Woody Harrelson

by follers on October 20, 2012

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, remote Danish and French

Woody Harrelson is an American actor, playwright, and activist.

His family has lived in the U.S. since the 1600s, with deep roots in the American South. His brother is actor Brett Harrelson. He is married to Laura Louie, with whom he has three children.

Woody’s paternal grandfather was Voyd/Voyde Harrelson (the son of Noah H. Harrelson and Sarah Rebecca Leonard). Voyd was born in Texas. 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). Alma was born in Texas. Joel was the son of Leander Jackson Sparks and Rebecca Harriet/Harriett Butler. Lemma was the daughter of John Luther “Jake” Kimbro and Nancy “Nannie” Ann/Anne Parker.

Woody’s maternal grandfather was Kenneth Earl Oswald (the son of Ernest Earl Oswald and Izora Cheseldine). Kenneth was born in Ohio. 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). Mary Lou was born in Louisiana. 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: Genealogies of Woody Harrelson – http://www.wikitree.com

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

Genealogy of Woody’s maternal grandmother, Pauline Beatrice McElwain (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://records.ancestry.com

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tUMAGA July 28, 2018 at 2:05 pm

he was great in WILL N GRACE

andrew November 4, 2017 at 8:53 am

Also Woody and President Obama are 9th cousins 1 time removed, through Jonathan Singletary (later Dunham) and Mary Bloomfield

andrew November 4, 2017 at 8:43 am

has remote French ancestry of his father’s side: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Rombeau-Family-Tree-1

neiltennant August 26, 2016 at 2:28 pm

awesome blue eyes ***love****

he looks actually rather german. A lot of germans in the north like in HAMBURG look like him

andrew July 25, 2016 at 2:50 pm
andrew June 12, 2016 at 4:51 pm
Seoseo43 February 24, 2014 at 7:48 pm

“CORRECTION’ he is Irish because of the fact that his 14th time great grandparent Turlogh Don O’Brien lived in Ireland from 1450 to 1528 and so were the ancestors before in the O’Brien family… Also Welsh from 11th great grandmother Catherine Lewis (Morgan) from 1570 to 1615 and the family going back

andrew October 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm

quite underrated

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