Johnny Carson

by madman on January 18, 2017

Navy portrait of Johnny Carson

Birth Name: John William Carson

Date of Birth: October 23, 1925

Place of Birth: Corning, Iowa, United States

Date of Death: January 23, 2005

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States

Ethnicity: English, with some Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), German, Dutch, French, distant Scottish and Swiss-German

Johnny Carson was an American comedian and television host. He was the host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson from 1962 to 1992.

Johnny was the son of Ruth E. (Hook) and Homer “Kit” Lloyd Carson.

Johnny’s paternal grandfather was Christopher N. Carson (the son of Marshall Carson and Emilene Kellogg). Marshall was the son of William Carson and Dorothy Nye. Emeline was the daughter of Amos Kellogg and Rebecca Wilson Carver.

Johnny’s paternal grandmother was Ella B. Hardy (the daughter of Samuel Tomlinson Hardy and Viola Millicent Vincent). Samuel was the son of James Hardy and Minerva Tomlinson. Viola was the daughter of Ezra Vincent and Catherine Colburn/Colborn.

Johnny’s maternal grandfather was George William Hook (the son of William Hook and Sophronia Barnett). Johnny’s great-grandfather William was the son of James Grant Hook and Sarah Lyle.

Johnny’s maternal grandmother was Jessie Elton Boyd (the daughter of John Saylor Boyd and Cynthia Simildie Elton Raynolds). Johnny’s great-grandfather John was the son of John Boyd, who was born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and of Eliza Saylor. Cynthia Simildie was the daughter of George Washington Raynolds and Elizabeth Millar.

Sources: Genealogies of Johnny Carson – https://www.geni.com

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


Juliet Rylance

by madman on January 14, 2017

Birth Name: Juliet Katherine Van Kampen

Place of Birth: Hammersmith, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: July 26, 1979

Ethnicity: English, some German, remote Dutch

Juliet Rylance is a British actress.

Juliet is the daughter of Claire Louise van Kampen, a director, composer, and playwright, and Christopher R. van Kampen, an architect. Her sister was photographer Nataasha van Kampen. Her stepfather is actor Mark Rylance. She is married to actor Christian Camargo.

Juliet’s father Christopher is said to have both the surname “van Kampen” and “Perret”. It is not clear which, if any, of these surnames is his birth name (the marriage record of Juliet’s parents lists him as “Christopher R. van Kampen”), and what his nationality is (the surname “Perret” is French).

Juliet is a first cousin, once removed, of cellist Christopher van Kampen. Juliet’s great-grandparents, Kurt Wilhelm van Kampen and Harriet Louisa Royle, were also Christopher’s paternal grandparents.

Juliet does not have any Dutch ancestry through her “van Kampen” line (it appears that the surname was originally “von Kampen”), although she does have Dutch roots through her German great-grandfather’s other lines.

Juliet’s maternal grandfather was Paul Emmanuel Kurt van Kampen (the son of Kurt Wilhelm van Kampen and Harriet Louisa Royle). Juliet’s great-grandfather Kurt was born in Gotha, Germany, the son of Johann Albert van Kampen and Laura Magdalene Momber.

Juliet’s maternal grandmother was Ruth V. Relph (who was likely the daughter of George F. Relph and Maud Penton).

Sources: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Genealogy of Juliet’s maternal great-grandfather, Kurt Wilhelm van Kampen – http://www.fehrgenealogy.com

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Walt Whitman

by savanna on January 10, 2017

Birth Name: Walter Whitman

Date of Birth: May 31, 1819

Place of Birth: West Hills, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: March 26, 1892

Place of Death: Camden, New Jersey, U.S.

*English (father)
*Dutch, Welsh (mother)

Walt Whitman was an American poet, essayist, and journalist.

Walt was the son of Louisa Van (Velsor) and Walter Whitman. His father was “of English stock, descended from Puritans who had moved to Huntington in the 17th century.” His mother was of Dutch and Welsh descent.

Walt’s paternal grandfather was Jesse Whitman (the son of Nehemiah Whitman and Phoebe “Sarah” White). Nehemiah was the son of Joseph Whitman and Sarah Ketcham.

Walt’s paternal grandmother was Hannah Platt Brush (the daughter of Tredwell Brush and Hannah Platt). Tedwell was the son of Isaac Brush and Sarah Platt. Hannah was the daughter of Epenetus Platt and Sarah Scudder.

Walt’s maternal grandparents were and Cornelius Van Velsor and Amy Williams (the daughter of John Williams and Mary Woolley).

Sources: Genealogy of Walt Whitman – https://famouskin.com

The Solitary Singer: A Critical Biography of Walt Whitman (1955), by Gay Wilson Allen


Andy Grammer

by madman on January 6, 2017

Birth Name: Andrew Grammer

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 3, 1983

Ethnicity: German, English, Swedish, Irish, distant Dutch

Andy Grammer is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He is the son of Kathryn Jean (Willoughby) and Red Grammer (Robert Crane Grammer), a musician.

Andy is a third cousin of actor and entertainer Kelsey Grammer, and a third cousin, once removed, of Kelsey’s daughter, actress and beauty queen Greer Grammer. Andy and Kelsey share paternal great-great-grandparents.

Andy’s paternal grandfather was Allen Halstead Grammer (the son of Allen Luther Grammer and Malvina Augusta Halstead). Andy’s great-grandfather Allen was the son of Allen Jefferson Davis Grammer and Clara Frances Brinkerhoff. Malvina was the daughter of Charles D. Halstead and Fanny I.

Andy’s paternal grandmother was Katharine Jane Krom (the daughter of Charles Sahler Krom and Katharine Banks).

Andy’s maternal grandfather was David John Willoughby (the son of Ross Albert Willoughby and Helen Pauline Swanson). Ross was the son of David Willoughby and Ellen Hanrahan. Andy’s great-grandmother Helen was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Swedish parents, John Swanson and Minnie Paulson.

Andy’s maternal grandmother was Florence L.

Sources: Genealogy of Andy Grammer (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.ancestry.com

Andy’s maternal grandfather, David John Willoughby, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of maternal grandfather, David John Willoughby – https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net

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Nicky Romero

by madman on December 22, 2016

Birth Name: Nick Rotteveel

Place of Birth: Amerongen, Netherlands

Date of Birth: January 6, 1989

Ethnicity: Dutch

Nicky Romero is a Dutch DJ, record producer, musician, and remixer.

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