Jayne Houdyshell

Place of Birth: Topeka, Kansas, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 25, 1953

Ethnicity: German, English, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish

Jayne Houdyshell is an American actress. Her roles include the films The Humans and Little Women (2019), television’s Only Murders in the Building, and many stage plays.

Jayne’s paternal grandfather was Carl Edmond Houdyshell (the son of Reuben R. Houdyshell and Frances Susan Condreay). Carl was born in Iowa. Reuben was the son of John Houdyshell/Howdyshell and Cynthia Mahurin. Frances was the daughter of Edmond Phillip Condreay and Rebecca Blacker, whose father was born in Ireland.

Jayne’s paternal grandmother was Daisy May Smith (the daughter of Ernest W. Schmidt/Smith and Ida May Lile). Daisy was born in Kansas. Ernest was born in the Russian Empire, and was an ethnic German, the son of Peter Heinrich Schmidt, who was born in Brenkenhofswalde, Brandenburg, Prussia, and of Annie Jantz, who was born in Antonovka, Volhynia.

Jayne’s maternal grandfather was Ralph Eldred Taylor (the son of Henry Turbet Taylor and Virginia Eldred). Ralph was born in Kansas. Henry was the son of Nancy J. Hughes.

Jayne’s maternal grandmother was Mary/Marie Luella Lawton (the daughter of Luther Reed Lawton and Hettie/Hetty Amanda Dinsmore). Mary was born in Pennsylvania. Hettie was the daughter of William Wilberforce/Wilburforce Dinsmore and Mary Jane Maxwell.

Sources: Genealogy of Jayne’s father – https://www.findagrave.com

Jayne’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Jayne’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Jayne’s maternal grandmother, Mary/Marie Luella Lawton (focusing on her own mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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