Birth Name: Michael Fred Phelps II
Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Date of Birth: June 30, 1985
Ethnicity: English, Irish, German, Scottish, Welsh, distant Dutch
Michael Phelps is an American swimmer and Olympic Gold winner. He is the most successful Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals, achieved over four Olympiads. In 2008, he won eight gold medals, breaking Mark Spitz‘ 1972 record of most gold medals won at a single Olympics (Spitz had won seven).
Michael is the son of Deborah Sue (Davisson) and Michael Fred Phelps. He has English, Irish, German, Scottish, Welsh, and distant Dutch, ancestry.
Michael’s paternal grandfather was John William Phelps (the son of Arthur Fred Phelps and Vera Humphreys). Arthur was the son of David Harvey Phelps and Matilda Griffith. Vera was the daughter of James Humphreys and Osceola Rush.
Michael’s paternal grandmother was Roberta Marie Myers (the daughter of Robert Milton Myers and Marie Evelin Penford). Robert was the son of Robert E. Myers and Martha. Marie was the daughter of Ada Katie/Etta Gentry.
Michael’s maternal grandfather was Bernard Jesse Davisson (the son of Carl Carson Davisson and Alice Marie Hammers). Carl was the son of Isaac F. Davisson and Lucy Belle Prim. Alice was the daughter of William Francis Hammers and Bridget Catherine O’Brien, whose own parents were Irish.
Michael’s maternal grandmother was Leoma/Leona Mae Foote (the daughter of Felix Thurmand Foote and Agnes Schuyler Dick). Felix was the son of Felix S. Foot/Foote, who was Welsh, and of Sarah Ann Wright, who was English. Agnes was the daughter of Thomas Dick, who was born in Muirkirk, Ayr, Scotland, and of Margaret Schuyler, whose parents were Scottish.
Obituary of Michael’s paternal grandfather, John William Phelps (J. William Phelps) – http://newspaperarchive.com
Genealogy of Michael’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Michael’s paternal great-grandfather, Robert Milton Myers, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Michael’s maternal great-grandfather, Carl Carson Davisson, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Michael’s maternal great-grandmother, Alice Marie Hammers, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Some notes on Michael’s ancestry – http://www.telegraph.co.uk
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