Kip Thorne

by Manila on March 27, 2018

Kip Thorne – 28th Annual American Cinematheque Award Honoring Matthew McConaughey – Arrivals – The Beverly Hilton Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA, USA –  Photo Credit: Kazuki Hirata / /

Birth Name: Kip Stephen Thorne

Place of Birth: Logan, Utah, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 1, 1940

Ethnicity: Breton, Cornish, Dutch [including Frisian], English, French, German, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Welsh, 1/8 Danish, 1/8 Manx, 1/8 Swedish, small amount of Belgian [Flemish, Walloon], and Mohawk Native American

Kip Thorne is an American theoretical physicist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017.

His father, David Wynne Thorne, was a chemist, from Perry, Utah. His mother, Alison (Cornish), who was born in Chicago, Illinois, was an economist and the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in the discipline from Iowa State College.

Kip is married to professor of biokinesiology and physical therapy, Carolee Joyce Winstein. He has two children with his former wife, Linda Jean Peterson.

Kip’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his twelfth great-grandfather, Thomas Thorne, of North Molton, Devon, England.

Kip’s paternal grandfather was Milton Jefferson Thorne (the son of Richard Thorn and Rebecca Ann Osborn). Richard was the son of Asahel Thorn and Sarah Lester. Rebecca was the daughter of David Osborn and Cynthia Butler.

Kip’s paternal grandmother was Elmerta Eugenia Nelson (the daughter of Hans Peter Nielsen, later Nelson, and of Viroqua Vilate Neeley). Hans was a Danish emigrant, from Hårup, and was the son of Niels Hans Nielsen (later Nelson) and Ingeborg Sophia Hansdatter. Viroqua was the daughter of William Neeley and Helen Cravath.

Kip’s maternal grandfather was Newell Howland Cornish (the son of Robert Nephi Cornish and Emma Jane Howland). Robert was a Manx emigrant, from Onchan, and was the son of William Cornish and Elizabeth Keig. Emma was the daughter of Henry Howland and Martha Diana Case.

Kip’s maternal grandmother was Louise Larson (the daughter of Alof Larson and May Louise Hunt). Alof was the son of Swedish emigrants, Måns Larsson (later Mons Larson), of Skeglinge, Skåne, and of Elna Olsdotter Malmström, of Lund, Skåne. May was the daughter of John Hunt and Lois Barnes Pratt.

Kip’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fourteenth great-grandmother, Elizabeth (1474, Glastonbury, Somerset, England – 1549, Somerset).

Sources: Genealogy of Kip Thorne –

Genealogy of Kip’s father –

Genealogy of Kip’s mother –


Chris Stapleton

by Manila on November 9, 2017

Chris Stapleton, Morgane Stapleton – 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards – Arrivals – T-Mobile Arena, 3780 South Las Vegas Boulevard – Las Vegas, NV, USA – Photo Credit: PRN /

Birth Name: Christopher Alvin Stapleton

Place of Birth: Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United States

Date of Birth: April 15, 1978

Ethnicity: Dutch, English, French, German, Irish, Manx, Scottish, Swedish, Welsh, as well as remote Breton and Finnish

Chris Stapleton is an American country singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

Chris’ father, Herbert Joseph “Herb” Stapleton, Jr., was a coal miner and electrical engineer, from Logan, West Virginia. Chris’ mother, Carol J. (Mace), worked at the local health department.

Chris is married to singer and songwriter Morgane Hayes, with whom he has two children.

Chris’ patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his 29th great-grandfather, Galfridas de Stapleton.

Chris’ paternal grandfather was Herbert Joseph Stapleton, Sr. (the son of Troy “Charley” Stapleton and Kate “Kattie” Stephens). Troy was the son of James William “Willie” Stapleton and Minerva Belle Kimbler. Kate was the daughter of Joseph Daniel “Dan/Joe” Stephens and Mary Ellen Colegrove.

Chris’ paternal grandmother is Minnie Osburn (the daughter of Wayne Osburn and Zell Toppins). Wayne was the son of Thomas Robert Osburn and Polly Ann Tomblin. Zell was the daughter of John Toppins and Harriet “Hattie” Queen.

Chris’ maternal grandfather was Alvin Nathan Mace (the son of Harry Millard Mace and Avis Ezenia Shawver). Harry was the son of Henry Mace and Agnes Roseann Edens. Avis was the daughter of Herndon Lindsay Shawver and Virginia Belle “Virgie” Cavender.

Chris’ maternal grandmother was Jatama Alegris O’Dell (the daughter of Curtis John O’Dell and Leatha Jane McCutcheon). Curtis was the son of Daniel Preston O’Dell and Cynthia Charlotte McCutcheon. Leatha was the daughter of William Elijah McCutcheon and Anna Jane Boley.

Chris’ matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fifth great-grandmother, Rachel Shroyer (c. 1794, Virginia – 1894, Nicholas County, West Virginia).

Sources: Birth record of Chris Stapleton –

Obituaries of Chris’ father –

Birth record of Chris’ paternal grandfather, Herbert Joseph Stapleton –

Obituary of Chris’ paternal grandfather, Herbert Joseph Stapleton, Sr. –

Chris’ paternal great-grandfather, Troy Stapleton, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Chris’ paternal great-grandmother, Kate Stephens, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Chris’ paternal great-great-grandparents, Joseph Daniel Stephens and Mary Ellen Colegrove –

Chris’ paternal grandmother, Minnie Osborn, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Chris’ paternal great-grandparents, Wayne Osborn and Zell Toppins –

Marriage record of Chris’ maternal grandparents, Alvin Nathan Mace and Jatama Alegris O’Dell –

Marriage record of Chris’ maternal great-grandparents, Harry Millard Mace and Avis Ezenia Shawver –

Obituary of Chris’ maternal grandmother, Jatama Alegris (O’Dell) Mace –

Marriage record of Chris’ maternal great-grandparents, Curtis John O’Dell and Leatha Jane McCutcheon –


Mike Cernovich

by madman on April 17, 2017

Birth Name: Michael C. Cernovich

Place of Birth: Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 17, 1977

Ethnicity: Croatian (paternal grandfather), English, Manx, Irish, German, possibly other

Mike Cernovich is an American social media personality, writer, and conspiracy theorist. He is the son of Diana Lynn (Riley) and Michael John Cernovich.

Mike’s father is of one half Croatian and one quarter Manx descent. Mike’s mother has English, and likely Irish and German, ancestry. Mike’s mother has also written that she is of one eighth Cherokee Native American descent. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

Mike’s paternal grandfather was Mike Cernovich (the son of John Cernovich and Anna/Anne Matušić). John and Anna were Croatian immigrants. Anna was born in Gromača, the daughter of Niko Matušić and Anica Bronzić.

Mike’s paternal grandmother was Shirley Ann Brew (the daughter of Greba/Greeba C. Brew). Shirley was born in Illinois. Greba was born in Iron River, Michigan, to parents from Malew, Isle of Man, John James Brew and Matilda Rebecca Taggart.

Mike’s maternal grandfather was Edward Riley. Edward was born in Blackpool, England.

Mike’s maternal grandmother was Edna Jo Clemons (the daughter of John Thomas Clemons and Ludie E. Cline). Edna was born in Tennessee. John was the son of Charles Abner Clemons and Frances Odessa “Dessie” Roberts.

Sources: Obituary of Mike’s paternal great-aunt, Mary (Cernovich) Dragojevich –

Genealogy of Mike’s paternal great-grandmother, Anna/Anne Matušić –

Obituary and genealogy of Mike’s paternal grandmother, Shirley Ann (Brew) Cernovich (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Obituary of Mike’s maternal great-aunt, Pearl (Clemons) Capuano –

Genealogy of Mike’s maternal grandmother, Edna Jo Clemons (through Edna’s brother, Hill J. Clemons) –

Mike’s maternal grandmother, Edna Jo Clemons, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Mike’s maternal great-grandparents, John Thomas Clemons and Ludie E. Cline, on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Coco Vandeweghe

by stlucas on March 21, 2017

Birth Name: Colleen Hutchins Mullarkey

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

Date of Birth: December 6, 1991

Ethnicity: Irish, Belgian/Flemish, Austrian, German, Manx, English

Coco Vandeweghe is an American professional tennis player. She was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Robert “Bob” Kennish Mullarkey and Tauna Kay (Vandeweghe).

Coco’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Francis Xavier Mullarkey (the son of James Mullarkey and Florence). Thomas was born in New York, to parents from Ireland.

Coco’s paternal grandmother was Theresa Ann Mall (the daughter of John Sylvester Mall and Laura Kennish).

John’s parents were Alois Mall and Clara Holz. John was born in Colorado, to an Austrian father, and an American mother of German ancestry.

Laura’s parents were William Kennish (the son of Robert Kennish and Dora H. Skeels) and Martha Elizabeth Harshman (the daughter of Frank Nathan Harshman and Laura Ellen Bullard). Robert was born in the Isle of Man, to an English father and a Manx mother.

Coco’s maternal grandmother was Miss America 1952, Colleen Kay Hutchins. Colleen’s mother’s surname was Perry.

Coco’s maternal grandfather was basketball player Ernest Maurice “Ernie” Vandeweghe, Jr. His parents were Ernest Maurice Van de Weghe, Sr. and Mary Smith (the daughter of Rufus Smith). Ernest Maurice, Sr. was born in New York, to a father from Belgium, of Flemish descent, and a mother from Germany.

Coco’s uncle (mother’s brother) is basketball executive Kiki Vandeweghe.


Marriage record of Coco’s parents –

Obituary of Coco’s paternal grandfather, Thomas F. X. Mullarkey –

Genealogy of Coco’s paternal grandmother, Theresa Ann Mall –

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Dan Reynolds

by madman on August 2, 2016

45th Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York City - Arrivals

Birth Name: Daniel Coulter Reynolds

Place of Birth: Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 14, 1987

*English, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, French, remote Dutch (father)
*English, Danish, Manx (mother)

Dan Reynolds is an American singer, songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is the lead singer of the rock band Imagine Dragons. The band’s members also include Wayne Sermon, Ben McKee, and Daniel Platzman.

Dan is the son of Christene M. (Callister) and Ronald Harold Reynolds, a lawyer and author. He was raised in the Mormon faith. Dan is married to musician Aja Volkman, with whom he has three children. Aja is also a member of the LDS church.

Dan’s father has English, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, French, and remote Dutch, ancestry. Dan’s mother is of 9/16ths English, 5/16ths Danish, and 1/8th Manx descent. Dan’s mother is descended only from fairly recent immigrants; all of Dan’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents were born outside the United States.

Dan’s patrilineal line can be traced back to his eighth great-grandfather, John Reynolds, who was born, c. 1630, in Llanwnnog, Montgomeryshire, Wales.

Dan’s paternal grandfather was Harold Noland Reynolds (the son of William Rodger/Roger Reynolds and Rosa Annabella/Annabelle McClane). William was the son of Richard Reynolds, who was born in Ohio, to a Welsh father and an English mother, and of Sarah Elizabeth Rower. Rosa was the daughter of John James McClane and Emma Isabelle Dinsmore, who was born in Ohio, to a Scots-Irish/Northern Irish father and a Scottish mother.

Dan’s paternal grandmother was Bethel Ernestine Talbott (the daughter of Chester Adrian Talbott and Susan Maria/Elizabeth Steck). Chester was the son of Allen Emery Talbott and Mary Annette McCleary. Susan was the daughter of James Coulter Steck and Lydia Ann Watson.

Dan’s maternal grandfather was Robert Marshall Callister (the son of Norval Eddington Callister and Ada May Hemsley). Norval was the son of Edward Henry Callister, who was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to parents from the Isle of Man, and of Louisa Jane Eddington, who was also born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to English parents. The surname Eddington possibly originates in Scotland or Ireland. Dan’s great-grandmother Ada was the daughter of James Hemsley, who was born in Dixie, Utah, to an English father and a Danish mother; and of Annie Robinson, who was English.

Dan’s maternal grandmother was Marco Rushton Christensen (the daughter of Christen N. Christensen and Edith Lenora Rushton). Dan’s great-grandfather Christen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, the son of Axel Christensen and Anna Marie Nielsen. Edith was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to English parents, Edwin Rushton and Sarah Naomi Robinson.

Sources: Genealogy of Dan Reynolds –

Genealogies of Dan Reynolds (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogies of Dan’s father, Ronald Reynolds (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogies of Dan’s paternal grandfather, Harold Noland Reynolds –

Genealogy of Dan’s paternal great-grandfather, William Rodger/Roger Reynolds (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Genealogies of Dan’s paternal grandmother, Bethel Ernestine Talbott –

Genealogies of Dan’s paternal great-grandmother, Susan Maria/Elizabeth Steck (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Dan’s mother, Christene Callister (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Dan’s maternal grandfather, Robert Marshall Callister –

Genealogy of Dan’s maternal grandmother, Marco Rushton Christensen –

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