Grace Slick

Slick in 2002, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Grace Barnett Wing

Place of Birth: Evanston, Cook, Illinois, United States

Date of Birth: October 30, 1939

Ethnicity: Norwegian, Swedish, English, German, Irish

Grace Slick is an American singer, songwriter, musician, artist, and model. Grace had a major role in the San Francisco psychedelic music scene in the mid 1960s. She was a member of rock band Jefferson Airplane. Other members of the band included Paul Kantner and Jorma Kaukonen. She is also known as Gracie, The Acid Queen, and The Chrome Nun.

Grace is the daughter of Virginia (Barnett) and Ivan W. Wing. She is a Mayflower descendant. Her surname is from her former husband, cinematographer Gerald “Jerry” Slick. Grace has a daughter, actress China Wing Kantner, with her former partner and bandmate, guitarist Paul Kantner.

Grace’s paternal grandfather was Arthur Wilford/Milford Wing (the son of Joseph S. Wing and Anna Marie Elstad/Elstead). Arthur was born in Minnesota. Joseph was born in Illinois, to Norwegian parents, Osmund/John Wing and Sigrid/Susan Fitch. Anna was also Norwegian.

Grace’s paternal grandmother was Grace Josephine Dow (the daughter of James Osgood Dow and Mary/Maria Charlotte Hawkins/Hawkinson). Grace’s grandmother Grace Dow was born in Minnesota. James was born in Maine, the son of Abraham Dow and Jane Adeline/Adaline Steele. Mary was Swedish, and was born in Grenna, Smoland, the daughter of Haakon Olson Sørheim/Mo/Nels Hawkins and Ingeborg Olsdotter Vaka/Eva Kalstron.

Grace’s maternal grandfather was Marcus Whitman Barnett (the son of Henry/Harry Kelso Barnett and Elizabeth Auzelia/Auzella “Lizzie” Whitman). Marcus was born in Oregon. Henry was born in Belfast, Ireland. Elizabeth was the daughter of Perrin Beza Whitman and Priscilla Mace Parker.

Grace’s maternal grandmother was Mary Sue Neill (the daughter of Robert Neill and Augusta Virginia Wagoner). Mary Sue was born in South Dakota. Augusta was of German descent, the daughter of Daniel Wagoner and Susan Steineberger.

Sources: Genealogies of Grace Slick –


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  1. savanna says:

    She is the daughter of Ivan W. Wing (1907–1987), of Norwegian and Swedish descent, and Virginia (née Barnett; 1910-1984), a lineal descendant of passengers of the Mayflower.

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