Birth Name: Jerry Fulton Cantrell, Jr.
Place of Birth: Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Date of Birth: March 18, 1966
*Irish, English (father)
*Bohemian Czech, Norwegian (mother)
Jerry Cantrell is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is the founder, lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist, and main songwriter of the band Alice in Chains. Layne Staley was also a member of the band.
He is the son of Gloria and Jerry Cantrell, Sr. His father is from Atoka, Oklahoma.
Jerry’s maternal grandfather was Elmer James Krumpos (the son of Matey “Matthew/Mike” Krumpos and Barbara Zdeneková). Elmer was born in North Dakota, to Czech emigrants, from Bohemia. Matey was the son of Gabriel Krumpos and Marie Kadlecová, and was likely from Plzeň. Barbara was from Tabor, and was the daughter of Václav “James/Wencelsaus” Zdeněk and Anna Barešová.
Jerry’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Elizabeth Aus (the daughter of Johannes “John” Pettersen, later Sandaas, Aus, and Anna Kristine Olsdatter Skjæggeby). Dorothy was born in Washington. Johannes was a Norwegian emigrant, from Skjeberg (now part of Halden), and was the son of Petter Anton Johannesen Hornas Østre and Elisabet Hansdatter Aagento. Anna was also a Norwegian emigrant, from Borge (now part of Fredrikstad), and was the daughter of Ole Christian Andreasen Rødroen and Anette Christine Hedwig Christiansdatter Steengaden.
Sources: Marriage record of Jerry’s parents – http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov
Genealogy of Jerry Cantrell (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Jerry’s maternal grandfather, Elmer James Krumpos, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Baptismal record of Jerry’s maternal great-grandfather, Johannes “John” Pettersen Aus – http://www.arkivverket.no
Baptismal record of Jerry’s maternal great-grandmother, Anna Kristine Olsdatter – http://www.arkivverket.no