Billie Joe Armstrong

Billie Joe Armstrong

Armstrong in 2012, photo by Prphotos.com

Place of Birth: Oakland, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 17, 1972

Ethnicity: Scottish, English, Irish, Welsh, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, 1/8th Italian [including Sicilian], 1/16th German, 1/16th Spanish-Mexican

Billie Joe Armstrong is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. He is a member and lead singer of the band Green Day. Other members of the band are Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool.

Billie Joe is the son of Ollie and Andrew Marciano Armstrong. Billie Joe is married to Adrienne Nesser, with whom he has two children. Adrienne is the sister of professional skateboarder Steve Nesser. She is of Arab descent.

Billie Joe’s ancestry includes Scottish, English, Irish, Welsh, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, 1/8th Italian [including Sicilian], 1/16th German, and 1/16th Spanish-Mexican. Also, one of Billie Joe’s maternal great-great-grandmothers, Margaret Ann Willey (the daughter of George Willey and Minerva/Manivery Jane Tilson/Tellesion), was said to be a Cherokee Native American. It is not clear if this has been verified/documented.

Billie Joe’s paternal grandfather was David Banks Armstrong (the son of Edwin Merritt Armstrong and Evaline Edwards). David was born in California. Edwin was born in New York, the son of Bradley Adam Armstrong and Mary Weaver. Evaline was English, and was the daughter of Mary A.

Billie Joe’s paternal grandmother was Frances Myrtle Marsicano (the daughter of Andrew Marsicano and Elaine Lena Mueller/Muller). Frances was born in California. Andrew was born in California, to Italian parents, Peter Marsciano, from Palermo, Provincia di Palermo, Sicily, and Thelma/Theresa Nigro, from Naples, Naples, Campania. Elaine was born in Mexico, to a German father, Joachim Mueller, from Berlin, and to a Spanish mother, Luciana Becerril, from Madrid, Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain.

Billie Joe’s maternal grandfather was Jay William Jesse Jackson (the son of Jay Jackson and Mary/Mollie Gable). Jay was born in Texas or Missouri, to a father from Texas and a mother from Missouri.

Billie Joe’s maternal grandmother was Alta May Hastings (the daughter of Thomas Anson Carey Hastings and Eliza Rayl). Alta was born in Oklahoma. Thomas was born in Kansas, the son of James M. Hastings and Margaret Carey. Eliza was born in Illinois, the daughter of William Rayl and Margaret Ann Willey.

Sources: Genealogies of Billie Joe Armstrong – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
https://www.geni.com

Billie Joe’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Billie Joe’s paternal grandfather, David Banks Armstrong, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Billie Joe’s paternal grandfather, David Banks Armstrong – https://www.familysearch.org

Billie Joe’s paternal great-grandparents, Edwin Merritt Armstrong and Evaline Edwards, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Billie Joe’s paternal grandmother, Frances Myrtle Marsicano, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogies of Billie Joe’s maternal grandparents, Jay William Jesse Jackson and Alta May Hastings – https://www.ancestry.ca

Billie Joe’s maternal grandparents, Jay William Jesse Jackson and Alta May Hastings, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Billie Joe’s maternal grandmother, Alta May Hastings, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Billie Joe’s maternal great-grandparents, Thomas Anson Carey Hastings and Eliza Rayl, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

8 Responses

  1. Thenabster says:

    Might be part Middle Eastern. He’s Sicilian

  2. andrew says:

    Can someone trace Tré Cool’s (GD drummer) genealogy? At least starting from his patrilineal line (they’re all named Frank Edwin Wright). But I am not sure who is the right grandfather.

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