Josh Turner

by madman on March 21, 2017

Birth Name: Joshua Otis Turner

Place of Birth: Hannah, South Carolina, United States

Date of Birth: November 20, 1977

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, French Huguenot, German

Josh Turner is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He is the son of Karen Louise (Weaver) and Joe Otis Turner.

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Drexell Turner (the son of Alston Harlie Turner and Dovie Vermelle Gaskins). Alston was the son of Adger Legar/Legare Turner and Ida Emaline Altman. Dovie was the daughter of Madison Henry Harrison Gaskins and Nancy Vermelle/Vermel Hanna.

Josh’s paternal grandmother was Dora W. Wise (the daughter of Quincy Otis Wise and Dora Maybelle/Mabel Hayes). Quincy was the son of Joseph Willis Wise and Martha Ann Melton. Dora was the daughter of Hymasiah Bartell Hays/Hayes and Drucilla Poston.

Josh’s maternal grandfather was Franklin Eli Weaver (the son of Franklin Eli Weaver and Italene/Italine Poston). Franklin was the son of William Henry Weaver and Margaret Jane Rodgers. Italene was the daughter of John Rayford/James Poston and Mary Margaret Elizabeth Eaddy.

Josh’s maternal grandmother was Carolyn Richardson.

Sources: Genealogies of Josh Turner –

Genealogy of Josh’s father (through his sister, Jenny Mae Turner) –

Genealogies of Josh’s maternal grandfather, Franklin Eli Weaver –

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Sean Pertwee

by stlucas on March 1, 2017

Place of Birth: London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: June 4, 1964

*English, French Huguenot (father)
*German (mother)

Sean Pertwee is an English actor and voice actor. He was born in London, England, the son of actor Jon Pertwee (born John Devon Roland Pertwee) and Ingeborg Rhoesa. He has a sister, Dariel, who is also an actress.

Sean’s father was born in Chelsea, London, and had English, and French Huguenot ancestry through the surname Pertwee (originally Perthuis de Laillevault). Sean’s mother was German.

Sean’s paternal grandparents were Roland Pertwee (the son of Charles E. Pertwee and Emily Moore) and Avice Scholtz.

Sources: Genealogy of Sean Pertwee –

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Alexander Hamilton

by bearboy on February 26, 2017

Birth Name: Alexander John Hamilton

Date of Birth: January 11, 1757

Place of Birth: Charlestown, Nevis, British West Indies

Date of Death: July 12, 1804

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

*Scottish (father)
*English, more distant French Huguenot

Alexander Hamilton was an American statesman. He is a Founding Father of the United States. He served as Delegate to the Congress of the Confederation from New York, from November 4, 1782 to June 21, 1783, and from November 3, 1788 to March 2, 1789, as the 1st U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, from September 11, 1789 to January 31, 1795, and as Senior Officer of the Army, from December 14, 1799 to June 15, 1800.

Alexander was born in Charlestown, Nevis, British West Indies, the son of Rachel Betsy (Faucette/Fawcette/Fawcett) and James A. Hamilton. His father was of Scottish origin. His mother was said to be of English, and some French Huguenot, ancestry. Alexander was orphaned as a child. He arrived in the mainland United States in the early 1770s, living in New Jersey and New York.

Alexander’s paternal grandfather was Alexander Hamilton (the son of John Hamilton and Rebecca Cunningham). Alexander’s grandfather Alexander was a laird, from Grange, Ayrshire. John was the son of John Hamilton and Elizabeth Crawford/Craufurd. Rebecca was born in Craigends, Johnstone, Renfrewshire, the daughter of Alexander Cunningham and Janet Cunningham.

Alexander’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Pollock (the daughter of Sir Robert Bruce Pollack and Annabella/Annabel Maxwell or Stewart). Robert was born in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, Scotland, the son of Sir Robert Pollok and Jean Crawfurd. Annabella was the daughter of Sir George Maxwell and Annabella Stewart, or of Walter Stewart.

Alex’s maternal grandparents were John/Jean Fawcette/Faucette (the son of John Fawcett/Fawcette and Mary Painter) and Mary Uppinton/Uppington/ham.

Sources: Genealogies of Alexander Hamilton –

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Evan Dando

by madman on February 25, 2017

Birth Name: Evan Griffith Dando

Place of Birth: Essex, Massachusetts, United States

Date of Birth: March 4, 1967

*Welsh, English, German, French Huguenot, Irish, Swiss-German (father)
*Swedish, possibly other (mother)

Evan Dando is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is the singer and guitarist of the rock band The Lemonheads.

Evan is the son of Susan (Schmedes), a model, and Jeffrey Dando. He has stated:

My family have a history of religion and addictions. My grandfather was a Jesus freak and an alcoholic. I never met him – nor did my mother, for that matter. I come from a weird demon spawn, a couple of weird Swedes and a Welsh person or something.

Evan’s father has Welsh, English, German, French Huguenot, Irish, and Swiss-German, ancestry. The Swedish presumably comes from his mother’s side.

Evan’s paternal grandfather was William Albert Dando (the son of Albert James Dando and Anna W. Griffith). Albert’s father was Welsh. Anna was the daughter of William C. Griffith and Laura K. Walton.

Evan’s paternal grandmother was Margaret “Peg” Ellis (the daughter of Raymond Grant Ellis and Helen Alberta Trapier). Raymond was the son of George Wilson Ellis and Anna Mary Light. Helen was the daughter of William Shubrick/Whindam Trapier and Mary Ann Roberts, whose parents were English.

Evan’s maternal grandmother was Hazel D. Schmedes.

Sources: Evan’s paternal great-grandfather, Albert James Dando, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Evan’s paternal great-grandfather, Anna W. Griffith –

Genealogy of Evan’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Obituary of Evan’s paternal grandmother, Margaret “Peg” Ellis –

Genealogy of Evan’s paternal great-grandfather, Raymond Grant Ellis (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Evan’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Anna Mary Light –

Genealogy of Evan’s paternal great-great-grandfather, William Shubrick/Whindam Trapier –

Obituary of Evan’s maternal grandmother, Hazel D. –

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Tom Brokaw

by stlucas on February 8, 2017

Birth Name: Thomas John Brokaw

Place of Birth: Webster, South Dakota, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 6, 1940

Ethnicity: German, English, Irish, Swiss, Dutch, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), 1/256th French Huguenot, remote Welsh

Tom Brokaw is an American television journalist and author. He was the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004.

Tom is the son of Eugenia “Jean” (Conley) and Anthony Orville “Red” Brokaw.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was William Loren Brokaw (the son of Richard Patterson Brokaw and Anna M./E. Hyde). Richard was the son of Joseph Brokaw and Sarah Patterson. Anna was the daughter of Elias Hyde and Sarah Bethiah/Berthia Woodward.

According to Tom’s official website, he has French Huguenot ancestry through his “Brokaw” line, originally “Broucard”. His ancestor, John Broucard, was born, c. 1680, in New York, to Bourgon Broucard and Catherine Lefevre, who were French Huguenots. John’s wife, Sarah Teunis (van Middleswart), was born in New Jersey, to Dutch parents.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Elisabeth/Elizabeth Meuer. Her father was born “at sea”, likely of German descent, and her mother was German.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was James Henry Conley (the son of Thomas Conley and Matilda Moser). Thomas was born in Wisconsin, to Irish parents. Matilda was born in Minnesota, to Swiss parents, Henry Moser and Anna.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Lalla Ethel Baker (the daughter of Eugene Baker and Addie Bradford Sperry). Eugene was the son of Nathan M. Baker and Elmina. Addie was the daughter of Charles B. Sperry and Mary E.

Sources: Genealogies of Tom Brokaw –

Genealogy of Tom’s father –

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

Tom’s maternal grandfather, James Henry Conley, on the 1900 U.S. Census – (official website)

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