Christopher Gorham

by stlucas on May 21, 2017

Birth Name: Christopher David Gorham

Place of Birth: Fresno, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 14, 1974

Ethnicity: German (including Alsatian), English, French, Irish

Christopher Gorham is an American actor.

Christopher is the son of Cathryn Janis (Hof) and David Lee Gorham.

Christopher’s paternal grandfather was Emory Lee Gorham (the son of Wheeler Thomas Gorham and Dorothy Leona Lewis). Dorothy was the daughter of Ira/Ora Lewis and Evelian Garland.

Christopher’s paternal grandmother was Bonnie Mae Edwards.

Christopher’s maternal grandfather was Elmer Adolph Hof (the son of Paul B. Hof and Lillie E.). Paul was born in Wisconsin, to parents from Germany.

Christopher’s maternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Kiene (the daughter of Albert L. Kiene and Mary Lydia “Mamie” Barnes). Albert was born in Ohio, the son of Frank Kiene and Rose Doriot, who were from Alsace, France, and were likely of German and French descent, respectively. Christopher’s great-grandmother Mary Lydia was the daughter of George W. Barnes and Elizabeth J. Kirkpatrick, who was born in Ohio, to parents from Ireland.

Sources: Birth record of Christopher Gorham –

Marriage record of Christopher’s parents, David Lee Gorham and Cathryn Janis Hof –

Birth record of Christopher’s father, David Lee Gorham –

Birth record of Christopher’s paternal grandfather, Emory Lee Gorham –

Christopher’s paternal grandfather, Emory Lee Gorham, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Christopher’s mother, Cathryn Janis Hof –

Obituary of Christopher’s maternal grandfather, Elmer Adolph Hof –

Christopher’s maternal great-grandfather, Paul B. Hof, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Christopher’s maternal grandmother, Mary Elizabeth (Kiene) Hof –

Birth record of Christopher’s, maternal great-grandmother, Mary Lydia Barnes –

Christopher’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Lydia Barnes, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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Carlton Cuse

by stlucas on May 18, 2017

Birth Name: Arthur Carlton Cuse

Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico

Date of Birth: March 22, 1959

Ethnicity: German (including Baltic and Alsatian), some French, possibly other

Carlton Cuse is a Mexican-born American screenwriter and producer.

Carlton is the son of Susan Sophia (Spurzem) and Arthur Robert Cuse. Carlton’s parents are American. Carlton was raised Catholic in Massachusetts and California, U.S.

Carlton’s paternal grandfather was Robert Cuse (the son of Waldemar Cuse and Margaret Berzan). Robert was an engineer and businessperson, and was born in either Russia or Latvia, of Baltic German descent.

Carlton’s paternal grandmother was Sophia/Sophie Dolgin (the daughter of Bernard Dolgin and Raisa Astrow). Sophia was born in Russia, and was possibly Jewish.

Carlton’s maternal grandfather was Raymond Jacob Spurzem (the son of Clemens/Clement W. Spurzem and Mary Schmitz). Clemens’ father, John Jacob Spurzem, was born in Mayen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the son of Peter L. Spurzem and Anna Halden/Spatza. Clemens’ mother, Barbara Bourgeois, was also born in Germany, the daughter of John Peter Bourgeois, who was from Alsace-Lorraine, and of Helene Klauck.

Carlton’s maternal grandmother was Mary Henslen.

Sources: Carlton’s father, Arthur Robert Cuse, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Carlton’s paternal grandparents, Robert Cuse and Sophia/Sophie Dolgin –

Carlton’s paternal grandparents, Robert Cuse and Sophia/Sophie Dolgin, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Information about Carlton’s paternal grandfather, Robert Cuse –

Carlton’s mother, Susan Sophia Spurzem, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Carlton’s maternal grandfather, Raymond Jacob Spurzem –

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Rich Sommer

by stlucas on April 27, 2017

Birth Name: Richard Olen Sommer, II

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

Date of Birth: February 2, 1978

Ethnicity: German [including Alsatian German], English, Irish, some French and Dutch

Rich Sommer is an American actor.

Rich is the son of Kathleen (Huffman) and Richard “Dick” Olen Sommer, Sr. He has a brother, Ryan. They were raised in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Rich’s paternal grandfather was John F. Sommer (the son of James Charles Sommer and Ellen Harriet Dick). James’ parents were John Sommer and Annabelle Wheeler. Ellen’s parents were John Wesley Dick and Lorinda Evaline Bailey.

Rich’s paternal grandmother was June J. Rumfield (the daughter of Olen Morris Rumfield and Harriet Kaiser Belle Davidson).

Rich’s maternal grandfather was John D. Huffman (the son of Luther Guss Langdon Huffman and Leona Hayes). Luther was the son of Jefferson Monroe Huffman and Frances Eva Hunt. Leona was the daughter of Thomas E. Hayes and Elizabeth Partin/Pardan/Parton.

Rich’s grandfather John had English, Irish, and German ancestry (with roots in Rhineland-Palatinate, Bavaria, and Hesse, Germany, as well as in Alsace, France).

Rich’s maternal grandmother was Joy Caroline Mack (the daughter of Arthur Frank Mack and Edith Pauline Rizer). Arthur was the son of Johannes Maack (John Mack) and Emma Eva Fredrike Wilhelm. Edith was the daughter of Charles Clement Rizer and Nina Bird Baker.

Rich’s great-grandfather Arthur was born in Ohio, to parents from Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Rich’s great-grandmother Edith was born in Ohio, of English, Irish, and German, as well as some French, and Dutch, descent. Two of her ancestors were Laurens Jansen de Camp, who was born, c. 1645, in Picardy, France, and his wife Altje Elsie Mandeville, who was born, c. 1649, in the Netherlands.

Sources: Genealogy of Rich Sommer (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Rich’s mother, Kathleen Huffman –

Obituary of Rich’s maternal uncle (mother’s brother), Patrick L. Huffman –

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Diablo Cody

by stlucas on April 18, 2017

Birth Name: Brook M. Busey

Place of Birth: Lemont, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 14, 1978

*English, German [including Alsatian German] (father)
*Italian (mother)

Diablo Cody is an American journalist, screenwriter, producer, memoirist, author, and exotic dancer.

Diablo is the daughter of Pamela “Pam” Mary and Gregory “Greg” F. Busey. Her father has English and German (including Alsatian) ancestry. Her mother is of Italian descent.

Diablo’s paternal grandfather was Clinton M. Busey (the son of Clinton Matthew Busey and Mary Ann Foster). Diablo’s great-grandfather Clinton was the son of Clinton John Simpson Busey and Carolina Maria Snyder.

Diablo’s paternal grandmother was Vera A. Sanderson (the daughter of Walter Sanderson and Emily Lucretia Gregory). Walter was the son of Frederick Sanderson and Celestia Horton. Emily was the daughter of Knudt Gregory and Amy Lurinda Bliss.

Sources: Genealogy of Diablo’s father, Gregory “Greg” F. Busey –

Diablo’s paternal grandfather, Clinton M. Busey, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Fred Weller

by stlucas on April 6, 2017

Birth Name: Frederick B. Weller

Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 18, 1970

Ethnicity: Italian (maternal grandmother), German (including Alsatian German), English, at least 1/8 Irish, French

Fred Weller is an American stage, film, and television actor.

Fred was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Carole (Breithoff) and Francis Weller. Fred’s father is of English, German, Irish, and French ancestry. Fred’s mother is of half Italian descent, along with German, Alsatian German, and some Irish, roots.

Fred is a first cousin of actor Peter Weller. Fred’s father, Francis, and Peter’s father, Frederick, were siblings.

Fred’s paternal grandfather was Garald Paul Weller (the son of Frederick/Fred Albert Weller and Theresa K. Elsner). Fred’s great-grandfather Frederick was the son of George Perry Weller and Julia Ann Knickerbocker. Theresa was German, and was born in Ravensburg, Baden-Württemberg, the daughter of Josef/Joseph Elsner and Katrina/Katharina/Catherine Elisabetha Fuchs.

Fred’s paternal grandmother was Gladys Mae Willett (the daughter of Bradford/Bradley Willard Willett and Ella Frances Smith). Bradford was the son of Hubert/Herbert/Hibbard Ouellet/Wilett/Willett, who was French, and of Malvina E. Hill. Ella was the daughter of Oswin/Orin Sutton Smith and Sarah Elizabeth Clark, who was from County Donegal, Ireland.

Fred’s maternal grandfather was Peter Patrick Breithoff (the son of William James Breithoff and Anna Walch). William was the son of Charles Breithoff and Mary McQuirk, who was born in Ireland. Anna was the daughter of Charles/Carl Walch/Walsch, who was from Dettwiller, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France, and was likely an ethnic German, and of Louisa Schaad.

Fred’s maternal grandmother was Josephine Manzella (the daughter of Anthony “Tony” Manzella and Francisca). Anthony and Francisca were born in Italy.

Sources: Genealogy of Fred’s father, Francis Weller –

Genealogies of Fred’s paternal great-grandparents, Garald Paul Weller and Gladys Mae (Willett) Weller –

Obituary of Fred’s uncle (mother’s brother), Peter Breithoff –

Genealogy of Fred’s maternal grandfather, Peter Patrick Breithoff –

Genealogy of Fred’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Charles/Carl Walch/Walsch –

Fred’s maternal grandmother, Josephine Manzella, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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