Victoria Woodhull

by follers on March 24, 2017

Birth Name: Victoria California Claflin

Date of Birth: September 23, 1838

Place of Birth: Homer, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Death: June 9, 1927

Place of Death: Bredon’s Norton, Worcestershire, England

Ethnicity: German, English, some Scottish and Welsh

Victoria Woodhull was the leader of the American woman’s suffrage movement.

She was the Equal Rights Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1872. She is thus generally agreed to have been the first woman to mount a presidential campaign, though had she won, she would have been too young to take office (the minimum age is 35).

She was also, to one degree or another, a candidate for President in 1884 and 1892.

Victoria was the daughter of Roxanna (Hummel) and Reuben Buckman Claflin.

Victoria’s paternal grandfather was Robert Claflin (the son of Abner Claflin and Hannah Rockwood). Abner was the son of Joshua Claflin and Mary Davidson.

Victoria’s paternal grandmother was Anna Underwood (the daughter of Rogers Underwood and Judith/Judah Deming).

Victoria’s maternal grandparents were John Hummel and Margaret Moyer.

Victoria was a fourth cousin, six times removed, of British actor Sam Claflin, and a fourth cousin, five times removed, of American actor Ashton Holmes. Daniel Claflin and Sarah Edwards were the three times great-grandparents of Victoria, the nine times great-grandparents of Sam, and the eight times great-grandparents of Austin.

Source: Genealogy of Victoria Woodhull – https://www.geni.com


John Waters

by madman on March 22, 2017

Birth Name: John Samuel Waters

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Date of Birth: April 22, 1946

Ethnicity: Irish, English, German, Welsh, Scottish, French

John Waters is an American director, screenwriter, visual artist, author, actor, journalist, comedian, and art collector. He is the son of Patricia Ann (Whitaker) and John Samuel Waters.

John’s paternal grandfather was Somerset Rawlings Waters (the son of Samuel Davis Waters and Florence Owings). Samuel was the son of Somerset Rawlings Waters and Rachel Davis. Florence was the daughter of Edwin Uriah Owings and Achsah Elizabeth Bradford.

John’s paternal grandmother was Lilian Eugenia Anderson/Thomas.

John’s maternal grandfather was Clifford Edward Whitaker (the son of Clifford C. Whitaker and Bertha E.). John’s great-grandfather Clifford was the son of Edmund Simmons Whitaker and Mary McFarland, whose parents were Irish.

John’s maternal grandmother was Ann Stella/Estella Neville (the daughter of John J. Neville and Mary C.). John was born in Maryland, to Irish parents, Patrick Neville and Catharine. Mary C.’s father was born in Ireland, and her mother was born in Pennsylvania.

Sources: Genealogies of John Waters – http://www.wargs.com

Genealogy of John Waters (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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Winthrop Rockefeller

by follers on March 21, 2017

Date of Birth: May 1, 1912

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

Date of Death: February 22, 1973

Place of Death: Palm Springs, California

Ethnicity: English, with small amounts of Dutch, German, and Welsh

Winthrop Rockefeller was an American politician and philanthropist. A Republican, he served as Governor of Arkansas, from January 10, 1967 to January 12, 1971.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1968.

Winthrop was the son of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (born Abigail Greene Aldrich), a socialite and philanthropist, and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (John Davison Rockefeller, Jr.), a philanthropist and businessperson. His parents were both from wealthy, prominent families. He was a sibling of prominent businesspeople and philanthropists Abby Rockefeller Mauzé, John D. Rockefeller III, Nelson Rockefeller, Laurance Rockefeller, and David Rockefeller. Nelson, who was also a politician, was Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973, and the 41st Vice President of the United States, from December 19, 1974 to January 20, 1977.

His ancestry was English, with small amounts of Dutch, German, and Welsh.

Winthrop’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to Johann Peter Rockefeller, who was born, c. 1681, in Westerwald, Kurpfalz, Heiliges Römisches Reich, Germany.

Winthrop’s paternal grandfather was John D. Rockefeller (John Davison Rockefeller, the son of William Avery Rockefeller and Elizabeth “Eliza” Davison). John co-founded the Standard Oil Company. William was the son of Godfrey Lewis Rockefeller and Lucy Avery. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Davison and Sytje/Sycha “Cynthia” Selover.

Winthrop’s paternal grandmother was Laura Spelman Rockefeller (born Laura Celestia Spelman, the daughter of Harvey Buel Spelman and Lucy Henry). Laura was an abolitionist, philanthropist, and schoolteacher. Harvey was the son of Samuel Buel Spelman and Laura Seymour. Lucy was the daughter of William Henry and Rachel Frary.

Winthrop’s maternal grandfather was Nelson W. Aldrich (Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich, the son of Anan Evans Aldrich and Abby Ann Burgess). Nelson Aldrich was a prominent politician, who was a Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, from 1875 to 1876, a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Rhode Island, from 1879 to 1881, and a U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, from 1881 to 1911. Winthrop’s great-grandfather Anan was the son of Job Aldrich and Jane Libby Jones. Winthrop’s great-grandmother Abby was the daughter of Gideon Burgess and Phoebe/Phebe Williams.

Winthrop’s maternal grandmother was Abigail “Abby” Pearce/Pierce Truman Chapman (the daughter of Francis Morgan Chapman and Lucy Anne Truman). Francis was the son of Amos Chapman and Amy Morgan. Lucy was the daughter of Jonathan Truman and Mary Willet/Willett.

Winthrop was a descendant of William Brewster (c. 1566-1644), a Mayflower passenger and noted Pilgrim. Among many of William’s other descendants are actors Jordana Brewster, Chevy Chase, Seth MacFarlane, and Brandon Routh, and Massachusetts Governor William Weld.

Sources: Genealogies of Winthrop Rockefeller – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Winthrop Rockefeller (through Winthrop’s brother, Nelson Rockefeller) – https://famouskin.com


Wendy Benson-Landes

by madman on March 18, 2017

Birth Name: Wendy Cunningham Benson

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, United States

Date of Birth: July 8, 1971

*Scottish (father)
*English, Welsh, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant Swedish (mother)

Wendy Benson-Landes is an American actress. She is married to actor Michael Landes, with whom she has two children.

Wendy is the daughter of Maxie Dian “Gigi” (Daniels) and Harry Benson (Harry James Benson), a photographer. Her father was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Her mother was American, from Texas.

Wendy’s maternal grandfather was Hollis Alvin Daniels (the son of Henry Milton Daniels and Polk Graham).

Wendy’s maternal grandmother was Maxie Luesta Maxwell (the daughter of William M. Maxwell and Josephine Lee Menefee). William was the son of William Maxwell and Emily G. Wright. Josephine was the daughter of Henry Franklin Menefee and Amanda Melvina Shipp.

Sources: Death record of Wendy’s maternal grandfather, Hollis Alvin Daniels – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Wendy’s maternal grandmother, Maxie Luesta Maxwell (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Wendy’s maternal great-grandmother, Josephine Lee Menefee – https://www.geni.com

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Jesse Watters

by bearboy on March 15, 2017

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 9, 1978

Ethnicity: English, Irish, more distant Welsh, possibly other

Jesse Watters is an American critic on the Fox News Channel. He is the son of Anne Purvis (Bailey) and Stephen Hapgood Watters.

Jesse’s paternal grandfather was Franklin Benjamin Watters (the son of Franklin Benjamin Watters and Annie Muriel Cogland). Jesse’s great-grandfather Franklin was the son of Thomas David Watters and Ellen Cecilia Quinn. Annie was born in Le Haut-Saint-Laurent, Canada, the daughter of Thomas Cogland and Mary A. Gamble.

Jesse’s maternal grandfather was Morton Shelley Bailey III (the son of Morton Shelley Bailey and Jessica “Jessie” Burnett). Jesse’s grandfather Morton was the publisher of Better Homes and Gardens. Jesse’s great-grandfather Morton was vice president and advertising director of The Saturday Evening Post, whose own father, Morton Shelley Bailey, was chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, and whose own mother was Annie Lutie Wilkin. Jesse Watters’ great-grandmother Jessica was the daughter of Jesse Andrew “J. A.” Burnette/Burnett, who was Associate Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, and of Catherine E. “Kate” Purcell.

Jesse’s maternal grandmother was Marian.

Sources: Marriage announcement of Jesse’s parents – http://www.nytimes.com

Obituary of Jesse’s paternal grandfather, Franklin Benjamin Watters – http://www.legacy.com

Genealogy of Jesse’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Jesse’s maternal grandfather, Morton Shelley Bailey III – http://query.nytimes.com