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Old March 21st, 2014 #1
Lars Redoubt
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I have just learned, to my great surprise, that Jerry Garcia had Swedish ancestry. And I have been a Grateful Dead fan since 1968!

Jerry’s Swedish ancestor was known as Captain Olsen. He seems to have been a cool fellow, an adventurer who came to California in the gold rush of 1849.

Is there anyone out there who has more information about the captain? I know there are many amateur genealogists who research the family trees of celebrities. Someone must know about Jerry Garcia’s maternal great-grandfather.

From this website: http://www.sfmission.com/famous/jerry_garcia.htm

”Jerry’s mother’s parents could trace their lineage back to the gold rush, when San Francisco became a City. Jerry’s most significant mythical ancestor was his grandmother’s father, Captain Olsen, who he believed was part of the gold rush of 1849 after sailing the perilous seas from Sweden to San Francisco. The maternal great-grandfather married an Irishwoman and went into the cartage (pre-trucking horse drawn cart) business.”

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”Despite their Latin last name and Tillie’s own Swedish heritage, the Garcia boys thought of their ethnicity as deriving largely from Pop and saw themselves as Mission (District) Irish, a standard San Francisco ethnic classification.”
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