Hank Williams

publicity photo of Hank Williams for WSM radio, c. 1951

Birth Name: Hiram King Williams

Date of Birth: September 17, 1923

Place of Birth: Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama, U.S.

Date of Death: January 1, 1953

Place of Death: Oak Hill, West Virginia, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, some German and Swiss-German, more distant Welsh, Irish, and Scottish

Hank Williams was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He was also known as Luke the Drifter, The Hillbilly Shakespeare, The Singing Kid, Timber Snake, and Mr. Lovesick Blues.

He was the son of Jessie Lillybelle (Skipper) and Elonzo Huble Williams. He was married to country music performer Billie Jean Horton, until his death. He had a son, musician Hank Williams, Jr., with his former wife, musician Audrey Williams; and a daughter, singer and songwriter Jett Williams, with Bobbie Jett.

Hank’s paternal grandfather was Irvin Polk Williams (the son of Elijah H. Williams and Rachel Spinks). Irvin was born in Alabama. Rachel was the daughter of Isaac Spinks and Rachel Smith.

Hank’s paternal grandmother was Martha Ann Autry (the daughter of Robert A. Autry and Elizabeth “Betsy” Till). Martha was born in Alabama. Elizabeth was the daughter of Nicholas Till and Barbara Bruner/Boumer.

Hank’s maternal grandfather was John B. Skipper (the son of Nathaniel George Skipper and Rebecca Louise Morgan). John was born in Alabama. Nathaniel was the son of John Wiley Skipper and Elizabeth Lucy Demaris. Rebecca was the daughter of John William Morgan and Malinda Cook.

Hank’s maternal grandmother was Susan Abigail Dean (the daughter of John Ransom Dean/Deen and Martha C. Sims). Susan was born in Alabama. John was the son of Thomas Mastin Dean and Eliza Piggot.

Hank was a third cousin, three times removed, of actor Lucas Till. Lucas’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-grandparents, Nicholas Till and Barbara Bruner/Boumer, were also Hank’s paternal great-great-grandparents.

Sources: Genealogies of Hank Williams – http://www.wikitree.com

3 Responses

  1. Jason 7 says:

    I traced his linage once and found an ancestor who was indigenous in South Carolina. It was a woman.

    • ethnogenesis says:

      Hank Williams Jr claimed to be either of Cherokee or Muscogee Creek (both lived on opposite sides of AL) descent like his father Sr. Is there more to back up your genealogical data? If so, it should be tagged or archived under the “Cherokee” and “Muscogee/Creek” groups on the ethnicelebs site.

  2. fuzzybear44 says:

    I wonder what he would have done, if someone had stepped on his blue suede shoes. His dancing skills sucked

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