Monday, January 27, 2020

Who is Billie Eilish Baird O'Connell family, ancestry, DNA from Los Angeles, California? by Mary Cummins

Billie Eilish Baird O'Connell, family tree, heritage, Irish, DNA, ethnicity, family, mother, father, grandfather, grandmother, brother, finneas O'Connell, patrick o'connell, maggie may baird, singer, musician, song writer, (Click to see tree larger)

Billie Eilish won multiple Grammy's last night setting records. She won because she is extremely talented. She also comes from a long line of very successful and talented writers, educators, singers, musicians and song writers. I'll explore her family tree starting with the paternal side then the maternal side going all the way back to her great great grandparents from Ireland, Switzerland, England, Canada, Germany, France and even a little farther back to the 17th century. The actual tree goes a few generations beyond the image above.

*I won't be sharing full birth dates of live people. I won't share anything that isn't already public information. I won't be sharing home addresses even if they are public information.

Billie Eilish Baird O'Connell was born in Los Angeles County, California December 2001. Her family lived/lives in East Los Angeles. Billie's brother is Finneas O'Connell born July 1997. The name "Eilish" is a form of "Elizabeth." Just a side note almost every single person in her family tree has blue eyes going back six generations. I can't really tell much after that except from draft notices for the wars.

Paternal side

Billie's father is Patrick O'Connell born January 1957 in Westport, Connecticut. He attended Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut along with his brothers. He's most well known for his acting roles in works such as The West Wing, Iron Man, and Baskets. He acted in Life Inside Out alongside his wife and son. He also voiced the role of Claus Hugo Strandberg in the video game Hitman. Both O'Connell families in the tree are of course from Ireland. Holland and Murphy families are from Ireland as well.

Paternal grandparents

James Bernard O'Connell 1923-2014
Billie's grandfather was James Bernard O'Connell born May 7, 1923 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and died October 1, 2014 in Darien, Connecticut. James Bernard graduated from Cambridge High School and Harvard University. He studied engineering but was also on the Glee Club and Crew squad. He married his first wife also a writer Jean Stone. He had his three sons with Jean Stone. Below is his obituary,

"O'CONNELL--James B., of Darien, CT, died October 1 at Stamford Hospital. Born May 7, 1923, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the eighth of nine children of William H. O'Connell and Catherine T. O'Connell. He was a writer, editor, executive, singer and world traveler. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Beatrix W. O'Connell; son James W. O'Connell; son Andrew O'Connell and daughter-in-law Sharon A. Levine and their daughters Molly O'Connell and Jenny O'Connell; son Patrick M. O'Connell and daughter-in-law Maggie Baird and their son Finneas O'Connell and daughter Billie O'Connell; stepson Timothy B. Yarrow and his wife Elizabeth Raven Walters and their daughter Camille Yarrow and son Garrett Yarrow; stepdaughter Suzanne E. Yarrow and her son Andrew Yarrow-Escaladas; and brother Paul E. O'Connell. His first marriage was to Jean S. O'Connell, who died in 1975. He was a 1944 graduate of Harvard, served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in China, edited several magazines in New York, and was an executive at IBM for 27 years, serving as director of public affairs. He lived in Westport, CT, from 1954 through 1978."

After James O'Connell's first wife Jean Stone died in 1975 he remarried Beatrix Weyland Yarrow. Bearix's husband Timothy Bernard Yarrow died in a car accident in Connecticut the same year that Jean Stone died in 1975.

Billie's paternal grandmother was Jean Stone September 15, 1922 - July 6, 1975 born in New York, died in Connecticut. She was also a well known writer. Below is her obituary,

Jean Stone 1922 - 1975
"Jean O'Connell Dies: Writer And Ex-Editor - WESTPORT- Mrs. Jean Stone O'Connell, 52, author and former editor, wife of James B O'Connell, of 17 Buena Vlsia drive, died Saturday in Yale New Haven hospital. A memorial service will take place Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. In the unitarian church Westport. The Charles H. Lewis funeral home, 210 East Stale street, is in charge of arrangements. Born in Staten Island, Mrs O'Connell grew up in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y., and was a westport resident for 21 years. She graduated from Wellesley college, where she edited the Wellesley News, and subsequently worked on the editorial staff of Woman's Home Companion, Collier's, and McCal's. She later wrote short stores for McCall's, Laddies' Home Journal and Today's Woman, and recently completed "The Doll House Caper," a mystery-fantasy novel, to be published next year by Thomas W. Crowell. In Westport, Mrs. O'Connell active in the Intercommunily camp, serving two terms as board chairman and in other capacities. She also wrote the text for a book about the camp, entitled "Another Kind of Summer." In addition, she worked for the American Red Cross blood program in Westport, and for the PTA. Survivors, in addition to her husband, include, three sons, James O'Connell, Andrew O'Connell, and Patrick O'Connell of Westport; a brother, Mead W. Stone, Jr., of New York city; a sister, Mrs. C. R. Bell of Roslyn, Long Island, and her parents, Mead W. and Lillie Stone, of Garden City, N.Y."

Paternal great and great great grandparents

Billie's first set of paternal great grandparents were William H O'Connell and Catherine B O'Connell not related except by marriage. William was born June 17, 1877 in Lisbealad, County Cork, Ireland, died November 22, 1955 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was a union truck driver for Standard Oil Company transporting oil. His parents were William O'Connell and Margaret Holland both from Ireland.

Catherine also an O'Connell but not closely related was born October 10, 1881 in Ireland. She died January 26, 1926 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Together they had nine children. Catherine's parents were Denis O'Connell and Margaret Murphy both from Ireland.

Mead Wilmer Stone 1893-1982
The second set of paternal great grandparents were Mead Stone and Lillie Seemann. Mead Wilmer Stone born March 5, 1893 in New Brighton, Staton Island, New York died July 13, 1962 in Garden City, New York. Mead Stone graduated from Staten Island Academy and then Cornell University in 1915 with a degree in mechanical engineering. His nickname in college was "Pebbles" "Peb." He was a member of a fraternity and was on the cross country team. He was a farm engineer who sold tractor implements. His parents Medad Elisha Stone 1864-1946 and Emma Sterling Bones 1865-1957 are included in the book North America Family Histories 1500-2000.

Lillie Charlotte Seeman born July 3, 1894 in New York and died December 1976 in New York. Her father Frederick Carl Seeman 1857-1914 was born in Zurich, Switzerland. Her mother Elise Charlotte Garbe 1865-1950 was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. Seeman, Garbe families are from Germany.


Maternal side

Maggie Barbara May Baird O'Connell
Billie Eilish's mother is Maggie May (real name Barbara May) Baird born March 1959 in Colorado. Maggie graduated from Fruita Monument High School in Colorado in 1977 and the University of Utah. Barbara was in high school plays "South Pacific," "Arsenic and Old Lace" and "Adam and Eve." She was in Homecoming, was a cheerleader and received a drama scholarship to college. In college she majored in dance and acting. Maggie is a successful soap star, actor, voice over artist, singer, song writer, musician, dancer and even modeled. She has her own wiki page for more specifics. In 1983 she married actor Ronald Harold Siebert in Colorado while they both were living in New York. Maggie co-wrote and acted in the movie "Life Inside Out" with her son Finneas. The movie won quite a few awards.  She was a major member of the Groundlings theater, also taught acting and is a song writer. Maggie has two brothers, Brian Norton Baird b. 1956, a US Representative, and Bruce R. Baird b. 1955, an attorney in Salt Lake City, Utah. I posted a few more pics of mom below. She looks just like Billie at the same age.

Maternal grandparents

Billie's maternal grandparents are William "Bill" Norton Baird born January 12 1927 in Orange, New Jersey and died February 20, 2001 in Fruita, Colorado. Finneas really looks like his grandpa Bill at a similar age. Below pic is 1949 at the age of 22 in college. Below is William "Bill" Baird's obituary,


William Norton Baird 1927 - 2001 pic is 1949 
"January 12, 1927 - February 20, 2001 Bill Baird was born Jan. 12, 1927 in Orange, New Jersey. He received his B.A. Degree from the University of New Mexico in 1949 and his M.A. in 1959. He received an Ed. S. Degree from Western State College in 1969. Bill was a teacher and principal in District 51 from 1956 until he retired in 1989. He was principal of Bookcliff Junior High School from 1969-1981. He married Edith Shaw in 1954. She died in 1987. They had three children, Bruce, an attorney in Salt Lake City, Brian, a U.S. representative from Washington State and Maggie an actress in Los Angeles. There are three grandchildren, Cole and Brice Baird of Salt Lake City and Finneas OConnell of Los Angeles. In 1990, Bill married Thelma Blekeberg. She survives along with five siblings. Bill was active in civic affairs serving as a leader of numerous organizations including the Mesa County United Way, the Mesa Valley Education Association, the Mesa County Democratic Central Committee and the Grand Valley Anglers. He served on the Fruita City Council for several years and was mayor of Fruita for three years. He served three years on the Mesa County Planning Commission. He ran for the state legislature three times unsuccessfully. Bill was deeply interested in public affairs as shown by his many activities and his numerous letters in The Daily Sentinel. He also wrote a column for the Colorado Statesman. He loved fly-fishing and fought a long and mostly losing battle with various golf courses. A funeral service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, February 25, 2001 at Fruita United Methodist Church. Those who wish to remember Bill may send contributions to the Fruita United Methodist Church." Transcription by Mary Cummins. ''

Billie's maternal grandmother was Edith May Shawn born June 19, 1930 in Toronto, Canada and died November 2, 1987 in Fruita, Colorado quickly of a heart attack. Billie's mother Maggie stated she went vegan for health reasons initially because she saw her mother die young of a heart attack. Below is her obituary,

"Edith S. Baird June 19, 1930 Nov 2, 1987 Memorial services for Edith S. Baird will be at 4 p m Thursday at Fruita Methodist Church, with Mike Bergman officiating. Cremation was held. Mrs Baird, a resident of Fruita since 1956, died Monday at the St Marys Hospital emergency room after a brief illness. She was 57. She was born June 19, 1930, at Toronto, Ontario, to Gilbert and Edith Wood Shaw. She spent her childhood in Virginia and attended Fairfax High School. She married William N Baird April 24, 1954, in Albuquerque, N.M. Mr. Baird, a teacher, survives. The couple moved to Fruita from New Mexico. She previously was married to Tony Bradley. He died in 1952. Mrs. Baird had owned and operated Edie's Fashions and Bridals for three years in the 1970s until its sale. She also operated the Ice Cream 'N Parlor in Clifton in the early 1980s, and for the past three years had owned and operated a day-care center in Fruita. She enjoyed her family, gardening, playing bridge and helping others. Mrs. Baird was a member of Fruita Methodist Church. Other survivors include a daughter, Maggie Baird of New York City; two sons, Bruce R. Baird of Salt Lake City and Brian N. Baird of Tacoma, Wash.; a sister, Gloria Nicholson of Falls Church, Va.; and three brothers, Edward Shaw of Stafford, Va., James Shaw of Orlando, Fla, and Robert Shaw of Virginia. Transcription by Mary Cummins.

Maternal great and great great grandparents

Billie's first set of great grandparents were Collier Whittemore Baird and Dorothy Grace Norton. Collier was born October 3, 1888 in New Jersey, died March 1977 in New York. He's traveled to England, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Germany, Japan, China, Java, Egypt, Spain, Straits Settlements, Hong Kong, Indian, Ceylon, Summatra... in 1913 by boat in the import/export rubber business which was Baird Rubber Trading. He attended Yale College in Connecticut 1908. He's listed as a stock broker and statistician. His obituary is below,

Collier Whittemore Baird 1888-1977
"Collier Baird, Former Resident. SARANAC LAKE, NY. - Collier W. Baird, 88, of Glenwood Road, died Tuesday March 1 at his home in Saranac Lake. Born in East Orange, N.J., Mr. Baird graduated from Newark (N.J.) Academy and Yale University's Sheffield Scientific School. He served with New Jersey Troop A on the Mexican border. He was a principal with the Baird Rubber and Trading Company, New York City, until his retirement in 1945. Mr. Baird moved to Basking Ridge, N.J. with his late wife, Dorothy Norton Baird, and started Two Brooks Farm, a Guernsey breeding farm. He was active in the New Jersey Guernsey Breeders Association and the American Guernsey Cattle Association. In 1951, the couple moved to Saranac Lake, where he became an active member of the Rotary Club, St. Luke's Church, the Boy Scouts, and other civic organizations. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Cuprak Baird; one brother, William Torrey of South Orange, N.J.; three sons, Collier W. Baird Jr. of Far Hills, N.J., John T. Baird of Glastonbury, Conn., and William N. Baird of Grand Junction, Colo.; three daughters, Mrs. William P. Person of Dover, Mass., Dr. Dorothy Leib of New London, Conn., Miss Louise Baird of Vineland, NJ.; 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Private funeral services were held at the Fortune Funeral Home and St. Luke's Church."

The Baird family is from Ireland.

Dorothy Grace Norton was born May 27, 1894 in Austin, Illinois and died July 15, 1968 in Saranac Lake, New York.

The second set of great grandparents were  Gilbert Henry Shaw and Edith May Wood. Gilbert Henry Shaw was born November 22, 1889 in Hagersville, Canada and died July 29, 1964 in Falls Church Virginia. He was a butcher and died of heart disease. His parents were Consider Sidney Shaw born December 20, 1854 in Walpole, Canada and died February 13, 1911 in Haldimand, Canada; and Martha Ann Duxbury born December 29, 1860 in York, Ontario and died 1947 in Hagersville, Canada.

Edith May Wood was born June 26, 1903 in Brookville, Pennsylvania and died August 2, 1982 in Fruita, Colorado. Her obituary below,

“Shaw, Edith M.  On Monday, August 2, 1982, at Commonwealth Doctors Hospital, beloved mother of Edward M., Robert J., James M. Shaw, Gloria Nicholson and Edith Baird; sister of Mildred Trent.  She also is survived by 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren…”

Edith Wood's parents were Stephen Cox Wood Sr. born December 28, 1873 in Selston, England and died September 22, 1927 in Arlington, Virginia in an explosion in an acetylene plant. His obituary below,

"Unfortunate Family. Stephen C. Wood, residing near Dunn Loring, died from the injuries he received Thursday last when the gas making plant at South Washington, Virginia, exploded. His funeral took place early in the week The family of the deceased seem marked for serious accidents. About two years ago W.A. Wood, a son of the deceased, was badly burned by the explosion of a lamp. His oldest son was killed in an accident and a daughter was in an automobile wreck and never recovered from her injuries."

Wood's wife Bessie Alice Roof was born December 16, 1877 and died January 30, 1956. The Wood and Roof families are from England.

Billie Eilish comes from a long line of successful writers, singers, actors and musicians. I will be adding photos and more information within the next day or so. Below is the normal view of the family tree to great grandparents of Billie Eilish. The tree I have goes back four more generations which is how I know where the families originated.

Billie Eilish Baird O'Connell family tree wide normal view to only great grandparents. Click to see larger or download.


More pics of mom.

Barbara Maggie Mae Baird O'Connell 1977

Barbara Maggie Mae Baird O'Connell 1975

Barbara May Maggie Baird 1977 Colorado
Barbara Maggie May Baird 1979 on left modeling

Barbara Maggie May Baird second from right, cheerleader
Barbara Maggie May Baird 1977 Colorado high school cheerleader


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