Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Spring 2003 WB Winter Press Tour Party

Thomas in 2003, photo by PrPhotos.com

Birth Name: Jonathan Taylor Weiss

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

Date of Birth: September 8, 1981

Ethnicity: German, Swiss-German, Portuguese, distant Irish and French, possibly English

Jonathan Taylor Thomas is an American actor and director. His father is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent, with some Swiss-German roots, and distant Irish and French ancestry. His mother is of Portuguese and possibly English ancestry. His uncle is actor and playwright Jeff Weiss.

Jonathan’s paternal Weiss line traces back to a Johannes “John” Weiss, who was born, c. 1756, in Wies, Lorrach, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.

Jonathan’s paternal grandfather was Benjamin Laucks Weiss (the son of George Jacob Weiss and Emma A. Laucks). Benjamin was born in Pennsylvania, and was from a Lutheran family that had lived in Pennsylvania for many generations, of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent, with some Swiss-German roots. Benjamin also had remote French ancestry. George’s parents were The Rev. Benjamin J. Weiss and Emma Rahn Merkel. Jonathan’s great-great-grandfather The Rev. Benjamin was a minister in the Reformed Church (also known as the German Reformed Church), who preached in both German and English. Jonathan’s great-grandmother Emma was the daughter of Henry R. Laucks and Emma R. Raser/Raezer.

Jonathan’s paternal grandmother was Helen E. Eagle (the daughter of Charles R. Eagle and Nora Hetty Boerkert/Borkert). Helen was born in Pennsylvania, and was also from a Lutheran family of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent, with distant Irish roots. Charles was the son of Richard L. Eagle and Ellen Reifschneider. Nora was the daughter of Albert G. Borkert and Malinda Wentzel.

Jonathan’s maternal grandparents’ surnames were Gonsalves and White. Jonathan’s maternal grandfather was of Portuguese descent. It is not clear of Jonathan’s maternal grandmother was of Portuguese descent as well. The surname White could have been changed from a Portuguese surname, or it could imply English ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Jonathan Taylor Thomas – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Engagement announcement of Jonathan’s paternal grandparents, Benjamin Laucks Weiss and Helen E. Eagle, 1925 – http://news.google.com

Jonathan’s paternal grandfather, Benjamin Laucks Weiss, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Jonathan’s paternal great-grandparents, George Jacob Weiss and Emma A. Laucks – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Jonathan’s paternal great-grandfather, George Jacob Weiss – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Another genealogy of Jonathan’s paternal great-grandfather, George Jacob Weiss (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Biography of Jonathan’s paternal great-great-grandfather, The Rev. Benjamin J. Weiss – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

More of Jonathan’s patrilineal Weiss genealogy – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Jonathan’s paternal grandmother, Helen E. Eagle (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Jonathan’s paternal grandmother, Helen E. (Eagle) Weiss – http://articles.mcall.com

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16 Responses

  1. neiltennant says:

    GOOD LOOKING

    i see definitely the portugese

  2. Dstmnstr says:

    Correction/Edition

    I might’ve found his profile on Geni.com, https://www.geni.com/people/Jonathan-Taylor-Thomas/6000000020237516184.

    Thank you,
    Dustin Schrull

  3. Dstmnstr says:

    Correction/edition

    I’ve tried to find some more information on John’s mother’s side and I found this on familysearch.org, this might be John’s maternal grandmother since she married a Gonsalves and White was her maiden name too: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPF4-KXK.

    Thank you,
    Dustin Schrull

    • follers says:

      It’s possible, but this woman was born in Mexico. I think Thomas would have mentioned it if he is of part Mexican descent?

      • Dstmnstr says:

        It would be surprising, I wouldn’t have thought that he’s also Mexican descent too. I’ve tried to research more about his mother’s side by using familysearch.org and typing in Gonsalves and White and found that death record and thought that would be Johnathan’s grandmother.

  4. Dstmnstr says:

    Correction/Edition

    I’m also Portuguese American too and I was gonna work on his mother’s side, but there wasn’t enough information, and I got carried away with working on his father’s side. Also, Gonsalves originated from Gonçalves and White, might be English, I never seen any White family members during my Portuguese research. Here is a link to his tree: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=jonathan_thomas&id=P1.

    • follers says:

      You should make a tree of Tom Hanks and James Franco, assuming you haven’t already.

      • Dstmnstr says:

        I’ve started them, but I’m not sure which Azorean Islands did Tom’s ancestors came from. And for James Franco, the Portuguese websites that I know of barely have any info on the Madeirans, since James Franco is a Madeiran descendant.

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