Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Birth Name: Jonathan Taylor Weiss
Place of Birth: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 8, 1981
Ethnicity: German, Swiss-German, Portuguese, English, distant Irish, French, and Scottish, remote Dutch
Jonathan Taylor Thomas is an American actor and director. His roles include the films The Lion King, Man of the House (1995), Tom and Huck, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, and Walking Across Egypt, and the show Home Improvement. His father is of Pennsylvania Dutch [German] descent, with some Swiss-German roots, and distant Irish and French ancestry. His mother is of Portuguese, English, and smaller amounts of Scottish and Dutch, ancestry. His uncle is actor and playwright Jeff Weiss.
Jonathan’s paternal Weiss line traces to Johannes “John” Weiss, who was born, c. 1756, in Wies, Lorrach, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.
Jonathan’s paternal grandfather was Benjamin Laucks “Ben” 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 grandfather likely was John Carson Gonsalves (the son of Manuel Gonçalves/Gonsalves and Clara de Jesus Pereira). John was born in California, to Portuguese parents from Madeira.
Jonathan’s maternal grandmother likely was Mary Lee White (the daughter of Roy Edgar White and Elza Viola Chandler). Mary was born in North Carolina. Roy was the son of Solomon Sanders “Sol” White and Mary Lou Ellen “Mollie” White. Elza was the daughter of William Henry Chandler and Margaret Malvinia/Melvinia Poindexter.
Sources: Genealogies of Jonathan Taylor Thomas – https://www.geni.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
Genealogy of Jonathan’s maternal grandparents, John Carson Gonsalves and Mary Lee White – https://www.familysearch.org
I’ve create a branch for him and his ancestry on Geni.com: https://www.geni.com/people/Jonathan-Thomas/6000000181630898866.
If Jonathan’s mother was born in San Joaquin County, then the following people are very likely Jonathan’s grandparents:
Jonathan’s maternal grandfather was John Carson Gonsalves (the son of Manuel Gonçalves and Clara de Jesus Pereira). John was born in California, to Portuguese parents from Madeira.
Jonathan’s maternal grandmother was Mary Lee White (the daughter of Roy Edgar White and Elza Viola Chandler). Mary was born in North Carolina. Roy was born in North Carolina, the son of Solomon Sanders White and Mary Lou Ellen White. Elza was born in North Carolina, the daughter of William Henry Chandler and Margaret Malvinia Poindexter.
Genealogy tree of Jonathan’s maternal grandparents, John Carson Gonsalves and Mary Lee White – https://www.familysearch.org/tree/pedigree/landscape/GMBK-VDQ
Honestly he looks very German…he has that golden skin that tans well in the summer and his eyes…. I have a lot of family from there and they have eyes this shape. He is a handsome guy, I used to have a major crush on him!
I might’ve found his profile on Geni.com, https://www.geni.com/people/Jonathan-Taylor-Thomas/6000000020237516184.
Yes, but it’s empty. :-)
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.
It’s possible, but this woman was born in Mexico. I think Thomas would have mentioned it if he is of part Mexican descent?
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.