Walter Cronkite

by stlucas on February 23, 2017

Birth Name: Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr.

Date of Birth: November 4, 1916

Place of Birth: Saint Joseph, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Death: July 17, 2009

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

Ethnicity: German, Scottish, English, distant Frisian and Dutch

Walter Cronkite was an American journalist, news anchor, and television and radio broadcaster. He was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, the son of Helen Lena/Lina (Fritsche) and Walter Leland Cronkite.

His father has Scottish, German, English, and distant Frisian and Dutch ancestry. His mother was of German descent.

Walter’s surname “Cronkite”, can be traced back to Herx Siboutzen Krankheijdt, from Frisia, who married, c. 1642, Wijntje Theunis, from Naarden, in the New Amsterdam Colony (now a part of Manhattan, New York City).

Walter’s paternal grandfather was Frederick Cronkite (the son of Spencer Cronkite and Ruth Ann Pierce). Spencer was the son of Tunis Cronkite and Caroline Curtis.

Walter’s paternal grandmother was Anna Louise Prussia (the daughter of Jessie Benham Prussia and Anna Boyd). Jessie was the son of William Kephart Prusia, whose father, Christian Prusia, was German, and of Salome Benham. Anna was originally from Scotland.

Walter’s maternal grandfather was Edward C. Fritsche/Fritschie (the son of Edward Charles Fritschie and Magdalena “Lina” Gerold). Walter’s great-grandparents Edward and Magdalena were from Altenburg, Thuringia, Germany.

Walter’s maternal grandmother was Mathilda Renz (the daughter of August Renz and Helen Greiss/Graeif). August was from Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Helen was from Prussia.

Sources: Genealogy of Walter Cronkite –

Obituary of Walter’s maternal grandmother, Mathilda (Renz) Fritsche –

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David Petraeus

by madman on December 7, 2016

Birth Name: David Howell Petraeus

Place of Birth: Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, United States

Date of Birth: November 7, 1952

*Frisian (father)
*German, Welsh, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Dutch, English, Scottish (maternal grandfather)
*English (maternal grandmother)

David Petraeus is an American military officer and public official.

David is the son of Miriam Sweet (Howell) and Sixtus Petraeus. His father was born in Franeker, Friesland, The Netherlands. His mother was born in East Bangor, Pennsylvania, to an English mother and an American father of German, Welsh, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Dutch, English, and Scottish, ancestry.

David’s paternal grandfather was Lodewijk Jans Petraeus (the son of Jan Lodewijks Petraeus and Afke Ijsbrands Steensma). David’s great-grandfather Jan was the son of Lodewijk Jacobus Petraeus and Sjoukje Jans de Jager. Afke was the daughter of Ijsbrand Romkes Steensma and Rinsje Wolters Veenstra.

David’s paternal grandmother was Jacobje Jans de Jong (the daughter of Jan Aebes de Jong and Baukje Kornelis de Roos). David’s great-grandfather Jan was the son of Aebe Jans de Jong and Froukje Jans Noorderhaven. Baukje was the daughter of Kornelis Jacobs de Roos and Aah Tittes Woudstra.

David’s maternal grandfather was William Richard Howell (the son of Richard Fair Howell and Margaret Della Roberts). David’s great-grandfather Richard was the son of William August Howell and Emeline Darrah Dewitt. Margaret was the daughter of William G. Roberts, who was Welsh, and of Martha Ann Weidman.

David’s maternal grandmother was Nellie Francis Sweet (the daughter of Henry Sweet and Anna French). Nellie was English. Henry was the son of John Sweet.

Sources: Genealogies of David Petraeus –

Genealogy of David Petraeus (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogies of David’s maternal great-great-grandfather, William August Howell (through two of his siblings) –

Genealogy of David’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Emeline Darrah Dewitt (through her brother, Washington Fair Dewitt) –

David’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Rebecca (Fair) Dewitt, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

David’s maternal great-grandmother, Margaret Della Roberts, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of David’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Martha Ann Weidman (focusing on her own father’s side) –

David’s maternal grandmother, Nellie Francis Sweet, on the 1900 U.S. Census –


David Koch

by follers on September 10, 2016

Photo by Gage Skidmore

Birth Name: David Hamilton Koch

Place of Birth: Wichita, Kansas, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 3, 1940

Ethnicity: English, Dutch, German/Frisian, Scottish

David Koch is an American businessperson, chemical engineer, philanthropist, political activist, and politician. He is usually ranked as one of the top 10 richest people in the U.S.

He was the Libertarian Party’s nominee for Vice President of the United States in 1980.

David is the son of Mary Clementine (Robinson) and Fred C. Koch (Fred Chase Koch). His father was a chemical engineer and businessperson who founded the company that later became Koch Industries, a multinational, of which David is the Executive VP.

David’s siblings are Frederick R. Koch (Frederick Robinson Koch), Charles Koch (Charles de Ganahl Koch), and a twin brother, Bill Koch (William Ingraham Koch), all of whom have been involved in business.

David’s ancestry is English, Dutch, German/Frisian, and Scottish. He has deep roots in the United States, going back to the 1600s.

David’s paternal grandfather was Harry Koch (born Hotze Koch, the son of Johan Anthon Koch and Gatske Hotzes/Hotses Jorritsma). Harry, a businessperson, was born in Workum, Netherlands, of Frisian German and Dutch descent, and moved to the U.S. in 1888; he founded the newspaper Quanah Tribune-Chief. Johan was the son of Johann Anthon Koch, who was born in Jever, Lower Saxony, Germany, and of Anna Sophia Schols. Gatske was the daughter of Hotse Jorrits Jorritsma and Akke Theodorius Ykema.

David’s paternal grandmother was Margaret “Maggie” B. Mixson (the daughter of John Baptist Mixson and Hester Ann Blessingame). Margaret was born in Texas. John was the son of Simeon P. Mixson and Margaret Ophelia Campbell. Hester was the daughter of Lovell Erin Blessingame and Mary Jackson.

David’s maternal grandfather was Ernest Franklin Robinson (the son of David H. Robinson and Henrietta Philena Beach). Ernest was born in Kansas. David’s great-grandfather David was the son of Moses E. Robinson and Elizabeth Hamilton. Henrietta was the daughter of Isaac Closson Beach and Emily A. Wheeler.

David’s maternal grandmother was Mary Burnet Kip (the daughter of William Ingraham Kip, Jr. and Elizabeth Clementine/Clemmontine Kinney). David’s grandmother Mary Burnet was born in New Jersey. David’s great-grandfather William was the son of William Ingraham Kip, an Episcopalian bishop, and of Maria Elizabeth Lawrence.

David’s great-grandmother Elizabeth Kinney was the daughter of William Burnet Kinney, a politician and diplomat, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and of Elizabeth Clementine (Dodge) Stedman, a writer. David’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the half-sister of poet and essayist Edmund Clarence Stedman. David’s great-great-grandmother Elizabeth’s father, David Low Dodge, founded the New York Bible Society and the New York Tract Society, and helped establish the New York Peace Society. David’s great-great-grandmother Elizabeth’s brother was William E. Dodge, a noted businessperson, abolitionist, and Native Americans’ rights activist.

David’s matrilineal line can be traced back to Hester Francis Trott, who was born, c. 1609, in London, England.

Source: Genealogy of David Koch –


Stephanie J. Block

by madman on August 25, 2016

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Birth Name: Stephanie Janette Block

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 19, 1972

*25% German
*25% Italian
*25% Polish
*25% mix of Frisian, French-Canadian, Scottish, and Irish

Stephanie J. Block is an American actress and singer. She is married to actor Sebastian Arcelus.

Stephanie is the daughter of Rosemarie (Garritano), who worked for the local school district, and Steven J. Block, a welfare fraud investigator. Her mother was of half Italian and half Polish descent. Her father is of German descent on one side, and of Frisian, French-Canadian, Scottish, and Irish descent on the other. Stephanie was raised a Catholic.

Stephanie’s paternal grandfather was Lewis/Louis James Block (the son of Albert Block and Louise Backus). Albert was born in Missouri, to German parents. Louise was German.

Stephanie’s paternal grandmother was Audrey Marguerite Fields (the daughter of Moses Alexander Fields and Hilka Cecelia Van Gerpen). Stephanie’s great-grandfather Moses was the son of Frederick William Fields and Marguerite Almina Brossour/Brossor. Frederick’s mother was born in Québec, Canada, possibly of Irish descent, and his father was born in either Canada or Scotland. Marguerite was born in Burlington, Vermont, to a Canadian mother, and a father who was born in either Vermont or Canada, likely of French-Canadian descent. Stephanie’s great-grandmother Hilka was the daughter of Franz Cornelius Van Gerpen, who was Frisian, from Ostfriesland, Germany, and of Christina Dreszen/Driesen, who was born in Iowa, to parents from Germany; it is not clear if she was also of Frisian ancestry.

Stephanie’s maternal grandparents were Norman D. Garritano (the son of Antonio Garritano and Rose) and Irene Gajewski (the daughter of Martin Gajewski and Cecila). Antonio was Italian. Rose was born in Ohio, to Italian parents. Irene was born in Indiana, to Polish parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Stephanie J. Block (focusing on her father’s side) –

Stephanie’s paternal grandfather, Lewis/Louis James Block, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Lewis/Louis James Block on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Stephanie’s paternal grandmother, Audrey Marguerite Fields (through Audrey’s brother, Marvin Arthur Fields) –

Stephanie’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Franz Cornelius Van Gerpen and Christina Dreszen/Driesen, on the 1880 U.S. Census –
Franz Cornelius Van Gerpen and Christina Dreszen/Driesen on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Stephanie’s maternal grandfather, Norman D. Garritano, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Stephanie’s maternal grandfather, Norman D. Garritano –

Stephanie’s maternal grandmother, Irene Gajewski, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Information about some of Stephanie’s Canadian ancestors –

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Piet de Jong

by Manila on August 2, 2016

Birth Name: Petrus Jozef Sietse de Jong

Date of Birth: 3 April, 1915

Place of Birth: Apeldoorn, Gelderland, Netherlands

Date of Death: 27 July, 2016

Place of Death: The Hague, Netherlands

Ethnicity: Dutch (including Frisian)

Piet de Jong was a Dutch politician. He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands, from 5 April, 1967 to 6 July, 1971. His father, Joännes Jans de Jong, was from Midlum, Harlingen, Friesland. His mother, Gijsberta Adriana Schouten, was a native of Trigt, Buurmalsen, Gelderland. He was married to Anna Geertruida Jacoba Henriëtte “Anneke” Bartels.

Piet’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his ninth great-grandfather, Pals (or Paulus in Latin).

Piet’s paternal grandfather was Jan Pieters de Jong (the son of Pieter Hommes de Jong and Jantje Jans Dijkstra). Pieter was the son of Homme Eelkes de Jong and Akke Ruurds Huitema. Jantje was the daughter of Jan Sytses Dijkstra and Rinske Lieuwes van der Pal.

Piet’s paternal grandmother was Agatha Joännes Huininck (the daughter of Johannes Hendrik Huininck and Ibeltje Minnes Huninck). Johannes was the son of Jeseijas Hunink Veringa and Anna Maria Huberts Voets. Ibeltje was the daughter of Minne Douwes Minnema and Akke Gerbens Andela.

Piet’s maternal grandfather was Dirk Schouten (the son of Ernestus Schouten and Maria Spaan). Ernestus was the son of Dirk Schouten and Maria Pauw. Piet’s great-grandmother Maria was the daughter of Gerrit Spaan and Johanna van Kleef.

Piet’s maternal grandmother was Alida van Schaik (the daughter of Gijsbertus van Schaik and Hendrika van Doorn). Gijsbertus was the son of Adrianus “Arie” van Schaik and Alida van Schaik. Arie and Alida were both born with the same surname. Hendrika was the daughter of Adrianus van Doorn and Hendrika van den Berg.

Piet’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his third great-grandmother, Hendrikje Gerritsen.

Sources: Genealogies of Piet de Jong –