Birth Name: Jon Thomas Terrell
Date of Birth: July 12, 1948
Place of Birth: Kermit, Winkler, Texas, U.S.
Date of Death: August 24, 2017
Place of Death: Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
*English, Irish (father)
Jay Thomas was an American actor, comedian, and radio personality.
Jay was the son of Kathryn/Katharine/Katherine (Guzzino) and Timothy Harry Terrell, Sr. Jay was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Jay was married to Sally Michelson, with whom he had two children. Jay was also the biological father of country music songwriter J. T. Harding.
Jay’s paternal grandfather was Timothy Franklin Terrell (the son of Timothy Franklin Terrell and Endemia Elizabeth Andrews). Jay’s great-grandfather Timothy was the son of John Thompson Terrell and Ann Baker.
Jay’s paternal grandmother was Vallie Churchill (the daughter of Alfred Lee Churchill and Addie Lela Gholson). Alfred was the son of Alfred Churchill and Martha Jane Copeland. Addie was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Gholson and Jane Adeline Langford.
Jay’s maternal grandfather was Santo Guzzino (the son of Leonardo Guzzinoa and Vincentia Rosina). Santo was born in Caccamo, Palermo, Sicily, Italy.
Jay’s maternal grandmother was Maria/Mary Balsamo/Balsano (the son of Joseph Balsamo and Catarine Di Loretto). Maria/Mary was born in Gibellina, Trapani, Sicily, Italy.
Sources: Genealogy of Jay Thomas – http://www.geni.com
Birth record of Jay Thomas – http://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Jay Thomas (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Obituary of Jay’s mother – http://www.legacy.com
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