Birth Name: Joanna Caroline Newsom
Place of Birth: Nevada, California, United States
Date of Birth: January 18, 1982
*father – English, Irish, Dutch
*mother – German
Joanna Newsom is an American harpist, keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, and actress.
Joanna’s patrilineal line appears to trace to William Newsom, who was born, c. 1614, likely in England.
Joanna’s paternal grandfather was William Anthony Newsom (the son of George Wilfred/Wilbert Newsom and Elizabeth Pearl McCann). William was born in California. George was the son of William Alfred Newsom and Belinda Dolores Collins. Elizabeth was the daughter of Philip McCann and Hannah Desmond.
Joanna’s paternal grandmother was Anne Williston Updike (the daughter of Robert Browning Updike and Winifred Speranza Sherman). Anne was born in Nebraska. Robert was the son of Edward Aaron Updike and Mary Titus Stout. Winifred was the daughter of Lucius Adelno Sherman and Anna Barber Williston. Through this line, Joanna is a third cousin, once removed, of author John Updike. Joanna’s great-great-great-grandparents, Peter Updike and Louisa Terhune, were also John’s great-great-grandparents.
Joanna’s maternal grandfather was Herbert Gottfried Mueller (the son of Gottfried/Godfred Heinrich Mueller and Marie Martha Telle). Hebert was born in Missouri, and was of German descent.
Joanna’s maternal grandmother was Henrietta Esther Schramm (the daughter of Henry August Schramm and Caroline Dorothea Westmeyer). Henrietta was of German descent.
Sources: Genealogy of Joanna Newsom (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Obituary of Joanna’s paternal grandfather, William Anthony Newsom – http://www.sfgate.com
Obituary of Joanna’s paternal grandmother, Anne Williston (Updike) Newsom – http://www.legacy.com
Obituary of Joanna’s maternal great-grandfather, Henry August Schramm – http://boards.ancestry.com