Jeremy Allen White

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White in 2013, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 17, 1991

Ethnicity: Ukrainian (paternal grandmother), English, German, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant French, Dutch, and Melungeon

Jeremy Allen White is an American actor. His roles include the shows Shameless, Homecoming, and The Bear, and the films The Speed of Life, Afterschool, Twelve (2010), The Time Being, Movie 43, Bad Turn Worse, After Everything, The Rental, Viena and the Fantomes, The Birthday Cake, Fremont, Fingernails, and The Iron Claw.

Jeremy’s parents have both previously acted. They have deep roots in North Carolina, each through at least one of their own parents. Jeremy was raised in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. He was a dancer as a child.

Jeremy is married to actress Addison Timlin, with whom he has two children.

Jeremy’s paternal grandfather was Allen Jesse White (the son of Ernest Wilson White and Leah Leola Rountree). Jeremy’s grandfather Allen was born in North Carolina, and came from a long line of Quakers in that state. Ernest was the son of Robert Jordan White and Elizabeth Ella Lane. Leah was the daughter of Jesse Augustus Rountree and Pleasant Ann Winslow.

Jeremy’s paternal grandmother was Ellen Vasilivna Lisovitch/Lesovitch (the daughter of Wasily/Vasily/Bazyli/Vasile John Lisovitch/Lesovitch/Lisowich and Efrosinia/Efrozena/Rose Serodinska/Serdynska). Jeremy’s grandmother Ellen was born in Pennsylvania, to parents who were Ukrainian emigrants, from Galicia, and were of the Eastern Orthodox faith. In her obituary, Ellen is described as “a daughter of Russian Orthodox immigrants.” She became a Quaker when she married Jeremy’s grandfather. Jeremy’s great-grandfather Wasily was the son of John V. Lisovitch and Catherine Mycek.

Jeremy’s maternal grandfather was Henry Julius Zeigler (the son of Henry Julius Zeigler and Ida Estelle “Essie” Kennedy). Jeremy’s grandfather Henry was born in South Carolina. Jeremy’s great-grandfather Henry was the son of Joseph/Joel D. Zeigler and Elizabeth/Eliza “Lizzie” Heaner, whose father was German. Ida was the daughter of Silas Cox Kennedy and Ida Susannah Catherine Funchess.

Jeremy’s maternal grandmother was Doris/Darris Eloise Ivey (the daughter of Rester Richard Ivey and Mary Herring). Doris was born in North Carolina. Rester was the son of Haynes Ivy, who was of part Melungeon descent, and of Florence Willoughby. Mary was the daughter of Robert Herring and Molly/Mollie Sealey/Sealy.

While Jeremy is sometimes described as Jewish on the internet, this is not accurate. He is not of Jewish heritage.

Sources: Jeremy’s paternal grandparents, Allen Jesse White and Ellen Vasilivna Lisovitch/Lesovitch, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Jeremy’s paternal great-grandfather, Ernest Wilson White –

Jeremy’s paternal grandmother, Ellen Vasilivna Lisovitch/Lesovitch, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituaries of Jeremy’s paternal grandmother, Ellen Vasilivna (Lisovitch/Lesovitch) White –

Jeremy’s paternal great-grandparents, Wasily/Vasily/Bazyli/Vasile John Lisovitch/Lesovitch/Lisowich and Efrosinia/Efrozena/Rose Serodinska/Serdynska, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Naturalization record of Jeremy’s paternal great-grandfather, Wasily/Vasily/Bazyli/Vasile John Lisovitch/Lesovitch/Lisowich –

Jeremy’s maternal grandfather, Henry Julius Zeigler, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death record of Jeremy’s maternal great-grandfather, Henry Julius Zeigler –

Genealogy of Jeremy’s maternal great-grandmother, Ida Estelle “Essie” Kennedy (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Jeremy’s maternal grandmother, Doris/Darris Eloise Ivey, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jeremy’s maternal great-grandfather, Rester Richard Ivey, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Rester Richard Ivey on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Jeremy’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Herring, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

29 Responses

  1. transemacabre says:

    Through his Ivey and Britt ancestry, he’s descended from the mixed race people of the Carolinas who gave rise to the Melungeon people (and through that line, he’s a cousin of mine!). <<< See the entries for the Britt and Ivey families.

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