Jon McLaughlin

McLaughlin at ‘Rock The Kasbah’ Benefiting Virgin Unite, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, CA. 10-23-08, photo by s_bukley/

Birth Name: Jonathan McLaughlin

Place of Birth: Anderson, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 27, 1982

Ethnicity: English, German, Irish, Scottish, one eighth Czech, distant French

Jon McLaughlin is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and pianist.

He is married to Amy, with whom he has two daughters.

Jon’s paternal grandfather was Fredrick Keith McLaughlin (the son of Benson Foraker McLaughlin and Annie Laurie Swain). Fredrick was born in Indiana. Benson was born in Ohio, the son of Francis Sherman McLaughlin and Sarah Ann Gibbs, whose father was English. Annie was born in Indiana, the daughter of Ashbel Willard Swain and Laetitia Lambert, whose father was English.

Jon’s paternal grandmother is Marian Truax (the daughter of Willis Truax and Rena Patrick). Marian was born in Indiana. Willis was born in Indiana, the son of Edward Pruitt Truax and Sarah Catherine Lewis. Rena was born in Indiana, the daughter of Noah Henderson Patrick and Hattie Mannan.

Jon’s maternal grandfather was Charles “Chuck” Winslette (the son of Wesley Leverette Winslette and Eula Velma Thomas). Charles was born in Georgia. Wesley was born in Georgia, the son of Wesley Leverette Winslette and Henrietta Reese. Eula was born in Georgia, the daughter of Walter Bascomb Thomas and Hattie Louisa Brooks.

Jon’s maternal grandmother was Nelda Lee Merks (the daughter of Bernhard/Bernard Christian Gerhard Merks and Emma Strakos). Nelda was born in Texas. Bernhard was born in Texas, the son of Arthur H. Merks, whose parents were German, and of Laura Louise Seifert, whose parents were also German. Emma was born in Texas, the daughter of Frank Strakos, who was born in Austria and was listed as a Czech speaker on the 1920 U.S. Census; and of Anna Cesek/Ceseka, whose parents were likely Czech.

Sources: Obituary of Jon’s paternal grandfather, Fredrick Keith McLaughlin –

Obituary of Jon’s maternal grandfather, Charles “Chuck” Winslette –

Obituary of Jon’s maternal grandmother, Nelda Lee (Merks) Winslette –

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