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Christian LeBlanc

by stlucas on December 23, 2017

Christian LeBlanc – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s 50th Anniversary Gala – Arrivals – Beverly Hilton Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos 

Birth Name: Christian Jules LeBlanc

Place of Birth: Fort Bragg, Cumberland, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 25, 1958

Ethnicity: Cajun/French, English, possibly German

Christian LeBlanc is an American actor.

Christian is the son of Alice Marie (Marx) and Victor Andre LeBlanc.

Christian’s father was from a Cajun/French family from Louisiana, and also had English ancestry. Christian’s mother is also from a French family from Louisiana, and possibly also has some German roots.

Christian’s paternal grandfather was Victor Alfred LeBlanc (the son of Thomas LeBlanc and Ida Molaison). Thomas was the son of Ursine LeBlanc and Nazeda. Ida was the daughter of Joseph Molaison and Alzina.

Christian’s paternal grandmother was Frosalie Albina Watkins, the daughter of Gilbert L. Watkins and Lillie King.

Christian’s maternal grandfather was Frank Joseph Marx, Sr.

Christian’s maternal grandmother was Wilhelmina/Williamina Celeste Girault, the daughter of Jules Girault and Alice.

Sources: Birth record of Christian LeBlanc – http://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Christian’s parents – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Christian’s father – http://www.findagrave.com

Obituary of Christian’s mother – http://www.legacy.com

Information about Christian LeBlanc’s ancestors – http://allthingscajun.weebly.com

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Jordana Spiro

by andrew on November 14, 2016

LOS ANGELES - JUL 23:  Jordana Spiro arriving to FOX All-Star Pa

Birth Name: Jordana Ariel Spiro

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 12, 1977

Ethnicity:
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Cajun/French, Irish, English (mother)

Jordana Spiro is an American film and television actress.

Her father was from a Jewish family (from Russia, Belgium, and Germany). Her mother has Cajun/French, Irish, and English ancestry.

Jordana was raised Jewish.

She is married to Matthew Spitzer.

Jordana’s paternal grandfather was Harry Spiro (the son of Jacob Spiro and Jeannette Hirsch). Jacob was born in Louisiana, the son of Joseph Spiro and Adèle Neumann/Newman, who were from Russia. Jeanette was also born in Louisiana, the daughter of Joseph Hirsch, who was born in Belgium, and of Henriette Buel, who was born in Germany.

Jordana’s paternal grandmother was Rebecca Belle Cohen (the daughter of Isaac Cohen and Bella/Belle Lakofsky/Lakowsky). Isaac was born in Louisiana, the son of German-born parents, Robert Cohen and Rosa Lakofsky. Bella was the daughter of Marcus/Marion Lakowsky and Bertha Kahn.

Jordana’s maternal grandfather was John Alvin O’Quin (the son of John Lovett O’Quin and Florence Guillaumin). Jordana’s great-grandfather John was the son of John Lovett O’Quin and Letitia Ann Parks Vernon. Florence was the daughter of Eugene Louis Odin Guillaumin and Emily Martin.

Jordana’s maternal grandmother is named Lottie Vidrine.

Sources: Jordana’s paternal grandfather, Harry Spiro, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Jordana’s maternal grandfather, John Alvin O’Quin (through John’s sister, Hazel O’Quin Johnson) – https://www.wikitree.com

Obituary of Jordana’s maternal grandfather, John Alvin O’Quin – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Jordana’s maternal great-grandmother, Florence Guillaumin – http://www.sharedtree.com

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Bobby Kimball

by madman on August 26, 2016

Birth Name: Robert Tray Kimball

Place of Birth: Orange, Texas, United States

Date of Birth: March 29, 1947

Ethnicity: German, English, along with Cajun (French, Breton, remote Mi’kmaq First Nations), Scottish, Irish, French, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, 1/64th Spanish

Bobby Kimball is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is known as the original lead singer of the rock band Toto. The band’s members also include or previously included Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, and Joseph Williams.

Bobby is the son of Ruby Mae (Frenzel) and Floyd William “Willie” Kimball. He was born in Orange, Texas, and raised in Vinton, Louisiana.

Bobby’s paternal grandfather was William B. Kimball (the son of James David Kimball and Georgia Roseilee Rogillio). James was the son of John Jackey Stanaland Kimball and Eunice Stanley. Georgia was the daughter of George W./E. Rogillio and Sarah F. Murphy.

Bobby’s paternal grandmother was Madge Mae Walker (the daughter of Otis Elmer Walker and Ida Belle Cora Crouch). Otis was the son of Thomas Jefferson Walker and Elizabeth C. Brooks. Ida was the daughter of Montgomery McCall Crouch and Susanna Elizabeth Williamson.

Bobby’s maternal grandfather was Edward Cristian/Christian Frenzel (the son of Frank Frenzel and Adella Miller). Frank and Adella were both born in Louisiana, both of them to German parents.

Bobby’s maternal grandmother was Pearl F. White (the daughter of Thomas D. White and Elodie “Lo” Granger). Thomas was the son of Robert White and Nicy Harris. Elodie was the daughter of Joseph Villeneuve “Vean” Granger, who was Cajun (and also had some English ancestry), and of Sarah Ann Lee.

Sources: Genealogy of Bobby’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Bobby’s paternal great-great-grandfather, George W./E. Rogillio (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Bobby’s paternal grandmother, Madge Mae Walker – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Bobby Kimball (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Bobby’s maternal grandfather, Edward Cristian/Christian Frenzel, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of maternal Bobby’s great-grandmother, Elodie Granger – https://familysearch.org

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Shannon Leto

by andrew on August 25, 2016

3rd Annual Fashion Rocks to Kick Off 2007 New York Fashion Week

Place of Birth: Bossier City, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 9, 1970

Ethnicity: English, Cajun/French, smaller amounts of Irish, German, Scottish, at least 1/512 Spanish, remote Dutch and Mi’kmaq First Nations

Shannon Leto is an American musician and songwriter. He is the drummer of the band Thirty Seconds to Mars, for which his brother, actor Jared Leto, is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter.

Shannon is the son of Constance (Metrejon) and Tony L. Bryant. Leto was the surname of Shannon’s stepfather/adoptive father, Carl Leto (the surname is Italian).

Shannon’s father, who was from Kentucky, had British Isles/English ancestry. Shannon’s mother, who is from Louisiana, has Cajun (French), smaller amounts of English, Irish, German, and Scottish, at least 1/256 Spanish, and remote Dutch and Mi’kmaq First Nations, ancestry. Some of Shannon’s ancestors were born in Acadia (now Canada) and Barbados.

At a concert, Shannon’s brother Jared waved the Spanish flag and stated that his maternal grandfather was of part Spanish descent. One of Shannon’s maternal seven times great-grandfathers, Manuel Quintero, was Spanish, and was born, c. 1745, in Sainte Croix, Canary Islands, Spain. This makes Shannon of 1/512 Spanish descent. It is not clear if he has any other Spanish ancestry, as some people of Cajun descent do.

Shannon’s mother’s Metrejon line can be traced back to Joseph Marie Maitrejean, who was born, c. 1778, in Belle-Île-en-Mer, France, an island off the coast of Brittany.

Shannon’s maternal grandfather was Edmond William “Willie” Lee Metrejon (the son of Charles J. Metrejean and Ethel Ryder). The Metrejon/Metrejean surname had originally been spelled Maitrejean. Charles and Ethel were born in Louisiana. Charles was the son of Joseph-Frédéric Metrejean and Victoire-Octana Savoy. Ethel was the daughter of William/Willie Ryder and Marie Berthilde “Bertha” Wyble.

Shannon’s maternal grandmother was Ruby Mae Russell (the daughter of Joseph Lee Russell and Helen Hessie Hoffpauir/Houfpauir/Huffpain). Joseph was born in Florida, to a father from Alabama, Pat H. Russell, and a mother from Georgia, Ella. Helen was born in Louisiana, to Henry Marshall Hoffpauir (the son of Thomas J. Hoffpauir and Anne Dailey/Daily) and Katherine Euranie/Urina Foreman.

Sources: Genealogies of Shannon Leto (through Shannon’s brother, Jared) (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com
http://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Shannon’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Shannon’s maternal great-grandfather, Charles J. Metrejean, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Shannon’s maternal grandmother, Ruby Mae Russell, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Shannon’s maternal great-grandparents, Joseph Lee Russell and Helen Hessie Hoffpauir/Houfpauir/Huffpain, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Shannon’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen Hessie Hoffpauir/Houfpauir/Huffpain, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Shannon’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Henry Marshall Hoffpauir – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Shannon’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Henry Marshall Hoffpauir, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Don Lemon

by follers on July 14, 2016

Turner Upfront 2016 - Arrivals

Place of Birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 1, 1966

Ethnicity: African-American, some Cajun/French

Don Lemon is an American journalist and television news anchor. He hosts the show CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.

Don’s parents are both black. One of his great-grandfathers was white. A DNA test stated that he has roots in Nigeria, Cameroon, and the Congo.

Don’s maternal grandparents are Frank Bouligney and Mary H. (the daughter of Harry Rivault and Catherine Jackson). Harry was white, the son of Charles Bertrand Rivault, who was French, and of Marie Antoinette Ferbos, who was of Cajun (French) descent. Catherine was the daughter of Henrietta Jackson.

Source: Family history of Don’s mother’s side – http://blogs.ancestry.com

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