Kris Kristofferson

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Birth Name: Kristoffer Kristofferson

Place of Birth: Brownsville, Cameron, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 22, 1936

*Swedish (father)
*English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, Swiss-German, Dutch (mother)

Kris Kristofferson is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and musician. He served in the U.S. army. His paternal grandparents were Swedish. His mother had English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, Swiss-German, and Dutch, ancestry.

Kris has five children with his wife, Lisa Meyers, two children with his former wife, Frances Beer, and a daughter with his former wife, recording artist and songwriter Rita Coolidge.

Kris’s paternal grandfather was Lars Kristofferson (the son of Kristoffer Kristoffersson and Kerstin Persdotter). Lars was born in Nas, Dalarna, Sweden. Kris’s great-grandfather Kristoffer was the son of Finn Kristoffer/Christoffer Kristofferson/Christoffersson and Anna Larsdotter. Kerstin was the daughter of Täpp Per Persson and Kerstin Esbjörnsdotter.

Kris’s paternal grandmother was Elin Karolina Johansson (the daughter of Johan Fredrik Johansson and Carolina Johansdotter). Elin was born in Forsvik, Undenas, Sweden. Kris’s great-grandmother Carolina was the daughter of Johannes Abrahamsson and Maria/Maja Katarina Abrahamsdotter.

Kris’s maternal grandfather was Roy Wilson Ashbrook (the son of Aaron Pence Ashbrook and Margaret Ann Whitmer Sain). Roy was born in Ohio. Aaron was the son of Tunis Peters Ashbrook and Anna Pence. Margaret was the daughter of Jacob P. Sain and Sarah L. Lehman or Catherine Hittle.

Kris’s maternal grandmother was Anna Louise Adams (the daughter of James Freeman Adams and Anna Sophia Nash). Kris’s grandmother Anna was born in Ohio. James was the son of James Freeman Adams and Fannie Morris. Kris’s great-grandmother Anna was the daughter of Rudolphus/Rhudolphus Kibbe Nash and Mary Anne/Ann Houston.

Sources: Genealogies of Kris Kristofferson –

Genealogy of Kris Kristofferson (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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