Birth Name: David Bruce Cassidy
Date of Birth: April 12, 1950
Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Death: November 21, 2017
Place of Death: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Ethnicity: German, Irish, Swiss-German, English, distant Scottish, remote Welsh
David Cassidy was an American actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
David was the son of actors Evelyn Ward and Jack Cassidy (born John Joseph Edward Cassidy). He was a half-brother of actor, singer, and television producer and creator Shaun Cassidy, and actor and singer Patrick Cassidy. David was partly raised in West Orange, New Jersey. David’s father was of half Irish and half German descent. David’s mother had English, Swiss-German, some German, distant Scottish, and remote Welsh, ancestry.
David has a daughter, actress Katie Cassidy, with his former partner, model Sherry Williams; and a son with his former wife Sue Shifrin.
David’s paternal grandfather was William George Cassidy (the son of Patrick Cassidy and Delia Dooley). William was born in New York. Patrick was born in New York, to Irish parents, Patrick Cassidy, from Drumnanane, Inniskillen, Fermanagh, and Mary Berriger. Delia was also born in New York, also to Irish parents, John Dooley and Mary Ann.
David’s paternal grandmother was Charlotte “Lottie” Koehler (the daughter of William Koehler and Wilhelmine Caroline Henriette Borchardt). Charlotte was born in New York, to parents from Germany.
David’s maternal grandfather was Frederick Charles Ward (the son of Frederick T. Ward and Lillie Frances Frink). David’s grandfather Frederick was born in New Jersey. David’s great-grandfather Frederick was the son of Aaron J. Ward and Sophie/Sophia Abby Thompson. Lillie was the daughter of Isaac Pendleton Frink and Jane Ann Frances Burdick.
David’s maternal grandmother was Ethel Laurinda Wheeler (the daughter of Horace Perry “Harris” Wheeler and Laura Laurinda Williams). Ethel was born in New Jersey. Horace was the son of John Wheeler (born Johannes Weiler), who was from Sulz, Zürich, Switzerland, and of Marietta E. Herdman, who had German ancestry. Laura was the daughter of William Hyatt Williams and Rebecca Day.
Sources: Notes on David’s family history, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak – http://www.huffingtonpost.com
Genealogy of David Cassidy (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of David’s maternal grandmother, Ethel Laurinda Wheeler – http://www.ancestry.com