Birth Name: Matthew Paul Walsh
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 13, 1964
*Slovenian, as well as English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Dutch, 1/1024th African (mother)
Matt Walsh is an American actor, comedian, director, and writer.
Matt is the son of Audrey J. (Gosack) and Richard “Dick” Jude Walsh. Matt’s father was of Irish descent. Matt’s mother has Slovenian ancestry on one side, and English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Scottish, and Dutch, on the other. Through his maternal grandmother, Matt is also descended from James Pendarvis (Matt’s eighth great-grandfather), who was born 1723, to Joseph Pendarvis, who was white, and Parthenia, an African slave. This makes Matt of 1/2048th African descent.
Matt is married to Morgan, with whom he has three children.
Matt’s paternal grandfather was Patrick Francis Walsh (the son of Michael Walsh and Mary Grady). Patrick was an Irish emigrant, from County Mayo, Ireland.
Matt’s paternal grandmother was Agnes Bridget Gavin (the daughter of Michael Gavin and Mary McGreal). Agnes was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Irish parents.
Matt’s maternal grandparents were Michael Peter Gosack (the son of Michael Anton Gosack and Theresa J. Lorenci). Matt’s grandfather Michael was born in Illinois, to Yugoslav parents, likely of Slovenian descent. Matt’s great-grandfather Michael was the son of Franz Gosack and Mary Berevadt.
Matt’s maternal grandmother was Edith Lorraine Thompson (the daughter of Luther Otto Thompson and Zetta Corene Fry). Edith was born in Illinois. Luther was the son of Thomas Twigg Thompson and Susan Jane Day. Zetta was the daughter of Henry Lee Fry and Pearl Viola Palmer.
Sources: Obituary of Matt’s father – http://www.legacy.com
Genealogy of Matt’s father (through his sister, Mary Agnella Walsh) – https://www.wikitree.com
Matt’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Matt’s maternal grandfather, Michael Peter Gosack – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Matt’s maternal great-grandparents, Michael Anton Gosack and Theresa J. Lorenci, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Matt’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Thomas Twigg Thompson (through Thomas’s brother, Benjamin M. Thompson) – http://www.ancestry.co.uk
Genealogy of Matt’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, William B. Garrett – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Matt’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Frances Ann Young – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Matt’s maternal fifth great-grandfather, James Wood Pendarvis – https://www.geni.com
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