Kelly Preston

LOS ANGELES - OCT 7:  Kelly Preston at the "Knock Knock" Los Ang

Preston in 2015, photo by kathclick/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Kelly Kamalelehua Smith

Date of Birth: October 13, 1962

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Death: July 12, 2020

Place of Death: Anthony, Florida, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, Irish, German, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, 1.5/32 Native Hawaiian, distant Swiss-German, remote Breton, Dutch, Swedish, French Huguenot, and Welsh

Kelly Preston was an American actress and model. She was born in Honolulu, and her middle name, Kamalelehua, meant “garden of lehuas” (a local flower) in Hawaiian.

Her birth father, Kenneth Michael Smith, worked for an agricultural firm, and drowned when Kelly was three years old. Her mother, Linda (Reynolds) Carlson, was an administrator of a mental health center. Linda subsequently married Peter Lynn Palzis, who adopted Kelly. Peter was of half Lithuanian descent.

Kelly was married to actor, producer, dancer, and singer John Travolta, until her death. The couple had three children, including actress Ella Bleu Travolta.

Kelly was initially credited as Kelly Palzis. She later changed her surname to Preston.

Kelly’s paternal grandfather was Harry Albert Smith (the son of Jack E. Smith and Josephine A. Cato). Harry was born in Nebraska. Josephine was the daughter of Robert B. Cato and Alice Mary Monahan/Manahan, who herself was born in County Limerick, Ireland.

Kelly’s paternal grandmother was Harriet Ruth “Peggy” Hampton (the daughter of Milton Earle/Edward Hampton and Ruth Adele McConnel/McConnell). Harriet was born in Washington. Milton was the son of Denis/Dennis Cogla/Coakley Hampton and Harriet/Harriet Warfield “Hattie” Bennett. Ruth was the daughter of Edward F. McConnell and Mary Tennessee Griggs.

Kelly’s maternal grandfather was Howard Clark Reynolds (the son of Horace Henry Reynolds, Jr. and Lula Bernice/Berniece Clark). Howard was born in Iowa. Horace was the son of Horace Henry Reynolds and Malenda Gallaher Frazier. Lula was the daughter of William Henry Clark and Sarah Jane “Jennie” Cruikshank, who born in Ontario, Canada, of Scottish descent.

Kelly’s maternal grandmother was Lucille K. Ackerman (the daughter of Walter Douglas Ackerman and Lucy Woods). Lucille was born in Kona, Hawaii Co., Hawaii. Walter was the son of John Douglas Ackerman and Mary Jane Yates, whose own parents were emigrants, from England and Ireland, respectively. Lucy was the daughter of an English emigrant, James Woods, of Liverpool, and of Mary Ann Kaulalani Parker, who was of three quarters Native Hawaiian descent.

Kelly’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her third great-grandmother, Kilia “Celia” Nahulanui/Nahoalani, a Native Hawaiian, who died at sea between Hawaii and Maui islands on February 16, 1861.

Sources: Genealogies of Kelly Preston – https://www.geni.com
https://famouskin.com
https://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Kelly’s maternal uncle – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Kelly’s maternal great-grandmother, Lula Bernice/Berniece Clark – https://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Marriage record of Kelly’s maternal great-great-grandparents, William Henry Clark and Sarah Jane “Jennie” Cruikshank – https://www.familysearch.org

Kelly’s maternal grandmother, Lucille K. Ackerman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

2 Responses

  1. Another Timer says:

    There is a website claiming that her biological father was named Ken Smith and that his parents were Harry and Harriet. I don’t know how reliable it is.

    https://www.famechain.com/family-tree/14361/kelly-preston

  2. Manila says:

    Her father, whose surname is Smith, who worked for an agricultural firm, drowned when Kelly was three years old. Her mother, Linda (Reynolds) Carlson, was an administrator of a mental health center. She married her second husband, Peter Lynn Palzis, who subsequently adopted her.

    Kelly’s maternal grandfather was Howard Clark Reynolds (the son of Horace Henry Reynolds, Jr. and Lula Bernice Clark). Horace was the son of Horace Henry Reynolds and Malenda Gallaher Frazier. Lula was the daughter of William Henry Clark and Sarah Jane “Jennie” Cruikshank, who was of Scottish descent.

    Kelly’s maternal grandmother was Lucille Ackerman (the daughter of Walter Douglas Ackerman and Lucy Woods). Walter was the son of John Douglas Ackerman and Mary Jane Yates, whose parents, John Peel Yates and Mary Ann Hand, were emigrants, from Liverpool, England and County Monaghan, Ireland, respectively. Lucy was the daughter of an English emigrant, James Woods, of Liverpool, and of Mary Ann Kaulalani Parker, who was three-quarters Native Hawaiian.

    Kelly’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her third great-grandmother, Kilia Nahulanui, a Native Hawaiian who died at sea between Hawaii and Maui islands on February 16, 1861.

    Genealogy of Kelly’s maternal uncle, Michael Reynolds – https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/L22J-S78

    She also has Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, as well as small amounts of Breton, Dutch, and French.

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