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Jessica Biel on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are, here’s what happened

Posted on April 9, 2017 | Written by Michelle


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For those that weren’t able to watch, or just watched once and desire to brush up on the specifics. Here is a recap of what happened on Jessica’s episode of “Who Do You Think You Are” on TLC.

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The episode starts out with Jessica revealing some of the things she has actually been told via the years about her family’s background. We learned that Biel is a small town in Germany type of, and that her grandfather (Donny) and father (John) believe them to be German. We likewise learned that on her mother’s (Kim) side of the family, they are believed to have Native Amerihave the right to ancestors.

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One family story passed down for generations was that a family member called Bill Brazier was in the Civil War. It is additionally shelp that he was crossing a body of water, and shot in the earlier throughout the war. Jessica would favor to learn if that is true.

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Jessica very first meets with genealogist Kellie Scherbel in LA. They go via the 1940 census in Illinois and also search for her grandfather Donald Biel. There they discover her Great Grandfather Edward Biel. They then uncover her 2 times Great Grandfather Morris Biel and also his wife Ottilia in the 1910 census. Jessica comments that Ottilia is the best name ever before, and also of course we couldn’t agree even more. (Perhaps the name of the following Timberlake?)

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Kellie points out that Morris and also Ottilia are from the Austria-Hungary empire and also stop Hungarian. They immoved to the United States in 1889. Morris’s occupation was that of a cloak cutter. While in their search, they uncover Julius And Ella Biel, the boy of Morris. It turns out Ella is Russian and also speaks Yiddish, a really prevalent Jewish language in that time period. Jessica likewise learns, in the time of that time it was commonplace for people of the very same religion to marry. This leads Jessica and also Kellie to believe that her ancestors were Jewish.

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The following sheight for Jessica on this journey is Chicback, to meet with the chronicler Howard Lupovitch. Howard has done research study before her arrival, and also uncovered a ship manifest from Hamburg Germany type of with a Moritz (Germale for Morris) Biel and Ottilia Biel provided. They were located on the middle deck, which is a notch listed below second course. Jessica inquired whether or not the journey was turbulent on the passengers, as soon as she finds out that it indeed is, she declares she would not have made the pilgrimage and also would certainly likely have actually jumped overboard (haha).

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They manifest lists the Biel’s from Zellien Slovakia (component of the bigger city Jonah) which at that time was part of Hungary. Howard then mirrors Jessica a page from a Jewish Regisattempt. On the web page the name Moritz Biel was listed, confirming that Jessica’s ancestors were definitely Jewish. At that time the area they stayed in was incredibly steady and also modern-day, not most likely they were as strict as an Orthodox Jew.

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The last document Howard shows Jessica is an old newspaper clipping from the Chicearlier Tribune in 1926. A photo of Morris and Ottilia Biel celebrating their gold (50 years) wedding anniversary.

Her last speak in Chicearlier wregarding get the outcomes of her DNA Test. We uncover out that she is 30% Great Britain, 26% Europe West, 16% Italy Greece, 12% Scandinavian and also 8% European Jewish. Her Maternal Grandmom Norma Jean Conroe (Roberts) had always told Jessica that her distant relatives had Native Amerideserve to roots, we learn this is not true and also Jessica is shocked.

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Next off speak on this wild ride is the St. Louis Public Library in Missouri to meet Ginger Frere. Here we revisit the story of an ancestor named Bill Brazier that was in the Civil War and crossed a river throughout that time and was shot in the back. Jessica finds out that her Great Grandpaleas James and also Flora Roberts (Norma Jean’s parents), have the Brazier link. Flora is a Brazier prior to marrying into the Roberts name. We then discover that her father William (Bill) Brazier was only born at the start of the civil war. That he is not the guy that was debated in household lore. His father though, Francis Brazier is likely the male in question.

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To uncover out even more, Jessica heads to Miller County, Missouri wright here the family lived. Tright here she meets Angie Zombek, a Civil War Historian from St. Petersburg College. Angie had found a “Company type of Muster Roll,” which is a list of soldiers. Francis is found on the list, under the Confedeprice Military. We learn that Missouri was an order state, which enabled slaincredibly but did not declare a side of the battle.

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More inspection of the Muster Roll shows that Francis was noted as “deserted.” They then discover a document that lists Francis as a prisoner that surrendered for not wanting to fight for the Confederate Army. Prior to surrendering they discussed exactly how he most likely spent a year at residence but then from press of next-door neighbors turned himself in. Learning that because of the Court Marshal, the trial was situated in Washington D.C.

In Washington D.C., Jessica learns from military records that during the trial Francis was provided a lighter sentence because he did desert and also turned himself in. At that time a lighter sentence was still a year in prichild, doing tough labor.

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We then take a trip back to Alton, Illinois. The Alton Prison is wbelow Francis Brazier was sentenced to serve. Tbelow is wbelow we learn about his attempt to escape. He did not attempt this escape alone, it is shelp that dozens attempted at the same time. The Alton Prichild is on the bank of the Mississippi River, which sepaprices Missouri and also Illinois. He was attempted to cross the river once he was swarm in the back.

The just family members story passed down the line that was indeed true.

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Hopefully you were able to catch the episode. We are curious to check out if Jessica explores her findings also even more.