John Jay

by follers on August 2, 2017

Date of Birth: December 23, 1745

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, British America

Date of Death: May 17, 1829

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

*75% mix of Dutch, Frisian, and Belgian Flemish
*25% French Huguenot

John Jay was an American statesman, diplomat, and Patriot. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A signatory of the Treaty of Paris, he was the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, from September 26, 1789 to June 29, 1795, and the second Governor of New York, from July 1, 1795 to June 30, 1801.

He was also the 6th President of the Continental Congress, from December 10, 1778 to September 28, 1779, U.S. Minister to Spain, from September 27, 1779 to May 20, 1782, U.S. Secretary of Foreign Affairs, from May 7, 1784 to March 4, 1789, and again from July 27, 1789 to September 15, 1789, and U.S. Secretary of State (Acting), from September 15, 1789 to March 22, 1790.

He was a Federalist Party candidate for President of the United States in 1788-89, 1796, and 1800.

Chief Justice Jay was the son of Mary (Van Cortlandt) and Peter Jay. With his wife, Sarah Livingston, he had six children.

Chief Justice Jay’s paternal grandfather was Augustus Jay (the son of Pierre Jay and Judith François). Augustus was a French Huguenot, who was born in La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France.

Chief Justice Jay’s paternal grandmother was Anna Maria Bayard (the daughter of Balthazar Bayard and Marritje Loockermans). Anna was born in New York. Balthazar was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the son of Samuel Bayard and Anna Stuyvesant. Marritje was the daughter of Govert Loockermans and Ariaentje Jans, who had Dutch and Belgian (Flemish) ancestry.

Chief Justice Jay’s maternal grandfather was Jacobus van Cortlandt (the son of Oloff Stevense van Cortlandt and Annetje Loockermans). Jacobus was born in New York, and was a wealthy merchant, who was Mayor of New York City, from 1710 to 1711, and again from 1719 to 1720. Jacobus’ brother, Stephanus Van Cortlandt, was the first native-born Mayor of New York City. Oloff was born in Wijk bij Duurstede, Utrecht, the Netherlands, the son of Steven Cornelissen van Cortlandt and Fijchgen Catherine Oloffs. Annetje was born in Turnhout, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium, the daughter of Jacob Lokermans and Maeyken Nicasius.

Chief Justice Jay’s maternal grandmother was Eva Maria de Vries (the daughter of Pieter Rudolphus de Vries and Margareta Hardenbroeck). Eva was born in New York. Pieter was born in Franeker, Franekeradeel, Friesland, Netherlands. Margareta was born in Elberfeld, Wuppertal, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, the daughter of Adolph Hardenbroeck, who was of Dutch descent, and of Maria Caterburg, who was Dutch.

Source: Genealogy of Chief Justice Jay –


Jeff Horn

by Manila on July 2, 2017

Birth Name: Jeffrey Horn, Jr.

Place of Birth: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Date of Birth: 4 February, 1988

Ethnicity: Frisian (Dutch), Irish, possibly other

Jeff Horn is an Australian professional boxer.

He is the son of Leasa “Liza” Dykstra and Jeffrey “Jeff” Horn, Sr. He is married to Joanna “Jo” Buckley.

Jeff’s maternal grandparents are Jacob “Jack” Dykstra and Marie Ann McCarthy. Jacob is a Dutch immigrant, from Haulerwijk, Ooststellingwerf, Friesland. Marie Ann is Australian, of Irish descent.

Sources: Marriage record of Jeff’s maternal grandparents, Jacob Dykstra and Marie Ann McCarthy –

Immigration record of Jeff’s maternal grandfather, Jacob Dykstra –


Eric Wynalda

by bablah on June 27, 2017

Photo by Keadrick D. Washington/PR Photos

Birth Name: Eric Boswell Wynalda

Place of Birth: Fullerton, Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 9, 1969

*Dutch (father)
*Scottish, English, some Irish (mother)

Eric Wynalda is an American television sports analyst and retired association football player.

Eric’s paternal grandfather was Alvin Wynalda (the son of Martin Wynalda/Wynalder and Katherine/Catherine/Tryntje Bergsma). Alvin was born in Arum, Friesland, Netherlands. Martin was the son of David Wynalda and Margaret Jacobs Hemstra.

Eric’s paternal grandmother was Della Rykse (the daughter of George Rykse and Anna De Ruiter). Della was born in Michigan, of Dutch descent. George was the son of Willem Rykse. Anna was the daughter of Anneko DeRuiter and Jantje Oostema.

Eric’s maternal grandparents were Bill Joe Boswell (the son of Evault M. Boswell and Lucille Lee Lemley) and Naomi Jean Moss (the daughter of Sidney Lee Moss and Flora Lee Benham). Lucille was the daughter of William L. Lemley and Alma Edith Gibson. Flora was the daughter of Robert Benham and Myrtle Hogan.

Sources: Eric’s paternal grandfather, Alvin Wynalda, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of Eric’s paternal great-grandfather, Martin Wynalda/Wynalder –

Obituary of Eric’ paternal great-grandmother, Katherine/Catherine/Tryntje (Bergsma) Wynalda –

Eric’s paternal grandmother, Della Rykse, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Death records of Eric’s paternal great-grandparents, George Rykse and Anna DeRuiter –

Eric’s maternal grandfather, Bill Joe Boswell, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Eric’s maternal great-grandmother, Lucille Lee Lemley –

Eric’s great-grandmother, Flora Lee Benham, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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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 –

Photo by s_bukley/


Chloe Dykstra

by stlucas on January 29, 2017

Birth Name: Chloe Frances Dykstra

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 15, 1988

Ethnicity: Dutch, Frisian, Irish, German, English, Welsh

Chloe Dykstra is an American actress, cosplayer, and model. She is the daughter of special effects artist John Charles Dykstra and Cass McCune (born Catherine Louise McCune). Chloe was raised in Sherman Oaks, California. Her parents are pictured here.

Chloe has stated that she is Dutch. Her surname is of Dutch/Frisian origin.

Chloe’s paternal grandfather is John Dale Dykstra (the son of Watson John Dykstra and Pearl Moore). Watson was born in Iowa, the son of John Dykstra, who was Dutch, and of Jetske Terpstra/Tyrpstra, who was of Dutch descent. Pearl was born in Iowa, the daughter of Stephen Moore and Mary Oldham.

Chloe’s paternal grandmother is Betty Katherine Reusch (the daughter of Bernard/Bernie Charles Reusch and Celia/Cecelia C. Price). Bernard was born in Iowa, the son of Charles Reusch, who was German, and of Roxana/Roxy Brown Moyer. Celia was born in North Dakota, the daughter of John Price and Susan Thomas, who were from Wales.

Chloe’s maternal grandparents likely are Lewis Edward McCune and Frances Louise Shook.

Sources: Marriage record of Chloe’s paternal grandparents, John Dale Dykstra and Betty Katherine Reusch –

Chloe’s paternal grandfather, John Dale Dykstra on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Chloe’s paternal great-grandparents, Watson John Dykstra and Pearl Moore –

Chloe’s paternal great-grandfather, Watson John Dykstra, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Chloe’s paternal grandmother, Betty Katherine Reusch, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Chloe’s paternal great-grandfather, Bernard/Bernie Charles Reusch –

Chloe’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Roxana/Roxy Brown Moyer, on the 1870 U.S. Census –

Photo by kathclick/