Birth Name: Melissa Marie Benoist
Place of Birth: Harris, Texas, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 4, 1988
Ethnicity: German, English, Scottish, 1/8th French
Melissa Benoist is an American actress and singer. She is married to actor and singer Blake Jenner.
Melissa’s paternal grandfather was James Herbert/Hubert Benoist (the son of Edgar Jacob/James Benoist and Helen Marie Hachting). Edgar was the son of Leon Benoist and Mary Augustine Barteau, and was of French descent. Helen was the daughter of George Washington Hachting and Rosalie “Rose” Lucas.
Melissa’s paternal grandmother was Patricia Ann Logan (the daughter of James V. Logan and Frances Ann Bittick). Frances was the daughter of James C. Bittick and Julia M. Roth.
Melissa’s maternal grandfather was Norbourne Alan Smith (the son of Norbourne Eggelston Smith and Marguerite Willa Fishburn). Melissa’s great-grandfather Norbourne was the son of Norbourne Preston Smith and Lillian P. Whitmore. Marguerite was the daughter of John Nathan Fishburn and Susan Ann Stillman.
Melissa’s maternal grandmother is Martha Ann Ramsey (the daughter of John Alex Ramsey, Jr. and Amar Sue Davis). John was the son of John Alex Ramsey and Eva Lou Towers. Amar was the daughter of Dennis Lee Davis and Lillian Lucille Bassham.
Sources: Genealogy of Melissa Benoist – http://famouskin.com
Obituary of Melissa’s paternal grandmother, Patricia Ann (Logan) Benoist Deal – http://www.genlookups.com
Melissa (left) with Blake Jenner
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