Teri Hatcher

Hatcher in 2008, Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Teri Lynn Hatcher

Place of Birth: Palo Alto, Santa Clara, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 8, 1964

*father – English, some Irish and Scottish
*mother – one half Syrian/Lebanese, one half Frisian

Teri Hatcher is an American actress, writer, presenter, singer, and NFL cheerleader. She has starred on the series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Desperate Housewives, and in the film Tomorrow Never Dies.

Teri is the daughter of Esther (Beshur) and Owen Walker Hatcher. Her father was a many-generations American, and had English, and some Irish and Scottish, ancestry. Her maternal grandfather was from Syria, and her maternal grandmother was of Frisian background.

Teri is sometimes said to have some degree of Choctaw Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Choctaw ancestry has been verified/documented.

Teri has a daughter with her former husband, actor Jon Tenney.

Teri’s paternal grandfather was Owen Walker Hatcher (the son of James Hutson Hatcher and Anna Bell Pratt). Teri’s grandfather Owen was born in Oklahoma. James was the son of Owen Walker Hatcher and Permelia J. Hawkins. Anna was the daughter of James Pratt and Sarah “Sally” Sego/Seago.

Teri’s paternal grandmother was Mittie Mae Graham (the daughter of James Duncan Graham and Samantha Clercy Rogers). Mittie was born in Texas. James was the son of Ozias Denton Graham and Martha Matilda Thornton. Samantha was the daughter of Geogre Washington Lafayette Rogers and Sarah Ann Emaline Dean Lamb.

Teri’s maternal grandfather was Isbir Khalil Beshur/Bashur (the son of Khalil Beshur/Bashur and Rahma/Rahme Milhim/Milhem). Isbir was a dentist, who was born in Safita, Syria. At least some of the Beshur family may have had roots in Tripoli, Lebanon. They were likely related to Zerefeh Bashur, the first female licensed physician in the Levant, and prominent cardiologist Fouad Bashour. Isbir later re-married to Sarah Ann Kolar, who was of Bohemian Czech and Irish descent.

Teri’s maternal grandmother was Johanne/Hanna/Hanni Elizabeth Ontjes (the daughter of Conrad Ontjes and Gertrude de Vries). Johanne was an emigrant, from Heisfelde, Leer, Lower Saxony, Germany, and likely was of Frisian descent.

Sources: Genealogy of Teri Hatcher – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Teri Hatcher (focusing on her father’s side) – http://gw.geneanet.org

Genealogy of Teri’s father (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Teri’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

Birth record of Teri’s mother – https://www.familysearch.org

Teri’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Teri’s maternal grandparents, Isbir Khalil Beshur and Johanne/Hanna/Hanni Elizabeth Ontjes – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Teri’s maternal grandfather, Isbir Khalil Beshur, and step-grandmother, Sarah Ann Kolar – https://familysearch.org


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46 Responses

  1. Johnsonades says:

    Maternal grandfather Isbir Khalil Beshur/Bashur (1896-1959) was born in Safita, Syria as can be seen in the birth certificate of his daughter Jane (Esther’s sister) in Cook County, Illinois here https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKDC-2F8H and in Isbir Beshur WWII draft in Cook, Illinois here https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/9559044:1002 (requires subscription)

    In his obituary of 1959 it is stated he had a brother, the late Dr. Abraham Khalil Beshur (also a dentist like Isbir as seen in his draft). https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/503827391:61843 (requires subscription)

    Isbir and Abraham were the sons of Khalil Beshur/Bashur and Rahma Milhim/Milhem as can be seen in the death certificate in Chicago, Cook, Illinois of dentist Abraham Khalil Bashur (Sept 13th, 1880-1949) who was also born in Safita, Syria https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2M4-PG43

    The Bashur family of Safita seems to be originally from Tripoli, Lebanon and cousins of dentists Isbir Khalil and Abraham Khalil (along with two other cousins Samuel Bashur and Kamel Melhim) seem to be also physician Bashur Bashur and dentist Anis/Anise Bashur who also lived in Cook, Illinois and in Irwin, Pennsylvania as I will elaborate in my next message.

    Bashur I Bashur (Bashur Ilias/Elias Bashur) (b. 1877 in Tripoli, Lebanon) and Anis Bashur (b. 1878 in Tripoli, Lebanon) were the older brothers of Zerefeh Bashur, the first female physician in the Levant. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zerefeh_Bashur

    Anis I Bashur was the father of Dr. Fouad Bashour, the doctor who treated John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald when they were both shot. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fouad_Bashour

    More can be read about this family in this link in Arabic (found in Zerefeh’s wikipage also) https://mo7it.yoo7.com/t6879-topic

  2. andrew says:

    genealogy of Teri’s paternal grandmother, Mittie Mae Graham – https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Graham-Family-Tree-1436

  3. andrew says:


    Teri’s mother on Census: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KWBZ-FXC

    Isbir Khalil Beshur, a dentist, was the son of Khalil Beshur and Rahme

  4. andrew says:

    can you note that she’s sometimes described as having Choctaw ancestry?

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