Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey

Frey in 2014, photo by

Date of Birth: November 6, 1948

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

Date of Death: January 18, 2016

Place of Death: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: French-Canadian, English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

Glenn Frey was an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor, and producer. He is known as a founding member of the band Eagles. Other members of the group include/have included Don Felder, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Randy Meisner, and Joe Walsh.

Glenn was born to Nellie Marie (Markham) and Robert George Cedar. He was raised by his mother and her second husband, Edward “Eddie” Warren Frey. He was married to dancer and choreographer Cindy Millican, with whom he had three children.

Glenn’s paternal grandfather was James Edward Cedar (the son of William DuCidre/Cedar and Helene/Heleine/Ellen Boucher/Bouchet/Bushey). James was born in Kent, Ontario, Canada, of French-Canadian descent.

Glenn’s paternal grandmother was Charlotte H. Watson (the daughter of Ernest Watson and Eliza Elizabeth Howcroft). Charlotte was born in Michigan, to English parents.

Glenn’s maternal grandfather was George Dewey Markham (the son of John Markham and Lucy Sue Scott). George was born in West Virginia. John was the son of Lewis Markham and Ardelia Randolph. Lucy was the daughter of Mandaville Jackson Scott and Rebecca Ann Cooper.

Glenn’s maternal grandmother was Edith May/Mae/Mabel McVey (the daughter of Sanford Jackson McVey and Mable/Mabel Claire Dean). Edith was born in West Virginia. Sanford was the son of John Lewis McVey and America Virginia Ellen Jenkins. Mable was the daughter of Jessie Pepper Dean and Sarah Martin.

Sources: Discussion about Glenn’s heritage –

Genealogy of Glenn Frey –

Glenn’s paternal grandparents, James Edward Cedar and Charlotte H. Watson, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Glenn’s paternal grandfather, James Edward Cedar, on the 1901 Canadian Census –

Obituary of Glenn’s mother –

2 Responses

  1. tnmbrown says:


    Glenn Frey has French Canadian ancestry through his grandfather James Edward Cedar. See the 1901 Canadian Census for Chatham, Ontario where it lists his racial origin as French.


    It is strongly believed that James’ father was originally named Guillaume LeBoeuf dit DuCèdre. LeBouef (which means beef in French) was the original family surname but the family started using DuCèdre as their surname by the 1800’s. Since Guillaume was living in an area where English was widely spoken, he adopted an English name and became known as William Cedar.

    Also Ellen Bushey was originally named Helene Boucher (aka Bouchet). See 1868 Roman Catholic marriage record for William DuCidre and Heleine Bouchet which was recorded at Paincourt, Kent, Ontario, Canada.

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