Ryan Zimmerman

by bearboy on March 22, 2017

Birth Name: Ryan Wallace Zimmerman

Place of Birth: Washington, North Carolina

Date of Birth: September 28, 1984

Ethnicity: German, English, likely other

Ryan Zimmerman is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Ryan Zimmerman is the son of Keith Lloyd Zimmerman and Cheryl L (Wallace) Zimmerman. Zimmerman is a German surname and Wallace is usually English or Scottish.

Source: http://www.jockbio.com


John Waters

by madman on March 22, 2017

Birth Name: John Samuel Waters

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Date of Birth: April 22, 1946

Ethnicity: Irish, English, German, Welsh, Scottish, French

John Waters is an American director, screenwriter, visual artist, author, actor, journalist, comedian, and art collector. He is the son of Patricia Ann (Whitaker) and John Samuel Waters.

John’s paternal grandfather was Somerset Rawlings Waters (the son of Samuel Davis Waters and Florence Owings). Samuel was the son of Somerset Rawlings Waters and Rachel Davis. Florence was the daughter of Edwin Uriah Owings and Achsah Elizabeth Bradford.

John’s paternal grandmother was Lilian Eugenia Anderson/Thomas.

John’s maternal grandfather was Clifford Edward Whitaker (the son of Clifford C. Whitaker and Bertha E.). John’s great-grandfather Clifford was the son of Edmund Simmons Whitaker and Mary McFarland, whose parents were Irish.

John’s maternal grandmother was Ann Stella/Estella Neville (the daughter of John J. Neville and Mary C.). John was born in Maryland, to Irish parents, Patrick Neville and Catharine. Mary C.’s father was born in Ireland, and her mother was born in Pennsylvania.

Sources: Genealogies of John Waters – http://www.wargs.com

Genealogy of John Waters (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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Ian Roberts

by madman on March 22, 2017

Birth Name: Ian Michael Roberts

Place of Birth: Queens, New York City, New York, United States

Date of Birth: July 29, 1965

Ethnicity: English, possibly other

Ian Roberts is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is the son of Penelope “Penny” M. (Robinson/Tharme) and Donald Bennett Roberts.

Ian’s paternal grandfather was Carroll Nathanial Roberts (the son of William James Roberts and Nannie Lee Sims). Nannie was the daughter of William S. Sims and Amanda.

Ian’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Bennett (the daughter of Marshall Sherred Bennett and Leta Glo Card). Marshall was the son of Ernest F. Bennett and Lydia D. Leta was the daughter of John Henry Card and Martha Temperance Thomas.

Ian’s maternal grandmother was Fannie Louisa Tharme (the daughter of Fred Tharme and Caroline).

Sources: Genealogy of Ian Roberts – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Ian’s father – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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Nick Wechsler

by stlucas on March 21, 2017

Birth Name: Samuel Nicholas Wechsler

Place of Birth: Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 3, 1978

Ethnicity: English, German, Swiss-German, possibly other

Nick Wechsler is an American actor. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the son of Joseph Adolph Wechsler and Janet Ruth (Latsha).

Nick’s maternal grandfather was George Phillip Latsha. His parents were Samuel Merritt Latsha (the son of Paul Hoffman Latsha and Ellen Knight) and Dora Phillips. Paul’s parents were Samuel Latsha and Lovina Hoffman. Ellen’s parents were Merritt Knight and Melissa Oliver.

George’s surname “Latsha” was originally spelt “Latschar”, and can be traced back to Peter Joseph Latschar, who was born in Latterbach, Switzerland, the son of Hans Heinrich Latschar and Anna Maria. George also had English and German ancestry, with roots in Rhineland-Palatinate and Bavaria, Germany.

Nick’s maternal grandmother was Wilma Jean Lazarine.

Sources: Obituary of Nick’s mother, Janet Ruth (Latsha) Wechsler – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogies of Nick’s maternal grandfather, George Phillip Latsha – https://www.wikitree.com

Genealogies of Nick’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Paul Hoffman Latsha – http://www.genealogy.com


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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, 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