Birth Name: Jennifer Kelly Tisdale
Place of Birth: Neptune City, New Jersey, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 18, 1981
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (three eighths), Irish, English, Scottish, German
Jennifer Tisdale, also credited by her full name Jennifer Kelly Tisdale, is an American actress and singer. She is the older sister of actress and singer Ashley Tisdale.
Her father has English, Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry. Her mother is of three quarters Ashkenazi Jewish (from Poland, Russia, and Romania) and one quarter Irish descent, and Jennifer’s maternal grandparents were married by a rabbi. Jennifer’s maternal grandmother’s father was of Irish origin. The surname Tisdale is English and comes from people who lived in areas called, Teesdale, in the counties of Durham and the North Riding of Yorkshire.
Jennifer has a daughter with her former husband, restaurateur Shane McChesnie.
Jennifer is a second cousin, once removed, of inventor and marketing personality Ron Popeil. Jennifer’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Kidder Morris and Bryna/Bertha Mann/Man, were also Ron’s paternal great-grandparents.
Jennifer’s paternal grandfather was Henry Franklin Tisdale (the son of Vernon McIver “Mack” Tisdale and Myrtle B. Liles Smith). Henry was born in South Carolina. V. Mack was the son of Ernest McIver Tisdale and Gertrude Webber. Myrtle was the daughter of Clyde Lawrence Liles and Myrtle Josephine Biggs.
Jennifer’s paternal grandmother is Emma Lois Fitzgerald (the daughter of Thomas Samuel Fitzgerald, Sr. and Martha Rebecca Ogilvie). Emma was born in Tennessee. Thomas was born in Minnesota, the son of Robert Vaughn Fitzgerald and Alice Elizabeth Kaulback, who was born in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. Martha was born in Tennessee, the daughter of Hugh Ogilvie and Bessie Joe Pleasants.
Jennifer’s maternal grandfather was Arnold Frederick Morris (the son of Nathan/Nat K. Morris and Betty Levin/Levine). Arnold was born in New Jersey, and appeared in many television infomercials. Nathan was born in New Jersey, and was an inventor. He was the son of Kidder/Kidders Morris/Moshe Kiderisky/Kadaritsky/Kadaretzky and Brina/Bryna/Bertha Gitil Mann/Man, who were Jewish emigrants from Grajewo, Poland. Kidder was a cantor and shoemaker. Jennifer’s great-grandmother Betty was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish parents, Lazarus Levin and Leinia/Lena Barr.
Jennifer’s maternal grandmother is Marilyn A. Keays (the daughter of Francis J. Keays and Mollie/Molly Lieber). Francis was born in New Jersey, to Irish parents, Patrick J. Keays and Mary E., who were likely Catholic. Mollie was born in New Jersey, to Romanian Jewish parents, Isador/Isadore Lieber and Fannie.
Sources: Genealogy of Jennifer’s paternal grandmother, Emma Lois Fitzgerald (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Jennifer’s paternal grandmother, Emma Lois Fitzgerald, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Jennifer Tisdale (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com
Jennifer’s maternal grandfather, Arnold Frederick Morris, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Jennifer’s maternal grandfather, Arnold Frederick Morris – http://www.legacy.com
Jennifer’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Kidder Morris and Bryna/Bertha Mann/Man, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy entry for Jennifer’s maternal great-grandmother, Betty Levin/Levine – http://www.tulpehockenroots.org
Jennifer’s maternal great-grandparents, Francis J. Keays and Mollie Lieber, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Jennifer’s maternal great-grandfather, Francis J. Keays, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Jennifer’s maternal great-grandmother, Mollie Lieber, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
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