Birth Name: Joseph Adam Jonas
Place of Birth: Casa Grande, Arizona, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 15, 1989
Ethnicity: German, English, Scottish, Irish, Italian/Sicilian, French-Canadian
Joe Jonas is an American singer and actor. He is the lead singer of the band DNCE, and was previously a member of the band The Jonas Brothers.
Joe is the son of Denise (Miller) and Paul Kevin Jonas. He is the brother of Kevin Jonas and Nick Jonas, who make up the latter band, as well as of actor Frankie Jonas. JinJoo Lee is also a member of DNCE.
Joe’s father, who is from a family from the American South, has German, English, and Scottish ancestry. Joe’s mother, who is from the New Jersey area, has Irish, Italian/Sicilian, and French-Canadian ancestry.
The Jonas Brothers have also stated that they have Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.
Joe is related to congressmen Charles A. Jonas (1876-1955), and Charles’s son, Charles R. Jonas (1904-1988), both of North Carolina. Joe descends from the same Jonas line.
It is not publicly known who Joe’s biological paternal grandfather is.
Joe’s paternal grandmother, now Cecilia Lucas, was born under the name Cecilla/Cecilia Paulette Jonas (the daughter of Paul Adam Jonas and Nellie May/Mae Fox). Cecilia was born in North Carolina. Paul was the son of Henry Walter Jonas and Nora Lee/Leigh Campbell. Nellie was the daughter of Nathan/Walter Henry Fox and Elizabeth/Lizzie Mae Hamilton. Through the Jonas line, Joe is descended from German immigrants to the United States in the 1700s.
Joe’s maternal grandfather was named Gerald “Jerry” Miller.
Joe’s maternal grandmother is Frances Madonia (the daughter of Fortunato Angelo “Frank” Madonia and Margaret Anna Berard). Fortunato was born in New York, the son of Angelo Madonia and Maria Chimero, who were of Italian descent, with Maria’s family being from Sicily. Margaret was born in Bennington, Vemont, the daughter of Milton Dewey Berard and Anna Mary/Rose Ducharme, who were of French-Canadian ancestry.
Sources: Genealogy of Joe Jonas – https://www.geni.com
Information on Joe’s paternal great-grandfather, Paul Adam Jonas – http://www.findagrave.com
Genealogy of Joe’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Daniel Jonas (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Obituary of Joe’s paternal great-grandmother, Nellie May/Mae (Fox) Jonas – http://www.legacy.com
Family history of Joe’s maternal grandmother, Frances Madonia – http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com