French Canadian

Ben Shepherd

by Manila on December 13, 2017

Soundgarden – “Marvel’s The Avengers” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – El Capitan Theatre – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Hunter Benedict Shepherd

Place of Birth: Okinawa, Japan

Date of Birth: September 20, 1968

Ethnicity: Cornish, English, German, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, 1/8th French-Canadian (including small amounts of Belgian [Walloon] and Breton), 1/8th Polish

Ben Shepherd is an American musician. He is known as the bassist for the American rock band Soundgarden. Other members of Soundgarden include or have included Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell, Jason Everman, Scott Sundquist, Kim Thayil, and Hiro Yamamoto.

Ben’s father, Henry Bennett Shepherd, worked in the Nike missile program, and was born in Camden, Texas. Ben’s mother, Gabrielle Karen “Gay” (McMullen) Shepherd-MacKenzie, is a book teller, from Seattle, Washington.

Ben’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fourth great-grandfather, Philip Sheppard.

Ben’s paternal grandfather was Calaup Bennett Shepherd (the son of William Bennett “Willie” Shepherd and Bertha Evora Smith). William was the son of James Franklin Sheppard (later Shepherd) and Elizabeth Rebecca Magee. Bertha was the daughter of Jake B. Smith and Thena Thursia Youngblood.

Ben’s paternal grandmother was Louise Henrietta Kyle (the daughter of Hunter Henry Kyle and Lillian Louise Anita Sammons). Hunter was the son of Gaston Hunter Kyle and Jane Narcissus Ross. Lillian was the daughter of Hugh Mackdonel Sammons and English emigrant, Louise Emily Brown, of Holt, Wiltshire.

Ben’s maternal grandfather was Kenneth Ambrose McMullen (the son of John Edward McMullen and Clara Anne “Carrie” Forger). John was the son of Canadian emigrant, John Scanlon McMullen, of Kingston, Ontario, whose own parents, Bartley McMullen and Catherine Scanlon, were Scottish and Irish emigrants, respectively, though were likely both of Irish descent; and of Irish emigrant, Margaret Holland. Clara was the daughter of French-Canadian emigrant, Joseph Forget (Anglicized as Forger), of Joliette, Quebec, and of Sophia Gagnier, who was also of French-Canadian descent.

Ben’s maternal grandmother was Cecilia Juanita Cummings (the daughter of Ira Ernest Cummings and Ione Anna Magdeline Kitowski). Ernest was the son of Alfred Benton “Fred” Cummings and Catherine Amanda Kennedy. Ione was the daughter of Polish emigrants, Tomasz Piotr (later Thomas Peter) Kitowski and Franciszka “Frances” Milanowska.

Sources: Marriage record of Ben’s parents –

Divorce record of Ben’s parents –

Obituary of Ben’s father –

Death record of Ben’s paternal grandfather, Calaup Bennett Shepherd –

Marriage record of Ben’s paternal great-grandparents, William Bennett Shepherd and Bertha Evora Smith –

Death record of Ben’s paternal great-grandfather, William Bennett Shepherd –

Marriage record of Ben’s paternal great-great-grandparents, James Franklin Shepherd and Elizabeth Rebecca Magee –

Death record of Ben’s paternal great-grandmother, Bertha Evora (Smith) Shepherd –

Death record of Ben’s paternal grandmother, Louise Henrietta (Kyle) Shepherd –

Marriage record of Ben’s paternal great-grandparents, Hunter Henry Kyle and Lillian Louise Anita Sammons –

Death record of Ben’s paternal great-grandfather, Hunter Henry Kyle –

Marriage records of Ben’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Hugh Mackdonel Sammons and Louise Emily Brown –

Baptismal record of Ben’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Louise Emily Brown –

Ben’s mother, Gabrielle Karen “Gay” McMullen, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage records of Ben’s mother, Gabrielle Katherine (McMullen) Shepherd, to Douglas Ian MacKenzie – (license) (certificate)

Marriage record of Ben’s maternal grandparents, Kenneth Ambrose McMullen and Cecilia Juanita Cummings –

Ben’s maternal grandfather, Kenneth Ambrose McMullen, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage records of Ben’s maternal great-grandparents, John Edward McMullen and Clara Anne de Forger – (return) (certificate)

Death record of Ben’s maternal great-grandfather, John Edward McMullen –

Birth record of Ben’s maternal great-grandmother, Clara Anne Forger –

Death record of ben’s maternal great-grandmother, Clara Anne (Forger) McMullen –

Death record of Ben’s maternal grandmother, Cecilia Juanita (Cummings) McMullen –

Death record of Ben’s maternal great-grandfather, Ira Ernest Cummings –

Death record of Ben’s maternal great-grandmother, Ione Anna Magdeline (Kitowski) Cummings –


Aaron Guzikowski

by stlucas on December 5, 2017

Aaron Guzikowski – “Prisoners” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Aaron Matthew Guzikowski

Place of Birth: Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 29, 1974

*Polish (father)
*English, French-Canadian, Irish, Northern Irish, likely Scottish (mother)

Aaron Guzikowski is an American screenwriter. Aaron is married to actress Alison Hope Guzikowski (born Alison Hope Silverman).

Aaron is the son of Jennifer J. (Cummings) and Richard J. Guzikowski. Aaron’s father has Polish roots and Aaron’s mother has English, Irish, Northern Irish, French-Canadian, and likely some Scottish ancestry.

Aaron’s paternal grandfather was Matthew/Mathew/Matheus J. Guzikowski (the son of Anthony J. Guzikowski and Catherine/Katharine Pythko). Anthony was Polish. Catherine was born in Massachusetts, to parents from Poland.

Aaron’s paternal grandmother was/is Monica Waskiewicz (the daughter of Joseph Waskiewicz and Rose). Joseph and Rose were from Russia/Poland.

Aaron’s maternal grandfather was Edward James Cummings (the son of John W. Cummings and Mary Jane Lemieux). Mary Jane was born in Maine, to French-Canadian parents.

Aaron’s maternal grandmother was Laraine F. Holmes (the daughter of Francis W. Holmes and Thelma B. Erskine). Francis was born in Maine, the son of Francis A. Holmes, whose parents were Irish, and of Sarah King, who was from Northern Ireland. Thelma was also born in Maine, the daughter of Frank Erskine and Jessie M. Lamson.

Sources: Genealogy of Aaron Guzikowski (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Obituary of Aaron’s paternal grandfather –

Aaron’s paternal great-aunt (grandmother’s sister), Agnes Waskiewicz, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Aaron’s paternal great-aunt (grandmother’s sister), Agnes (Waskiewicz) Kaczmarczyk –

Obituary of Aaron’s maternal grandfather –

Obituary of Aaron’s maternal grandmother –


Joel Gretsch

by stlucas on December 3, 2017

Joel Gretsch – 2010 TV Guide Magazine’s “Hot List” – Arrivals – Drai’s at the W, Hollywood – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Chris Hatcher / PR Photos

Birth Name: Joel James Gretsch

Place of Birth: St. Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 20, 1963

Ethnicity: German, French-Canadian, possibly other

Joel Gretsch is an American actor.

Joel is the son of Barbara “Barb” and Russell “Russ” Gretsch. Joel’s siblings are Jane and Steve. They were raised in Albany, Minnesota.

Joel is married to actress Melanie Shatner, whose father is actor William Shatner. Joel and Melanie have two children.

Joel’s paternal grandfather was named Joseph Gretsch.

Joel’s paternal grandmother was Maria/Mayme/Mamie Peltier (the daughter of Edward Adlaska Peltier and Cathrine/Catherine Dickhausen). Edward was born in Minnesota, to parents from Canada. Cathrine was born in Germany, the daughter of Henry Dickhausen and Louisa Brenner.

Sources: Marriage record of Joel’s paternal grandparents, Joseph Gretsch and Maria/Mayme/Mamie Peltier –

Obituary of Joel’s aunt (father’s sister), Renee J. (Gretsch) Hengels –


Cathryn Michon

by madman on November 26, 2017

Birth Name: Cathryn Susan Michon

Date of Birth: July 3, 1961

*English, French-Canadian, Scottish, Irish, distant German (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Cathryn Michon is an American filmmaker, actress, writer, and comedian. She is the daughter of Evelyn “Evie” (Kramer) and Alfred Edmond “Ted” Michon.

Cathryn’s paternal grandfather was Alfred Edgar Michon (the son of Alfred Michon and likely Isabell/Isabella Curtis). Alfred was born in New York, to French-Canadian parents. Isabell was the daughter of William H. Curtis and Sarah, who was born in New York, to an English father and an Irish mother.

Cathryn’s paternal grandmother was Mary Hazel Armstrong (the daughter of Vernon Burdette Armstrong and Bertha Minetta MacMillan). Mary was born in Kings, Nova Scotia, Canada, and had English, Scottish, and distant German, ancestry. Vernon was the son of Manning Edward Armstrong and Augusta Amelia/Whitman Banks. Bertha was the daughter of James McMillan and Mary Broughn.

Cathryn’s maternal grandfather was Maurice H. Kramer (the son of Jacob Isaac Kramer and Otilia Knasha). Maurice was the son of Russian Jewish parents. Jacob was the son of Morris Kramer and Ella Nesson. Otilia was the daughter of Walwyd Knasha and Miriam Grenadier.

Cathryn’s maternal grandmother was Ida Strymish (the daughter of Israel Strymish and Eva Bryn Golicker). Ida was the daughter of Polish Jewish parents. Israel was the son of Moses Strymish. Eva was the daughter of Morris Golick and Ida Rosenfield.

Sources: Genealogy of Cathryn Michon (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogies of Cathryn’s paternal grandmother, Mary Hazel Armstrong –

Cathryn’s paternal grandfather, Alfred Edgar Michon, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Alfred on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Alfred on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Cathryn’s great-grandmother, Isabell/Isabella Curtis, on the 1880 U.S. Census –


Elisabeth Harnois

by stlucas on November 26, 2017

Birth Name: Elisabeth Rose Harnois

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

Date of Birth: May 26, 1979

Ethnicity: English, German, French-Canadian

Elisabeth Harnois is an American actress.

Elisabeth is the daughter of Gary Nelson Harnois. Elisabeth was raised in Los Angeles, California.

Elisabeth’s paternal grandfather was Nelson Corris Harnois (the son of Charles Oliver Harnois and Ella/Ellen Vannan Gracey). Charles was the son of Charles Albert Harnois, whose father was from Lavaltrie, Québec, Canada, and of Emily/Emma Marshall. Ella was the daughter of Thomas Gracey and Corras.

Elisabeth’s paternal grandmother was Muriel Erna Schmid (the daughter of Adolph W. Schmid and Erna L. Hensling). Adolph was the son of Adolph Schmid, who was German, and of Lydia Schneider, whose parents were German. Elizabeth’s great-grandmother Erna was the daughter of German parents, Reinhard Hensling and Augusta Kluender.

Sources: Birth record of Elisabeth’s father –

Marriage record of Elisabeth’s paternal grandparents, Nelson Corris Harnois and Muriel Erna Schmid –

Obituary of Elisabeth’s paternal grandfather, Nelson Corris Harnois –

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