Dick Gregory

by follers on August 20, 2017

Birth Name: Richard Claxton Gregory

Date of Birth: October 12, 1932

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Death: August 19, 2017

Place of Death: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Ethnicity: African-American

Dick Gregory was an American civil rights activist, comedian, actor, social critic, writer, and entrepreneur.

He was a write-in candidate for President of the United States for the Freedom and Peace Party in 1968.

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Mercedes Scelba-Shorte

by stlucas on August 20, 2017

Birth Name: Mercedes Yvette Scelba-Shorte

Place of Birth: New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 24, 1981

*African-American (father)
*Italian/Sicilian, Irish (mother)

Mercedes Scelba-Shorte is an American model and actress. Mercedes is most known for placing second on the second season of America’s Next Top Model.

Mercedes is the daughter of Mary A. (Scelba) and Keith Darnell Shorte. Mercedes’s father is African American. Mercedes’ mother has Italian/Sicilian and Irish ancestry. Mercedes’ stepfather, John S. Ho, has Chinese roots.

Mercedes’ maternal grandfather was Anthony J. Scelba (the son of Luigi/Louis Scelba and Sebastiana Fili). Anthony was born in New Jersey, to parents from Mistretta, Messina, Sicily, Italy. Luigi was the son of Antonino Scelba and Annunzie Dimariano. Sebastiana was the daughter of Sebastiano Fili and Lucia Bangarra.

Mercedes’ maternal grandmother was Purissima Gaffney (the daughter of John J. Gaffney and Josephine D. McGrath). John was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Ireland. Josephine was also born in Pennsylvania, to a father from Ireland, James McGrath, and a mother from Maryland, Mary Ann Printy, who was of Irish descent.

Sources: Marriage record of Mercedes’ maternal great-grandparents, Luigi/Louis Scelba and Sebastiana Fili – http://www.familysearch.org

Mercedes’ maternal grandfather, Anthony J. Scelba, on the 1940 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Mercedes’ maternal grandmother, Purissima Gaffney, on the 1920 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Mercedes’ maternal grandmother, Purissima (Gaffney) Scelba – http://www.newspapers.com

Obituary of Mercedes’ step-grandfather, Stanley Dzu-Fang Ho – http://www.legacy.com

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Joanne Nosuchinsky

by stlucas on August 20, 2017

Joanne Nosuchinsky – 2013 Jacob’s Cure “Dream Big” Gala – Photo Credit: Marco Sagliocco / PRPhotos.com 

Place of Birth: Freehold Township, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 26, 1988

Ethnicity: Ukrainian, Italian

Joanne Nosuchinsky is an American actress, beauty pageant titleholder, and television personality. Joanne was the winner of Miss New York USA 2013.

Joanne has stated that she has Italian and Ukrainian roots.

Sources: http://www.twitter.com



Terry Sanford

by follers on August 20, 2017

Birth Name: James Terry Sanford

Date of Birth: August 20, 1917

Place of Birth: Laurinburg, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Death: April 18, 1998

Place of Death: Durham, North Carolina

Ethnicity: English

Terry Sanford was an American politician and educator. A member of the Democratic Party, he was Governor of North Carolina, from January 5, 1961 to January 8, 1965, President of Duke University, from 1969 to 1985, and a U.S. Senator from North Carolina, from November 5, 1986 to January 3, 1993.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1972 and 1976.

Terry was the son of Elizabeth Terry (Martin) and Cecil Leroy Sanford.

He was married to Margaret Rose Knight, with whom he had two children.

Terry’s paternal grandparents were James D. Sanford and Lou W. Oates.

Terry’s maternal grandparents were David Terry Martin and Gillie Wilson Darst (the daughter of Thomas Welch Darst and Margaret Rebecca Glendy). Thomas was the son of Benjamin Darst and Elizabeth Welch.

Sources: Genealogy of Terry Sanford – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Terry Sanford (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com


Birch Bayh

by follers on August 20, 2017

Birth Name: Birch Evans Bayh, Jr.

Place of Birth: Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 22, 1928

Ethnicity: German, English, Welsh, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish

Birch Bayh is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a U.S. Senator from Indiana, from January 3, 1963 to January 3, 1981.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1976.

Birch is the son of Leah Ward (Hollingsworth) and Birch Bayh (Birch Evans Bayh), an NCAA head basketball coach. He has two children, including Evan Bayh, who was Governor of Indiana, from 1989 to 1997, and a U.S. Senator from Indiana, from 1999 to 2011. Birch’s first wife, Marvella Bayh, was a cancer activist, and died from breast cancer.

Birch’s paternal grandfather was Frederick C. Bayh (the son of Christopher Bayh and Christina Crauf). Frederick was born in Indiana, to German parents, from Württemburg.

Birch’s paternal grandmother was Nettie/Mettie Evans (the daughter of Jesse Lewis Evans and Elizabeth Ann Evans). Jesse was the son of Samuel Evans and Marjorie/Margery Moddrell/Modrell. Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry Evans.

Birch’s maternal grandfather was John Harrison Hollingsworth (the son of James Hollingsworth and Mary Catherine Dovel). James was the son of George Hollingsworth and Nancy McGowan/McCowan. Mary Catherine was the daughter of Peter Dovel, whose father was English, and of Elizabeth Ann Keyser.

Birch’s maternal grandmother was Mary Katherine Ward (the daughter of Anderson Ward and Elizabeth Jane Rolls/Roll). Anderson was the son of Elijah McGowan Ward and Mary Collins. Elizabeth was the daughter of Edward Roll and Nancy Beard, whose father was Irish.

Sources: Genealogies of Birch Bayh – https://web.archive.org