Birth Name: John Francis Anthony Pastorius III
Date of Birth: December 1, 1951
Place of Birth: Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Date of Death: September 21, 1987
Place of Death: Wilton Manors, Florida, U.S.
*German, Irish (father)
*Finnish, Swedish, distant Sami (mother)
Jaco Pastorius was an American musician, composer, and producer. He was the son of Verna Katarina “Stephanie” (Haapala) and John Francis Pastorius.
Jaco’s paternal grandfather was John Francis Anthony Pastorius (the son of Francis Joseph Pistorius/Pastorius and Winifred/Winnifred “Winnie” Malley/Melley). Jaco’s great-grandfather Francis was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to German parents, Johann/John Nikolaus/Nicholas Pistorius/Pastorius and Margarethe/Margaret Fritzen. Winifred was born in Coaldale, Pennsylvania, to Irish parents; her father was named Condy Melley.
Jaco’s paternal grandmother was Rose Gertrude Carr (the daughter of John Vincent Carr and Sarah Gertrude Zink). John was the son of John Carr and Rose Harkins, and was most likely of Irish ancestry. Sarah was the daughter of George Zink, who was born in Upper Merion, Pennsylvania, to German parents, and of Mary Jane Mullholland, who was likely the daughter of Irish parents.
Jaco’s maternal grandfather was David Haapala (the son of Antti “Andrew” Olofsson Haapala/Haapalainen and Josephina Gustavsdotter Bucht). Antti was born in Nedersotkamo, Oulu, Finland, the son of Olof Andersson Haapalainen and Caisa Isakdotter Nykänen. Josephina was born in Korpijärvi, Norrbotten, Sweden, the daughter of Gustaf Isaksson Bucht and Maria Cajsa Nilsdotter Oradd. Josephina had ancestors who lived in Finland.
Jaco’s maternal grandmother was Kaisa Eriika Isojärvi (the daughter of Heikki Pekanpoika Isojärvi and Briita Kaisa Jaakontytär Karjalainen). Jaco’s grandmother Kaisa was born in Kuolajärvi, Lappi, Finland. Heikki was the son of Pekka Ollinpoika Isojärvi and Maria Ollintytär Maajaakkola. Briita was the daughter of Jaakko Jaakonp Karjalainen and Maria Sigfridint Pitkä Tiermas.
Sources: Genealogy of Jaco Pastorius – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Jaco’s paternal grandfather, John Francis Anthony Pastorius – http://www.wikitree.com
Jaco’s paternal grandfather, John Francis Anthony Pastorius, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Jaco’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Possibly Jaco’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Jane Mullholland, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Jaco Pastorius (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Jaco’s mother (through her sister, Hazel Eliina Haapala) – http://www.ancestry.ca
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