Birth Name: Ryan Jerome McCartan
Place of Birth: Hennepin, Minnesota, United States
Date of Birth: June 14, 1993
*father – Irish, with a small amount of English and Welsh
*mother – German, as well as Slovak, Irish, Czech, Polish
Ryan McCartan is an American actor and singer. He was a member of pop duo The Girl and the Dreamcatcher, with his former partner, Dove Cameron.
His father was a high school principal. Ryan is a second cousin of professional basketball player Lindsay Whalen. They share the same two Whalen paternal great-grandparents.
Ryan’s paternal grandfather is Mark Ellis McCartan (the son of Theophilus/Theo Francis McCartan and Rozella Phebe Ellis). Mark was born in Iowa, and is of three quarters Irish descent, with his maternal grandfather’s ancestry being English and Welsh, including deep roots in New England. Theophilus was the son of Thomas Francis McCartan and Ellen C. “Ella” Collins. Rozella was the daughter of George Ronello Ellis and Mary Ellen Murray.
Ryan’s paternal grandmother is Mary Catherine/Kate Whalen (the daughter of Cornelius Joseph “Con” Whalen, Sr. and Sarah/Sadie V. Law). Mary Catherine/Kate was born in North Dakota, and is of Irish descent. Cornelius was the son of Cornelius B./J. Whalen and Mary Ann Mears. Sarah was born in Canada, the daughter of Patrick Law and Cathryn Poole.
Ryan’s maternal grandfather is Jerome Paul Swanda (the son of Raymond W. Swanda and Helen Moran). Jerome was born in Minnesota. Raymond was born in Minnesota, to a Slovak father, Joseph Swanda, and a German mother, Elizabeth E. Beck. Helen had Irish and German ancestry, and was the daughter of Charles A. Moran.
Ryan’s maternal grandmother is Carol-Louise Bartizal (the daughter of George Charles Bartizal and Genevieve Mandel). Carol-Louise was born in Minnesota. George was the son of Anton John Bartizal, who was Czech, and of Emma Heroff, whose parents were also Czech. Genevieve was the daughter of Andrew Joseph Mandel, who was of Polish descent, and of Mary M. Ballauf, who was of German ancestry.
Sources: Genealogy of Ryan’s paternal grandfather, Mark Ellis McCartan (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Ryan’s paternal grandfather, Mark Ellis McCartan, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Ryan’s paternal great-grandmother, Sarah/Sadie V. Law, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Ryan’s maternal great-grandfather, Raymond W. Swanda, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org