Melissa Auf der Maur
Birth Name: Melissa Gaboriau Auf der Maur
Place of Birth: Montréal, Québec, Canada
Date of Birth: March 17, 1972
*father – Swiss-German
*mother – English, French, German, as well as small amount of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish and Welsh
Melissa Auf der Maur is a Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, photographer, and actress. She was the lead vocalist and bassist for indie rock band Tinker, as well as the bassist for American alternative rock bands Hole and The Smashing Pumpkins. Other member of Hole have included Courtney Love. Other members of The Smashing Pumpkins include/have included Billy Corgan, James Iha, and D’Arcy Wretzky.
Her father, Nikolaus/Nick Auf der Maur, was a journalist, politician, and boulevardier, whose own parents were Swiss. Her mother, Linda Gaboriau, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., with roots in Canada, is a dramaturg and literary translator. Melissa spent part of her childhood in Morocco, Kenya, and Wales. She is married to independent filmmaker Tony Stone, with whom she has a daughter. Melissa is a dual Canada-U.S. citizen.
Her surname means “on the wall” in German.
Melissa’s paternal grandfather was named Josef Severn Auf der Maur (the son of Weinrad Auf der Maur). Josef was from Schwyz, Schwyz.
Melissa’s paternal grandmother was named Theresia Scholastica Schaelin. Theresia was from Sachseln, Obwalden.
Melissa’s maternal grandfather was George David Johnson (the son of Charles Isaac Johnson and Lillian Angeline Burrows). George was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Charles was a Canadian emigrant, from Liverpool, Nova Scotia, and was the son of John Henry Johnson and Lucinda Minard. Lillian was the daughter of Joseph H. Burrows and Florence Angeline Lawton.
Melissa’s maternal grandmother was Evelyn Emma Reeves (the daughter of Arthur Everett Reeves and Violet M. Sternberg). Evelyn was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Arthur was the son of Canadian emigrants, Alexander Stephen Reeves, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Emma Jane Garrett, of Souris West, Prince Edward Island. Violet was the daughter of Joseph Edward Sternberg, whose parents were German, and of Amy Evelyn Chambers.
Sources: Birth record of Melissa’s maternal grandfather, George David Johnson – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Melissa’s maternal grandfather, George David Johnson – http://www.legacy.com
Genealogy of Melissa’s maternal great-great-grandfather, John Henry Johnson – https://www.bobhegerich.com
Marriage record of Melissa’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Joseph H. Burrows and Florence Angeline Lawton – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Melissa’s maternal grandmother, Evelyn Emma Reeves – https://www.familysearch.org