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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Melissa George

by stlucas on February 25, 2017

Birth Name: Melissa Suzanne George

Place of Birth: Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Date of Birth: August 6, 1976

Ethnicity: Scottish, possibly English

Melissa George is an American-Australian actress. She was born in Perth, Western Australia, the daughter of Pamela (Ward) and Glenn George.

One of her maternal great-grandfathers was named William Ward.

Regarding her ethnicity, she has stated:

“My background is Scottish. My grandmother, my dad’s mum, grew up outside Glasgow, so your humour is my humour – we just happen to have different accents”.

One of Melissa’s cousins is Australian opera singer and cellist Taryn Fiebig.

Melissa is married to French film producer and entrepreneur Jean-David Blanc.

Sources: Genealogy of Melissa George (private) –

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Walter Cronkite

by stlucas on February 23, 2017

Birth Name: Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr.

Date of Birth: November 4, 1916

Place of Birth: Saint Joseph, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Death: July 17, 2009

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

Ethnicity: German, 1/8 Scottish, English, distant Frisian and Dutch

Walter Cronkite was an American journalist, news anchor, and television and radio broadcaster. He was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, the son of Helen Lena/Lina (Fritsche) and Walter Leland Cronkite.

His father has Scottish, German, English, and distant Frisian and Dutch ancestry. His mother was of German descent.

Walter’s surname “Cronkite”, can be traced back to Herx Siboutzen Krankheijdt, from Frisia, who married, c. 1642, Wijntje Theunis, from Naarden, in the New Amsterdam Colony (now a part of Manhattan, New York City).

Walter’s paternal grandfather was Frederick Cronkite (the son of Spencer Cronkite and Ruth Ann Pierce). Spencer was the son of Tunis Cronkite and Caroline Curtis.

Walter’s paternal grandmother was Anna Louise Prussia (the daughter of Jessie Benham Prussia and Anna Boyd). Jessie was the son of William Kephart Prusia, whose father, Christian Prusia, was German, and of Salome Benham. Anna was originally from Scotland.

Walter’s maternal grandfather was Edward C. Fritsche/Fritschie (the son of Edward Charles Fritschie and Magdalena “Lina” Gerold). Walter’s great-grandparents Edward and Magdalena were from Altenburg, Thuringia, Germany.

Walter’s maternal grandmother was Mathilda Renz (the daughter of August Renz and Helen Greiss/Graeif). August was from Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Helen was from Prussia.

Sources: Genealogy of Walter Cronkite –

Obituary of Walter’s maternal grandmother, Mathilda (Renz) Fritsche –

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Eli Manning

by bearboy on February 21, 2017

Birth Name: Elisha Nelson Manning

Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 3, 1981

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish, German, and Swiss-German, remote French

Eli Manning is an American professional football player. He is an NFL quarterback, and plays for the New York Giants.

Eli is the son of Olivia (Williams) and Archie Manning (Elisha Archibald Manning). His father was also a professional football player, as is his brother, Peyton Manning.

Eli’s paternal grandfather was Elisha Archibald Manning (the son of Archibald Elisha Manning and Annie Sophia Gaddy). Eli’s great-grandfather Archibald was the son of Richard Elam Manning and Elizabeth Ann Pevey. Eli’s great-grandmother Annie was the daughter of John Columbus Gaddy and Virginia Johnson.

Eli’s paternal grandmother was Jane Elizabeth Nelson (the daughter of Joseph Lafayette Nelson and Olivia Beady).

Eli’s maternal grandfather was Amzie Cooper Williams (the son of Amzie Jackson Williams and Nannie Mae Stribling). Nannie was the daughter of John Nathaniel Stribling and Virginia Lee Lang.

Eli’s maternal grandmother was Frances Irene Thomas (the daughter of John James Seale Thomas and Mary Bell Warren). John was the son of Abraham Elijah Thomas and Virginia Eveline Seale. Mary Bell was the daughter of William Moses Warren and Clara Swan Hamilton.

Sources: Genealogies of Eli Manning –

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