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Paul McGill

by stlucas on March 27, 2018

Paul McGill – “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” Opening Night at Pantages Theatre in Hollywood – Arrivals – Pantages Theatre – Hollywood, CA, USA –  Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos 

Birth Name: Paul Edwin McGill III

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 3, 1987

Ethnicity: Northern Irish, Irish, German, Austrian, 1/8th Italian, 1/8th Lithuanian

Paul McGill is an American actor, choreographer, and film, stage, and television director.

Paul is the son of Shari (Lienert) and Paul Edwin McGill II. He has a sister, Emily. His father has Northern Irish, Irish, and German roots. His mother is of German, Austrian, Italian, and Lithuanian ancestry.

Paul’s paternal grandfather likely was Paul Edwin McGill (the son of Frank J. McGill and Catherine A. Ward). Frank was born in Northern Ireland. Catherine was the daughter of Michael F. Ward, whose parents were Irish, and of Mary, whose parents were also Irish.

Paul’s paternal grandmother likely was Edna Frances Depp (the daughter of Anthony J. Depp and Mary Ellen Herold/Harold). Anthony was the son of German parents, Martin Depp and Anna Spatz. Mary Ellen was the daughter of Isabell/Bella Gallagher.

Paul’s maternal grandfather was John W. Lienert, Jr. (the son of John Lienert, Sr. and Marcella Kaiser). Paul’s great-grandfather John was born in Austria. Marcella was born in Pennsylvania, to German parents.

Paul’s maternal grandmother was Jean E. Repetti (the daughter of Charles C. Repetti and Anna Lezduska/Lazdauska). Charles was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Italy. Anna was from Lithuania.

Sources: Marriage record of Paul’s paternal grandparents, Paul Edwin McGill and Edna Frances Depp –

Obituary of Paul’s paternal grandfather, Paul Edwin McGill –

Obituary of Paul’s paternal grandmother, Edna Frances (Depp) McGill –

Marriage record of Paul’s maternal grandparents, John W. Lienert, Jr. and Jean E. Repetti –

Obituary of Paul’s maternal grandmother, Jean E. (Repetti) Lienert –

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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 –


Erik Stocklin

by stlucas on March 24, 2018

Birth Name: Erik Flynn Stocklin

Place of Birth: Freehold Township, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 24, 1982

Ethnicity: Irish, English, Northern Irish, German, distant Polish and French

Erik Stocklin is an American actor and composer.

Erik is the son of Anita Kay/Koy (Smith) and Brian Flynn Stocklin.

Erik’s paternal grandmother was Alma Katherine Sheehan (the daughter of Stephen Sullivan Sheehan and Theresa C. Flynn). Stephen was the son of Timothy Sheehan, who was Irish, and of Ellen F., whose parents were Irish.

Erik’s maternal grandfather was Blanchard Drake Smith, Jr. (the son of Blanchard Drake Smith, Sr. and Anita Eva Koy). Blanchard was the son of Euler Beaufort Smith and Blanche Drake. Anita was the daughter of Anthony/Anton John Koy, who was born in Kadlub, Prussia (now Poland), and Elise Brune/Bruner, whose parents were from Germany.

Erik’s maternal grandmother was Mary Seabrook (the daughter of Edward Marion Seabrook, Jr. and Sarah Dougherty Mell). Erik’s great-grandfather Edward was the son of Edward Marion Seabrook, Sr. and Sophie Lee Houston. Sarah was the daughter of Charles Irwin Mell and Mary Bones Dougherty, whose father was from Northern Ireland.

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Ryan Gaul

by stlucas on March 20, 2018

Ryan Gaul – “Killing Gunther” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – TCL Chinese Theater, Hollywood & Highland, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA –  Photo Credit: /

Birth Name: Ryan F. Gaul

Place of Birth: Damariscotta, Maine, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 29, 1973

Ethnicity: French-Canadian, English, Northern Irish

Ryan Gaul is an American writer and actor.

Ryan is the son of Mary (Tompkins) and David R. Gaul.

Ryan’s paternal grandparents were Howard R. Gaul and Elizabeth W. Johnson. Howard was born in Canada, and likely was the son of Constantine Gaul and Annie Eliza Collins. Elizabeth was English.

Ryan’s maternal grandfather was named M. Hobart Tompkins.

Ryan’s maternal grandmother was Helen Ann Quinn (the daughter of John Quinn and Catherine/Katherine). John was born in New Jersey, to a father from Northern Ireland and a mother from England. Catherine was born in New Jersey, to Northern Irish parents.

Sources: Obituary of Ryan’s uncle (father’s brother), Lawrence M. Gaul –

Obituary of Ryan’s maternal grandmother, Helen Ann (Quinn) Tompkins –


Maya Hawke

by madman on March 19, 2018

Birth Name: Maya Thurman Hawke

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

Date of Birth: July 8, 1998

Ethnicity: English, as well as German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, 1/16th Swedish, 1/32 Danish

Maya Hawke, also known as Maya Thurman-Hawke, is an American actress and model. She is the daughter of actress and model Uma Thurman and actor and filmmaker Ethan Hawke.

Maya’s paternal grandfather is James Steven Hawke (the son of Frank Taylor Hawke and Betty Virginia Hartsock). James was born in Illinois. Frank was the son of Ronald M. Hawke and Edith S./M. Mosher. Betty was the daughter of Herbert Clark “Bert” Hartsock and Winifred/Winifrede Eliza Macy.

Maya’s paternal grandmother is Leslie Carole Green (the daughter of Howard Lemuel Green and Rosalie Carole Turner). Leslie was born in Texas. Howard was a minor-league baseball commissioner, and served five terms in the Texas Legislature. He was the son of Thomas Lemuel Green and Susie Idella/Della W. Hall. Maya’s great-grandmother Rosalie was the daughter of George Ross Turner and Annie Ruth Lane.

Maya’s maternal grandfather is Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman (the son of Beverly Reid Thurman, Jr. and Elizabeth Dean Farrar). Robert was born in New York. He is a professor of Tibetan Buddhism, at Columbia University, and was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Beverly was the son of Beverly Reid Thurman, Sr. and Huella Gibson Bedford. Elizabeth was the daughter of Preston Cooke Farrar and Edna Violet Patterson.

Maya’s maternal grandmother is Nena Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrügge (the daughter of Friedrich Karl Johannes Baron von Schlebrügge and Brigit Olga Holmquist). Nena was born in Mexico City, Mexico, and is a model. Friedrich was German, from Oberglogau, Schlesien, and was the son of Friedrich Karl Bernhard Felix Heinrich Franz von Schlebrügge and Nanny Schultz. Brigit was born in Trelleborg, Sweden, the daughter of Albert Emil Fredrik Holmquist and Julie Tora Krüger/Krueger, who herself was born in Sweden, to a German father and a Danish mother.

Sources: Genealogies of Maya Hawke –

Genealogy of Maya’s father –

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

Genealogy of Maya’s paternal great-grandfather, Frank Taylor Hawke –

Genealogy of Maya’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Nathan Nichols Mosher (through Nathan’s sister, Rachel (Mosher) Fulkerson) –

Maya’s paternal great-grandmother, Betty Virginia Hartsock, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Betty Virginia Hartsock on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Maya’s paternal great-grandmother, Betty Virginia (Hartsock) Hawke –

Marriage record of Maya’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Herbert Clark “Bert” Hartsock and Winifred/Winifrede Eliza Macy –

Genealogy of Maya’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Winifred/Winifrede Eliza Macy –

Birth record of Maya’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Winifred/Winifrede Eliza Macy –

Death record of Maya’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Edmund Antram “Ed” Macy –

Genealogies of Maya’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Maya’s paternal great-great-great-grandmother, Cynthia Evelyn Hall –

Genealogy of Maya’s mother –

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