Jesse Watters

Watters in 2017, photo by PPellegrino/

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 9, 1978

Ethnicity: English, Irish, more distant Welsh

Jesse Watters is an American conservative political commentator. He works for the Fox News Channel.

He is the son of Anne (Bailey) and Stephen Watters. He has two children with his former wife Noelle Inguagiato.

Jesse’s paternal grandfather was Franklin Benjamin Watters (the son of Franklin Benjamin Watters and Annie Muriel Cogland). Jesse’s grandfather Franklin was born in Massachusetts. Jesse’s great-grandfather Franklin was the son of Thomas David Watters and Ellen Cecilia Quinn, who was of Irish heritage, with roots in County Cork. Annie was born in Le Haut-Saint-Laurent, Canada, the daughter of Thomas Cogland and Mary A. Gamble.

Jesse’s paternal grandmother was Helen “Henny” Harper (the daughter of Richard Harvey Harper and Helen A. Stimpson). Helen was born in New Hampshire. Richard was the son of Charles M. Harper and Lola S. Reed.

Jesse’s maternal grandfather was Morton Shelley/Shelly Bailey III (the son of Morton Shelley Bailey and Jessica “Jessie” Burnett). Jesse’s grandfather Morton was born in Missouri, and was the publisher of Better Homes and Gardens. Jesse’s great-grandfather Morton was vice president and advertising director of The Saturday Evening Post, whose own father, Morton Shelley Bailey, was chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, and whose own mother was Annie Lutie Wilkin. Jesse Watters’ great-grandmother Jessica was the daughter of Jesse Andrew “J. A.” Burnette/Burnett, who was Associate Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, and of Catherine E. “Kate” Purcell.

Jesse’s maternal grandmother was Marian Grace Purvis (the daughter of Vernon Leonard Purvis and Velta Mae Walker). Marian was born in Colorado. Vernon was the son of John Walkinshaw Purvis and Cora Bell Thornton. Velta was the daughter of James Henry Walker and Lillie Carter.

Sources: Information about some of Jesse’s ancestry –

Marriage announcement of Jesse’s parents –

Obituary of Jesse’s paternal grandfather, Franklin Benjamin Watters –

Jesse’s paternal grandmother, Helen Harper, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Jesse’s paternal grandmother, Helen “Henny” (Harper) Watters Bennett –

Genealogy of Jesse’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) –

Obituary of Jesse’s maternal grandfather, Morton Shelley/Shelly Bailey III –

8 Responses

  1. jackson9 says:

    Not Jewish, but apparently black

  2. follers says:

    Full genealogy up now.

  3. follers says:

    He looks like James Wolk, so the Jewish thing is understandable.

  4. follers says:

    Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

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