Peter Steele

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Birth Name: Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk

Date of Birth: January 4, 1962

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: April 14, 2010

Place of Death: Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Ethnicity: Polish, as well as Russian, Icelandic, Scottish, Irish

Peter Steele was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He was the lead singer and bassist of gothic metal band Type O Negative.

Peter was the son of Annette and Peter Ratajczyk. His paternal grandparents were Polish. Peter had said that he was of Polish, Russian, Icelandic, and Scottish descent. He also had Irish ancestry.

Peter’s paternal grandfather was named Jozef/Joseph Ratajczyk. Jozef was born in Kurnin, Poland.

Peter’s paternal grandmother was named Frances/Franciszka Kacierowska. Franciszka was from Jroistkow, Poland.

Peter’s maternal grandfather was named Louis A. Pallon.

Peter’s maternal grandmother was Annette J. Patterson (the daughter of James J. Patterson and Mary Ellen Rohan). Annette was born in New York. James was born in New York, to a Scottish father and an Irish mother.

Sources: Peter’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Death records of Peter’s paternal grandparents, Jozef/Joseph Ratajczyk and Frances/Franciszka Kacierowska –

Genealogy of Peter Steele (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Peter’s maternal grandmother, Annette J. Patterson, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Annette J. Patterson on the 1910 U.S. Census –

7 Responses

  1. madman says:

    An ancestry-tree lists Louis Pallon’s father as a man named Frank Esposito, who was born in Italy, 1857. No mother is listed, but Frank’s wife was named Victoria Sandella. Louis also had a sister, Antoinette Pallon (1890-1977). Still, I can’t find any of them on censuses, except for when Louis lived with his wife and children.

  2. madman says:

    the daughter of James J. Patterson —> the daughter of James J. Patterson and Mary Ellen Rohan

  3. madman says:

    Anything more on his mother’s side? Does she really have Icelandic ancestry?

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