Birth Name: Richard Clare Danko
Date of Birth: December 29, 1943
Place of Birth: Blayney, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada
Date of Death: December 10, 1999
Place of Death: Marbletown, New York, U.S.
*English, Irish, Scottish, German (mother)
Rick Danko was a Canadian musician, bassist, songwriter, and singer. He was the bassist, rhythm guitarist, and co-vocalist of the rock band The Band. Other members of The Band included Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, and Robbie Robertson.
Rick was the son of Leola Madeline (Smith) and Maurice “Tom” Danko. He was married to Elizabeth, until his death. He had two children with his former wife, Grace Seldner.
Rick’s paternal grandparents likely were Joseph Danko and Presvakeviya. Joseph and Presvakeviya were born in Austria-Hungary, likely of Ukrainian descent.
Rick’s maternal grandfather was William Norman Smith (the son of Samuel James Smith and Bethiah/Bethire Algena/Elgena/Elgina Sherman). Samuel was the son of John L. Smith, who was Irish, and of Sarah Ann Belbeck, who was English. Bethiah was the daughter of Joseph Francis Sherman and Charlotte Bye, whose parents were English.
Rick’s maternal grandmother was Lena Matilda Easton (the daughter of William George Easton and Elizabeth May/Ann Youmans). William was the son of Daniel William Easton, whose parents were English, and of Elizabeth B. Laing, who was Scottish. Rick’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of David Richard Youmans and Hannah Matilda Wilson.
Sources: Likely Rick’s father, Maurice Danko, on the 1916 Canadian Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Rick Danko (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://wc.rootsweb.com
Marriage record of Rick’s maternal grandparents, William Norman Smith and Lena Matilda Easton – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Rick’s maternal grandfather, William Norman Smith – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogies of Rick’s maternal great-grandparents, William George Easton and Elizabeth May/Ann Youmans – https://www.findagrave.com
Names of some of Rick’s relatives – http://theband.hiof.no