Matt Lanter

by follers on May 23, 2013

Matt Lanter

Birth Name: Matthew Mackendree Lanter

Place of Birth: Massillon, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 1, 1983

Ethnicity: Polish, English, Austrian, Scottish, German, with distant Irish and Ashkenazi Jewish-Sephardi Jewish

Matt Lanter is an American actor and model.

He is married to Angela Stacy, with whom he has a daughter.

Matt’s paternal grandfather was Kenley Mackendree Lanter (the son of Robert Hayes Lanter and Elizabeth/Eliza Sheftall MacKendree). Matt’s grandfather Kenley was born in Georgia, and was one of 317 crewmen to survive the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, on July 30, 1945. A picture of Matt’s grandfather can be seen here. Matt’s great-grandfather Robert was the son of Austin Andrew Lanter and Phyllis Perry. Elizabeth was the daughter of Seaborn Marshall MacKendree and Daisy Mary Jane Sheftall.

Matt’s paternal grandmother is Jessie Mae Fudge (the daughter of Joseph Franklin Fudge and Mattie Mae Everret). Jessie was born in Georgia. Joseph was the son of William David Fudge and Clara M. Cory.

Matt’s maternal grandfather is Richard Norbert Wincek (the son of John Wincek and Frances/Francis Ann Sentz). Richard was born in Ohio. John was born in Ohio, to George Wincek and Annie Kurteka, who were Polish immigrants, as were all of John’s grandparents (Paul Wincek, Rosa Kaklewiez, Jacob Kurteka, and Mary Brodi). Frances was born in Michigan, the daughter of Stephen/Steve Sentz/Sencz and Katie Rebinski/Ribaynski/Ribaljinski, who were emigrants from Austria. Stephen may have been German. Katie likely had Polish ancestry.

Matt’s maternal grandmother is Marilyn June Ware (the daughter of John Ellis Ware and Ruth Irene Mobley). Marilyn was born in Ohio. John was the son of Wilbur William F. Ware and Mary May Ellis. Ruth was the daughter of John M. Mobley and Anna Pauline Matasky. Anna’s parents, Ignatz/Ignace Mataski and Florentia Hudinski, were Polish.

Matt’s five times paternal great-grandfather, Emanuel Sheftall, was Jewish. Emanuel’s parents, Levi Sheftall (born Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, 1739) and Sarah De La Motta (born St Croix, Virgin Islands, 1754), were both Jewish. Emanuel’s paternal grandfather, Benjamin Sheftal/Sheftall, was a Prussian Jew, while Emanuel’s paternal grandmother, Hannah Solomons, was a Dutch Jew. Emanuel was of both Ashkenazi Jewish and Sephardi Jewish descent, and had Danish Jewish ancestors on his mother’s side. Levi’s brother, Mordecai Sheftall, was a Colonel in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Mordecai was the highest ranking Jewish officer of the Colonial forces. Mordecai is thus Matt’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-uncle. A picture and biography of Mordecai can be found here.

Sources: Genealogies of Matt Lanter –

Genealogy of Matt Lanter (focusing on his father’s side) –

Information about Matt’s paternal grandfather, Kenley Mackendree Lanter, and his war service –

Genealogy of Matt’s paternal grandfather, Kenley Mackendree Lanter (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Matt’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Daisy Mary Jane Sheftall (focusing on her father’s side) –

Matt’s paternal grandmother, Jessie Mae Fudge, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Matt’s maternal great-great-grandparents, George Wincek and Annie Kurteka –

Matt’s maternal great-grandmother, Frances/Francis Ann Sentz, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage records of Matt’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Stephen/Steve Sentz/Sencz and Katie Rebinski/Ribaynski/Ribaljinski –

Obituary of Matt’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Stephen/Steve Sentz/Sencz –

Matt’s maternal great-grandparents, John Ellis Ware and Ruth Irene Mobley, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Matt’s maternal great-grandmother, Ruth Irene Mobley, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Ruth Irene Mobley on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew September 17, 2017 at 3:51 pm
bablah March 19, 2017 at 10:30 am

His Sentz line is a bit confusing since depending on the census they’re either from Austria, Germany or Yugoslavia (language is German on all of them). Steven’s WW draft records state Austro-Hungary and Hungary, and since that overlaps with Yugoslavia, I think that’s the correct one. But if that’s the case I’m not so sure about him being Austrian, since it’s more likely he’s German.

Anyways here’s their marriage record:

follers March 19, 2017 at 4:47 pm

Maybe they were ethnically Polish? Was Katie ethnically Polish? What is Lanter’s percentage of Polish ancestry, anyway? I would like to add that number if at all possible.

bablah March 19, 2017 at 6:16 pm

I don’t know about Katie, but last name Rebinski gives me results in Lobau, Gdansk and Stargard, so some Polish ancestry is possible.
Sentz gives me all kinds of results, but it’s undoubtedly a German last name.

follers March 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Are you sure there could be no Polish Sentzes?

There may be some here.

If Katie was Polish, it is likely that her husband Stephen was, too.

bablah March 19, 2017 at 7:05 pm

I haven’t found any proof that Katie was full Polish, her last name is the only clue, but since the only census I could find has her as a German, I can’t say anything.
Polish people can sometimes have German last names, but there are more clues pointing to Stephen being German, than anything other.

bablah March 19, 2017 at 7:17 pm

Okay so I found a Georg Sentz going to his son Stefan Sentz in Dayton, Ohio in 1910.
He’s 46 y.o. (so born in 1964), his wife is Anna, and he’s German from Tovarnik, Hungary (Croatia today).
You think this could be his father?

bablah March 19, 2017 at 7:18 pm

just to correct myself

follers March 19, 2017 at 7:27 pm

Probably. Well, I updated it already.

bablah September 17, 2017 at 11:17 am

Looking again at that obituary of Stephen Sentz and these:
I’m pretty certain that Stephen’s parents were Georg/George Sentz and Anna/Helen Stoltz.

George was probably incorrectly listed as brother on this census:

cdonorab October 28, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Correction he has Danish ancestry as well. Sarah De la Matta who was married Levi sheftall was the daughter of a Danish man name Isaac delamotta.

follers October 28, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Isaac DeLamotta was a Sephardi Jew.

cdonorab October 29, 2016 at 7:14 am

That makes sense. All the information from all the trees say he and his father were born in Denmark though. Do you have info for Isaacs wife Sarah canter? From some info I’ve seen her family came from Denmark.

follers October 30, 2016 at 12:05 am
celebfan December 23, 2015 at 10:42 am

He reminds me of Seth Gabel.

cwm85 September 12, 2015 at 9:03 pm


hesh123 August 2, 2015 at 4:50 am

The sad sack eyes tipped me off

ashash January 16, 2014 at 9:52 pm

His great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Emanuel Sheftall, was Jewish. That is so cool. He reminds me of Olivia Wilde, Cara Delevingne, Callan McAliffe, Max Thieriot, and Damian Lewis. They all have distant Jewish ancestry. It’s remarkable how most of them come from British roots, too.

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