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Ancestry of John William "Johnny" Carson - Carson Family Tree

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John William "Johnny" Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005 was an American actor, comedian and writer best known for his tenure as host of The Tonight Show from 1962 until 1992. Born in Corning, Iowa to Homer Lee "Kit" Carson (no relation to the famous western hero) and Ruth Hook Carson, Johnny grew up with his parents, older sister, Catherine, and younger brother, Richard (Dick), in Nebraska.
Johnny Carson married his college sweetheart Joan Wolcott on October 1, 1949. They had 3 sons. In 1963, Carson divorced Joan and married Joanne Copeland on August 17, 1963. After another divorce, he and former model Joanna Holland were married on September 30, 1972. This time, it was Holland who filed for a divorce in 1983. Johnny then married Alexis Maas on June 20, 1987, a marriage that survived happily until Carson's death in January 2005.

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First Generation:


1. John William (Johnny) CARSON was born on 23 Oct 1925 in Corning, Iowa.1 He died of emphysema on 23 Jan 2005 in Malibu, California.

Second Generation:


2. Homer Lee (Kit) CARSON2,3 was born on 4 Oct 1899 in Logan, Harrison Co., Iowa.4 He died on 9 Apr 1983 in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Arizona.5 Homer Lee (Kit) CARSON and Ruth HOOK were married in 1922.6

3. Ruth HOOK7 was born in Jul 1901 in Jackson Township, Taylor Co., Iowa.8 She died in 1985. Homer Lee (Kit) CARSON and Ruth HOOK had the following children:

    i. Catherine Jean CARSON was born in Dec 1923 in Hand Hospital, Shenandoah, Iowa.8
    1  ii. John William (Johnny) CARSON.
    iii. Richard Charles (Dick) CARSON was born on 4 Jun 1929 in Clarinda, Page Co., Iowa.9

Third Generation:


4. Christopher N. (Kit) CARSON2,3,10,11 was born in Jan 1874 in Monona Co., Iowa. Christopher N. (Kit) CARSON and Ella B. HARDY were married on 28 Dec 1898 in Harrison Co., Iowa.12

5. Ella B. HARDY2,3,10,13 was born on 18 Nov 1876 in Magnolia, Jefferson Co., Iowa. She died on 20 Aug 1967. Christopher N. (Kit) CARSON and Ella B. HARDY had the following children:

    2 i. Homer Lee (Kit) CARSON.
    ii. Charles E. CARSON3 was born about 1907 in Logan, Harrison Co., Iowa.
    iii. Raymond E. CARSON10 was born about 1913 in Logan, Harrison Co., Iowa.
    iv. Doris A. CARSON10 was born about 1918 in Logan, Harrison Co., Iowa.
6. George William HOOK14 was born on 27 Dec 1870 or 1871 in Lowry, St. Clair Co., Missouri.15 He died of a heart attack on 21 Dec 1947 in Bedford, Taylor Co., Iowa. He is buried in Fairview Bedford Cemetery, Taylor Co., Iowa. George William HOOK and Jessie BOYD were married on 19 Sep 1900.15-17 7. Jessie BOYD6 was born on 6 Jul 1876 in Taylor County, Iowa.16 She died "of grief" on 20 Jun 1911 in Bedford, Taylor Co., Iowa.16 She is buried in Fairview Bedford Cemetery, Taylor Co., Iowa.
George William HOOK and Jessie BOYD had the following children:
    3  i. Ruth HOOK
    ii. John W. HOOK6 was born in 1904 in Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa.18 He died of peritonitis in May 1911 in Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa.19
    iii. Mary HOOK6 was born in Feb 1906 in Taylor County, Iowa.20,21
    iv. Florence HOOK6 was born in Feb 1910. She died in Feb 1910.22,23
    v. Jessie Boyd HOOK was born in Jun 1911.24

Fourth Generation:


8. Marshall CARSON11,25-28 was born on 14 Mar 1835 in Maine. He died on 21 May 1922 in Logan, Harrison County, Iowa. He is buried in Logan Cemetery, Harrison County, Iowa. Marshall CARSON and Emeline (Emma) KELLOGG were married on 17 Jul 1870 in Washington County, Nebraska.

9. Emeline (Emma) KELLOGG11,26-28 was born on 18 May 1847 in Fayette, Indiana. She died on 12 Feb 1922 in Harrison County, Iowa. She is buried in Logan Cemetery, Harrison County, Iowa. Marshall CARSON and Emeline (Emma) KELLOGG had the following children:

    4  i. Christopher N. (Kit) CARSON.
    ii. Angie CARSON11 was born about 1875 in Nebraska.
    iii. Phebe CARSON11 was born about 1877 in Iowa.
    iv. Amilda CARSON11 was born about 1879 in Iowa.
    v. Ora CARSON26 was born in Jun 1881 in Harrison Co., Iowa.
    vi. Edgar M. CARSON26 was born in Feb 1882 in Harrison Co., Iowa.
    vii. Fred G. CARSON26-28 was born in Jul 1885 in Harrison County, Iowa. He died in 1923 in Harrison Co., Iowa.
    viii. Herbert E. CARSON26,27,29 was born in Dec 1890 in Harrison Co., Iowa.

10. Samuel Tomlinson HARDY10,13,30,31 was born on 1 May 1848 in Angola, Steuben Co., Indiana. He died on 21 Jul 1933 in at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. N. Carson in Logan, Harrison Co., Iowa. Samuel Tomlinson HARDY and Viola Millicent VINCENT were married on 30 Jun 1872 in Iowa.

11. Viola Millicent VINCENT13,30,32 was born on 2 Apr 1855. She died on 3 May 1935 in Harrison Co., Iowa. Samuel Tomlinson HARDY and Viola Millicent VINCENT had the following children:

    i. Loyd HARDY13 was born about 1866 in Iowa.
    ii. Louis HARDY13 was born about 1870 in Iowa.
    5 iii. Ella B. HARDY.
    iv. Delaven H. HARDY13,30 was born in Aug 1879 in Iowa.30
    v. Bruce L. HARDY30 was born in Sep 1881 in Iowa.30
    vi. Gladys HARDY30 was born in Oct 1896 in Iowa.30

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