Ron McGovney

Birth Name: Ronald Joe McCovney

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 2, 1963

Ethnicity: Dutch, English, French, German, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Welsh, as well as small amount of Channel Islander [Jersey], Cornish, and Swiss-German

Ron McGovney is an American musician. He was the original bassist for heavy metal band Metallica, before being replaced by Cliff Burton. The band’s members have also included/include Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, Jason Newsted, and Lars Ulrich.

Ron is the son of LaRae and Joseph Ray “Mack” McGovney. He is married to Rene Michele Norrod, with whom he has three children.

Ron’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fourth great-grandfather, Thomas McGovney/McGivney. Thomas was from County Leitrim, Ireland.

Ron’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Clifton McGovney (the son of James McGovney and Margaret Jane Metz). Joseph was born in Ohio. James was the son of James McGovney and Elizabeth Douglas. Margaret was the daughter of William Metz and Katherine Thomas.

Ron’s paternal grandmother was Matilda Catherine Simmons (the daughter of Joel B. Simmons and Clara Ellen Webb). Matilda was born in Illinois. Joel was the son of Joel Simmons and Catherine Ward. Clara was the daughter of William Webb and Matilda Baker.

Ron’s maternal grandfather was James Edmond Houskeeper (the son of Thomas Jefferson Houskeeper and Missouri Jane Ownens). James was born in Utah. Thomas was the son of John Houskeeper and Elizabeth Thompson Morrow. Missouri was the daughter of John William Owens and Ruth Yoakum.

Ron’s maternal grandmother was Alice Elnora Vance (the daughter of George Harden Vance and Mary Cashman Wakefield). Alice was born in Utah. George was the son of Isaac Young Vance and Martha Eleanor Yager. Mary Cashman was the daughter of John Fleming Wakefield and Susannah Garlick.

Ron’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his ninth great-grandmother, Appolonia.

Sources: Genealogy of Ron’s father –

Genealogy of Ron’s mother –

2 Responses

  1. martanoconghaile says:

    The son of Thomas McGovney, James, is referred to in several documents as McGivney, such as both his passage ticket to America and a reference by his Protestant paster. It’s a County Cavan surname, Mag Dhuimhne. Indeed, McGivney would be pronounced “McGovney” in a thick Belfast accent today, though spelt in the correct manner. Thomas McGovney’s birthplace is given as County Leitrim, which adjoins Cavan.

  2. Manila says:

    Typo on the second sentence: “was”

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