Brian Wilson

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Wilson in 2013, photo by Prphotos.com

Birth Name: Brian Douglas Wilson

Place of Birth: Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 20, 1942

Ethnicity: Swedish (paternal grandmother), English, Dutch, German, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, remote French

Brian Wilson is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He is a member of the band The Beach Boys, which also includes/included his brothers Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson, his cousin Mike Love, as well as Al Jardine.

Brian is the son of Audree Neva (Korthof) and Murry Gage Wilson, a musician and record producer. Brian’s brothers, Dennis Wilson and Carl Wilson, were also in the band. He is married to model Melinda Ledbetter. Brian has two children, musicians Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson, with his former wife, Marilyn Rovell; and five children with Melinda. His brother Dennis was the adoptive grandfather of actress, singer, and model Alexa Demie.

Brian’s paternal grandfather was William Coral Wilson (the son of William Henry Wilson and Alta Lenora Chitwood). Brian’s grandfather William was born in Kansas. Brian’s great-grandfather William was the son of George Washington Wilson and Mary Margret Bailey. Alta was the daughter of Green Lee Chitwood and Ruth Chaffin. Green’s mother had Scottish ancestry.

Brian’s paternal grandmother was Edith Sophia Stohle/Sthole (the daughter of Carl Johan Stål, later Charles J. Sthole, and of Mary Amelia Lindholm). Edith was born in Kansas. Carl was born in Högsby, Småland, Sweden, the son of Adolf Fredrik Stål and Lovisa Adolfsdotter. Mary Amelia was born in Illinois, to Swedish parents.

Brian’s maternal grandfather was Carl Arie Korthof (the son of Arthur/Aart Arie Korthof/Korthoff and Amelia “Molly” Prignitz). Carl was born in Minnesota. Arthur was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the son of Gerrit Korthof/Korthoff and Sophia Kaarls. Amelia was the daughter of Christian/Charles Frederick Priegnitz/Prignitz, who was German, and of Caroline Louise Christiane Behnke, who was born in Mecklenburg, Germany.

Brian’s maternal grandmother was Ruth Edna “Betty” Finney (the daughter of Albert H. Finney and Elnora Brass). Ruth was born in Minnesota. Albert was the son of Eli Barnum Finney and Ellen Celia Cogan/Coughlin, who was born in Ireland. Elnora was the daughter of Almond Ranson Brass, who was born in Leeds, Canada, and of Paulina.

Sources: Family histories of Brian Wilson (in Swedish) – https://www.hd.se
https://www.hd.se

Genealogies of Brian Wilson – http://www.geni.com
http://www.wikitree.com
http://famouskin.com
https://wc.rootsweb.com

Genealogy of Brian’s father – http://www.findagrave.com

Brian’s paternal grandmother, Edith Sophia Stohle/Sthole, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

3 Responses

  1. madman says:

    Brian’s paternal grandmother was Edith Sophia Stohle/Sthole (the daughter of Carl Johan Stål, later Charles J. Sthole, and Mary Amelia Lindholm). Carl was born in Högsby, Småland, Sweden, the son of Adolf Fredrik Stål and Lovisa Adolfsdotter. Mary Amelia was born in Illinois, to Swedish parents.

    https://www.hd.se/2010-07-30/slaktmote-med-the-beach-boys
    https://www.hd.se/2010-11-08/beach-boys-slakten-vaxer

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