Rosemary Clooney

by andrew on October 3, 2016

Date of Birth: May 23, 1928

Place of Birth: Maysville, Mason, Kentucky, United States

Date of Death: June 29, 2002

Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

*50% Irish
*25% German
*25% mix of English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish

Rosemary Clooney was an American singer and actress. Her deep, rich, and smooth voice earned her recognition as one of America’s premier pop and jazz singers.

Rosemary was the daughter of Marie Frances (Guilfoyle) and Joseph Andrew Clooney. With her ex-husband, actor José Ferrer, she had five children, including actors Miguel Ferrer and Rafael Ferrer. Her brother is television personality Nick Clooney, and her nephew is actor George Clooney, who is Nick’s son. Her granddaughter is actress Tessa Ferrer.

Rosemary’s paternal grandfather was Andrew Bartholomew Clooney (the son of Nicholas Clooney and Bridget Byron). Nicholas and Bridget were Irish immigrants. Nicholas was born, c. 1829, in Windgap, County Kilkenny, Ireland, the son of David Clooney and Mary McGrath, farmers.

Rosemary’s paternal grandmother was Crescentia Koch (the daughter of Joseph A./Henry Koch and Margaret Fehler/Feller/Manns). Crescentia was born in Ohio, to German parents. Joseph was evidently the son of William Koch and Anna Christina/Christiana. Margaret was evidently the daughter of Peter Feller and Margaret.

Rosemary’s maternal grandfather was Michael Joseph Guilfoyle (the son of Cornelius/Con Guilfoyle and Roseanna/Rosanna Sweeney). Cornelius was born in Tipperary, Ireland, the son of William Guilfoyle and Mary Felix/Frielly/Frieely/Feeley. Roseanna was the daughter of Michael Sweeney, from Laois, Ireland, and of Mary Denhanity, from Kilkenny, Ireland.

Rosemary’s maternal grandmother was Martha Adelia/Ada/Delia Farrow (the daughter of Samuel Tully Farrow and Louella/Ellin Breckenridge Vanden). Samuel was the son of John Bruer Farrow and Martha Jane Bramel. Louella was the daughter of Preston B. Vanden and Adelia S. Cooper/Cooker.

Sources: Genealogies of Rosemary Clooney –

Genealogy of Rosemary Clooney (through Rosemary’s nephew, George Clooney) –

Pictures and genealogy of Rosemary’s family –

Notations on Rosemary’s Irish ancestry –

Rosemary’s paternal grandmother, Crescentia Koch, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of some of Rosemary’s more distant ancestors –

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andrew October 4, 2016 at 3:18 am
ethnic October 4, 2016 at 8:41 pm

I might wait till the contributor of that wiki pic gets cleared for copyright violations.

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