Phil Lesh

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Birth Name: Philip Chapman Lesh

Place of Birth: Berkeley, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 15, 1940

Ethnicity: English, German (including Swiss-German), Scottish, small amount of Dutch, remote Norwegian and French

Phil Lesh is an American musician and songwriter. He was a member of the rock band Grateful Dead, in which he sung and played the bass. The band’s members also included Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, and Bob Weir.

Phil is the son of Barbara Jewel (Fuller) and Frank Hamilton Lesh. Barbara was adopted by her stepfather, Arthur Chapman, and the identity of her biological father is not publicly known.

Phil’s paternal grandfather was William Bennett Lesh (the son of Daniel Webster Lesh and Flora Sophia Fulkerson). Flora was the daughter of William Shakespeare Fulkerson and Charity Gearhart.

Phil’s paternal grandmother was Mary Adele Graham (the daughter of Hamilton Graham and Angeletta Webb).

Phil’s maternal grandmother was Jewel Caroline Schmidt. Her surname indicates German ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Phil Lesh (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Phil’s father, Frank Lesh –

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