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, some Cornish

Michael Steele is an American bassist, guitarist, songwriter, and singer. She is also known as Micki Steele. She was a founding member of the rock band The Runaways, and the bassist and co-vocalist of the rock band The Bangles. Cherie Currie and Joan Jett were also members of The Runaways. Other members of The Bangles are Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, and Vicki Peterson.

Michael is the daughter of Nancy and Earle Thomas.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was Earle/Earl Clarence Thomas (the son of Frederick Clarence/Christian Thomas and Clara Catherine Rauecher/Ranscher/Rauscher). Earle was born in Kansas or Iowa. 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/Aldritch). Alice was born in California. Marion was the son of Joshua Seth Steves and Emma C. Outtrim, who was born in Limpsfield, Surrey, England, with roots in Cornwall. Abbie was the daughter of Levi Aldridge and Awilda M. Barrett/Barret.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Robert Harvey Nicholson (the son of William Henry Drake Nicholson and Abigail Dunlap Cochrane). Robert was born in California. 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 Esther Strauss (the daughter of Johannes/John Strauss and Sophia/Sophie Caroline Treiber). Helen was born in Illinois. Johannes was born in Pennsylvania, or in Sillenbuch, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, the son of Thomas Strauss and Eliza Ann Keck. Sophia was born in Stuttgart, the daughter of a man surnamed Treiber, and of Sophie Hubschneider.

Source: Genealogies of Michael’s parents – https://www.geni.com

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

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

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

Michael’s paternal great-grandfather, Marion Albert 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

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