Kate Spade

by stlucas on March 22, 2017

Birth Name: Katherine Noel Brosnahan

Place of Birth: Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 24, 1962

Ethnicity: Irish, small amount of French

Kate Spade is an American fashion designer and businessperson. She is also known under the name Kate Valentine.

She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of June Therese (Mullen) and Earl Francis “Frank” Brosnahan, Jr. Her niece (brother’s daughter) is actress Rachel Brosnahan. Kate is married to entrepreneur Andy Spade. They have a daughter, Frances Beatrix. Kate’s brother-in-law is comedian David Spade.

Kate’s paternal grandmother was Helen Rose Mottin. Her parents were Leger Nicholas Mottin (the son of Leger N. Mottin and Mary J.) and Katherine Margaret “Munnie” Roache (the daughter of Margaret Josephine Kanelly and Michael Roache).

Margaret Josephine and Michael were originally from Midleton, County Cork, Ireland. Leger N. Mottin was originally born in France, to parents from France. Mary was born in Missouri, also to French parents.

Kate’s paternal grandfather was Earl Francis Brosnahan, Sr. (the son of Daniel T. Brosnahan and Mary E.). Daniel was born in Missouri, to a father from Ireland and a mother from Maryland, whose parents were Irish. Mary was also born in Missouri, to Irish parents.

Sources: Divorce announcement of Kate’s parents –

Obituary of Kate’s mother, June (Mullen) Brosnahan –

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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 –

Genealogy of John Waters (focusing on his father’s side) –

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Josh Turner

by madman on March 21, 2017

Birth Name: Joshua Otis Turner

Place of Birth: Hannah, South Carolina, United States

Date of Birth: November 20, 1977

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, French Huguenot, German

Josh Turner is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He is the son of Karen Louise (Weaver) and Joe Otis Turner.

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Drexell Turner (the son of Alston Harlie Turner and Dovie Vermelle Gaskins). Alston was the son of Adger Legar/Legare Turner and Ida Emaline Altman. Dovie was the daughter of Madison Henry Harrison Gaskins and Nancy Vermelle/Vermel Hanna.

Josh’s paternal grandmother was Dora W. Wise (the daughter of Quincy Otis Wise and Dora Maybelle/Mabel Hayes). Quincy was the son of Joseph Willis Wise and Martha Ann Melton. Dora was the daughter of Hymasiah Bartell Hays/Hayes and Drucilla Poston.

Josh’s maternal grandfather was Franklin Eli Weaver (the son of Franklin Eli Weaver and Italene/Italine Poston). Franklin was the son of William Henry Weaver and Margaret Jane Rodgers. Italene was the daughter of John Rayford/James Poston and Mary Margaret Elizabeth Eaddy.

Josh’s maternal grandmother was Carolyn Richardson.

Sources: Genealogies of Josh Turner –

Genealogy of Josh’s father (through his sister, Jenny Mae Turner) –

Genealogies of Josh’s maternal grandfather, Franklin Eli Weaver –

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Neil LaBute

by stlucas on March 21, 2017

Birth Name: Neil L. LaBute

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 19, 1963

Ethnicity: French-Canadian, English, Irish

Neil LaBute is an American film director, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Marian and Richard LaBute. Neil has a brother, Richard.

When asked about his surname in an interview published in the book “Neil LaBute: Stage and Cinema” (2007), Neil stated:

It [my surname] is French Canadian. My ancestors went from France into French Canada and were there for a few years and then migrated down into Michigan, although just recently I have learned that LaBute translates into swan in Czech!… My mother’s father was born in London and moved to the States when he was eight or ten. My mother’s side were Irish, I believe.

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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) –

Jean-Marc’s paternal grandfather, Hugh Maxwell Barr, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Jean-Marc’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Abigail Pillars –

Genealogy of Jean-Marc’s father (through his sister, Arlene Lorraine Barr; focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Genealogies of Jean-Marc’s paternal grandmother, Della Jane Newkirk –

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