Janet Leigh

by bablah on August 17, 2017

Birth Name: Janett Helen Morrison

Date of Birth: July 6, 1927

Place of Birth: Merced, California, United States

Date of Death: October 3, 2004

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

*English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, Swiss-German, remote French (father)
*Danish (mother)

Janet Leigh was an American actress, singer, dancer and author. She is the mother of actresses Kelly Curtis and Jamie Lee Curtis, with her former husband, actor Tony Curtis.

Janet’s paternal grandfather was John Beauregard Morrison (the son of McHenry Henry Morrison and Susan Ellen/Eliza Tichenor/Titchenal). Susan was the daughter of William Herbert Titchenal and Sarah Ann Dickason.

Janet’s paternal grandmother was Katharine/Katherina/Katherine Francis/Frances Reeb (the daughter of George Reeb/Rube and Rosina Hunziker). George was born in Zutzendorf Bas-Rhin, France, to an ethnic German family, the son of Johann Theobald Reeb and Margaretha Elizabetha Hanns. Rosina was born in Switzerland, of Swiss-German descent.

Janet’s maternal grandparents were Wilhelm/William Marius/Marios Anders Westergaard and Lita Olga Gordia Magelia Kofoed/Coffee (the daughter of Peter Lucius Kofoed/Coffee, from Ronne, and of Margarethe Kristine/Laura Larsen). Wilhelm and Lita were Danish.

Sources: Genealogies of Janet Leigh –

Genealogy of Janet Leigh (focusing on her father’s side) –

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Lee Toland Krieger

by stlucas on August 8, 2017

Lee Toland Krieger – “Four Stories” Los Angeles Premiere – W Hotel – Westwood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Emiley Schweich / PR Photos

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

Date of Birth: January 24, 1983

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Dutch, Welsh, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, English (mother)

Lee Toland Krieger is an American film director and screenwriter.

Lee is the son of Jane “Robin” (Toland) and Steven “Steve” E. Krieger.

Lee’s paternal grandfather was actor Lee Krieger, who was born Lee Isaac (or Isaac Lee) Krieger in Baltimore, Maryland, to a Jewish family. His mother’s surname was Perlman.

Lee’s maternal grandfather was Alexander Brown Toland (the son of Owen Jones Toland and Alexandra Brown Dolan). Owen was the son of Edward Dale Toland and Charlotte Graham Rush. Alexandra was the daughter of Clarence William Dolan and Rosalie Carson Brown, who was born in Paris, France.

Lee’s maternal grandmother was Jane Burnham Van Pelt (the daughter of John Van Pelt and Marian Dennison Grant). John was the son of Charles Edward Van Pelt and Ellen Dorothy Hughes, whose own father was from Wales and whose own mother was from Ireland.

Sources: Birth record of Lee Toland Krieger –

Death record of Lee’s paternal grandfather, Lee Isaac/Isaac Lee Krieger –

Lee’s maternal great-grandfather, John Van Pelt, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary and Genealogy of Lee’s maternal grandmother, Jane Burnham (Van Pelt) Carstensen –


Mary Chapin Carpenter

by madman on August 7, 2017

Mary Chapin Carpenter – 30th Annual “Human Rights First” Award Dinner – Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

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

Date of Birth: February 21, 1958

Ethnicity: English, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, Scottish, smaller amounts of Danish, French/French-Dominican Republic, German, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and Dutch

Mary Chapin Carpenter is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She is the daughter of Mary Bowie (Robertson) and Chapin Carpenter Jr., a Life Magazine executive.

Mary’s ancestry is English, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, Scottish, with small amounts of Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), French, Dutch, and German. One of Mary’s fourth great-grandmothers, Sophie Carre, was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, of French descent. One of Mary’s fourth great-grandfathers, George Louis Hammeken, was evidently born in Tunisia, to a family of Danish consuls in Algeria, Tunisia, and New York. His ancestry is not completely clear, although it likely included Danish and German (his mother’s maiden name, “Gordon”, might imply Scottish ancestry).

Mary’s paternal grandfather was Chapin Carpenter (the son of James Stratton Carpenter and Lillian Louise Chapin). James was the son of John Thomas Carpenter and Eliza Adelaide Hill. Lillian was the daughter of Asahel Chapin and Louise Jane Horton.

Mary’s paternal grandmother was Mary Ruth Smyth/Smythe (the daughter of William T. Smyth/Smythe and Mary Reese/Rees). William was born in Schull, Cork, Ireland, to William Smyth/Smythe, who was Cornish, and Elizabeth Caverly, who was Irish. Mary was born in Wales.

Mary’s maternal grandfather was Harrison Marshal/Marshall Robertson (the son of Harrison Robertson and Mary Longley Vawter). Harrison was the son of Harrison Robertson and Eliza Marshall. Mary was the daughter of Charles Erastus Vawter and Virginia Harriet Longley.

Mary’s maternal grandmother was Mary McRae McKenzie/MacKenzie (the daughter of John Pinkerton McKenzie/MacKenzie and Mary Sherwin Rice). John was born in London, England, to American parents, Colin McKenzie/MacKenzie and Christiana Sophia Bowie. Mary was the daugther of Charles Davis Rice and Lucy Ella McRae.

Sources: Genealogies of Mary Chapin Carpenter –

Genealogy of Mary’s father –


Talitha Bateman

by madman on July 30, 2017

Place of Birth: Turlock, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 4, 2001

Ethnicity: English, German, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Irish, Scottish

Talitha Bateman is an American actress. She is the daughter of Jonelle A. (Hassell) and Tim Bateman. Her brother is actor Gabriel Bateman.

Talitha’s paternal grandfather was John Bateman.

Talitha’s paternal grandmother was Sandy Lee Hubbard (the daughter of James Elbert “Al” Hubbard and Wanda Mae Blake). James was the son of Harry Hubbard and Nellie Keisling. Wanda was the daughter of Martin Uriah Blake and May/Maybe O.

Sources: Obituary of Talitha’s paternal grandmother, Sandy Lee (Hubbard) Bateman –

Genealogy of Talitha’s paternal great-grandfather, James Elbert “Al” Hubbard (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Talitha’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Nellie Keisling, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Talitha’s paternal great-grandmother, Wanda Mae (Blake) Hubbard –

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Jesse Johnson

by madman on July 27, 2017

Birth Name: Jesse Wayne Johnson

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 7, 1982

Ethnicity: English, French, Irish, Swiss-German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, German, remote Dutch

Jesse Johnson is an American actor. He is the son of actors Patti D’Arbanville (Patricia Mary D’Arbanville) and Don Johnson (Donnie Wayne Johnson). His half-sister is actress Dakota Johnson.

Jesse’s father is of English, with some Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, German, and remote Dutch and French Huguenot, descent. His mother has French, Irish, English, Swiss-German, and German, ancestry.

Jesse’s paternal grandfather is Freddie/Fred Wayne Johnson (the son of Frederick Franklin Johnson and Lena Breckenridge). Jesse’s great-grandfather Frederick was the son of Jesse Bynum Johnson and Bessie Olive Griffin. Lena was the daughter of James C. Breckenridge and Lona Belle Perkins.

Jesse’s paternal grandmother is Eva Lea “Nell” Wilson (the daughter of Marshall Venus Wilson and Florence Leatha Greenway). Marshall was the son of Alexander Wilson and Nellie Florence Eutsler. Jesse’s great-grandmother Florence was the daughter of John M. Greenway and Millie Gold.

Jesse’s maternal grandfather was George Maurice D’Arbanville (the son of Maurice D’Arbanville and Mary Agnes Sullivan). Jesse’s great-grandfather Maurice was born in Louisiana, to French parents, his father being Charles D’Arbanville. Mary Agnes was born in Ireland, the daughter of Florence Sullivan and Hanory Leavy.

Jesse’s maternal grandmother was Jean Lynn Scott (the daughter of Norman L. Scott and Marion E. Buck). Norman was likely the son of William Elmer Scott, who had English, and some German, ancestry, and of Daisy Justina Pfaffly, who was of Swiss-German and French descent.

Sources: Genealogy of Jesse Johnson –

Genealogy of Jesse’s father (through Jesse’s half-sister, Dakota Johnson) –

Jesse’s maternal grandfather, George Maurice D’Arbanville, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Death record of Jesse’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Agnes Sullivan –

Obituary of Jesse’s maternal grandmother, Jean Lynn Scott –

Likely a genealogy of Jesse’s maternal great-grandfather, Norman L. Scott –

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