Shannon Tweed

Tweed in 2012, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Shannon Lee Tweed

Place of Birth: Placentia, Newfoundland, Canada

Date of Birth: March 10, 1957

*Northern Irish, other (father)
*German (mother)

Shannon Tweed is a Canadian actress, model, television personality, and narrator.

Shannon is the daughter of Edna Louise and Donald Keith Tweed, a mink rancher. She is married to musician Gene Simmons, with whom she has two children, writer and musician Nick Simmons and singer and television personality Sophie Simmons.

Shannon’s patrilineal line traces to William Tweed, who was born, c. 1713, in Ireland.

Shannon’s paternal grandfather was Russell Osborne Tweed (the son of Hugh Lough Tweed and Martha Jane Blaney). Russell was born on Georgina Island, York, Ontario. Hugh was the son of William Waite Tweed, whose father was from Antrim, Ireland, and of Ann Lough, whose father was from Carncastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Martha was the daughter of Oliver Blaney, whose father was from Dullaghan, Tyrone, Ulster, Ireland and whose mother was from Oughterard, County Galway, Ireland; and of Nancy Wallace Caldwell, whose parents were born in Antrim, Ireland.

Shannon’s paternal grandmother was Donalda Elizabeth Venn (the daughter of Alexander Eugene Venn and Margaret Buchanan). Donalda was born in Ontario, Canada. Alexander was the son of Charles Venn and Marie Elisabeth Fredrike Bartja.

Shannon’s maternal grandfather was Abraham Peter Wall (the son of Peter Cornelius W. Wall and Gertruda Wall). Shannon’s grandfather Peter was born in Manitoba. Shannon’s great-grandfather Peter was born in Ukrainka, Simferopol’s’kyi district, Crimea, the son of Cornelius B. Wall, who was from Backnang, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and of Maria W. Wiebe, who was from Neuhorst, Chortitza, Russia. Gertruda was born in South Russia, the daughter of Johann/Johan Wall and Susana Krahn.

Shannon’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Letkeman (the daughter of Johann Gerhard Letkeman and Eliesabeth/Elisabeth Ens/Enns). Sarah was born in Schoenfeld, Division No. 8, Saskatchewan, to ethnic German emigrants from Olgafeld, Fuerstenland, Russia. Gerhard was the son of Gerhard Letkeman and Sarah Peters, who were from Chortitza, Ukraine. Eliesabeth was the daughter of Bernhard Isaak Enns and Aganetha Bernhard Redekopp.

Sources: Genealogy of Shannon Tweed –

Genealogies of Shannon Tweed (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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