Bill Engvall

Bill Engvall  at the Turner Network's Summer 2008 TCA press Tour

Birth Name: William Ray Engvall II

Place of Birth: Galveston, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 27, 1957

Ethnicity: Swedish (paternal grandfather), English, some Irish and German, remote Dutch, French, Welsh

Bill Engvall is an American comedian and actor.

Bill is the son of Jeanne (Shinkle) and William Ray Engvall. He is married to Mary Gail Watson, with whom he has two children.

Bill’s paternal grandfather was Swen Raymond Engvall (the son of Andrew John Engvall and Hannah Sophia Lundblad). Swen was born in Texas, to Swedish parents. Hannah was the daughter of Magnus Ambjörnsson Lundblad and Rebecca Svensdotter.

Bill’s paternal grandmother was Mary Lela Richey (the daughter of Harvey Wilson Richey and Margaret Evelyn Countess). Harvey was the son of Franklin E. “Frank” Richey and Mary Ann Potts. Margaret was the daughter of William Henderson Countess and Rebecca Evans Durrett.

Bill’s maternal grandfather was Jack McCane Shinkle (the son of Guy Everett Shinkle and Lona White McCane). Guy was the son of Walter Leonidas Shinkle and Nancy Elizabeth Nowlin.

Bill’s maternal grandmother was Helen M. Aldridge (the daughter of J. Edward Aldridge and Margaret T.).

Sources: Genealogies of Bill Engvall (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Bill’s paternal grandfather, Swen Raymond Engvall, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Swen Raymond Engvall on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Bill’s paternal grandmother, Mary Lela Richey (through Mary’s brother, John Harvey Richey) –

Genealogy of Bill’s maternal grandfather, Jack McCane Shinkle (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogies of Bill’s maternal great-grandfather, Guy Everett Shinkle –

Genealogy of Bill’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Matthew Gardner –

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1 Response

  1. bablah says:

    >Walter’s sixth great-grandmother, Ruhamah Samoset, was a Native American princess, of the Wampanoag tribe

    There is no proof that Teague Jones’ wife was even called Ruhamah (though his daughter was deffinitely called that), let alone that she was native.

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