Ritchie Blackmore

by andrew on July 9, 2017

Birth Name: Richard Hugh Blackmore

Place of Birth: Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 14 April, 1945

Ethnicity: Welsh, English

Ritchie Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter. He is known as one of the founding members of the rock band Deep Purple.

Ritchie is the son of Violet (Short) and Lewis John Blackmore.

Ritchie’s parents are said to have been born in Cardiff, Wales and Bristol, England, respectively.

Ritchie has stated that his paternal grandfather was from Swansea, Wales.

Source: Black Knight: Ritchie Blackmore (2008), by Jerry Bloom

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Drew Carey

by madman on July 5, 2017

Birth Name: Drew Allison Carey

Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 23, 1958

Ethnicity: English, Welsh, German, as well as 1/256th Spanish

Drew Carey is an American actor, comedian, sports executive, and game show host. He is the son of Beulah (Neal) and Lewis E. Carey.

Drew’s paternal grandparents were Elmer Ellsworth Carey (the son of George T. Carey and Mary Jane Williams). George was the son of Hamilton Carey and Elizabeth Flouting, who was German, from Saxony. Mary Jane was born in Pennsylvania, to Welsh parents, Archer Williams and Sarah Ann Norrish.

Drew’s paternal grandmother was Cecile May Atwell (the daughter of Thomas Atwell and Jane Louise Jones). Thomas was born in Wales, to English parents. Jane was Welsh.

Drew’s maternal grandfather was John Ernest Neal (the son of John Neal and Lulu Smith).

Drew’s maternal grandmother was Hannah Ola Walker (the daughter of Newton Arwine Walker and Mary Vida Tracy). Newton was the son of Dudley R. Walker and Elizabeth Catherine Waltman, who had German, and 1/16th Spanish, ancestry. Mary was the daughter of Joshua Tracy and Hanna Coultis.

Sources: Genealogy of Drew Carey – http://gw.geneanet.org

Genealogy of Drew Carey (focusing on his father’s side) – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Drew’s paternal grandfather, Elmer Ellsworth Carey, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Elmer Ellsworth Carey on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Elmer Ellsworth Carey on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Drew’s paternal great-grandfather, George T. Carey, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Drew’s paternal grandmother, Cecile May Atwell, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Cecile May Atwell on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogies of Drew’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Catherine Waltman (through Elizabeth’s brother, Hiram Michael Waltman) – https://www.geni.com

Photo by kathclick/www.bigstockphoto.com


Stephen A. Douglas

by follers on July 2, 2017

Birth Name: Stephen Arnold Douglass

Date of Birth: April 23, 1813

Place of Birth: Brandon Township, Rutland, Vermont, United States

Date of Death: June 3, 1861

Place of Death: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, distant Welsh

Stephen A. Douglas was an American politician. He designed the Kansas–Nebraska Act of 1854, which created those territories. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the Secretary of State of Illinois, from 1840 to 1841, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois, from February 15, 1841 to June 28, 1843, a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, from March 4, 1843 to March 3, 1847, and a U.S. Senator from Illinois, from March 4, 1847 to June 3, 1861.

He was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1860, representing the Northern Democrats. He was also a candidate for the Democratic Party’s 1852 and 1856 presidential nominations.

Stephen was the son of Sarah (Fisk/Fiske) and Stephen Arnold Douglass.

Stephen’s paternal grandfather was Benajah Douglas (the daughter of Asa Douglass/Douglas and Rebecca Wheeler). Asa was the son of Deacon William Douglas and Sarah Proctor. Rebecca was the daughter of Jonathan Wheeler and Sarah Partridge.

Stephen’s paternal grandmother was Martha Arnold (the daughter of Stephen Arnold and Mary Martha Gardiner). Stephen’s great-grandfather Stephen Arnold was the son of Joseph Arnold and Hannah Gifford. Stephen’s great-grandmother Mary Martha was the daughter of Nicholas Gardner and Martha Havens.

Stephen’s maternal grandfather was The Rev. Nathaniel Fisk (the son of Benjamin Fiske/Fisk and Susannah Briggs). Benjamin was the son of Benjamin Fiske and Abigail Bowen. Susannah was the daughter of James Briggs and Sarah Wickes.

Stephen’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Arnold (the daughter of Edward Everett Arnold and Hannah Sheldon). Edward was the son of Stephen Arnold and Mary Sheldon. Hannah was the daughter of Nicholas Sheldon and Abigail Tillinghast.

Source: Genealogy of Stephen A. Douglas – https://www.geni.com


Patrick Stump

by madman on June 22, 2017

Patrick Stump – 2015 MuchMusic Video Awards – Arrivals – MuchMusic Headquarters Photo Credit: Robin Wong / PR Photos 

Birth Name: Patrick Martin Stumph

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

Date of Birth: April 27, 1984

Ethnicity: German, Welsh, possibly other

Patrick Stump is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, and music critic. He is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Fall Out Boy. Pete Wentz is also a member of the band.

Patrick is the son of Patricia M. (Vaughn), an accountant, and David L. Stumph, a folk singer. His father is of at least half German descent. His mother’s surname, “Vaughn”, is often Welsh.

Patrick’s paternal grandparents were Clarence R. Schultz (the son of August Schultz and Mary Krauss) and Helen L. Stumph. August was born in Russia, and was of German descent. Mary was born in North Dakota, to ethnic German parents from Russia.

Sources: Patrick’s paternal grandfather, Clarence R. Schultz, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Patrick’s paternal grandfather, Clarence R. Schultz – https://familysearch.org


Ross Thomas

by stlucas on June 8, 2017

Ross Thomas – Nylon Magazine’s 2011 May Young Hollywood Issue Celebration  Photo Credit: richard shotwell / PR Photos

Birth Name: Ross Schuler Thomas

Place of Birth: Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 21, 1981

Ethnicity: Welsh, German, Danish

Ross Thomas is an American actor and filmmaker.

Ross is the son of Catherine/Catherin Joanne (Schuler) and Randy E. Thomas. Ross has stated that he has Danish, Welsh, and German ancestry.

Ross’ maternal grandfather was George Frederick Schuler III (the son of George F. Schuler II, and Addie Elizabeth Miller). Ross’ great-grandfather George was the son of George Frederick Schuler, whose parents were German, and of Doretta Helene Meyer, whose parents were also German. Ross’ great-grandmother Addie was born in Washington, the daughter of Louis E. Miller, who was Canadian, and of Mary.

Ross’ maternal grandmother is Ellen Andersen (likely the daughter of Hans Andersen and Ellen).

Sources: Birth record of Ross Thomas – http://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Ross’ mother – http://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Ross’ maternal grandfather, George Frederick Schuler III – http://www.findagrave.com

Obituary of Ross’ maternal grandfather, George Frederick Schuler III – http://www.recordnet.com