Niykee Heaton

by stlucas on January 21, 2017

Birth Name: Nicolet Aleta Heaton

Place of Birth: Geneva, Illinois, U.S

Date of Birth: December 4, 1994

*English, German (father)
*South African [English, possibly other] (mother)

Niykee Heaton is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and model. She was born in Geneva, Illinois, to a South African mother, Veronica E., and an American father, Joel Ray Heaton. She has a brother, Cheyne, and had a sister, Rachel Pearl.

Niykee’s paternal grandparents are Glen Norman Heaton and Doris Hunsaker.

Niykee’s maternal grandparents are Wallace Taylor and Aletta. They are both from South Africa.



Eugene V. Debs

by follers on January 21, 2017

Birth Name: Eugene Victor Debs

Date of Birth: November 5, 1855

Place of Birth: Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Death: October 20, 1926

Place of Death: Elmhurst, Illinois, U.S.

Ethnicity: Alsatian (German, possibly French)

Eugene V. Debs was an American union leader.

He was the Social Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1900, and the Socialist Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1904, 1908, 1912, and 1920.

Eugene was the son of Marguerite Marie (Bettrich) and Jean Daniel Debs. His parents were from Colmar, Alsace, France. It appears likely that at least his mother (and probably his father as well) were ethnic Germans.


Strom Thurmond

by follers on January 19, 2017

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Birth Name: James Strom Thurmond

Date of Birth: December 5, 1902

Place of Birth: Edgefield, South Carolina, U.S.

Date of Death: June 26, 2003

Place of Death: Edgefield, South Carolina, U.S.

Ethnicity: German, English

Strom Thurmond was an American politician. He was a member of the Democratic Party from 1946 to 1964, and the Republican Party from 1964 to 2003, his death. He was also a Dixiecrat in 1948. He was Governor of South Carolina, from January 21, 1947 to January 16, 1951, a U.S. Senator from South Carolina, from December 24, 1954 to April 4, 1956, and again from November 7, 1956 to January 3, 2003, President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, from January 3, 1981 to January 3, 1987, January 3, 1995 to January 3, 2001, and January 20, 2001 to June 6, 2001, and President pro tempore emeritus of the U.S. Senate, from June 6, 2001 to January 3, 2003.

He was the States’ Rights Democratic Party (Dixiecrat) nominee for President of the United States in 1948. The party was a segregationist political party that was both founded and dissolved in 1948, winning 4 states in that year’s presidential election.

Strom was the son of Eleanor Gertrude (Strom) and John William Thurmond. He was married to Jean Crouch and Nancy Moore. Among his children is politician Paul Thurmond, with Nancy, as well as Essie Mae Washington-Williams, a teacher and author. Strom fathered Essie with his family’s African-American maid, Carrie Butler.

Strom’s paternal grandfather was George Washington Thurmond (the son of John Thurmond and Elinor Delaughter).

Strom’s paternal grandmother was Mary Jane Felter.

Strom’s maternal grandfather was James Harrison Strom (the son of Samuel C. Strom). Samuel was the son of William Strom.

Strom’s maternal grandmother was Martha Evelyn Reynolds (the daughter of Lewis Reynolds and Strother J. Morris). Lewis was the son of William Lewis Reynolds and Martha.

Source: Genealogy of Strom Thurmond –


Johnny Carson

by madman on January 18, 2017

Navy portrait of Johnny Carson

Birth Name: John William Carson

Date of Birth: October 23, 1925

Place of Birth: Corning, Iowa, United States

Date of Death: January 23, 2005

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States

Ethnicity: English, with some Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), German, Dutch, French, distant Scottish and Swiss-German

Johnny Carson was an American comedian and television host. He was the host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson from 1962 to 1992.

Johnny was the son of Ruth E. (Hook) and Homer “Kit” Lloyd Carson.

Johnny’s paternal grandfather was Christopher N. Carson (the son of Marshall Carson and Emilene Kellogg). Marshall was the son of William Carson and Dorothy Nye. Emeline was the daughter of Amos Kellogg and Rebecca Wilson Carver.

Johnny’s paternal grandmother was Ella B. Hardy (the daughter of Samuel Tomlinson Hardy and Viola Millicent Vincent). Samuel was the son of James Hardy and Minerva Tomlinson. Viola was the daughter of Ezra Vincent and Catherine Colburn/Colborn.

Johnny’s maternal grandfather was George William Hook (the son of William Hook and Sophronia Barnett). Johnny’s great-grandfather William was the son of James Grant Hook and Sarah Lyle.

Johnny’s maternal grandmother was Jessie Elton Boyd (the daughter of John Saylor Boyd and Cynthia Simildie Elton Raynolds). Johnny’s great-grandfather John was the son of John Boyd, who was born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and of Eliza Saylor. Cynthia Simildie was the daughter of George Washington Raynolds and Elizabeth Millar.

Sources: Genealogies of Johnny Carson –

Genealogy of Johnny Carson (focusing on his mother’s side) –


Mark Pontius

by madman on January 18, 2017

Birth Name: Mark A. Pontius

Place of Birth: Orlando, Florida, United States

Date of Birth: January 3, 1985

Ethnicity: English, German, Irish, Swiss-German

Mark Pontius is an American musician and songwriter. He is the drummer and co-vocalist of the indie pop band Foster the People, which also includes Mark Foster.

Mark is the son of Harriet S. and Lawrence Lee “Larry” Pontius.

Mark’s paternal grandfather was Bert Everette Pontius (the son of William Oscar Pontius and Ethel Z. Gotts). William was the son of Levi Pontius and Sarah Catharine Butler. Ethel was the daughter of English parents, George G. Gotts and Anne Woolsey.

Mark’s paternal grandmother was Jaunetti Ione Norton (the daughter of Noel Alfred Norton and Vernal E. Keltner). Noel was the son of William H. Norton, whose parents were from New York, and of Alice Nixon, whose parents were Irish. Vernal was the daughter of James A. Keltner and Alice V. Thatcher.

Sources: Obituary of Mark’s father –

Genealogy of Mark’s paternal grandfather, Bert Everette Pontius (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogies of Mark’s paternal grandmother, Jaunetti Ione Norton –

Mark’s maternal great-grandmother, Ethel Z. Gotts, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Mark’s maternal great-grandfather, Noel Alfred Norton, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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