Birth Name: Katharine Hope McPhee
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: March 25, 1984
Ethnicity: English, German, Irish, Scottish
Katharine McPhee is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She was the runner-up on season five of the American reality TV series American Idol.
Katharine’s family’s surname was previously spelled Fee.
Katharine is the daughter of Peisha, a vocal coach, and Daniel McPhee, a television producer. She is married to Canadian musician, record producer, composer, and songwriter David Foster, with whom she has a son.
Katharine’s paternal grandfather was Roger Dexter Fee (the son of Knight Elias Fee and Minnie Belle Graves). Roger was born in Iowa. Knight was the son of George Manson Fee and Eliza Mary Dexter. Minnie was the daughter of Albert Larson Graves and Sarah Lann Nunn.
Katharine’s paternal grandmother was Danna Jeanne Atkinson (the daughter of Daniel Spencer Atkinson and Lotta Hope Hammer). Danna was born in Oklahoma. Daniel was the son of Phillip Warner Atkinson and Mattie Kate Wilcoxon. Lotta was the daughter of Oswal Ray Hammer and Ruth Leta Savage.
Katharine’s maternal grandfather was William Eugene “Bill” Burch (the son of Arthur Issac Burch and Nellie Jean Abrams). William was born in Washington. Arthur was the son of Nelson Hugh Burch and Nora O’Connor. Nellie was the daughter of William Lewis Abrams and Jessie Thacker. Jessie was born in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada.
Katharine’s maternal grandmother is Marian/Marion “Mimi” Meyer (the daughter of Werner Eugene Meyer and Ida M. Shepard). Marian was born in Washington. Werner, who was of German descent, was the son of George Meyer and Emma Josephine Arnto/Arntz. Ida was the daughter of Timothy Hastings Shepard and Mary Adams.
Sources: Genealogy of Katharine’s paternal grandfather, Roger Dexter Fee (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Obituary of Katharine’s paternal grandfather, Roger Dexter Fee – http://www.legacy.com
Obituary of Katharine’s maternal grandfather, William Eugene “Bill” Burch – http://www.legacy.com
Katharine’s maternal grandmother, Marian/Marion “Mimi” Meyer, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Katharine’s maternal great-grandmother, Ida M. Shepard (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
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