Jo Van Fleet

by madman on July 9, 2018

Birth Name: Catherine Josephine Van Fleet

Date of Birth: December 29, 1915

Place of Birth: Oakland, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Death: June 10, 1996

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

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, small amount of Dutch

Jo Van Fleet was an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for East of Eden (1955).

Jo was the daughter of Elizabeth Catherine “Bessie” (Gardner) and Roy Hugh Van Fleet. She was married to choreographer William Bales, until his death. The couple had a son.

Jo’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Erastus Van Fleet (the son of Hugh Hamilton Van Fleet and Isabella Fisher). Joseph was born in Michigan. Hugh was the son of William Van Fleet and Elizabeth Hamilton.

Jo’s paternal grandmother was named Nettie L. Clapp.

Sources: Genealogies of Jo Van Fleet (focusing on her father’s side) –

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Dean Jagger

by madman on July 9, 2018

Birth Name: Ira Dean Jagger

Date of Birth: November 7, 1903

Place of Birth: Monroe, Allen, Ohio, United States

Date of Death: February 5, 1991

Place of Death: Santa Monica, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, some German and Scottish

Dean Jagger was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Twelve O’Clock High (1949).

Dean was the son of Lillian/Lilly Lenora (Mayberry) and Albert Wilson Jagger. He was married to Etta Mae Norton, until his death. He had a daughter with his former wife, Gloria Ling.

Dean’s paternal grandfather was Wilson Naomi Jagger (the son of Elias Jagger and Mariah Conkle). Elias was the son of Silas Foster Jagger and Sarah Jagger Meeker. Mariah was the daughter of Jacob Conkle and Elizabeth Weaver.

Dean’s paternal grandmother was Eliza/Liza Jane Kidd (the daughter of Nathaniel Guy Kidd and Rhoda Jennings). Nathaniel was the son of William Kidd and Anna Kaywood.

Dean’s maternal grandfather was Mitchell H. Mayberry (the son of Wells Mayberry and Rebecca Close). Wells was the son of John Mayberry and Catharine Denerson. Rebecca was the daughter of John Close and Nancy Swalley.

Dean’s maternal grandmother was Cora Jane Leath/Leith (the daughter of Vincent Crawford Leith and Elizabeth Scott). Elizabeth was the daughter of William Scott and Jane Lippincott.

Source: Genealogy of Dean Jagger (focusing on his father’s side) –


Michelle Hurd

by stlucas on July 5, 2018

Michelle Hurd – 2016 PaleyFest Fall TV Preview – “Ash vs Evil Dead” TV Series – Arrivals – The Paley Center for Media – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

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

Date of Birth: December 21, 1966

*African-Jamaican (father)
*English, Scottish, German (mother)

Michelle Hurd is an American actress.

Michelle is the daughter of Merlyn Sue (Purdy) and actor Hugh Hurd (born Hugh Lincoln Hurd). Michelle’s sisters are Denise and Adrienne, who is an actress and dancer. Michelle is married to actor Garret Dillahunt.

Michelle’s paternal grandparents were George Hurd and Eltis A. George and Eltis were born in Jamaica, and were of Afro-Jamaican descent.

Michelle’s maternal grandfather was Reuben/Rueben Edward Purdy (the son of Ruben Edward Purdy and Martha A. McEwen). Reuben was born in Iowa. Ruben was born in Iowa, the son of Mynard Purdy and Susannah Pribble. Martha was born in Iowa, the daughter of Zachariah McEwen and Talma Brown.

Michelle’s maternal grandmother was Cora Caroline Kuehn (the daughter of Martin Julius Kuehn and Emma Caroline Buesing). Cora was born in Minnesota. Martin was born in Wisconsin, the son of German parents, Christian Fredrick Kuehn and Anna Carolina Jacobs. Emma was born in Minnesota, to parents from Germany.

Sources: Michelle’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Michelle’s parents –

Obituary of Michelle’s father –

Genealogy of Michelle’s mother (through her own brother, Max Allen Purdy) –

Obituary of Michelle’s uncle (mother’s brother), Bobby Lee Purdy –


Jude Demorest

by stlucas on July 5, 2018

Jude Demorest – Honda Stage Celebrates the Music of FOX’s “Star” TV Series – Arrivals – iHeartRadio Theater – Burbank, CA, USA – Photo Credit:

Birth Name: Claire Jude Demorest

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 11, 1992

*French, English, Scottish, Dutch (mother)

Jude Demorest is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and model.

Jude is the daughter of Rebecca Lyn “Becky” Demorest. Rebecca’s mother is mostly of French, English, Scottish, and Dutch descent.

Jude’s ancestry can be traced back on her mother’s side to David Davidse Demarest II and Rachel Cresson, who were born, c. 1655, in Germany and the Netherlands, respectively. Their families were originally from Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy, France (now Hauts-de-France, France).

Jude’s maternal grandfather was Donald L. “Don” Demorest (the son of Bert Cleveland Demorest and Mary Agnes Cross). Donald was born in Michigan. Bert was born in Michigan, the son of Edward P. Demorest, who was born in Ontario, Canada, and of Eliza Jane “Jennie” Hoy. Mary was the daughter of Charles Hiram Cross and Caroline Ellen Jury, who was born in Ontario, Canada.

Jude’s maternal grandmother is Anajayne Walker (the daughter of Alfred V. Walker and Marjorie L. “Margie” Spaulding). Anajayne was born in Michigan. Alfred was born in Michigan, the son of William Perez Walker and Eva Brooks. Marjorie was born in Michigan, the daughter of Fred Addleburg Spaulding/Spalding and Clara Hatt.

Source: Genealogy of Jude’s maternal grandfather, Donald L. “Don” Demorest –


Iain De Caestecker

by madman on July 5, 2018

Place of Birth: Glasgow, Scotland

Date of Birth: 29 December, 1987

Ethnicity: Scottish, likely Belgian

Iain De Caestecker is a Scottish actor. He is the son of Linda De Caestecker, a medical doctor.

His surname is often found in Belgium.

Photo by kathclick/

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