Bill Haley

Birth Name: William John Clifton Haley

Date of Birth: July 6, 1925

Place of Birth: Highland Park, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Death: February 9, 1981

Place of Death: Harlingen, Texas, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, smaller amounts of German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, remote French

Bill Haley was an American rock and roll singer, songwriter, and musician. He was the singer, guitarist, and frontman of the band Bill Haley & His Comets.

Bill was the son of Maude (Green) and William Albert Haley. His father was American, and had English, one quarter German, more distant Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and remote French, ancestry. His mother was an English emigrant, from Ulverston, Lancashire. He was raised partly in Boothwyn, Pennsylvania.

Bill was married to Martha Valaesco, until his death. He had two children with his former wife Dorothy Crowe; five children with his former wife Barbara Joan Cupchak; and three children of Martha. His children include athlete Scott Haley, musicina Pedro, and singer and songwriter Gina Haley, the latter with Martha.

Bill’s paternal grandfather was James Arthur Haley (the son of Benjamin R. Haley and Cynthia Dyer). James was born in Virginia. Benjamin was the son of Henry Haley, who was born in Hillsborough, County Down, Ireland. Cynthia was the daughter of James Dyer and Hannah Ramsey.

Bill’s maternal grandmother was named Agnes “Aggie” Jacobs (the daughter of Henry Jacobs and Rebecca). Henry was German.

Bill’s maternal grandfather was named John Green.

Bill’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Annie Edmundson/Edmondson (the daughter of Moses Edmundson/Edmondson and Bridget Thompson/Thompson). Moses was the son of Joseph Edmundson and Ann Wright.

Sources: Genealogies of Bill Haley –

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