Melora Hardin

Birth Name: Melora Diane Hardin

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 29, 1967

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, Cajun French, distant Dutch

Melora Hardin is an American actress and singer. She is the daughter of Diane Elizabeth (Hill) and actor Jerry Hardin (Jerry Wayne Hardin). Melora is married to British actor Gildart Jackson, with whom she has two children.

Melora’s paternal grandfather was Jerry Lee Hardin (the son of Lee P. Hardin and Clementine “Clemmie” Mitchell). Clementine was the daughter of Martha Melinda Mitchell and possibly of George Flowers Palmer.

Melora’s paternal grandmother was Eultina/Ultima Stagg (the daughter of Robert Fulton Stagg and Ola Melissa Burleigh). Robert was the son of Adolph/Adolphe Stagg and Ultima Carentin/Carrentin/Caratine. Ola was the daughter of Gilbert Burleigh and Melissa Buchannon.

Melora’s maternal grandparents were likely Raymond G. Hill (the son of James Abraham Hill and Jessie A. Hysell) and Elizabeth Mae Raether (the daughter of Fred H. Raether and Minnie M. Klinger).

Sources: Genealogy of Melora’s paternal grandfather, Jerry Lee Hardin –

Genealogies of Melora’s paternal grandmother, Eultina/Ultima Stagg (through her own brother, Clayton Buchanan Stagg) –

Genealogy of Melora’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Adolph/Adolphe Stagg (through Adolph’s sister, Elizabeth Stagg) –

Melora’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Ultima Carentin/Carrentin/Caratine, on the 1850 U.S. Census –

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4 Responses

  1. madman says:

    Melora’s great-great-grandmother Ultima was the daughter of Benjamin Carentin/Carrentin/Caratine and Perolie Gentgen Yanzin. I guess their ancestry was simply Cajun, but I still wonder. Benjamin’s surname, or variations of it, appears to be Italian. Perolie’s surname is Russian (of all things), but the rest of her name is of course not very Russian-sounding.

    Anyone who can find anything more about this couple?

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