Sam Witwer

by stlucas on June 15, 2018

Sam Witwer – The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle Miss Golden Globe 2013 Party – Arrivals – Cecconi’s Restaurant – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Samuel Stewart Witwer

Place of Birth: Glenview, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 20, 1977

Ethnicity: Basque (maternal grandmother), German, English, Norwegian, Scottish, Swiss-German

Sam Witwer is an American actor and musician.

Sam is the son of Susan “Susie” (Stewart) and Samuel Witwer.

Sam’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Weiler Witwer II (the son of Samuel Weiler Witwer and Lulu Catherine Richmond). Sam’s grandfather Samuel was born in Colorado. Sam’s great-grandfather Samuel was the son of Henry Witwer and Dexteretta Amelia Weiler. Lulu was the daughter of Curtis Rutt Richmond and Sarah H. Miller.

Sam’s paternal grandmother was Ethyl Lorraine Wilkins (the daughter of Jacob Calvin Wilkins and Nellie L. Nelson). Jacob’s father was German. Nellie was the daughter of Annie Johnson, whose mother was Canadian.

Sam’s maternal grandfather was Douglas Alonzo Stewart (the son of Isaac Alonzo Stewart and Alma Christine Reno). Isaac was the son of Anthony Stewart and Rachel Ann Lacy/Lacey. Alma was the daughter of Norwegian parents, Henrik Olsen Reno and Gurine Andersdatter Oxstad.

Sam’s maternal grandmother was Suzanne Jane Irigoin (the daughter of Jean Irigoin and Marianne/Marien Eyherabide). Suzanne was born in Montana, to Basque parents from France. Jean was born in Mendive, France, the son of Bernard Irigoin and Jane Berhabe. Marianne was born in Uhart-Cize, France, the daughter of Jean E. Eyherabide/Eyharabide and Katherine Erguy.

Sources: Genealogy of Sam’s paternal grandfather, Samuel Weiler Witwer II –

Obituary of Sam’s paternal grandmother, Ethyl Lorraine (Wilkins) Witwer –

Obituary of Sam’s maternal grandmother, Suzanne Jane (Irigoin) Stewart –

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Charlie Hofheimer

by stlucas on June 3, 2018

Charlie Hofheimer – Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary Celebration – Arrivals – The Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N Grand Avenue – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit:

Birth Name: Charles N. Hofheimer

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

Date of Birth: April 17, 1981

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*German, Swiss-German (mother)

Charlie Hofheimer is an American film, television, and theatre actor.

Charlie is the son of Alice (Kauffman) and Craig Hofheimer. Charlie was raised in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He is married to Shannon Lucio, with whom he has a child.

Charlie’s father is of German Jewish ancestry. Charlie’s mother is mostly of German and Swiss-German descent, and is from a Mennonite family.

Charlie’s paternal grandfather was Harry M. Hofheimer (the son of Jefferson Davis Hofheimer and Lillie/Lilly/Lily Jeanette/F. Wertheimer). Harry was born in Virginia. Jefferson was the son of Andrew J. Hofheimer and Rachel/Rachael. Lillie was the daughter of Hirsch Wertheimer, who was from Germany, and of Elizabeth Ochs, whose parents were from Germany.

Charlie’s paternal grandmother was Lois Jean Gundersheimer (the daughter of Allen Gundersheimer and Frances Joan Levy). Lois was born in Ohio. Allen was the son of Max Gundersheimer, whose parents were from Germany, and of Amelia Gumble, whose parents were also from Germany. Frances was the daughter of Solomon M. Levy, whose parents were from Germany, and of Hattie Kaichen/Kaechen, whose parents were also from Germany.

Charlie’s maternal grandfather was J. Howard Kauffman (the son of Earl Vernon Kauffman and Mary Ann Smucker). J. Howard was born in Ohio, and was a sociologist of Mennonite family life. Earl was the son of Nicolas Kauffman and Alice King. Mary Ann was the daughter of Levi Y. Smucker/Schmuker and Selina/Salina Kauffman.

Charlie’s maternal grandmother was Verda/Verday Pauline Lambright (the daughter of Frederick M. “Fred” Lambright and Mabel Elizabeth Miller). Verda was born in Indiana. Frederick was the son of Michael J. Lambright, whose father was German, and of Suzanne/Susan B. Yoder. Mabel was the daughter of Josiah J. Miller and Magdalena “Mattie” Yoder.


Marriage record of Charlie’s paternal grandparents, Harry Hofheimer and Lois Jean Gundersheimer –

Genealogy of Charlie’s paternal grandfather, Harry M. Hofheimer (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Charlie’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Max Gundersheimer (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Charlie’s mother –

Information about Charlie’s maternal grandfather, J. Howard Kauffman –

Information about Charlie’s mother’s surname –

Obituary of Charlie’s maternal grandmother, Verda Pauline (Lambright) Kauffman –


Jane Wiedlin

by savanna on May 29, 2018

Jane Wiedlin – 2014 Hollywood Bowl Opening Night and Hall of Fame Ceremony – Arrivals – Hollywood Bowl – Hollywood, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 Headshot – False – Photo Credit: Janice Ogata /

Birth Name: Jane Marie Genevieve Wiedlin

Place of Birth: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 20, 1958

*German, Swiss-German (father)
*Lebanese/Syrian (mother)

Jane Wiedlin is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known as the rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist of the rock band The Go-Go’s. She has also had a solo musical career.

Jane is the daughter of Betty Jane (Herro) and Robert Arthur Wiedlin, Sr. Her father was of German and Swiss-German ancestry. Her mother was of Lebanese/Syrian descent, and was from Oconomowoc, where many emigrants from Lebanon settled.

Jane’s paternal grandparents were Roy Vincent Wiedlin and Genevieve Catherine Bastian. Roy and Genevieve were born in Illinois.

Jane’s maternal grandparents were Joseph Kalel Herro (the son of Elias Herro) and Genevieve Nemior. Joseph and Genevieve were born in Syria.

Sources: Genealogies of Jane’s parents –

Jane’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Deran Sarafian

by stlucas on May 29, 2018

Deran Sarafian – WonderCon 2013 – Day 1 – Arrivals – Anaheim Convention Center – Anaheim, CA, USA – Keywords: head and upper-torso portrait, “Hemlock Grove”, producer, grey jacket, grey t-shirt, blue jeans Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Barbara Henderson / PR Photos

Birth Name: Deran C. Sarafian

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 17, 1958

*Armenian (father)
*German, Swiss-German, English, Scottish, Dutch (mother)

Deran Sarafian is an American film and television director, and actor.

Deran is the son of Helen Joan (Altman) and film director Richard Casper Sarafian. Among Deran’s siblings are screenwriter Tedi Sarafian and special effects expert Damon B. Sarafian. Deran has two children with his wife, actress Laurie Fortier. His uncle was director, screenwriter, and producer Robert Altman.

Deran’s paternal grandparents were Armenian.

Deran’s maternal grandfather was Bernard Clement Altman (the son of Frank Gerhardt Altman/Altmann and Annette Matilda Bolt). Frank was the son of German parents, Clement Altmann and Wilhelmina Rolling/Roling. Annette was the daughter of parents from Switzerland, Benjamin Bolt and Mary Elizabeth Smith.

Deran’s maternal grandmother was Helen Mathews (the daughter of Elisha Mathews and Gatie/Kittie L. Strawn). Elisha was the son of James Matthews and Ellen. Gatie was the daughter of Jacob Strawn and Mary Jane Patterson.

Sources: Genealogy of Deran Sarafian (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Deran’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) –

Deran’s maternal grandfather, Bernard Clement Altman, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Deran’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Deran’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Jacob Strawn –

Genealogy of Deran’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Isaiah Strawn (through Isaiah’s brother, John Strawn) –

Genealogy of Deran’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Phoebe Emerson Gates (through Phoebe’s sister, Maria Gates) –

Genealogy of Deran’s maternal great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Samuel Hale Gates –

Genealogy of Deran’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Susanna Emerson –


Sarah Vowell

by madman on May 27, 2018

Sarah Vowell – “The Incredibles” Hollywood Premiere – Arrivals – El Capitan Theatre – Hollywood, CA, USA – Keywords: – – – Photo Credit: Lee Roth / RothStock / PR Photos

Birth Name: Sarah Jane Vowell

Place of Birth: Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 27, 1969

Ethnicity: Swedish (paternal grandmother), English, Cherokee Native American, Scottish, German, Swiss-German, distant Irish

Sarah Vowell is an American historian, author, journalist, essayist, social commentator, and actress. She is the daughter of Janie Charlene (Parson) and Pat G. Vowell.

Sarah and her sister Amy has talked about their ancestry in a podcast on the radio program This American Life. There, Sarah said (on 05:18): “I’m an eighth Cherokee on my mother’s side, [and] about a sixteenth on my father’s.” Her sister said (on 06:09) that they have a Swedish grandmother, and (on 06:31): “we’re a little French and Scottish and English and Seminole too, typical American mutt.”

Sarah’s paternal grandmother was of Swedish descent, and both her grandfathers were of part Cherokee Native American descent. The rest of her documented ancestry is English, Scottish, German, Swiss-German, and distant Irish. It is not clear from where her French and Seminole Native American ancestry comes from.

Sarah’s paternal grandfather was Howell Carlile Vowell (the son of Charles Walter Vowell and Mary “Lena” Carlile). Howell was of Cherokee and European descent.

Sarah’s paternal grandmother was Esther Carolyn Lundin (the daughter of Alfred Lundin and Ellen Larm). Esther was born in Kansas, to Swedish parents.

Sarah’s maternal grandfather was Cisero Lafatte Parson (the son of Johnson Anderson Parson and Mary Harriet “Molly” Hinds). Johnson was born in Park Hill, Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma, the son of Peter “Kil-ah-nee-cah” Parson and Margaret Elizabeth Sanders, and was of Cherokee Native American, Scottish, and English descent. Mary was the daughter of William Henry Hinds and Mary Jane Baughman, and had German, English, Swiss-German, and some Irish, ancestry.

Sarah’s maternal grandmother was Pearl Viletty Gilstrap (the daughter of John Francis Gilstrap and Angeline Liona Applegate). Sarah’s grandmother Pearl was of British Isles descent. John was the son of William Henry Gilstrap and Sarah Catherine Brittain. Angeline was the daughter of Clayton Robert Applegate and Rachel Stevens.

Sources: Sarah’s paternal grandfather, Howell Carlile Vowell, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Sarah’s paternal grandmother, Esther Carolyn Lundin, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Esther on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Esther on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Sarah’s mother (through her own brother, John Anderson Parson) –

Genealogy of Sarah’s maternal grandfather, Cisero Lafatte Parson –

Genealogy of Sarah’s great-grandfather, Johnson Anderson Parson –

Sarah’s great-grandfather, Johnson Anderson Parson, on the 1930 U.S. Census –