Birth Name: Eric Hilliard Nelson
Date of Birth: May 8, 1940
Place of Birth: Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.
Date of Death: December 31, 1985
Place of Death: De Kalb, Texas, U.S.
Ethnicity: Swedish (paternal grandfather), German, Irish, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish
Ricky Nelson was an American rock and roll star, musician, singer, and songwriter. He is known for his music carreer, and for starring in the series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and the film Rio Bravo.
Ricky was the son of Harriet Nelson (born Peggy Louise Snyder), a singer and actress, and Oswald George “Ozzie” Nelson, a band leader and actor. With his former wife, primitive painter, actress, and author Kristin Nelson, he had four children, including actress Tracy Nelson and twin musicians Gunnar Nelson and Matthew Nelson. Kristin was the sister of actor and football player Mark Harmon.
Ricky’s paternal grandfather was George Waldemar Nelson (the son of Anders/Andrew Magnus Hillard and Anna L. Johnson). George was born in New York, to Swedish parents.
Ricky’s paternal grandmother was Ethel Irene Orr (the daughter of Jackson Orr and Mary Emma Wright). Ethel was born in New York. Jackson was the son of Irish parents, Jackson Orr and Ann Eliza. Mary was the daughter of John Wright/Rietze and Rosena Bennett Barmore.
Ricky’s maternal grandfather was Roy Hilliard Snyder (the son of Jacob Hilliard Snyder and Estella Mary Ella Harris). Roy was born in Ohio. Jacob was of German descent, and was the son of Jonathan George Snyder and Sarah Janette Hoffman. Estella was the daughter of Andrew J. Harris and Susann/Susanna McKinley, who was of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, and Irish descent.
Ricky’s maternal grandmother was Hazel Dell McNutt (the daughter of George Wesley McNutt and Susanna/Susan Elizabeth Shunk). Hazel was born in Iowa. George was the son of George Glover McNutt, who was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, and was of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish and English descent; and of Sarah Ann Rantz, who likely had German and Irish ancestry. Ricky’s great-grandmother Susanna was the daughter of Alexander J. Shunk and Harriet Putnam, and was of German descent.