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John Wozniak

by madman on January 15, 2017

Birth Name: John Keith Wozniak

Place of Birth: Ramsey, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: January 19, 1971

Ethnicity: Irish (paternal grandmother), Mexican (maternal grandmother), Polish, Ukrainian, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish

John Wozniak is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is the lead singer of the rock band Marcy Playground.

John is the son of Nora Lynn (Ashinhurst) and Robert Howard Wozniak, a psychologist. John’s father’s ancestry is half Irish, with his other roots likely being Polish and Ukrainian. John’s mother was of English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and Scottish descent on one side and Mexican (Spanish, Basque, possibly other) on the other.

John’s paternal grandfather was John Michael Wozniak (the son of Michael Wozniak and Mary Ann Stadnik). The surnames “Wozniak” and “Stadnik” are Polish and Ukrainian in origin, respectively.

John’s paternal grandmother was Mary Agnes Flood (the daughter of Peter Andrew Flood and Mary Ellen Rankin). Peter was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, John Francis Flood and Mary E. McAloon. John’s great-grandmother Mary Ellen was born in Warrington, Pennsylvania, also to Irish parents, Samuel G. Rankin and Margaret Grady.

John’s maternal grandfather was Horace Keith Ashinhurst (the son of Joel Ellerine Ashinhurst and Nora Loraine Thrasher). Joel was the son of Joel E. Ashinhurst and Nancy Elerine Neighbors. Nora was the daughter of William Robert Thrasher and Edna Niles Simpson.

John’s maternal grandmother was Helen Verastegui (the daughter of Enrique Casterllon Verastegui and Rose Arias). Enrique was born in Rio Verde, Mexico. Rose was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and was likely the daughter of Bernadino Arias and Armenia, who were both born in California, to Mexican parents.

Sources: Obituary of John’s paternal grandfather, John Michael Wozniak –

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

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

Genealogies of John’s maternal grandfather, Horace Keith Ashinhurst –

Genealogy of John’s maternal grandmother, (Helen Verastegui) Ashinhurst –

Likely John’s maternal great-grandmother, Rose Arias, on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Van Morrison

by madman on January 11, 2017

Birth Name: George Ivan Morrison

Place of Birth: Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Date of Birth: August 31, 1945

Ethnicity: Northern Irish

Van Morrison is a Northern Irish singer, songwriter, and musician. He is the son of Violet (Stitt), a singer and dancer, and George Morrison, an electrician. He was brought up in a Protestant family.

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John Mellencamp

by madman on December 30, 2016

Birth Name: John J. Mellencamp

Place of Birth: Seymour, Indiana, United States

Date of Birth: October 7, 1951

Ethnicity: German, Scottish, English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Irish, Welsh, French, remote Belgian (Flemish)

John Mellencamp, also known as John Cougar Mellencamp, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, painter, and actor.

John is the son of Marilyn Joyce (Lowe) and Richard Lee Mellencamp.

John’s paternal grandfather was Harry Perry Mellencamp (the son of Johann/John Herman/Henry Louis Mellencamp/Mollenkamp/Melloncamp and Caroline/Carolyn “Carrie” Mary Mackey). John’s great-grandfather Johann was born in Columbus, Indiana, to German parents, from Enger, Germany, Johann/John Herman Friedrich/Louis Mellencamp/Mollenkamp and Anna Maria Bramsche. Caroline was the daughter of John Henry Mackey, who was German, and of Anna Maria Angelica Munte, who was likely of German descent as well.

John’s paternal grandmother was Laura L. Noblitt (the daughter of John Franklin Noblitt and Martha Ella/Ellen Ehlers/Ellers/Ellerson/Ellis). John’s great-grandfather John Noblitt was the son of Joel Vandeveer Noblitt and Elizabeth Codey McCalister/McCallister, and had Irish, French, English, Scottish, and Belgian (Flemish) ancestry. Martha was the daughter of Frederick James Ehlers, who was German, and of Martha Phemlot.

John’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Harrell Lowe (the son of Joseph Heber Lowe and Mary Louisa Belnap). John’s great-grandfather Joseph was born in Franklin, Idaho, to Scottish parents, Thomas Lowe and Eliza Galloway. Mary Louisa was the daughter of Gilbert Rosel Belnap, who was Canadian, and of Adaline Knight, and had English, and some Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), ancestry.

John’s maternal grandmother was Bessie E. Lowry (the daughter of Charles Clinton Lowry and Cora Ethel Whitsett). Bessie had Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Welsh, and English, ancestry. Charles was the son of John Alvin Lowry and Martha Ellen Whitsitt. Cora was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Whitsett and Hannah Margaret Morrison.

Sources: Genealogy of John Mellencamp –

Genealogy of John Mellencamp (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Heber Lowe –

Genealogies of John’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Louisa Belnap –

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandfather, Charles Clinton Lowry –

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Whitsett (focusing on his own father’s side) –

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Debbie Reynolds

by follers on December 28, 2016

Birth Name: Mary Frances Reynolds

Date of Birth: April 1, 1932

Place of Birth: El Paso, Texas, U.S.

Date of Death: December 28, 2016

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, small amounts of Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and German, distant French

Debbie Reynolds was an American singer, actress, businessperson, film historian, and humanitarian.

Debbie was the daughter of Maxine/Maxene N. (Harman/Harmon) and Raymond Francis Reynolds. With her former husband, singer and actor Eddie Fisher, she was the mother of actress and writer Carrie Fisher and filmmaker Todd Fisher, and the grandmother of actress Billie Lourd.

Debbie was raised a Nazarene. She was of English, small amounts of Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and German, and distant French, ancestry.

Debbie’s paternal grandfather was William Granville Reynolds (the son of James Jefferson Francis Reynolds and Darilla Ann Lair). James was the son of William Granville Reynolds and Sarah R. Williams. Darilla was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin “Frank” Lair and Frances “Fannie” Duval/Duvall.

Debbie’s paternal grandmother was Pearl Ruby Prigmore (the daughter of Joseph Martin/Monroe Prigmore and Nancy Elizabeth Vestal/Vestel or Mary Elizabeth Nicholson). Joseph was the son of Thomas Prigmore and Rachel Jennings. Nancy was the daughter of John Thomas Vestal and Miriam/Mariam Catherine Tate, and Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of Malachi Howell Nicholson and Elizabeth Maria Jamison.

Debbie’s maternal grandfather was Owen Harmon/Harman (the son of Solomon E. Harmon/Harman, Jr. and Sarah Catherine/Katherine Harper). Solomon was the son of Solomon E. Harman and Elizabeth Harman. Sarah was the daughter of Simeon Harper and Mary Ann Robison/Robinson.

Debbie’s maternal grandmother was Maxie Boone Dykeman (the daughter of William Tennessee Dykeman and Mary Adeline Rollins). William was the son of Samuel Henry Dykeman and Phebe/Phoebe Ann Wren. Mary Adeline was the daughter of Nester Boone Rollins and Julia Ann Elliott.

Sources: Genealogies of Debbie Reynolds –

Genealogy of Debbie Reynolds (focusing on her father’s side) –

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Michael Nouri

by madman on December 25, 2016

Birth Name: Michael David Nouri

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., United States

Date of Birth: December 9, 1945

*Iraqi (father)
*possibly Northern Irish (mother)

Michael Nouri is an American actor. He is known for his role as Nick Hurley in the film Flashdance (1983).

Michael is the son of Gloria (Montgomery) and Edmond Joseph Nouri. His father was born in Baghdad, Iraq. His mother is said to have Irish ancestry, though the surname “Montgomery” is more common among Northern Irish and/or Scottish people.

Source: Obituary of Michael’s father –

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