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Gloria Jane

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Gloria Jane comes from a family of musicians. Her Grandfather Fred Thompson migrated from Lawrence County Kentucky to Ohio with his parents, where he grew up playing the banjo and later played the piano in theaters for silent films. His cousin Estill Thompson and Estill’s wife Ann Thompson played and sang Gospel music in many of the churches in the area. Estill’s sister’s boy grew up to be none other then Country Music’s Bluegrass Star And 14 Time Grammy Winner Ricky Skaggs!! You can listen to Ricky here on last.fm at www.last.fm/music/Ricky+Skaggs

It might also surprise some to know that Gloria Jane’s grandmother’s maiden name was Dorothy Marie Ramey when she married Fred Thompson. Dorothy’s parents, John and Laura “Dovie” Ramey, also migrated from Lawrence County Kentucky up to Ohio. And if the Ramey name sounds a little bit familiar to you, then you know a little something about Country music. And you wouldn’t be a bit surprised by the big names in country music that come from Kentucky that share the Ramey name and are hidden in Gloria Jane’s family tree.

Though they have never met, Patty Loveless and Gloria Jane are 4th cousins. Gloria Jane’s great great grandfather was Patty (Ramey) Loveless’s great great grandfather’s brother. And Gloria Jane, Loretta Lynn and her sister Crystal Gayle are 5th cousins twice removed. Gloria Jane’s 5th great grandfather was
Crystal Cayle and Loretta Lynn’s 3rd great grandfather’s brother.

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