Neyla Pekarek

Birth Name: Neyla M. Pekarek

Place of Birth: Denver, Colorado, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 4, 1986

Ethnicity: Slovak (paternal grandfather), Irish, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish

Neyla Pekarek is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. She is the cellist and co-vocalist of the folk rock band The Lumineers. Other members of the band are Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz.

Neyla is the daughter of Dana (Collins) and Rodger Andrew Pekarek.

Neyla’s paternal grandfather was Andrew George Pekarek (the son of Paul Pekarek and Anna Leshko/Leschka). Andrew was born in Pennsylvania, to Slovak parents.

Neyla’s paternal grandmother was Verna/Vernia/Vernie Alma Newton (the daughter of John Kelly/Kelley Newton/Neuton and Fannie Foney Hunter). Verna was born in North Carolina. John was of English and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish descent, and the son of William Abraham Newton/Neuton and Nancy Elizabeth Crotts. Fannie was the daughter of John Hunter.

Neyla’s maternal grandfather was Daniel John Collins (the son of Bernard Michael Collins and Elizabeth Anna Murphy). Daniel was born in Massachusetts. Bernard was the son of John Collins, whose parents were Irish, and of Mary McNeice, who was Irish. Elizabeth was the daughter of Daniel Murphy, who was likely of Irish descent, and of Hannah Gorman Dwyer, whose parents were Irish.

Neyla’s maternal grandmother was named Neyla J. Harris.

Sources: Neyla’s paternal grandfather, Andrew Pekarek, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Andrew Pekarek on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Neyla’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Neyla’s paternal grandmother, Verna/Vernia/Vernie Alma Newton – https://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Birth record of Neyla’s paternal grandmother, Verna/Vernia/Vernie Alma Newton – https://www.familysearch.org

Neyla’s paternal grandmother, Verna/Vernia/Vernie Alma Newton, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Verna/Vernia/Vernie Alma Newton on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Verna/Vernia/Vernie Alma Newton on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Neyla’s paternal great-grandfather, John Kelly/Kelley Newton/Neuton (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Neyla’s paternal great-grandfather, John Kelly/Kelley Newton/Neuton, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Neyla’s paternal great-grandfather, John Kelly/Kelley Newton/Neuton – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Neyla’s paternal great-grandmother, Fannie Foney (Hunter) Newton – https://www.familysearch.org

Neyla’s maternal grandfather, Daniel John Collins, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Daniel John Collins on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Daniel John Collins on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Neyla’s maternal great-grandparents, Bernard Michael Collins and Elizabeth Anna Murphy – https://www.familysearch.org

Neyla’s maternal great-grandfather, Bernard Michael Collins, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Bernard Michael Collins on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Neyla’s maternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth Anna Murphy, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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9 Responses

  1. madman says:

    It seems like this is Neyla’s grandfather Daniel J. Collins:
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXT2-KMP
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQ2R-MTP
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K461-LL5

    This man was also born in 1916, has the same name and middle initial, and is from the same area in the same county in the same state as the other members of the family lived in (Pittsfield and Lenox in Massachusetts). There doesn’t seem to be any other Daniel Collins who matches those criterias.

    If so, Daniel’s middle name was John, and he was the son of Bernard Michael Collins and Elizabeth Anna Murphy. Bernard was the son of John Collins, whose parents were Irish, and of Mary McNeice, who was Irish. Elizabeth was the daughter of Daniel Murphy, who was likely of Irish descent, and of Hannah Gorman Dwyer, whose parents were Irish.

    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N465-8CV
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M95F-YQX
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M2NJ-W4X
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M95N-58J

  2. madman says:

    Half-uncle:
    http://www.rochefuneralhome.com/obituaries/John-Foulds/#!/Obituary

    Dana Collins —> Dana (Collins)

    Maternal grandparents were Daniel J. Collins and Neyla J. Harris.

  3. madman says:

    She was born in September 4, 1986

    And her father is actually Rodger Andrew Pekarek. But everything else (mother, grandparents) is accurate.

    As it turns out, she is one eighth African-American.

    Her grandfather Andrew’s middle name was George.

    Neyla’s paternal grandmother was Verna/Vernia/Vernie Alma Newton (the daughter of John Kelly Newton/Neuton and Fannie Foney Hunter). John was of English and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish descent, and the son of William Abraham Newton/Neuton and Nancy Elizabeth Crotts. Fannie was black.

    Regarding Neyla’s grandmother:
    On the 1920 census, her whole family is listed as “White”. One the 1940 census, they are all listed as “Negro”.
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZN1-RMR
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KW3L-J5V

    This is John. He was white:
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FGS6-MXY
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSYQ-MY7

    I’ve found a genealogy of Neyla’s father:
    https://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=075&id=I12827

    Grandmother:
    https://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=erickson-grandki&id=I85070

    Great-grandfather:
    https://www.geni.com/people/John-Newton/6000000069544374829

    Here is the trail of records I’ve used to determine her grandmother:
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VCQ4-T3C
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VH1L-7WL
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FZRR-DKM
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZN1-RMR
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KW3L-J5V
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVMF-DL8R

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