Chris Cornell

Cornell in 2007, MIMMO FERRARO / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Christopher John Boyle

Date of Birth: July 20, 1964

Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Date of Death: May 18, 2017

Place of Death: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Ethnicity: Norwegian, Irish, English, Scottish, Northern Irish, Welsh, German, French, remote Manx and Swiss-German

Chris Cornell was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for rock bands Soundgarden (1984–1997) and Audioslave (2001–2007). Other members of Soundgarden include or have included Matt Cameron, Jason Everman, Ben Shepherd, Scott Sundquist, Kim Thayil, and Hiro Yamamoto. The other members of Audioslave were Tim Commerford, Tom Morello, and Brad Wilk.

Chris’s father, Edward F. “Ed” Boyle, is a pharmacist, from Everett, Washington. Chris’s mother, Karen Ruth Cornell, is an accountant, from Seattle, Washington. His ancestry was Norwegian, Irish, English, Scottish, Northern Irish, Welsh, German, French, and remote Manx and Swiss-German.

Chris was married to publicist Vicky Karayiannis, until his death. He had a daughter with his former wife, manager Susan Silver, and two children with Vicky.

Chris converted to the Greek Orthodox religion of his wife Vicky.

In an interview on Howard Stern’s show, c. 2007, Chris appeared to state that his mother is Jewish. This is not accurate.

Chris’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his third great-grandfather, Denis Boyle.

Chris’s paternal grandfather was Edward John Boyle (the son of Dennis Peter Boyle and Anna Louisa “Louise” Zahler). Edward was born in Washington. Dennis was born in Renfrew, Renfrewshire, Scotland, to Irish emigrants, Terrence/Terrance Boyle, of County Sligo, and Mary McVey. Louisa was the daughter of German emigrants, Michael Zahler, of Trier, Rhine (now Rhineland-Palatinate), and Ann Katarina/Catherine Stenger, of Dillishausen, Lamerdingen, Bavaria.

Chris’s paternal grandmother was Anona Ruth Olson/Olsen (the daughter of Eivin/Ivan Olaus Olsen, later Olsen, and of Carrie Lorena Jones/McGuire). Anona was born in California. Eivin was a Norwegian emigrant, from Stavanger, Rogaland, and was the son of Ole Olsen Blaasenberg, later Vaaland, and of Andrine Tønnesdatter Bjuland.

Chris’s maternal grandfather was Ralph Trivett Cornell (the son of Julian Trivett Cornell and Emily Keillor Emmerson). Ralph was born in Rothesay, Nova Scotia, Canada. Julian was the son of Robert/Ralph Filmore Trivett Cornell, whose parents were Irish, and of Anne/Annie Eudora Maxon/Maxim. Emily was the daughter of Henry Robert Emmerson and Emily Charlotte Record. Chris’s great-great-grandfather Henry was a lawyer, businessperson, politician, and philanthropist, who as a member of the Liberal Party, was Premier of New Brunswick, from October 29, 1897 to August 31, 1900, among other duties.

Chris’s maternal grandmother was Marion/Marian M. MacNutt (the daughter of James Frederick MacNutt and Clarabell/Claribel Josephine Hubbell). Marion was born in Washington. James was a Canadian emigrant, from Darmley, Prince Edward Island, and was the son of George Beairsto MacNutt and Annie McGougan Rodd. Clarabell was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Fred Keaton Hubbell and Annetta Alta Remer.

Chris’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced to his fourth great-grandmother, Elisabeth Hoffmann, who was born, c. 1821, in Hesse, Germany.

Sources: Genealogies of Chris Cornell – https://www.geni.com
https://www.wikitree.com

Marriage record of Chris’s parents – https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov

Chris’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Chris’s paternal grandfather, Edward John Boyle – https://www.findagrave.com

Chris’s paternal grandfather, Edward John Boyle, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Birth record of Chris’s paternal great-grandfather, Dennis Peter Boyle – https://familysearch.org

Birth record of Chris’s paternal great-grandmother, Anna Louise Zahler – https://familysearch.org

Chris’s paternal grandmother, Anona Ruth Olson/Olsen, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Baptismal record of Chris’s paternal great-grandfather, Eivin Olaus Olsen – https://media.digitalarkivet.no

Marriage record of Chris’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Ole Olsen Vaaland and Andrine Tønnesdatter – https://digitalarkivet.arkivverket.no

Baptismal record of Chris’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Ole Olsen Vaaland – https://media.digitalarkivet.no

Chris’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Chris’s maternal great-grandparents, Julian Trivett Cornell and Emily Keillor Emmerson – https://familysearch.org

Genealogies of Chris’s maternal great-grandmother, Emily Keillor Emmerson – http://brentglad.com
http://records.ancestry.com

Chris’s maternal grandmother, Marion/Marian M. MacNutt, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Birth record of Chris’s maternal great-grandmother, Clarabell/Claribel Josephine Hubbell – https://familysearch.org

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29 Responses

  1. follers says:

    Manila, what was Cornell’s fraction of Native American ancestry, and where did it come from on his tree?

  2. Manila says:

    Chris’ patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his third great-grandfather, Denis Boyle.

    Chris’ paternal grandfather was Edward John Boyle (the son of Dennis Peter Boyle and Anna Louisa “Louise” Zahler). Dennis was born in Renfrew, Renfrewshire, Scotland, to Irish immigrants, Terrence Boyle, of County Sligo, and of Mary McVey. Louisa was the daughter of German immigrants Michael Zahler, of Trier, Rhine (now Rhineland-Palatinate), and of Ann Catherine Stenger, of Dillishausen, Lamerdingen, Bavaria.

    Chris’ paternal grandmother was Anona Ruth Olson (the daughter of Elvin Olsen and Lorena C. McGuire). Elvin was a Norwegian immigrant.

    Chris also had Norwegian, Welsh, as well as remote Manx, Swiss-German, and Wampanoag Native American ancestries. I can’t trace Elvin and Lorena’s ancestries so far.

    Chris’ father on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9S6-ZYM

    Chris’ paternal grandfather, Edward John Boyle, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MGVW-J79

    Chris’ paternal grandmother, Anona Ruth Olson, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHJC-4VG

    Birth record of Chris’ paternal great-grandfather, Dennis Peter Boyle – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FQXY-CSM

    Birth record of Chris’ paternal great-grandmother, Anna Louise Zahler – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FDWN-FY3

  3. Manila says:

    James was a Canadian immigrant, from Darmley, Prince Edward Island, and was the son of George Beairsto MacNutt and Annie McGougan Rodd.

    Correction for Marian’s mother: Her full name was Clarabell Josephine Hubbell. Clarabell was the daughter of Fred Keaton Hubbell and Annetta Alta Remer.

    Chris’ matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fourth great-grandmother, Elisabeth Hoffmann (born c. 1821, Hesse, Germany)

    This means that Chris had French and German ancestries as well.

    Birth record of Chris’ maternal great-grandmother, Clarabell Josephine Hubbell – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XRKP-6M4

    I am still working on Chris’ paternal ancestry. Just wait for a while.

  4. Manila says:

    Marian’s full name is Marian Slagle MacNutt.

  5. Manila says:

    Chris’ stage surname derived from his mother, Karen Ruth Cornell, who is an accountant, from Seattle, Washington. His father, Edward F. “Ed” Boyle, is a pharmacist, from Everett, Washington. He was married to manager Susan Silver and publicist Vicky Karayiannis.

    Julian was the son of Robert Trivett Cornell and Anne Eudora Maxon. Emily was the daughter of Henry Robert Emmerson and Emily Charlotte Record.

    Marriage record of Chris’ parents – https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Record/View/8937AA897DF317577EA17EAE93CE488F

    Chris’ mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9S1-BZC

    Marriage record of Chris’ paternal great-grandparents, Julian Trivett Cornell and Emily Keillor Emmerson – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVBF-Z1J1

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