Birth Name: Kendall Francis Schmidt
Place of Birth: Witchita, Kansas, U.S.
Date of Birth: November 2, 1990
*father – German
*mother – German, Swedish, English, distant Dutch
Kendall Schmidt is an American singer, songwriter, music producer, and actor. He is a member of the band Big Time Rush, and starred in the television series of the same name. The other members of the band are Logan Henderson, James Maslow, and Carlos PenaVega.
He has two brothers, Kenneth and Kevin Schmidt (or Kevin G. Schmidt), who are actors.
Kendall’s father is of entirely German descent, from an ethnic German family from Russia. Kendall’s mother has German, Swedish, English, and distant Dutch, ancestry.
Kendall’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents, Jacob Schmidt and Anna Maria Margaretha Matz, were ethnic Germans from Katharinenstadt, Russia. They moved to the United States in June 1876, and became prominent in the German-American community in Hays, Kansas.
Kendall is a fourth cousin of actress Allison Miller. Kendall’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Sophia Meier, was the sister of Allison’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Maria Catherine Meier.
Kendall’s paternal grandfather was Donald Eugene Schmidt (the son of Paul John Schmidt and Catherine Walters/Walter). Donald was born in Kansas. Paul was born in Kansas, to ethnic German parents from Russia, Johann/John Jacob Schmidt and Katharina/Catherine I. Gross, from Katharinestadt, Samara, Volga. Kendall’s great-grandmother Catherine Walters was also born in Kansas, also to ethnic German immigrants from Katharinenstadt, Russia, Friedrich Walter/Walters and Sophia Meier.
Kendall’s paternal grandmother is Roselyn/Roseline S. Roth (the daughter of Joseph Peter Roth and Victoria Kippes). Roselyn was born in Kansas. Joseph and Victoria were ethnic Germans from Russia. Joseph was the son of Peter Roth and Barbara Jacobs. Victoria was the daughter of Casper Kippes and Katherina/Catharina Dreiling.
Kendall’s maternal grandfather is named Robert Robinson.
Kendall’s maternal grandmother is Mary Frances/Francis Van Meter (the daughter of Arthur Jean Van Meter and Lucille/Lucile M. C. Peterson). Kendall’s grandmother Mary Frances was born in Kansas. Arthur was the son of William Ezra Van Meter and Fannie M. Northern. Lucille was the daughter of Benjamin Peterson, who was Swedish, and of Pearl E.
Sources: Genealogies of Kendall’s paternal great-grandparents, Paul John Schmidt and Catherine Walters/Walter – https://www.findagrave.com
Kendall’s paternal great-grandparents, Paul John Schmidt and Catherine Walters/Walter, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Paul John Schmidt and Catherine Walters/Walter on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Information on Kendall’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents, Jacob Schmidt and Anna Maria Margaretha Matz – http://todayinkansas.com
Kendall’s paternal great-grandparents, Joseph Peter Roth and Victoria Kippes, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Kendall’s maternal grandmother, Mary Frances Van Meter (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.vanmeter-lineage.com
Kendall’s maternal great-grandfather, Arthur Jean Van Meter, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Kendall’s maternal great-grandmother, Lucille/Lucile M. C. Peterson, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org