Birth Name: John Keith Wozniak
Place of Birth: Ramsey, Minnesota, United States
Date of Birth: January 19, 1971
Ethnicity: Irish (paternal grandmother), Mexican (maternal grandmother), Polish, Ukrainian, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish
John Wozniak is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is the lead singer of the rock band Marcy Playground.
John is the son of Nora Lynn (Ashinhurst) and Robert Howard Wozniak, a psychologist. John’s father’s ancestry is half Irish, with his other roots likely being Polish and Ukrainian. John’s mother was of English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and Scottish descent on one side and Mexican (Spanish, Basque, possibly other) on the other.
John’s paternal grandfather was John Michael Wozniak (the son of Michael Wozniak and Mary Ann Stadnik). The surnames “Wozniak” and “Stadnik” are Polish and Ukrainian in origin, respectively.
John’s paternal grandmother was Mary Agnes Flood (the daughter of Peter Andrew Flood and Mary Ellen Rankin). Peter was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, John Francis Flood and Mary E. McAloon. John’s great-grandmother Mary Ellen was born in Warrington, Pennsylvania, also to Irish parents, Samuel G. Rankin and Margaret Grady.
John’s maternal grandfather was Horace Keith Ashinhurst (the son of Joel Ellerine Ashinhurst and Nora Loraine Thrasher). Joel was the son of Joel E. Ashinhurst and Nancy Elerine Neighbors. Nora was the daughter of William Robert Thrasher and Edna Niles Simpson.
John’s maternal grandmother was Helen Verastegui (the daughter of Enrique Casterllon Verastegui and Rose Arias). Enrique was born in Rio Verde, Mexico. Rose was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and was likely the daughter of Bernadino Arias and Armenia, who were both born in California, to Mexican parents.
Sources: Obituary of John’s paternal grandfather, John Michael Wozniak – http://www.legacy.com
Genealogy of John’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of John Wozniak (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.genealogy.com
Genealogy of John’s maternal grandmother, (Helen Verastegui) Ashinhurst – http://findagrave.com
Likely John’s maternal great-grandmother, Rose Arias, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org