Birth Name: Jewel Kilcher
Place of Birth: Payson, Utah, United States
Date of Birth: May 23, 1974
*English, German, Scottish (mother)
Jewel, born Jewel Kilcher, is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, actress, writer, poet, and producer. She is the daughter of Lenedra “Nedra” J. (Carroll) and Atz Kilcher.
Jewel’s paternal grandparents were Swiss, of Swiss-German descent. Jewel’s mother has English, German, and Scottish ancestry. Jewel is a first cousin, once removed, of actress, singer, and activist Q’orianka Kilcher. Jewel’s paternal grandparents were also Q’orianka’s maternal great-grandparents.
Jewel grew up in Homer, Alaska, on a homestead which was founded by her Swiss grandfather. With not much to do in Homer, Jewel learned to entertain herself by singing and reading books. She has stated that she would sometimes wear lederhosen and yodel during performances, because of her Swiss roots.
Jewel’s paternal grandparents were Yule Julius Jacob Kilcher (the son of Edwin Otto Kilcher and Lina Alter) and Ruth Helen Weber. Yule was born in Laufen, Canten of Basel, Switzerland, of Swiss-German descent. Yule was a state legislator and delegate to the Alaskan Constitutional Convention. Ruth was born in Pretteln, Basel Country, Liestal, Switzerland, and was also of Swiss-German descent.
Jewel’s maternal grandparents were Jay Cee Carroll (the son of John William Carroll and Minnie Lee Goforth) and Arva Barton (the daughter of Alma Ross Barton and Wilhelmina Alice Cannon). Jewel’s mother has English, German, and Scottish ancestry.
Sources: Genealogy of Jewel – http://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Jewel (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Jewel’s maternal grandfather, Jay Cee Carroll (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Obituary of Jewel’s maternal grandmother, Arva Barton – http://homernews.com
The Guardian interview with Jewel, which mentions her Swiss roots – http://www.guardian.co.uk