Melora Hardin

by madman on January 26, 2018

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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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 G. LeBlanc and Ida Molaison). Victor was born in Louisiana. Thomas was the son of Ursine/Ursin LeBlanc and Nazeda/Lesidia Part. Ida was the daughter of Joseph Elphege Molaison and Marie Alzina Molaison.

Christian’s paternal grandmother was Frosalie Albina Watkins (the daughter of Gilbert L. Watkins and Cecila “Lillie” King). Frosalie was born in Louisiana. Gilbert was the son of Layfayette/Lafayette Watkins and Rosalie/Frosalie/Forzile Martin.

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

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

Sources: Genealogies and obituaries of Christian’s parents –

Marriage record of Christian’s parents –

Genealogy of Christian’s paternal grandfather, Victor Alfred LeBlanc –

Information about Christian’s LeBlanc ancestors –

Genealogy of Christian’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Joseph Elphege Molaison (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Christian’s paternal great-grandfather, Gilbert L. Watkins, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Christian’s mother –

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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

*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 –

Genealogy of Jordana’s maternal grandfather, John Alvin O’Quin (through John’s sister, Hazel O’Quin Johnson) –

Obituary of Jordana’s maternal grandfather, John Alvin O’Quin –

Genealogy of Jordana’s maternal great-grandmother, Florence Guillaumin –

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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). William was born in Louisiana. 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). Madge was born in Louisiana. 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). Edward was born in Louisiana. 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). Pearl was born in Louisiana. 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) –

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

Genealogy of Bobby’s paternal grandmother, Madge Mae Walker –

Genealogy of Bobby Kimball (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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

Genealogy of Bobby’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogies of Bobby’s maternal great-grandmother, Elodie “Lo” Granger –


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) –

Genealogy of Shannon’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) –

Shannon’s maternal great-grandfather, Charles J. Metrejean, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Shannon’s maternal grandmother, Ruby Mae Russell, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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

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

Genealogy of Shannon’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Henry Marshall Hoffpauir –

Shannon’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Henry Marshall Hoffpauir, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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