Jerry Lee Lewis

2004 Farm Aid Seattle, WA - September 18, 2004

Lewis in 2004, photo by

Place of Birth: Ferriday, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 29, 1935

Ethnicity: English, as well as 1/64th Swiss-German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Welsh, more distant Dutch and Danish

Jerry Lee Lewis, also known by his nickname The Killer, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and pianist. He is one of the pioneers of rock’n’roll.

Jerry is the son of Mary Ethel “Mamie” (Herron) and Elmo Kidd Lewis. His paternal cousin was country music singer Mickey Gilley, his cousin was pianist Carl McVoy, and his maternal cousin is Pentecostal televangelist Jimmy Swaggart.

He is married to Judith Brown. He has two children with his former wife Jane Mitchum; two children with his former wife Myra Gale Brown; a daughter with his late wife Jaren; and a son with his former wife Kerrie McCarver. He was also married to Shawn Stephens, until her death.

Jerry’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced to his twelth great-grandfather, Ifan Iorwerth ap Einion, who was born, c. 1512, in Bryngwallon, Wales.

Jerry Lee’s paternal grandfather was Leroy Milton “Lee” Lewis (the son of John G. W. Lewis and Caroline Matilda Kidd). Leroy was born in Louisiana. John was the son of Jeptha Lewis. Caroline was the daughter of James Henry Kidd and Elizabeth Bailey.

Jerry Lee’s paternal grandmother was Arilla A. Hampton (the daughter of Preston Hampton and Jane F. H. Lewis). Arilla was born in Virginia.

Jerry Lee’s maternal grandfather was John William Herron (the son of George B. Herron and Mary C. Hesler). George was the son of William Matthew Herron and Catherine Hood. Mary was the daughter of John Hesler, who was German, and of Betsy.

Jerry Lee’s maternal grandmother was Theresa Lee Foreman (the daughter of Edward David Forman and Susan D. Russell). Theresa was born in Louisiana. Edward was the son of Imsay/Ismael James Forman, whose own father was a Christian minister, and of Catherine Troxell.

Sources: Genealogies of Jerry Lee Lewis –

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