Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Date of Birth: March 28, 1990
*father – African-American
*maternal grandfather – Rusyn
*maternal grandmother – English, German, Swiss-German
Laura Harrier is an American actress and model. She is known for her roles in the films Spider-Man: Homecoming and BlacKkKlansman. She was raised in Evanston, Illinois.
Laura’s maternal grandfather was John Sagan (the son of John Sagan and Mary Jubinsky). Laura’s grandfather John was born in Ohio, to Rusyn parents, with his own father being from Nastasiv, Ternopil oblast, Ukraine.
Laura’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Joy Pickett (the daughter of Bishop Jarrell Waskom Pickett and Ruth Robinson). Margaret was born in Lucknow, India, the daughter of American parents, who were Methodist missionaries. Laura’s great-grandfather Bishop J. Waskom Pickett was a Methodist minister, and was the son of Leander Lycurgus Pickett and Ludie Carrington Day. Ruth was the daughter of John Wesley Robinson and Sarah Elizabeth “Lizzie” Fisher.
Sources: Laura’s maternal grandfather, John Sagan, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Laura’s maternal grandfather, John Sagan – http://articles.chicagotribune.com
Genealogy of Laura’s maternal grandmother, Margaret Joy Pickett (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Laura’s maternal great-grandfather, Bishop Jarrell Waskom Pickett – https://www.findagrave.com
Ruthenian —> Rusyn
They are the same thing, so it’s better to stick to one word. I also don’t understand why some celebrities have “Rusyn/Ruthenian” in their ethnicity. That’s like writing “Scottish/Scotch”.
There’s a Malanka Sagan arriving in 1910 from Nastasiv, going to see her brother Iwan Sagan in Monessen, Pennsylvania . According to the record she’s Ruthenian. Her father is Luka Sagan.
John Sagan and Mary Jubinsky spoke Ukrainian.
I was thinking to Peter Sagan, who’s from Zilina, Slovakia.
Bablah, what do you think?
There are lots of ethnic Polish people named Sagan.
John Sagan was from Nastasiv, Ternopil oblast, Ukraine.
Was Sagan ethnically Ukrainian, though? Ternopil oblast had a lot of ethnic Polish people at the time.
Most John Sagans in the U.S. seem ethnically Polish.
Unfortunately, I didn’t find anything other than his WWI draft card and I’ve tried searching Ivan, Iwan and Jan. I might take another crack at Ellis island records later.