia Morskovitz, who were Jewish immigrants from Žilina (then in the Kingdom of Hungary, now in Slovakia). Carrie was born in Illinois, the daughter of Mikael Frederik Rasmussen and Eleonora Katrine Lund, who were Danish immigrants.
Jessica’s paternal grandmother is Claire Porter (the daughter of Howard Carlisle/Carlyle Porter and Marie/Mary Celeste Weber). Claire was born in Illinois. Howard was born in North Dakota, the son of Charles William Porter and Anna E. Bryant, who had roots in the U.S. going back to the 1600s. Marie/Mary Celeste was born in Illinois, the daughter of George Theodore Weber and Elizabeth Hausner, both of whom were of German descent.
Jessica’s maternal grandfather was Garth Lon Conroe (the son of Clifford Albert Conroe and Mary Frances Eloise Newkirk). Garth was born in Colorado, to a father from Kansas and a mother from Illinois. Clifford was the son of Vernon Eugene Conroe and Ada Butsch. Mary Frances Eloise was the daughter of Henry Milo Newkirk and Lillian Lee Cannon.
Jessica’s maternal grandmother is Norma J. Roberts (the daughter of James Conaway Roberts and Flora Zobeda Brasier/Brazier). Norma was born in Colorado, to parents from Missouri. James was the son of William David Roberts and Hannah Jane Miller. Flora was the daughter of William Brazier/Brasier and Eliza Belle Pearson.
Jessica’s paternal grandfather, Donald Arthur Biel, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Jessica’s paternal grandmother, Claire Porter, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Jessica’s paternal great-grandmother, Marie/Mary Celeste (Weber) Porter – https://www.findagrave.com
Jessica’s maternal grandfather, Garth Lon Conroe, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Jessica’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Vernon Eugene Conroe and Ada Butsch, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Jessica’s maternal grandmother, Norma J. Roberts, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Jessica’s maternal great-grandmother, Flora Zobeda (Brasier/Brazier) Roberts – https://www.findagrave.com
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