Ruth Gordon

by madman on August 7, 2018

Birth Name: Ruth Gordon Jones

Date of Birth: October 30, 1896

Place of Birth: Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Death: August 28, 1985

Place of Death: Edgartown, Massachusetts, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, small amounts of German and French, 1/128th African

Ruth Gordon was an American actress, screenwriter, and playwright. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Rosemary’s Baby (1968).

Ruth was the daughter of Annie Tapley (Ziegler/Zeigler) and Clinton Jones, a factory foreman and ship captain. She had English ancestry, with smaller amounts of German and French. Also, Ruth’s sixth great-grandfather, Brand Pendarvis, was the son of Joseph Pendarvis, who was born, c. 1700, in South Carolina, of English descent, and of Parthena, who was an African slave.

Ruth was married to actor Gregory Kelly, until his death, and to writer and director Garson Kanin, until her death. She had a son with producer Jed Harris.

Ruth’s paternal grandfather was John J. Jones (the son of John Jones).

Ruth’s paternal grandmother was Olive Rogers (the daughter of Timothy Rogers and Reliance Cobb). Olive was born in Massachusetts. Timothy was the son of Jonathan Rogers and Hannah Mayo. Reliance was the daughter of Elkanah Cobb and Jerusha Foster.

Ruth’s maternal grandfather was Jacob/Jacon Aquilla Ziegler/Zeigler (the son of Nathaniel Daniel Ziegler/Zeigler and Mary Elizabeth Bruton). Nathaniel was the son of Jacob Zeigler, who was born in South Carolina, to a German father and a French mother, and of Mary Ann Pendarvis.

Ruth’s maternal grandmother was Ada Gordon Byron Beale (the daughter of William Swift Beale and Elizabeth Capernaum Holbrook). Ada was born in Massachusetts. William was the son of Jonathan Beale and Maria Swift. Elizabeth was the daughter of Abel Herbert Holbrook and Elizabeth Capernaum.

Sources: Genealogies of Ruth Gordon –

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

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Cameron Douglas

by madman on August 5, 2018

Cameron Douglas – 7th Annual Legacy of Vision Gala – Arrivals and Inside – Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S Doheny Drive – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Cameron Morrell Douglas

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 13, 1978

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (paternal grandfather), Swiss, French, English, Irish, Welsh, Dutch, Scottish, Belgian

Cameron Douglas is an American actor and writer. He is the son of producer Diandra de Morrell Luker and actor and producer Michael Douglas.

Cameron’s father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent on his own father’s side, and of English, Irish, Welsh, Dutch, Scottish, Belgian, and French descent on his own mother’s. Cameron’s mother has been described as “the daughter of a Swiss-American diplomatic father and an Anglo-French mother.”

Cameron’s paternal grandfather is actor, director, producer, and author Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch; the son of Herschel “Harry” Danielovitch (aka) Demsky and Bryna Sanglel). Kirk was born in New York, to Belarusian Jewish parents.

Cameron’s paternal grandmother was actress Diana Dill (born Diana Love Dill; the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Melville Dill and Ruth Rapalje Neilson). Diana was born in Devonshire, Bermuda. Cameron’s great-grandfather Thomas was born in Devonshire, and was Attorney General of Bermuda, a Member of the Parliament of Bermuda (MCP), and a commanding officer of the Bermuda Militia Artillery. Thomas was the son of Thomas Newbold Dill, a merchant, an MCP for Devonshire Parish, a Member of the Legislative Council and an Assistant Justice, and Mayor of the City of Hamilton; and of Mary Lea Smith. Cameron’s great-grandmother Ruth was born in New Jersey, to a family that had lived in the United States for many generations, and was the daughter of the daughter of Nicholas Bayard Neilson and Sarah Gifford Chapman.


Genealogies of Cameron Douglas (focusing on his father’s side) –

Cameron’s paternal grandfather, Kirk Douglas (then Isadore Demsky), on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Cameron’s paternal great-grandmother, Ruth Rapalje Neilson, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Cameron’s paternal great-grandparents, Nicholas Bayard Neilson and Sarah Gifford Chapman –


Frank Abagnale

by andrew on July 24, 2018

Frank Abagnale – “Catch Me If You Can” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Mann Village Theatre – Westwood, CA, USA – Keywords: Frank Abagnale (movie is based upon his life) – False – – Photo Credit: Lee Roth / RothStock / PR Photos

Birth Name: Frank William Abagnale, Jr.

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

Date of Birth: April 27, 1948

*Italian (father)
*French (mother)

Frank Abagnale is an American security consultant. He is known for his history as a confidence man, check forger, and impostor. His life story inspired the Academy Award-nominated film Catch Me If You Can (2002), starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale.

Frank was born to Catholic parents, Paulette “Paula” Noel (Anton) and Frank William Abagnale, Sr. His father was born in New York, of Italian descent. His mother was born in Oran, Algeria, to French parents.

Frank’s paternal grandparents were Louis Abagnale and Maria “Mary” Alfieri. They were born in Italy. The surname Abagnale is common in Campania. Maria was from Naples, Campania.

Frank’s maternal grandparents were Eugene Anton and Barbara.

Sources: Genealogy of Frank Abagnale –

Death records of Frank’s parents – https://www.findagrave.con

Frank’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Matt Gourley

by stlucas on July 23, 2018

Birth Name: Matthew James Gourley

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

Date of Birth: May 23, 1973

Ethnicity: English, Irish, German, Swiss-German, French

Matt Gourley is an American actor, comedian, and podcaster.

Matt is the son of Katherine Wellford (Warden) and James Walter Gourley III.

Matt’s paternal grandfather was James Walter “Jim” Gourley, Jr. (the son of James Walter Gourley, Sr. and Ida Potter). James Jr. was born in Ohio. James Sr. was born in Ohio, the son of Elmer E. Gourley, whose parents were Irish, and of Mary Belle Kelty. Ida was born in Ohio, the daughter of Fred Potter and Hattie Little.

Matt’s paternal grandmother was Eleanore/Eleanor Mae “Eddy” Kanel (the daughter of William M. “Willie” Kanel and Irene Katherine Slabaugh). Eleanore was born in Ohio. William was born in Ohio, to parents from Switzerland, Gottfried von Kaenel and Anna Rytz. Irene was born in Ohio, the daughter of Alfred Slabaugh and Clara Marchand.

Matt’s maternal grandfather was Guy Lane Warden, Jr. (the son of Guy Lane Warden, Sr. and Lyla Caroline Willey). Guy Jr. was born in Colorado. Guy Sr. was born in Wisconsin, the son of Alfred Martin Warden and Cornelia Murdock. Lyla was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Calvin Lucien Willey and Mary Ann Gallagher.

Matt’s maternal grandmother was Katherine Welford Noland (the daughter of Preston Welford Noland and Rosalie Sinclair Merrill). Katherine was born in Virginia. Preston was born in Virginia, the son of Richard William Noble Noland and Catherine Yates Wellford. Rosalie was born in Virginia, the daughter of George Franklin Merrill and Christiana Curtis Munford.

Sources: Genealogy of Matt Gourley (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Birth record of Matt Gourley –

Marriage record of Matt’s parents –

Obituary of Matt’s paternal grandfather, James “Jim” Gourley, Jr. –

Obituary of Matt’s paternal grandmother, Eleanore/Eleanor Mae “Eddy” (Kanel) Gourley –

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Bill Dubuque

by stlucas on July 20, 2018

Bill Dubuque – “The Accountant” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – TCL Chinese Theatre – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /

Birth Name: William Gabriel Dubuque, Jr.

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: c. 1966

Ethnicity: Irish, French-Canadian, possibly other

Bill Dubuque is an American screenwriter.

Bill is the son of Patricia and William Gabriel “Bill” Dubuque, Sr. He is married to Tara Bryan, with whom he has three children.

Bill’s paternal grandfather was Gabriel P. Dubuque (the son of Louis J. Dubuque and Sarah Gabrielle Tivy). Gabriel was born in Missouri. Louis was born in Missouri, the son of Jean Charles Dubuque, who was French-Canadian, and of Anastatia Quinn, who was Irish. Sarah was born in Missouri, the daughter of William Nash Tivy, who was Irish, and of Marian Flavia Murrin, whose parents were Irish.

Bill’s paternal grandmother was named Alice. Alice was born in Nebraska.

Source: Obituary of Bill’s father –