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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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John Thune

by madman on February 25, 2017

Birth Name: John Randolph Thune

Place of Birth: Pierre, South Dakota, United States

Date of Birth: January 7, 1961

Ethnicity: Norwegian (paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, distant Irish

John Thune is an American politician.

John is the son of Yvonne Patricia (Bodine) and Harold Richard Thune. His paternal grandfather was Norwegian. The rest of John’s ancestry is English, German, Scottish, and distant Irish.

John’s paternal grandfather was Nicholas Thune. Nicholas was Norwegian.

John’s paternal grandmother was Maude Luella Riley (the daughter of Henry Stephen Riley and Mary Jane Percival). Henry was the son of John Riley and Phredina Rawdon. Mary was the daughter of Warren Percival and Sophronia Eaton.

John’s maternal grandfather was Mahlon Leonard Leslie Bodine (the son of Marshall Erastius Sebastius Bodine and Margaret Isabelle Faulds). John’s grandfather Mahlon was born in Fingal, Ontario, Canada. Marshall was the son of Mahlon Bodine and Roxanne Wade, both of whom were born in Ontario, Canada, to American parents. Margaret was the daughter of Thomas Faulds, who was of Scottish origin, and Sarah Elizabeth Tuttle.

John’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Jane Miller (the daughter of Henry Miller and Ann/Anna Severin/Severien). Henry was born in Germany, the son of Henry Moeller and Sophie/Sophia. Ann was the daughter of John Severien and Dura Gobleby/Gobletry.

Sources: Genealogy of John Thune

Genealogy of John Thune (focusing on his mother’s side)

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

Genealogy of John’s paternal grandmother, Maude Luella Riley (focusing on her own father’s side)

Genealogy of John’s paternal grandmother, Maude Luella Riley (focusing on her own mother’s side)


Florence Henderson

by madman on February 25, 2017

Birth Name: Florence Agnes Henderson

Place of Birth: Dale, Indiana, United States

Date of Birth: February 14, 1934

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: November 24, 2016

Ethnicity: English, Irish, remote Scottish and French

Florence Henderson was an American actress and singer. She was the daughter of Elizabeth Pauline ‘Bessie’ (Elder) and Joseph Robert Henderson.

Florence’s paternal grandfather was Daniel Thomas Henderson (the son of Baylor Henderson and Elizabeth Milby). Baylor was the son of James Henderson and Elizabeth Barkley. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Wilson Milby and Catherine Larimore.

Florence’s paternal grandmother was Teresa Laha (the daughter of Daniel Laha and Catherine Holm). Daniel and Catherine were Irish immigrants.

Florence’s maternal grandfather was William Walter Elder (the son of Francis Xavier Elder and Margaret Molohon). Francis was the son of William W. Elder and Sarah Elizabeth Mattingly. Margaret was the daughter of James Molohon and Elizabeth Speake.

Florence’s maternal grandmother was Anna Justine Newton (the daughter of Henry Isaac Newton and Margarette Matilda Lewis). Henry was the son of Benedict Newton and Elizabeth Jane Cheshire. Margarette was the daughter of Joseph O. Lewis and Ann Nancy Hinton.

Source: Genealogy of Florence Henderson

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Mary Wollstonecraft

by madman on February 23, 2017

Date of Birth: April 27, 1759

Place of Birth: Spitalfields, London, England

Date of Death: September 10, 1797

Place of Death: Somerstown, London, England

*English (father)
*Irish (mother)

Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer, philosopher, and feminist advocate. Her daughter, with journalist and philosopher William Godwin, was writer Mary Shelley.

Mary was the daughter of Elizabeth (Dixon) and Edward John Wollstonecraft. Her father was born in London, England. Her mother was born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland.

Mary’s paternal grandparents were Edward Wollstonecraft (the son of Arnold Wollstonecraft) and Mary Trevett.

Source: Genealogy of Mary Wollstonecraft –


Elizabeth Vargas

by stlucas on February 23, 2017

Birth Name: Elizabeth Anne Vargas

Place of Birth: Bergenfield, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 6, 1962

*Puerto Rican [Spanish, Italian, possibly other] (father)
*Swedish, Irish, German (mother)

Elizabeth Vargas is an American television journalist and host. She was born in Bergenfield, New Jersey, to a Puerto Rican-American father, Rafael “Ralf” Vargas, and an American mother, Anne (Lammers). Elizabeth has a sister, Aimie, and a brother, Christopher Otis. Elizabeth was previously married to musician Marc Cohn. They have two children.

Rafael is said to have Spanish and Italian ancestry. Anne is of Swedish, German, and Irish descent.

Elizabeth’s paternal grandfather was originally from Puerto Rico.

Elizabeth’s maternal grandfather was Otis S. Lammers (the son of George A. Lammers and Ida S. Johnson). George was born in Minnesota, to a father from Germany and a mother from Sweden. Ida was born in Sweden, to Swedish parents.

Elizabeth’s maternal grandmother was Lois Brennan (the daughter of James R. Brennan and Sarah L.). Both James and Sarah were born in Minnesota, to parents from Ireland.


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