Joan Fontaine

by madman on August 13, 2016

Birth Name: Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland

Date of Birth: October 22, 1917

Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan

Date of Death: December 15, 2013

Place of Death: Carmel Highlands, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Guernsey Channel Islander (paternal grandfather), English, some Anglo-Irish

Joan Fontaine was an English actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Suspicion (1941).

She was the sister of actress Olivia de Havilland. She was born in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents, Lillian Fontaine (born Lillian Augusta Ruse), an actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, a patent attorney and professor. Her paternal grandfather was from a family from Guernsey, in the Channel Islands. Her other ancestry includes English and some Anglo-Irish. She is a cousin of Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, an aircraft designer and founder of the de Havilland aircraft company.

Joan’s paternal grandfather was Charles Richard de Havilland (the son of Charles Fiott de Havilland and Marthe/Martha Saumarez). Joan’s great-grandfather Charles was born on Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, the son of Peter De Havilland and Carterette Fiott. Marthe was also born on Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, the daughter of Richard Saumarez and Marthe/Martha Le Mesurier.

Joan’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Letitia Molesworth (the daughter of John Molesworth and Louisa/Louise Tomkyns). John was born in Ireland, the son of Richard Molesworth and Catherine Cobb, who was English.

Joan’s maternal grandfather was Alfred Joseph Bunning Ruse (the son of Joseph Surridge Ruse and Mary Bunning). Joan’s great-grandfather Joseph was the son of William Ruse and Mary Surridge. Olivia’s great-grandmother Mary Bunning was the daughter of Joseph Bunning and Mary Stephenson.

Joan’s maternal grandmother was Mary Jane Hockin (the daughter of Thomas Hockin and Elizabeth Jane Hawkins). Thomas was the son of William Hockin. Elizabeth was the daughter of Edward Dowle Hawkins.

Sources: Genealogy of Joan Fontaine –

Genealogies of Joan Fontaine (focusing on her father’s side) –

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Manuel Pellegrini

by andrew on June 5, 2016

BARCELONA - JAN 5: Manuel Pellegrini coach of Villareal during a

Birth Name: Manuel Luis Pellegrini Ripamonti

Place of Birth: Santiago, Chile

Date of Birth: 16 September, 1953

Ethnicity: Chilean (Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque) and distant Argentinian, distant Guernsey/Channel Islander and Belgian/Flemish

Manuel Pellegrini is a Chilean professional football manager and former footballer. He won the English Premier League title in 2014 as coach of Manchester City.

Manuel is the son of Silvia Ripamonti Barros and Emilio Pellegrini Portales.

He descends from Colonel William de Vic Tupper Brock (known as Guillermo Tupper in Spanish), who was born, c. 1800, in Guernsey, Channel Islands (or Scotland), and died in the Chilean War of Independence.

Manuel is a fifth cousin, once removed, of actor Santiago Cabrera. Manuel’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, María Ignacia Isidora Zegers Montenegro (known as Isidora Zegers), was also the four times great-grandmother of Santiago Cabrera. María Ignacia Isidora was a prominent artist and composer in Chile; she was born in Madrid, Spain, and was the daughter of Juan Francisco Zegers Durás, who was born, c. 1781, in France, and of Florencia Montenegro Rodríguez de Toledo, who was born, c. 1785, in Madrid. Isidora was married to Manuel’s ancestor Colonel William de Vic Tupper Brock.

The Zegers family are Flemish Belgians.

Manuel’s paternal grandfather was Giulio/Julio Pellegrini Pellegrini (the son of Guilio Pellegrini and Catalina Pellegrini). Manuel’s grandfather Giulio was an emigrant from Tuscany, Italy.

Manuel’s paternal grandmother was Malvina Portales Solari (the son of Víctor Portales Cruzat and Isabel Solari). Victor was the son of José Gustavo Portales Aliaga and Rosario Cruzat y Silva.

Manuel’s maternal grandfather was Julio Ripamonti Corominas (the son of Higinio Ripamonti Vigil and Dolores Corominas Clusellas). Higinio was the son of Alejandro Ripamonti Fernandez and Venencia Vigil y Antelo. Ripamonti is an Italian surname, but that branch of Manuel’s family comes from La Coruna, Galicia, Spain. Dolores was the daughter of José Corominas and Francisca Clusellas.

Manuel’s maternal grandmother was Elisa Barros Puelma (the daughter of Manuel Barros Borgoño and Elisa Puelma Tupper). Manuel’s great-grandfather Manuel Barros Borgoño was the son of Manuel Barros Arana and Eugenia Borgoño Vergara. Manuel’s great-grandmother Elisa was the daughter of Francisco Segundo Puelma Castillo and Elisa Tupper Zegers.

Sources: Genealogies of Manuel Pellegrini –

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Buffalo Bill

by savanna on December 15, 2015

Birth Name: William Frederick Cody

Date of Birth: February 26, 1846

Place of Birth: Le Claire, Iowa, U.S.

Date of Death: January 10, 1917

Place of Death: Denver, Colorado

Ethnicity: English, as well as distant French Huguenot/Guernsey/Jersey (Channel Islander)

Buffalo Bill was an American scout, bison hunter, and showman. He founded Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, a circus-like attraction, in 1883, bringing his company on tours throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Buffalo Bill was the son of Mary Ann Bonsell (Laycock) and Isaac Cody. With his wife, Louisa Frederici, he had four children.

Buffalo Bill’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Guillaume Lecaudey (1480-1568). Buffalo Bill’s ancestor, Philippe Lecaudey/Lescaude (1668-1743), emigrated from France to Massachusetts, U.S., and changed the surname to Cody (“Le Cody”).

Buffalo Bill’s paternal grandfather was Phillip/Philip J. Cody, Jr. (the son of Phillip/Philip Cody and Abigail Emerson/Emmerson). Buffalo Bill’s great-grandfather Phillip was the son of Joseph LeCody/Cody/Le Caudey/Lecaudy and Mary Martin. Abigail was the daughter of James Emerson and Sarah Locke.

Buffalo Bill’s paternal grandmother was Lydia Martin (the daughter of Robert Martin and Elizabeth/Betsey/Betsy Lewis). Elizabeth was the daughter of George Lewis and Susannah Hall.

Buffalo Bill’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Laycock (the son of Thomas Laycock and Hannah Bunting). Thomas was born in Pennsylvania, the son of English parents, William Laycock, from Glusburn, and Hannah Hedley, from Bellerby. Buffalo Bill’s great-grandmother Hannah Bunting was the daughter of Samuel Bunting, from Matlock, Derbyshire, England, and of Sarah Fearne.

Buffalo Bill’s maternal grandmother was Hannah Taylor (the daughter of Enoch Taylor and Elizabeth Maris). Enoch was the son of Nathan Taylor and Ruth Evans. Elizabeth was the daughter of Joseph Maris and Ann Shipley.

Sources: Genealogies of Buffalo Bill –

Buffalo Bill on the 1850 U.S. Census –


Penn Jillette

by madman on November 4, 2015

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Birth Name: Penn Fraser Jillette

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

Date of Birth: March 5, 1955

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, 1/32 Guernsey (Channel Islander), distant Irish

Penn Jillette is an American magician, juggler, comedian, musician, inventor, actor, and author. He forms the magician duo Penn & Teller, together with Teller.

Penn is the son of Valda Ruth (Parks) and Samuel Herbert Jillette. He is married to Emily, with whom he has two children.

Penn’s paternal grandparents were both born in Newfoundland, Canada, and Penn’s father had English, Scottish, and 1/16th Guernsey (Channel Islander), ancestry. The surnames “Jillett”/”Jillette” in Newfoundland originally come from England. Penn’s mother, whose family has lived in New England for many generations, had English ancestry.

Penn’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Edgar Jillett/Jillette (the son of John Samuel Jillett/Jillette and Ann Gillespie). Penn’s grandfather Samuel was born in Carbonear, Newfoundland. John was the son of Samuel Jillett/Gillett and Mary Penney. Ann was the daughter of Car William Gillespie and Susannah Clarke.

Penn’s paternal grandmother was Caroline F. Penney/Penny (the daughter of Edward Sparkes Penney and Emma Teresa Noftal). Edward was the son of William Penney and Mary Parsons. Emma was the daughter of William Noftal and Emma Thistle; William’s father, Peter Noftal, was born in St. Saviour, Guersey, Channel Islands.

Penn’s maternal grandfather was Robert Henry Parks (the son of James W. Parks and Ellen/Ella R. Cook). Robert was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts. James was born in Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada, the son of William Parks and Jane. Ellen was born in Reading, Vermont, the daughter of L. Cook, who was Canadian, and of Ellen. Penn’s great-grandmother Ellen was a descendant of Captain James Cook.

Penn’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Jenkins (the daughter of Marshall I. Jenkins and Ellen Lucina Rhoades). Elizabeth was born in Cummington, Massachusetts. Marshall was the son of Malachi Jenkins and Susanna/Susan Dawes. Ellen was the daughter of Arnsford Rhoades and Nancy Miller.

In Penn’s book Every Day is an Atheist Holiday! (2012), Penn wrote:

After she read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, my mom claimed that we had some aboriginal American relatives, and some TV show recently did some genealogy research in our family background and proved she might have been telling the truth… My dad told me that I have at least one African-American ancestor. I’m a pretty direct descendant of Captain Cook, who brought syphilis to Hawaii and gave the English the name “limeys.” Statistically, the long line of sailors must have brought in most other nationalities I can think of and some I can’t.

It is not clear if Penn’s Native American and/or African-American ancestry has been documented/verified.

Penn’s ancestor Captain James Cook was a British explorer who mapped parts of Canada’s east coast, prior to the British conquest of Canada, and founded New South Wales, the first British colony in Australia. James was of half Scottish and half English descent.

Sources: Genealogy of Penn Jillette –

Genealogy of Penn Jillette (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Penn’s father –

Penn’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Penn’s paternal grandparents, Samuel Edgar Jillett/Jillette and Caroline F. Penney/Penny, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Penn’s paternal great-grandmother, Emma Teresa Noftal –

Penn’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Penn’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Penn’s maternal grandfather, Robert Henry Parks, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Penn’s great-grandparents –

Genealogy of James Cook –

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Meghan Trainor

by tinasheeeee on September 9, 2014

Meghan Trainor

Birth Name: Meghan Elizabeth Trainor

Place of Birth: Nantucket, Massachusetts, U.S

Date of Birth: December 22, 1993

Ethnicity: Irish, Polish, French-Canadian, English, remote Guernsey (Channel Islander), possibly other

Meghan Trainor is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. She was born and raised in Nantucket, Massachusetts, the daughter of Gary and Kelly Trainor. She grew up in a musical family, and has been writing songs since she was eleven years old. When she was thirteen, her parents bought her a computer so that she could produce her own songs. The family later moved to Hyannis, MA so that Trainor and her two brothers, Ryan and Justin, could attend Nauset Regional High School in nearby North Eastham.

Meghan’s mother is of one half French-Canadian, one quarter Polish, and one quarter Irish, descent; she also has remote English and Guernsey (Channel Islander) ancestry on her French-Canadian side.

Meghan’s maternal grandfather is Thomas Ramon Jekanowski, Jr. (the son of Thomas Ramon Jekanowski and Mary R. O’Donnell). Meghan’s great-grandfather Thomas was of Polish origin, the son of Piotr “Peter” Jekanowski and Valeria/Waleria Lewandoska. Mary R. was of entirely or almost entirely Irish descent, and was the daughter of Patrick Sarsfield O’Donnell and Katherine M. Riley.

Meghan’s maternal grandmother is Jeanne Marie LaPalm (the daughter of Joseph Lawrence Lapalm and Jeanette E. Poudrier). Meghan’s great-grandfather Lawrence was the son of Horace Louis Lapalm and Albertine LaPrade, both of whom were the children of French-Canadian parents. Meghan’s great-grandmother Jeanette was also of French-Canadian origin, the daughter of Elzear Joseph Poudrier and Corina/Corrine Raymond. Megan’s grandmother’s ancestry also includes remote English and Guernsey (Channel Islander).

Meghan’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her 12th great-grandmother, Marguerite Gravel (c. 1610, Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France – September 28, 1659, Soubise, Charente-Maritime, France).

Sources: Genealogies of Meghan Trainor (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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