Ashley Graham

by Sage on May 22, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS - FEB 28: Ashley Graham at the 2016 Vanity Fair Os

Place of Birth: Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 30, 1987

Ethnicity:
*Welsh, English, Scottish (father)
*German (mother)

Ashley Graham is an American model. She is known as a lingerie model for the plus-size clothing store Lane Bryant. She has appeared on the covers of Elle Quebec and Sports Illustrated. Ashley is married to videographer Justin Ervin.

Ashley has said:

My mom is German and my dad’s mother looks black, but she refuses to confirm or own it, so that side is all a bit of a mystery…

Ashley’s paternal grandmother and her recent ancestors were listed as “White” on United States Censuses.

Ashley’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Edenfield Graham (the son of Johnnie Abner Graham and Ella Mae/May Ambrose). Ashley’s grandfather Thomas was born in Georgia. He was eventually raised by relatives, Charles G. Edwards and Grace Ann Morgan. Ashley’s great-grandfather Johnnie was the son of Lindzy/Lindzey Sankie/Sankey Graham and Willow Ophelia Jenkins. Ashley’s great-grandmother Ella was the daughter of Andrew David Ambrose and Ila Mae/May Wilder.

Ashley’s paternal grandmother is Jannie/Janie H. Mann (the daughter of Leslie Hubert Mann and Sara/Sarah Frances Ayers). Janie was born in Alabama. Leslie was the son of John Morgan Mann and Mary Elizabeth Lassiter. Sarah was the daughter of Simon/Simeon Barton Ayers and Alpha Lou Ella “Ellie” Williams.

Ashley’s maternal grandfather was John A. Friesen (the son of Franz/Frank K. Friesen and Anna Thiezen). John was born in Nebraska. Franz was born in Nebraska, the son of Klaas F. Friesen and Elisabeth Huebert, who were ethnic Germans from Russia. Anna was also born in Nebraska, also to ethnic German parents from Russia.

Ashley’s maternal grandmother was LeOra Siebert (the daughter of Aaron P. Siebert and Margaret Friesen). LeOra was born in Nebraska. Aaron was born in Nebraska the son of ethnic German parents from Russia, Peter Siebert and Katherina/Katharina Regier. Margaret was also born in Nebraska, also to ethnic Germans from Russia, Jacob B. Friesen and Katharina Epp.

Sources: Obituary of Ashley’s paternal grandfather, Thomas Edenfield Graham – http://www.effinghamherald.net

Ashley’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Lindzy/Lindzey Sankie/Sankey Graham, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Ashley’s paternal great-grandmother, Ella Mae/May Ambrose, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Ashley’s paternal grandmother, Jannie/Janie H. Mann (focusing on her own mother’s side) – https://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Ashley’s paternal grandmother, Janie H. Mann, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Ashley’s paternal great-grandparents, Leslie Hubert Mann and Sara/Sarah Frances Ayers – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogies of Ashley’s paternal great-grandparents, Leslie Hubert Mann and Sara/Sarah Frances Ayers – https://www.findagrave.com

Ashley’s paternal great-grandparents, Leslie Hubert Mann and Sara/Sarah Frances Ayers, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Ashley’s paternal great-grandfather, Leslie Hubert Mann (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

Ashley’s paternal great-great-grandparents, John Morgan Mann and Mary Elizabeth Lassiter, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Ashley’s paternal great-grandmother, Sara/Sarah Frances Ayers, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Ashley’s maternal grandfather, John A. Friesen – http://www.findagrave.com

Ashley’s maternal great-grandparents, Franz/Frank K. Friesen and Anna Thiezen, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Ashley’s maternal grandmother, LeOra (Siebert) Friesen – http://www.yorknewstimes.com

Ashley’s maternal great-grandparents, Aaron P. Siebert and Margaret Friesen, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Photo by Joe Seer/Bigstock

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

ashash August 11, 2018 at 11:20 pm

So she isn’t black?

I would like to see a picture of this WASP grandmother to see what she means when she says she looks black …

andrew August 12, 2018 at 6:23 am

Her “WASP” grandfather (not grandma) was the son of ethnic German parents from Russia, so he unlikely looked “black”.

madman August 12, 2018 at 7:15 am

He/she is referring to Ashley’s paternal grandmother.

andrew August 12, 2018 at 11:23 am

Correct. But none of the family members at this link look black: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/93028985/leslie-hubert-mann

follers August 12, 2018 at 11:43 am
andrew August 10, 2018 at 6:27 am

genealogy of Ashley’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Ila Mae/May Wilder – https://www.geni.com/people/private/6000000006100588814?through=6000000006100588830

very strong roots from New England of 1600s. She is also distantly related to George Washington and descends from Mayflower passenger John Alden too (not on this line)

bablah August 10, 2018 at 5:36 am

Well done, now you can add the rest of their genealogy
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/39824401/johnnie-graham

follers August 10, 2018 at 5:37 am

Haven’t you heard? We have a ghost editor on this site who does everything now, according to Andrew.

andrew August 10, 2018 at 5:54 am

genealogy of Ashley’s paternal great-grandmother, Ella May Ambrose (focusing on her own’s father’s side) – https://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=ambrose&id=I15287

stlucas March 19, 2018 at 5:58 pm

Unsure of her heritage (“My mom is German and my dad’s mother looks black, but she refuses to confirm or own it, so that side is all a bit of a mystery”), Graham says as a young girl she was “big-boned”, like the rest of her family, but always thought of herself as normal “because our mother [herself anywhere between a British size 16 to 20] wouldn’t let us think otherwise about ourselves.”

http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/ashley-graham-vogue-cover-interview

madman March 20, 2018 at 12:40 am

It will be interesting to know her grandmother’s actual background once it is discovered.

andrew March 20, 2018 at 6:03 am

Otherwise it would be rather interesting to discover her father’s background

Can you please stop to use the word “English” as umbrella term anytime there’s no much clue about someone’s ethnicity?? You really love it.

madman March 20, 2018 at 3:42 pm

I didn’t make this page. I usually use English when someone is obviously of European descent and have an English surname, but no other information. I think it’s merited, since English is by far the largest contributor for the ancestry of multigenerational white Americans.

andrew March 20, 2018 at 4:16 pm

That wasn’t directed to you but to the admins

QUOTE: English is by far the largest contributor for the ancestry of multigenerational white Americans.

_ I don’t think so, at least “by far”. IMO Scots-Irish or anglicized German surnames are often underrated in this site.

andrew January 15, 2018 at 1:05 pm

on which basis her father is supposed to have English ancestry? “Graham” surname can be Scottish.

andrew May 22, 2016 at 1:15 pm

She isn’t fully Caucasian but there aren’t reliable sources to prove that.

follers May 22, 2016 at 3:19 pm

She’s Tex-Mex.

andrew May 23, 2016 at 5:37 am

you did a good job indeed. “Possibly other” can mean anything.

andrew July 31, 2018 at 4:05 pm

Tex-Mex: are you suggesting she might have Hispanic ancestry? It’s a plausible option.

Man in NY November 25, 2016 at 10:37 am

“She isn’t fully Caucasian but there aren’t reliable sources to prove that.”

She looks mixed to me, but as you said I have no proof. She reminds me of Eva Mendes a little bit.

midori29 January 19, 2017 at 7:13 am

English people have been mixed over the years with alot of different things its an international place now and there are tons of interracial couples. England is full of Indians, Africans and Middle Easterners. To say you are English is not fully accurate anymore at all. You have to actually say white European.

andrew February 2, 2017 at 2:14 pm

I actually would change to:

* unclear (father)

Nothing is publicly known about her father’s side.

crunty February 5, 2017 at 5:57 am

In the cities, maybe. Many white people who live there aren’t English anyway, but an imposter class — Irish, European, etc. But in terms of the true ethnic English, most live in the shires. Many North Americans only go to London, so that is all they see. And London has never really been an English city, especially after world war 2

andrew July 21, 2017 at 4:09 pm

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