Betsy Brandt

Brandt in 2015, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Betsy Ann Brandt

Place of Birth: Bay City, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 14, 1973

Ethnicity: German [including Alsatian], some Polish, smaller amounts of English and Irish

Betsy Brandt is an American actress.

Betsy’s father is mostly of German and English, along with some Irish, descent. Betsy’s mother has German [including Alsatian] and Polish roots.

She is married to Grady Olsen, with whom she has two children.

Betsy’s paternal grandfather was Edward Robert Brandt (the son of Julius Robert Brandt and Augusta Stark/Storck). Edward was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from either Russia or Germany, who were of German descent.

Betsy’s paternal grandmother was Maud/Maude May Knight (the daughter of William Malcolm Knight and Anna Barbara Dietlein). Maud was born in Michigan. William was the son of Adam Clark Knight and Calista Rolizza Mosher. Anna was the daughter of Johann Vitus Dietlein and Eva Margaretha Lang, who were from Bavaria, Germany.

Betsy’s maternal grandfather was Louis J. “Louie” Wirbel/Wirbul (the son of Jacob Wirbel/Wirbul and Lena Huber). Louis was born in Michigan, and was of German descent. Jacob was born in Germany, the son of Peter Wirbel and Margaret Spercher. Lena was born in Alsace-Lorraine (now part of France), the daughter of Eigen Huber and Anna M. Treik.

Betsy’s maternal grandmother was Sadie Julia Luptowski (the daughter of Joseph Martin Luptowski and Mary Goik/Goyk). Sadie was born in Michigan. Joseph was the son of Anthony Luptowski and Susan “Susie” Ringwelski/Ryzalski, who were from either Poland or Germany. Mary was the daughter of Paul Goyk and Julia Haas, who were also from either Poland or Germany.


Betsy’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Betsy’s paternal grandparents, Edward Robert Brandt and Maud/Maude May Knight –

Betsy’s paternal grandfather, Edward Robert Brandt, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Betsy’s great-aunt (paternal grandfather’s sister) –

Betsy’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Betsy’s maternal great-grandparents, Jacob Wirbel/Wirbul and Lena Huber –

Marriage record of Betsy’s maternal great-grandparents, Joseph Martin Luptowski and Mary Goik/Goyk –

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