Loretta Young

by ethnic on August 3, 2010

Studio publicity portrait of Loretta Young

Birth Name: Gretchen Young

Date of Birth: January 6, 1913

Place of Birth: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Date of Death: August 12, 2000

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish, distant Dutch, remote Welsh and Irish

Loretta Young was an American actress and singer. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Farmer’s Daughter (1947).

She was the daughter of Gladys Royal (Belzer) and John Earle Young. She was married to fashion designer Jean Louis, until his death. Loretta had a daughter with actor Clark Gable, and two children with her former husband, producer Tom Lewis.

Loretta had English, some Scottish, distant Dutch, and remote Welsh and Irish, ancestry.

Loretta is frequently cited on the internet as having had Luxembourgian roots. This claim does not appear to have been verified/documented. It is not clear which of her ancestors, if any, were from Luxembourg.

Loretta’s paternal grandmother was Laura Vickery Mendell (the daughter of Cicero Mendell and Angeline Vickroy). Laura re-married to Benjamin Day Young, who became Loretta’s father’s stepfather. Cicero was the son of Noah Mendell and Mary S. Angeline was the daughter of Edwin Augustus Vickroy and Cornelia Harlan.

Loretta’s maternal grandfather was Robert Tecumuseh Royal (the son of Tecumseh F. Royall and Maria Ellen Blackman). Loretta’s great-grandfather Tecumseh was the son of John Royall and Pamela Maynard. Maria Ellen was the daughter of Ollen Marion Blackman and Johanna F. Mayfield.

Loretta’s maternal grandmother was Gertrude “Fanny”/”Fannie” L./M. Watkins (the daughter of John T. Watkins and Nancy Jane Forgey).

Sources: Genealogies of Loretta Young – http://www.geni.com

Loretta’s father on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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andrew July 23, 2017 at 5:55 am
cdonorab July 9, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Correction. Her grandmothers maiden name was Laura Vickery Mendell. She was the daughter of Cicero Mendell and Angeline Vickroy.

cdonorab October 17, 2015 at 11:01 am

Correction. Benjamin Day Young was indeed John Earl Youngs step father. Found a 1900 census record that clearly indicates John was the step son of Benjamin. His biological father was apparently a man named Mandell and Laura’s maiden name was Pettigrew.

follers October 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm

I think you may be confusing Laura with Laura Louise Pettigrew, who married Benjamin Mendell, an unrelated couple.

cdonorab October 10, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Correction. Looks like she has some Irish ancestry as well threw her ancestor Catherine Dudgeon Royal. Catherine’s father was born in Ireland in 1715.

cdonorab October 5, 2014 at 6:16 am

Correction. The info you have for Lorettas maternal grandparents is not correct. Fanny Watkins was the daughter of John t. Watkins and Nancy jane forgery. Roberts second wife who he married after fanny died was a key, but no biological relation to Loretta.

follers October 5, 2014 at 10:57 am

Thank you. Corrected. One tree listed them as her parents.

Do you know if Loretta had Luxembourgian ancestry, as is often claimed?

cdonorab October 5, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Having royal ancestry it’s possible she had remote Luxembourgian ancestry, but everything I’m finding is English, Welsh, and Scottish. It’s also possible her biological paternal grandfather had that ancestry. Apparently her grandmother Laura married Benjamin young when Loretta father John was small.

follers October 5, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Where is her Welsh ancestry from?

cdonorab October 6, 2014 at 5:40 am

From an ancester on her Blackman side. First person was able to trace back to wales was in 1502.

cdonorab September 30, 2014 at 11:19 am

She also has English ancestry as well. Was able to trace her mother’s mother back to English royalty making her French and German as well.

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