Joseph Williams

Birth Name: Joseph Stanley Williams

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 1, 1960

Ethnicity: English, Irish, 1/16th French-Canadian, more distant German, Dutch, and Welsh

Joseph Williams is an American singer, songwriter, and film composer. He is the lead singer of the rock band Toto. The band’s members also include or previously included Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, and Steve Porcaro.

Joseph is the son of actress and singer Barbara Ruick (born Barbara Joan Ruick) and composer John Williams (John Towner Williams).

Joseph’s paternal grandparents were John Francis Williams and Esther Towner (the daughter of David John Towner and Ada B. Hennessey). Esther was born in Massachusetts, to Canadian parents. David was the son of David Towner and Emillie Robitaille, who was probably French-Canadian. Ada was likely of Irish ancestry.

Joseph’s maternal grandfather was Melville Hughes Ruick (the son of Norman Melville Ruick and Amanda Deborah Hughes). Norman was the son of William Orson Rewick and Temperance Coleman Hutchinson. Amanda was the daughter of Conrad Kurtz Hughes and Adocia Purcell.

Joseph’s maternal grandmother was Lurene “Susie” Tuttle (the daughter of Clair Vivian/Vivien Tuttle and Verna Sylvia Long). Clair was the son of Francis Frank Marion Tuttle and Dora L. Lower. Verna was the daughter of Albert William Long and Susie Ingalls.

Sources: Genealogy of Joseph Williams –

Genealogies of Joseph’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Joseph’s paternal grandmother, Esther Towner, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Esther Towner on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Joseph Williams (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogies of Joseph’s mother –

Genealogy of Joseph’s maternal great-grandmother, Amanda Deborah Hughes (focusing on her own father’s side) –

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