Birth Name: John Clayton Mayer
Place of Birth: Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 16, 1977
*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – English, as well as German, Luxembourgish, and Swedish
John Mayer is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He is the son of Margaret, an English teacher, and Richard Mayer, a high school principal. His father is Jewish. His maternal grandfather was of German, Luxembourgish, and Swedish descent, and his maternal grandmother was of English descent.
John has said, “I’m half Jewish… I find myself relating to Judaism.”
John’s paternal grandfather was Carl Mayer (the son of Samuel Mayer and Amalia Stein). Carl was a German Jewish emigrant, born in Trier.
John’s paternal grandmother was Helen Sackett (the daughter of Samull/Samuel Abraham Sacofsky/Sackett and Reve Rebecca Lipscher). Helen was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Samuel was born in Odessa, the son of Isaac Lev/Louis Zachevsky/Sacofsky/Sackett and Fruma Eva Rose Frankel. Reve was born in Kiev, the daughter of Abraham Lifschitz/Lipscher and Malka Chai Postol.
John’s maternal grandfather was Henry Clayton Hoffman (the son of Henry Charles Hoffman and Bertha Anderson). John’s grandfather Henry was born in Connecticut. John’s great-grandfather Henry was the son of Henri Hoffman, who was born in Nassau, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, and of Agnes Fabricius, who was born in Beaufort, Luxembourg. Bertha was the daughter of August Anderson and Sara Carlton, who were Swedish.
John’s maternal grandmother was Annie J. Jackson (the daughter of John Thomas Jackson and Margaret Ann Edwards). Annie was English, and was born in Lancashire.
Sources: Genealogy of John Mayer – https://www.geni.com
John’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of John’s paternal grandfather, Carl Mayer – https://www.newspapers.com
John’s paternal grandmother, Helen Sackett, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of John’s mother – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
John’s maternal grandfather, Henry Clayton Hoffman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
John’s maternal great-grandparents, Henry Charles Hoffman and Bertha Anderson, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandfather, Henry Charles Hoffman – http://www.greenerpasture.com
Obituary of John’s maternal grandmother, Annie J. (Jackson) Hoffman – http://nl.newsbank.com