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Elton John, born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in 1947, is a English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist.

This page writen and copyright 2007, by Will Johnson, Professional Genealogist. If you can help fill-in more of Elton's ancestry, email me at wjhonson@aol.com.

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Elton John

Elton John was born 25 Mar 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England; near London, to Stanley Dwight and his wife Sheila Eileen Harris. Stanley was a Royal Air Force officer. They divorced in 1961, Stanley remarried four months later and had four more children including Geoffrey Dwight.

Meanwhile Sheila also remarried to Fred Farebrother. When Elton John wed his Canadian-born boyfriend David Furnish on 12 Dec 2005, (son of Mr Furnish and his wife Gladys) in what was billed as the "first celebrity gay union in the U.K." both Sheila and Fred were invited.

Secondary sources

Stanley Dwight

Stanley Dwight was born 24 Jan 1925.

He married Sheila Harris sometime before 1947, as their only child was born in that year. They divorced 14 or 15 years later, sources differ on this point. Both remarried. Stanley and his new wife having four more children. Stanley was a Squadron Leader in the (British) Royal Air Force.

He died Dec 1991 "in his home" at Birkenhead, Cheshire, England "age 66". One source reports that on his deathbed, Stanley had requested to see Elton, who refused.

Primary documents

  • British Phone Books, 1880-1984, 1961, Outer London: Essex / Hertfordshire and North Middlesex / West Middlesex; (Section 17), page 7169 showing in 1961 the telephone listing : "Dwight Sqn. -Ldr. S, 111 Potter St, Northwd 23807"

Secondary sources

  • "Stanley Dwight" by tingram@inficad.com, on Ancestry World Tree showing : "Stanley Dwight born 24 Jan 1925, died Dec 1991 Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, married first Sheila Eileen Harris 1945 in Pinner, London, Middlesex, England"
  • "Biografi" on Elton John dot dk stating that "Stanley died in 1991 in his home in Cheshire, only 66 years old."

Sheila Eileen Harris

Secondary sources

  • "Stanley Dwight" by tingram@inficad.com, on Ancestry World Tree showing : "Stanley Dwight born 24 Jan 1925, died Dec 1991 Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, married first Sheila Eileen Harris 1945 in Pinner, London, Middlesex, England"
  • "His Song: The Musical Journey of Elton John, by Elizabeth J Rosenthal, Billboard Books, New York (2001) 538 pages. Page 4: "...the future Elton John, credited his material grandmother Ivy...."
  • "Biografi" at Elton John dot dk stating that Elton's grandmother was named Ivy Sewell and showing a picture of his childhood home.
  • Elton's 'marriage certificate' revealed Dec 29,2005 on Breaking News naming Elton's mother a witness to his marriage to David Furnish in 2005.
  • "The day Elton's mother cried...", The Mirror, 6 Jul 1996 stating that Sheila is [at that time] 65.

Mr Dwight

Mrs Dwight

Mr Harris

Ivy Unknown

At her death March 1995 she was known as "Ivy Sewell".

Primary documents

Secondary sources

  • "His Song: The Musical Journey of Elton John, by Elizabeth J Rosenthal, Billboard Books, New York (2001) 538 pages. Page 407]: stating such bits as : "...she died at home....during the third week of March [1995]....'I'd like to dedicate this award to my grandmother, Ivy Sewell. She died last week'...."
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