Ava Gardner

by ethnic on June 20, 2010

Birth Name: Ava Lavinia Gardner

Date of Birth: December 24, 1922

Place of Birth: Brogden, Johnston, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Death: January 25, 1990

Place of Death: Westminster, London, England

Ethnicity: English

Ava Gardner was an American actress and singer. She was the daughter of Mary Elizabeth “Mollie” (Baker) and Jonas Bailey Gardner.

Ava had English ancestry.

Ava’s paternal grandfather was James Bailey Gardner (the son of William Gardner and Cynthia Eliza Batts). William was the son of William Gardner and Nancy Poteet. Cynthia was the daughter of Bailey Batts and Esther Jordan.

Ava’s paternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth/Mollie Dildy/Dilda (the daughter of Benjamin/Benj Dildy/Dilda and Mathilda/Matilda/Mattie Cobb). Benjamin was the son of Jesse Dilday/Dilda and Ivy/Avy Matthews. Mathilda was the daughter of Jonas Gray Cobb and Elizabeth Cherry.

Ava’s maternal grandfather was King David Baker (the son of James Baker and Temperance Ellis). James was the son of James S. Baker and Nancy Stillwell. Temperance was the daughter of Archelaus Ellis and Frances/Fannie Lewis.

Ava’s maternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Forbes (the daughter of Hiram/Hyrum Forbes and Millicent “Milly” Ann Harrell). Hiram was the son of Arthur Forbes and Beatrice Beaty/Beady. Millicent was the daughter of John Webb and Mary Polly Harrell.

Ava has sometimes been described as having had Irish and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) ancestry. It is not clear if these lineages have been verified/documented. The surname “Forbes”, which appears in Ava’s recent family tree, could indicate Scottish ancestry, although it is not clear if any of Ava’s family lines have explicitly been traced to Scotland. It has also sometimes been claimed that Ava had African-American, Native American, or Melungeon ancestry. It is also not clear if any of these lineages have been documented/verified. No African-American, Native American, or Melungeon ancestry appears in publicly available family trees of Ava Gardner.

Ava’s paternal great-grandparents, William Gardner and Cynthia Eliza Batts, were also the paternal great-great-great-great-grandparents of actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead. This makes Eva and Mary Elizabeth second cousins, three times removed.

Sources: Genealogies of Ava Gardner – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Ava Gardner (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Ava’s paternal grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Dilda/Dildy, on the 1850 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew October 18, 2016 at 4:51 pm
andrew February 19, 2017 at 4:58 pm
andrew June 10, 2016 at 5:34 pm
Greyface April 18, 2016 at 9:12 am

english master race confirmed

ashash November 12, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Ava’s mother was Mary Elizabeth Baker.

Her maternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Forbes.

Her paternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Dilda/Dildy.

Her second cousin, three times removed is Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Mary Elizabeth is a name that runs on both sides of her family. Very strange.

follers November 13, 2015 at 12:04 am

It’s an old Cherokee name.

ashash November 13, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Ava and Mary Elizabeth (Winstead) look like they are of their ethnicity to me. Cheryl Cole is more “exotic” and she is of the same ethnicity.

celebfan June 24, 2015 at 10:26 pm

I’m surprised that her ancestry is entirely English, given her dark skin, hair, and eye color.

andrew June 25, 2015 at 5:45 am

there are actually English people with those features but she had green eyes and brown/auburn hair if you search her colored pics

ashash November 11, 2015 at 8:11 pm
ashash November 13, 2015 at 6:42 pm
andrew August 2, 2014 at 7:23 am

ethnic where did u find this pic?

ethnic August 2, 2014 at 9:47 am

Hi Andrew, its a public domain pic which is featured on Wiki

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