Birth Name: Woodrow Tracy Harrelson
Place of Birth: Midland, Texas, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 23, 1961
Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, distant Dutch and Welsh
Woody Harrelson is an American actor, playwright, and activist.
Woody’s paternal grandfather was Voyd/Voyde Harrelson (the son of Noah H. Harrelson and Sarah Rebecca Leonard). Noah was the son of Edmond Morgan Harrelson and Mary Almira Emiline/Emily Taylor. Sarah was the daughter of Thomas B. Leonard and Sarah Ann/Anne Youngblood.
Woody’s paternal grandmother was Alma Lea Sparks (the daughter of Joel Humphrey Sparks and Lemma Kimbro). Joel was the son of Leander Jackson Sparks and Rebecca Harriet Butler. Lemma was the daughter of John “Jake” Luther Kimbro and Nancy “Nannie” Ann/Anne Parker.
Woody’s maternal grandfather was Kenneth Oswald (the son of Ernest Earl Oswald and Izora Cheseldine). Ernest was of German origin, the son of Morris/Maurice Harshney Oswald and Elizabeth E./B. Hebbler. Izora was the daughter of Biscoe Kenelm Cheseldine and Margaret Lawler.
Woody’s maternal grandmother was Mary Lou Lauterwasser (the daughter of William Marion Lauterwasser and Pauline Beatrice McElwain). William was born in Kentucky, the son of German parents, John Lauterwasser and Mary Ann Koehler. Pauline was the daughter of Albert Earl McElwain and Mary Plankington McCelland.
Sources: Genealogy of Woody Harrelson – http://www.wikitree.com
Genealogy of Woody Harrelson (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Woody’s mother (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Woody’s maternal grandmother, Pauline Beatrice McElwain (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://records.ancestry.com
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