Michael Steele

Birth Name: Susan Nancy Thomas

Place of Birth: Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 2, 1955

Ethnicity: German, English, Scottish

Michael Steele is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. She was previously the bassist and co-vocalist of the rock band The Bangles. Other members of the band include Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, and Vicki Peterson.

Michael is the daughter of Nancy Helene/Diane (Nicholson) and Earle C. Thomas.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was Earle Clarence Thomas (the son of Frederick Clarence Thomas and Clara Catherine Rauecher/Ranscher). Frederick was born in Iowa, to German parents, Gotlieb Thomas and Anna Rosina Schuppe. Clara was born in Iowa, also to German parents, Christian Rauscher and Christena Seyb.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Alice Grace Steves (the daughter of Marion Albert Steves and Abbie Estella Aldrich). Marion was the son of Joshua Seth Steves and Emma C. Outtrim, who was born in Limpsfield, Surrey, England. Abbie was the daughter of Levi Aldridge and Awilda Barret.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Robert Harvey Nicholson (the son of William Henry Drake Nicholson and Abigail Dunlap Cochrane). William was the son of James William Augustus Nicholson and Ellen Brasher Berrian. Abigail was the daughter of Marion B. Cochrane and Abigail Dunlap.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Helen/Helene Strauss (the daughter of Johannes/John Strauss and Sophia/Sophie Caroline Treiber). Johannes was born in Pennsylvania or Germany, the son of Thomas Strauss and Eliza Ann Keck. Sophia was born in Stuttgart, Germany, the daughter of ? Treiber and Sophie Hubschneider.

Source: Marriage record of Michael’s parents – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Michael’s paternal grandparents, Earle Clarence Thomas and Alice Grace Steves – https://familysearch.org

Michael’s paternal grandfather, Earle Clarence Thomas, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Michael’s paternal grandmother, Alice Grace Steves (through Alice’s brother, Clarence Albert Steves) – https://www.geni.com

Michael’s paternal great-grandfather, Marion/Marian A. Steves, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Michael Steele (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Michael’s mother – http://www.ancestry.com

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