Birth Name: Jerry Fulton Cantrell, Jr.
Place of Birth: Tacoma, Washington
Date of Birth: March 18, 1966
*Irish, English (father)
*Czech (Bohemian), Norwegian (mother)
Jerry Cantrell is an American guitarist and singer. He is known for his work with the band Alice in Chains. He is the son of Gloria Jean (Krumpos) and Jerry Fulton “Rooster” Cantrell, Sr. His father is from Atoka, Oklahoma.
Jerry’s maternal grandfather was Elmer James Krumpos (the son of Matey “Matthew/Mike” Krumpos and Barbara Zdeneková). Matey and Barbara were Czech immigrants from Bohemia. Matey was the son of Gabriel Krumpos and Marie Kadlecová, and was likely from Plzeň. Barbara was from Tabor, and was the daughter of Václav “James/Wencelsaus” Zdeněk and Anna Barešová.
Jerry’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Elizabeth Aus (the daughter of Johannes “John” Pettersen, later Sandaas, Aus, and Anna Kristine Olsdatter Skjæggeby). Johannes was a Norwegian immigrant, from Skjeberg (now part of Halden), and was the son of Petter Anton Johannesen Hornas Østre and Elisabet Hansdatter Aagento. Anna was also a Norwegian immigrant, from Borge (now part of Fredrikstad), and was the daughter of Ole Christian Andreasen Rødroen and Anette Christine Hedwig Christiansdatter Steengaden.
Sources: Marriage record of Jerry’s parents – http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov
Jerry’s maternal grandfather, Elmer J. Krumpos, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Baptismal record of Jerry’s maternal great-grandfather, Johannes “John” Pettersen Aus – http://www.arkivverket.no
Baptismal record of Jerry’s maternal great-grandmother, Anna Kristine Olsdatter – http://www.arkivverket.no
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