Ashley Graham

LOS ANGELES – NOV 14: Ashley Graham at the Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA Photo by kathclick/Bigstock.com

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

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

Photo by Joe Seer/Bigstock

25 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    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)

  2. bablah says:

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

  3. stlucas says:

    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 says:

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

      • andrew says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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.

  4. andrew says:

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

  5. andrew says:

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

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