Dan Smyers

Birth Name: Daniel Christopher Smyers

Place of Birth: Wexford, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 16, 1987

Ethnicity: Japanese (paternal grandmother), Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, English, German

Dan Smyers is an American singer and songwriter. He is one half of the country duo Dan + Shay, along with Shay Mooney.

Dan is the son of Patty (Callenda) and Dave Smyers. He is married to Abby Law.

Dan’s paternal grandfather was Edward Calvin Smyers (the son of Edward Calvin Smyers and Ethel Marie Bennett). Dan’s great-grandfather Edward had Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, English, and German ancestry, and was the son of Bertrand Hunter Smyers, an attorney, known as the co-founder of the University of Pittsburgh’s football program, and of Flora Bell Hays. Ethel was the daughter of Thomas Joseph Bennett and Mary Catherine Cannon, who were born in Pennsylvania, both of them to Irish parents.

Dan’s paternal grandmother was named Michiko “Angle” Ohashi. Michiko was Japanese.

Sources: Genealogy of Dan Smyers – https://www.genealogy.com

Genealogy of Dan’s paternal grandfather, Edward Calvin Smyers – https://www.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Dan’s paternal great-grandfather, Edward Calvin Smyers – https://www.findagrave.com

Dan’s paternal great-grandmother, Ethel Marie Bennett, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Dan’s paternal great-grandmother, Ethel Marie (Bennett) Smyers – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Dan’s paternal grandmother, Michiko “Angle” (Ohashi) Smyers – https://www.newspapers.com

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3 Responses

  1. madman says:

    Typo: Dan’s Edward —> Dan’s great-grandfather Edward

    There’s an obituary of his Japanese grandmother that I can’t access, so if anyone could extract any useful information from it, that would be appriciated.

    Lastly, what type of name is Callenda? Maybe it’s a typo for Callender.

    • bablah says:

      Michiko “Angle” Smyers Shaler Mother of five Michiko “Angle” Ohashi Smyers, 61, died Wednesday, March 1.1995. Mrs. Smyers is survived by her husband, Edward Smyers; two sons, Daniel D. Smyers of Wexford and Douglas E. Smyers of Upper St. Clair; three daughters, Audrey A. BezQla of Shaler, Diane D. Carson of New York and Andrea M. Diez of McCandless; three sisters, Peggy Shizve Jester of Ohio and Chiyoko Ohashi and Fumiko Ohashi, both of Japan; and 12 grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in Schellhaaa Funeral Home, 388 Center Ave., West View. Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church, Siebert Road, Ross, followed by burial in North Side Catholic Cemetery, Ross. Memorial contributions may be made to the Scleroderma Research Fund, care of the University of Pittsburgh, Suite 502, Kaufmann Building 3471, Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213.

      Just click on ”Show Page 6 article text (OCR)”

      • madman says:

        Thanks, I could access it now. I’m used to not being able to read obituaries from that site, so I barely tried to click around this time.

        Since her sisters were from Japan, we could change “of Japanese descent” to simply “Japanese”.

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