Mary Chapin Carpenter

by madman on August 7, 2017

Mary Chapin Carpenter – 30th Annual “Human Rights First” Award Dinner – Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 21, 1958

Ethnicity: English, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, Scottish, smaller amounts of Danish, French/French-Dominican Republic, German, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and Dutch

Mary Chapin Carpenter is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She is the daughter of Mary Bowie (Robertson) and Chapin Carpenter Jr., a Life Magazine executive.

Mary’s ancestry is English, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, Scottish, with small amounts of Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), French, Dutch, and German. One of Mary’s fourth great-grandmothers, Sophie Carre, was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, of French descent. One of Mary’s fourth great-grandfathers, George Louis Hammeken, was evidently born in Tunisia, to a family of Danish consuls in Algeria, Tunisia, and New York. His ancestry is not completely clear, although it likely included Danish and German (his mother’s maiden name, “Gordon”, might imply Scottish ancestry).

Mary’s paternal grandfather was Chapin Carpenter (the son of James Stratton Carpenter and Lillian Louise Chapin). James was the son of John Thomas Carpenter and Eliza Adelaide Hill. Lillian was the daughter of Asahel Chapin and Louise Jane Horton.

Mary’s paternal grandmother was Mary Ruth Smyth/Smythe (the daughter of William T. Smyth/Smythe and Mary Reese/Rees). William was born in Schull, Cork, Ireland, to William Smyth/Smythe, who was Cornish, and Elizabeth Caverly, who was Irish. Mary was born in Wales.

Mary’s maternal grandfather was Harrison Marshal/Marshall Robertson (the son of Harrison Robertson and Mary Longley Vawter). Harrison was the son of Harrison Robertson and Eliza Marshall. Mary was the daughter of Charles Erastus Vawter and Virginia Harriet Longley.

Mary’s maternal grandmother was Mary McRae McKenzie/MacKenzie (the daughter of John Pinkerton McKenzie/MacKenzie and Mary Sherwin Rice). John was born in London, England, to American parents, Colin McKenzie/MacKenzie and Christiana Sophia Bowie. Mary was the daugther of Charles Davis Rice and Lucy Ella McRae.

Sources: Genealogies of Mary Chapin Carpenter –

Genealogy of Mary’s father –


Amanda Holden

by madman on June 30, 2017

Amanda Holden – UKTV Live 2016 – Arrivals – BFI Southbank – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos 

Birth Name: Amanda Louise Holden

Place of Birth: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 16 February, 1971

Ethnicity: English, some Cornish

Amanda Holden is an English actress, presenter, and singer. She is the daughter of Judith Mary (Harrison), a secretary, and Frank Vallely Holden, a petty officer in the Merchant Navy.

Amanda’s paternal grandparents were Frank Holden (the son of George Henry Holden) and Grace Carridge (the daughter of Richard Carridge).

Amanda’s maternal grandparents were Albert Victor Harrison and Dora Ethel Florence Thomas. Dora’s grandfather was Louis Colin Thomas, who was from Truro, Cornwall.

Source: Family history of Amanda Holden –


Craig Parker

by stlucas on May 18, 2017

Place of Birth: Suva, Viti Levu Island, Fiji

Date of Birth: November 12, 1970

Ethnicity: Scottish (grandfather), Welsh, Danish, English, Cornish

Craig Parker is a Fiji-born New Zealand actor.

Craig’s mother is named Robin. Craig has a brother, David, and a sister, Wendy. They were raised in Auckland, New Zealand.

One of Craig’s grandfather was from Edinburgh, Scotland, and moved to Fiji. Craig’s other roots are said to be Danish, Welsh, English, and Cornish.


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Gwendoline Ruais

by Manila on May 11, 2017

Birth Name: Gwendoline Gaelle Sandrine Ramos Ruais

Place of Birth: Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines

Date of Birth: December 11, 1989

*French, Breton, remote Cornish, remote Italian [Piedmontese] (father)
*Filipino (mother)

Gwendoline Ruais is a French-Filipina beauty queen, model, and actress. She represented the Philippines in the Miss World 2011, in which she was placed first runner-up.

Gwendoline’s father, Vincent Ruais, is French. Gwendoline’s mother, Maria Lourdes “Malou” Ramos, is a Filipina model.

Gwendoline’s paternal grandfather was Pierre Adolphe Emile Ruais (who was a member of the National Assembly for the Paris 28th constituency from December 9, 1958 to April 1, 1973, the son of Edmond Louis Armand Ruais and Marie Marguerite Mathilde Tournois). Edmond was the son of Guillaume Adolphe Ruais and Maria Marguerite Adolphine Froger.

Gwendoline’s paternal grandmother was Gillette Leboucher (the daughter of Paul Jules Marie Leboucher and Clotilde Jéronime Louise Guieysse). Paul was the son of Paul Constant Leboucher and Georgette Agathe Vardon. Clotilde was the daughter of Pierre Georges Guieysse and Clotilde Hélène Marie Rousseau.

Source: Genealogy of Gwendoline Ruais –

Photo by prphotos


Emily Warren

by Manila on April 27, 2017

Birth Name: Emily Warren Schwartz

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

Date of Birth: August 25, 1992

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Cornish, English, French, German, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, as well as remote Danish and Swedish (mother)

Emily Warren is an American singer and songwriter.

She is the daughter of Susan Tate Dwyer and lawyer Carl F. Schwartz.

Emily’s paternal grandparents are Milton “Chic” Schwartz (the son of Hyman “Henry J.” Schwartz and Jennie, also known as Jeannette, Glazer) and Alice. Hyman was an Austrian Jewish immigrant, and was the son of Benjamin “Benny’ Schwartz and Jennie Gruskin. Emily’s great-grandmother Jeannette was the daughter of a Finnish Jewish immigrant, Louis Glazer, and a Russian Jewish immigrant, Fannie Epstein.

Emily’s maternal grandfather was Frank Xavier Dwyer (the son of Hugh Leo Dwyer, Sr. and Ruth Stier). Hugh was of Irish descent, and was the son of Francis Hugh “Frank” Dwyer and Anna Isabelle “Annie” Morris, who was from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Ruth was the daughter of Francis Herman Stier and Rosalie Conner.

Emily’s maternal grandmother was Betty Lou Crisp (the daughter of Joseph Shelby Crisp and Hazel Ivy Fleetwood). Joseph was the son of Monroe Polk Crisp and Jane Medora Tate. Hazel was the daughter of Harry Alfred Fleetwood and Isadora Alice “Dora” Simpson.

Emily’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her seventh great-grandmother, Mary Pearce.


Emily’s paternal grandfather, Milton Schwartz, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Emily’s paternal grandfather, Milton “Chic” Schwartz –

Birth record of Emily’s paternal great-grandmother, Jennie Glazer –

Genealogy of Emily’s mother –

Obituary of Emily’s maternal grandfather, Frank Xavier Dwyer –

Birth record of Emily’s maternal great-grandfather, Hugh Leo Dwyer –

Death record of Emily’s maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Shelby Crisp –