Date of Birth: May 23, 1928
Place of Birth: Maysville, Mason, Kentucky, United States
Date of Death: June 29, 2002
Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
*25% mix of English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish
Rosemary Clooney was an American singer and actress. Her deep, rich, and smooth voice earned her recognition as one of America’s premier pop and jazz singers.
Rosemary was the daughter of Marie Frances (Guilfoyle) and Joseph Andrew Clooney. With her ex-husband, actor José Ferrer, she had five children, including actors Miguel Ferrer and Rafael Ferrer. Her brother is television personality Nick Clooney, and her nephew is actor George Clooney, who is Nick’s son. Her granddaughter is actress Tessa Ferrer.
Rosemary’s paternal grandfather was Andrew Bartholomew Clooney (the son of Nicholas Clooney and Bridget Byron). Andrew was born in Kentucky. Nicholas and Bridget were Irish immigrants. Nicholas was born, c. 1829, in Windgap, County Kilkenny, Ireland, the son of David Clooney and Mary McGrath, farmers.
Rosemary’s paternal grandmother was Crescentia Koch (the daughter of Joseph A./Henry Koch and Margaret Fehler/Feller/Manns). Crescentia was born in Ohio, to German parents. Joseph was evidently the son of William Koch and Anna Christina/Christiana. Margaret was evidently the daughter of Peter Feller and Margaret.
Rosemary’s maternal grandfather was Michael Joseph Guilfoyle (the son of Cornelius/Con Guilfoyle and Roseanna/Rosanna Sweeney). Michael was born in Kentucky. Cornelius was born in Tipperary, Ireland, the son of William Guilfoyle and Mary Felix/Frielly/Frieely/Feeley. Roseanna was the daughter of Michael Sweeney, from Laois, Ireland, and of Mary Denhanity, from Kilkenny, Ireland.
Rosemary’s maternal grandmother was Martha Adelia/Ada/Delia Farrow (the daughter of Samuel Tully Farrow and Louella/Ellin Breckenridge Vanden). Martha was born in Kentucky. Samuel was the son of John Bruer Farrow and Martha Jane Bramel. Louella was the daughter of Preston B. Vanden and Adelia S. Cooper/Cooker.
Genealogy of Rosemary Clooney (through Rosemary’s nephew, George Clooney) – http://famouskin.com
Notations on Rosemary’s Irish ancestry – http://www.eneclann.ie
Rosemary’s paternal grandmother, Crescentia Koch, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of some of Rosemary’s more distant ancestors – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com