Melissa Joan Hart

Hart in 2013, photo by Joe Seer/

Place of Birth: Smithtown, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 18, 1976

*25% Slovenian
*12.5% Ashkenazi Jewish
*12.5% German
*50% Irish, possibly other

Melissa Joan Hart is an American actress, director, producer, fashion designer, singer, and businessperson. She is the daughter of Paula Joan (Voje) Gilliams and William Leslie Hart. Melissa is married to musician Mark Wilkerson, with whom she has three children.

Her father is of at least part Irish descent. Her mother is of one half Slovenian, one quarter Ashkenazi Jewish, and one quarter German, ancestry.

Melissa is a practicing Christian.

Melissa’s paternal grandmother was named Ethel.

Melissa’s maternal grandfather was Stanley John Voje (the son of Frank Voje and Angela Kosak). Stanley was born in Pennsylvania, to Slovenian parents. Frank was the son of Frank Woje and Julia Strusse. Angela was the daughter of Thomas Kosak and Anna Pestotnik/Pertodnick.

Melissa’s maternal grandmother was Joan M. Laderwager (the daughter of Matthew Nathan Laderwager/Lederwarger and Elsie/Elizabeth Fieger/Feiger). Joan was born in New York. Matthew was born in Kiev, Russia, to a Jewish family, and was the son of Hyman Lederwager, from Daschev, and of Braine/Bessie Segal/Siegel, whose family was from Radyvyliv, Rivne, Ukraine. Melissa’s great-grandmother Elsie was born in New York, the daughter of Otto Fieger/Feiger, who was German, from Hamburg, and of Lena/Magdalena Hebenstreit/Hebenstrait/Habenstein, who was born in New York, to German parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Melissa Joan Hart (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Obituary of Melissa’s maternal grandfather, Stanley John Voje –

Marriage record of Melissa’s great-grandparents, Frank Voje and Angela Kosak –

Melissa’s maternal grandmother, Joan M. Laderwager, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Melissa’s maternal great-grandmother, Elsie/Elizabeth Fieger/Feiger, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Elsie/Elizabeth Fieger/Feiger on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Melissa’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Otto Fieger/Feiger and Lena/Magdalena Hebenstreit/Hebenstrait/Habenstein, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Death record of Melissa’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Otto Fieger/Feiger –

Death record of Melissa’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Lena/Magdalena (Hebenstreit/Hebenstrait/Habenstein) Fieger –

6 Responses

  1. luckystar says:

    Hart is an English surname.

  2. madman says:

    Follers, any more information on her?

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