Birth Name: Florence Leontine Mary Welch
Place of Birth: Lambeth, London, England, U.K.
Date of Birth: 28 August, 1986
Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, 1/16th Ashkenazi Jewish, 1/16th Lithuanian
Florence Welch is an English singer, songwriter, and musician. She is the lead singer of the band Florence and the Machine.
Her father, James Nicholas “Nick” Russell Welch, is an English advertising executive. Her mother, Evelyn Welch (born Evelyn Kathleen Samuels), is an American-born historian. Her uncle (mother’s brother) is actor John Stockwell (John Stockwell Samuels IV).
Florence’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her sixth great-grandfather, Matthew Welch.
Florence’s paternal grandfather was political journalist Colin Welch (James Colin Ross Welch, the son of James William Welch and Irene Margherita Paton). Colin was born in Linton, Cambridgeshire. Florence’s great-grandfather James was the son of James Welch and Sarah Dandy. Irene was the daughter of Frederick Paton and Ada Sarah Kinipple.
Florence’s paternal grandmother was Sybil Russell. Sybil was a Scottish singer, from Hillhead, Glasgow.
Florence’s maternal grandfather was John Stockwell Samuels III (the son of John Stockwell Samuels, Jr. and Helen Yvonne Poole). Florence’s great-grandfather John was the son of John Stockwell Samuels, Sr. and Emma Weedon. Helen was the daughter of Thomas Andrew Poole, whose parents were English, and of Emma Caroline Hayes.
Florence’s maternal grandmother was Ellen Kathleen Richards (the daughter of John Samuel Richards and Leontine Marie Subatch). John was the son of a Belarusian Jewish emigrant, Herman Grejcer (later Richards), of Rechki, Vileyka, and of Effie C. Ainlay, who was of half English and half Irish descent. Florence’s great-grandmother Leontine was the daughter of Anthony John Subatch (born Antanas Jonas Subačius), who was Lithuanian, from Ricieliai, Alytus; and of Leontine Cecelia Maney, who was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents.
Sources: Birth record of Florence’s paternal grandfather, James Colin Ross Welch – https://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Florence’s paternal great-grandparents, James William Welch and Irene Margherita Paton – https://www.familysearch.org
Baptismal record of Florence’s paternal great-grandfather, James William Welch – https://www.familysearch.org
Florence’s paternal great-grandmother, Irene Margherita Paton, on the 1891 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Florence’s paternal great-great-grandparents, of Frederick Paton and Ada Sarah Kinipple – https://www.familysearch.org
Florence’s maternal great-grandfather, John Stockwell Samuels, Jr., on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Florence’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Emma (Weedon) Samuels – https://www.familysearch.org
Birth record of Florence’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen Yvonne Poole – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Florence’s maternal great-grandfather, John Samuel Richards – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Florence’s maternal great-grandfather, John Samuel Richards – http://www.sfgate.com
Florence’s maternal great-grandmother, Leontine Marie Subatch, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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