Jensen Ackles

Ackles in 2011, Helga Esteb /

Birth Name: Jensen Ross Ackles

Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 1, 1978

Ethnicity: German, English, some Scottish and Irish

Jensen Ackles is an American actor, singer, producer, and director. He is known for his role on the show Supernatural and in the film My Bloody Valentine 3D.

He is the son of Donna and actor Alan Ackles (Roger Alan Ackles). Jensen is married to actress and model Danneel Ackles (previously Danneel Harris), with whom he has three children.

Jensen has German, English, and smaller amounts of Scottish and Irish, ancestry. Many of his ethnic German ancestors lived in Russia/Ukraine.

Jensen’s patrilineal line traces to James Ackles, who was born, c. 1726, in Ireland, and to James’s wife, Jean Bryant, who was born, c. 1730, in England.

Jensen’s paternal grandfather was Gene Spaulding Ackles (the son of Ralph Spaulding Ackles and Kathleen A. Rhule). Gene was born in West Virginia. Ralph was the son of Frank Oscar Ackles and Louise/Louisa Jane Hall. Kathleen was the daughter of Nathan Martin Rhule and Jessie M. Mankin.

Jensen’s paternal grandmother was named Dorothy Nell McNatt (the daughter of Floyd McNatt and Lillian B.). Dorothy was born in Texas. Floyd was the son of William John McNatt.

Jensen’s maternal grandfather was Carroll Logan Shaffer (the son of Carroll Shaffer and Della Logan). Jensen’s grandfather Carroll was born in Illinois. Jensen’s great-grandfather Carroll was the son of John Carroll/Charles Shaffer and Virginia M. Conser. Della was the daughter of William Sherman Logan and Adella/Adele May “Della” Engel, whose parents were ethnic Germans, her father from Sarreguemines, Alsace, and her mother from Zweibrucken.

Jensen’s maternal grandmother was Betty Joan Rempel (the daughter of Samuel Henry Rempel and Adanelle Porter). Betty was born in Oklahoma. Samuel was born in Texas, to ethnic German parents from Russia, Heinrich Rempel and Elisabeth Willems.

Sources: Genealogies of Jensen Ackles –

Obituary of Jensen’s paternal grandmother, Dorothy Nell (McNatt) Ackles –

Genealogy of Jensen’s maternal grandfather, Carroll Logan Shaffer –

Jensen’s maternal grandmother, Betty Joan Rempel, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Jensen’s maternal grandmother, Betty Joan (Rempel) Shaffer –

Jensen’s maternal great-grandparents, Samuel Henry Rempel and Adanelle Porter, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


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