by madman on March 29, 2017

Birth Name: Jidenna Theodore Mobisson

Place of Birth: Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, United States

Date of Birth: May 4, 1985

*Igbo Nigerian (father)
*English, German, Dutch (mother)

Jidenna is a Nigerian-American singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Jidenna is the son of Tama, an accountant, and Oliver Mobisson (Oliver Udemmadu Ogbonnia Mobisson), an academic. His father was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, of Igbo Nigerian descent. His mother, who is American, has English, German, Dutch, and possibly other, ancestry. Jidenna grew up in Nigeria for the first years of his life, and moved back to the United States at age six.

Two of Jidenna’s great-grandparents were Ralph Heer Buck and Louise Amidon Bethel. Ralph was the son of William W. Buck and Katherine Hur/Heer, who was of German descent. Louise was the daughter of Louis Prentiss Bethel and Harriet “Hattie” Morse.

Sources: Obituary of Jidenna’s great-uncle, Robert Buck – http://www.legacy.com

Genealogy of Jidenna’s great-grandmother, Louise Amidon Bethel – http://www.ancestry.com

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Matt Walsh

by madman on March 27, 2017

Birth Name: Matthew Paul Walsh

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Date of Birth: October 13, 1964

Ethnicity: Irish (father), Slovenian (maternal grandfather), English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Dutch, 1/2048th African

Matt Walsh is an American actor, comedian, director, and writer.

Matt is the son of Audrey J. (Gosack) and Richard “Dick” Jude Walsh. Matt’s father was of Irish descent. Matt’s mother has Slovenian ancestry on one side, and English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Scottish, and Dutch, on the other. Through his maternal grandmother, Matt is also descended from James Pendarvis (Matt’s eighth great-grandfather), who was born 1723, to Joseph Pendarvis, who was white, and Parthenia, an African slave. This makes Matt of 1/2048th African descent.

Matt’s paternal grandfather was Patrick Francis Walsh (the son of Michael Walsh and Mary Grady). Patrick was an Irish immigrant, from County Mayo, Ireland.

Matt’s paternal grandmother was Agnes Bridget Gavin (the daughter of Michael Gavin and Mary McGreal). Agnes was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Irish parents.

Matt’s maternal grandparents were Michael Peter Gosack (the son of Michael Anton Gosack and Theresa J. Lorenci). Matt’s great-grandparents Michael and Theresa were Yugoslavian immigrants, likely of Slovenian descent. Matt’s great-grandfather Michael was the son of Franz Gosack and Mary Berevadt.

Matt’s maternal grandmother was Edith Lorraine Thompson (the daughter of Luther Otto Thompson and Zetta Corene Fry). Luther was the son of Thomas Twigg Thompson and Susan Jane Day. Zetta was the daughter of Henry Lee Fry and Pearl Viola Palmer.

Sources: Obituary of Matt’s father – http://www.legacy.com

Genealogy of Matt’s father (through his sister, Mary Agnella Walsh) – https://www.wikitree.com

Matt’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Matt’s maternal grandfather, Michael Peter Gosack – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Matt’s maternal great-grandparents, Michael Anton Gosack and Theresa J. Lorenci, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Matt’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Thomas Twigg Thompson (through Thomas’s brother, Benjamin M. Thompson) – http://www.ancestry.co.uk

Genealogies of Matt’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Louisa Garrett – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Matt’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, William B. Garrett – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Matt’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Frances Ann Young – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Matt’s maternal fifth great-grandfather, James Wood Pendarvis – https://www.geni.com

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Evan Longoria

by bearboy on March 27, 2017

Birth Name: Evan Michael Longoria

Place of Birth: Downey, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 7, 1985

*Mexican, English, Dutch (father)
*Slovak, Ukrainian (mother)

Evan Longoria is an American professional baseball player.

Evan is the son of Mary Ellen “Ellie” (Kristoff) and Michael Allan “Mike” Longoria. His father is of Mexican, English, and Dutch, descent. His mother has Slovak and Ukrainian ancestry.

Evan’s paternal grandfather was Alfred Lincoln Longoria (the son of Alfred Muses Longoria and Mary Louise Mata). Evan’s great-grandfather Alfred was the son of ? Longoria and ? Moses.

Evan’s paternal grandmother was Irene Flora Osterhoudt (the daughter of Charles Robt Osterhoudt and Sylvia G. Booth). Charles was the son of Frank Osterhoudt and Ethel Johnson. Sylvia was Canadian.

Evan’s maternal grandfather was John Edward Kristoff (the son of John Edward Kristoff/Kristofsky and Mary Zirney). Evan’s great-grandfather John was likely the son of Andrew Kristofsky and Anna Jarko/Jurko, who were Slovak immigrants. Mary was born in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John Zirney and Julia Bosko, both from Austria, possibly also of Slovak descent.

Evan’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Uram (the daughter of Harry K. Uram and Anna Turek). Harry and Anna were born in Ukraine.

Sources: http://www.tampabay.com

Marriage record of Evan’s paternal grandparents, Alfred Lincoln Longoria and Irene Flora Osterhoudt – https://familysearch.org

Evan’s paternal grandfather, Alfred Lincoln Longoria, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Evan’s paternal great-grandfather, Charles Robt Osterhoudt, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Evan’s maternal grandparents, John Edward Kristoff and Dorothy Uram – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Evan’s maternal great-grandparents, John Edward Kristoff/Kristofsky and Mary Zirney – https://familysearch.org

Evan’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Uram, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Dorothy Uram on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Evan’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy (Uram) Kristoff – http://www.legacy.com

Likely Evan’s maternal great-grandfather, John Edward Kristoff/Kristofsky, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Winthrop Rockefeller

by follers on March 21, 2017

Date of Birth: May 1, 1912

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

Date of Death: February 22, 1973

Place of Death: Palm Springs, California

Ethnicity: English, with small amounts of Dutch, German, and Welsh

Winthrop Rockefeller was an American politician and philanthropist. A Republican, he served as Governor of Arkansas, from January 10, 1967 to January 12, 1971.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1968.

Winthrop was the son of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (born Abigail Greene Aldrich), a socialite and philanthropist, and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (John Davison Rockefeller, Jr.), a philanthropist and businessperson. His parents were both from wealthy, prominent families. He was a sibling of prominent businesspeople and philanthropists Abby Rockefeller Mauzé, John D. Rockefeller III, Nelson Rockefeller, Laurance Rockefeller, and David Rockefeller. Nelson, who was also a politician, was Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973, and the 41st Vice President of the United States, from December 19, 1974 to January 20, 1977.

His ancestry was English, with small amounts of Dutch, German, and Welsh.

Winthrop’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to Johann Peter Rockefeller, who was born, c. 1681, in Westerwald, Kurpfalz, Heiliges Römisches Reich, Germany.

Winthrop’s paternal grandfather was John D. Rockefeller (John Davison Rockefeller, the son of William Avery Rockefeller and Elizabeth “Eliza” Davison). John co-founded the Standard Oil Company. William was the son of Godfrey Lewis Rockefeller and Lucy Avery. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Davison and Sytje/Sycha “Cynthia” Selover.

Winthrop’s paternal grandmother was Laura Spelman Rockefeller (born Laura Celestia Spelman, the daughter of Harvey Buel Spelman and Lucy Henry). Laura was an abolitionist, philanthropist, and schoolteacher. Harvey was the son of Samuel Buel Spelman and Laura Seymour. Lucy was the daughter of William Henry and Rachel Frary.

Winthrop’s maternal grandfather was Nelson W. Aldrich (Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich, the son of Anan Evans Aldrich and Abby Ann Burgess). Nelson Aldrich was a prominent politician, who was a Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, from 1875 to 1876, a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Rhode Island, from 1879 to 1881, and a U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, from 1881 to 1911. Winthrop’s great-grandfather Anan was the son of Job Aldrich and Jane Libby Jones. Winthrop’s great-grandmother Abby was the daughter of Gideon Burgess and Phoebe/Phebe Williams.

Winthrop’s maternal grandmother was Abigail “Abby” Pearce/Pierce Truman Chapman (the daughter of Francis Morgan Chapman and Lucy Anne Truman). Francis was the son of Amos Chapman and Amy Morgan. Lucy was the daughter of Jonathan Truman and Mary Willet/Willett.

Winthrop was a descendant of William Brewster (c. 1566-1644), a Mayflower passenger and noted Pilgrim. Among many of William’s other descendants are actors Jordana Brewster, Paget Brewster, Chevy Chase, Seth MacFarlane, and Brandon Routh, and Massachusetts Governor William Weld.

Sources: Genealogies of Winthrop Rockefeller – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Winthrop Rockefeller (through Winthrop’s brother, Nelson Rockefeller) – https://famouskin.com


Jean-Marc Barr

by madman on March 21, 2017

Place of Birth: Bitburg, West Germany

Date of Birth: September 27, 1960

*Irish, English, German, Dutch (father)
*French (mother)

Jean-Marc Barr is a French-American actor and director. He was born in Bitburg, West Germany, to a French mother, Madeleine M., and an American father, Harold Eugene Barr.

Jean-Marc’s paternal grandfather was Hugh Maxwell Barr (the son of Daniel James Barr and Elzarah Francis Genther). Daniel was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, James Barr and Susan Bayle. Elzarah was the daughter of John G. Genther, who was German, and Abigail Pillars.

Jean-Marc’s paternal grandmother was Della Jane Newkirk (the daughter of John Everett Newkirk and Louella Jane Flora). John was the son of Benjamin Newkirk and Elizabeth H. Newman. Louella was the daughter of John Wiggins Flora and Isabella Jane Herndon.

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

Jean-Marc’s paternal grandfather, Hugh Maxwell Barr, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Jean-Marc’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Abigail Pillars – http://www.ancestry.co.uk

Genealogy of Jean-Marc’s father (through his sister, Arlene Lorraine Barr; focusing on his own mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Jean-Marc’s paternal grandmother, Della Jane Newkirk – http://www.ancestry.com

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