Birth Name: Jessica Ann Michel
Place of Birth: Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Date of Birth: April 4, 1991
Ethnicity: French/Cajun, English, Spanish [including Canary Islander]
Jessica Serfaty is an American model and actress. She is also sometimes credited as Jessica Michel. She was a contestant on the fourteenth season of the show America’s Next Top Model.
Jessica is the daughter of Sandy Rodgers and Brett Michel. She has a son with he former partner, Ididia Serfaty. The surname Serfaty is Sephardi Jewish.
Jessica has described herself as “Cajun.” Aside from French, her roots include English and Spanish. One of Jessica’s paternal ancestors, Pedro “Pierre” Morales, was born, c. 1771, in La Roda, Albacete, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. She also has some other ancestors who hailed from the Canary Islands and moved to Louisiana.
Jessica’s paternal grandfather was Bobby Mikel Michel (the son of Mikel Marion Michel and Juliette Margaret Lessard). Jessica’s great-grandfather Mikel was born in Louisiana, the son of John Edgar Michel and Clara Cora Carpenter. Juliette was born in Louisiana, the daughter of Edward Lessard and Celeste Guedry.
Jessica’s paternal grandmother was Wilda Demoulin (the daughter of Hubert Joseph Demoulin and Eva J. Morales). Hubert was born in Louisiana, the son of Henry Demoulin and Henrietta David. Eva was born in Louisiana, and likely was the daughter of Augustine Morales/Moralis and Angela Roffray.
Jessica’s maternal grandparents were Richard Guy Rodgers and Annis E. “Ann” Young.
Sources: Obituary of Jessica’s paternal grandfather, Bobby Mikel Michel – http://obits.theadvocate.com
Obituary of Jessica’s paternal great-uncle (grandmother’s brother), Jim Demoulin – http://obits.theadvocate.com
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genealogy of Jessica’s paternal grandfather, Bobby Michel (focusing on his own father’s side)- https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Michel-Family-Tree-1036