Ben Carson

by follers on November 7, 2014

Birth Name: Benjamin Solomon Carson

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 18, 1951

Ethnicity: African-American

Ben Carson is an American author and retired neurosurgeon. He has been the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, since March 2, 2017.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2016.

Ben is the son of African-American parents, Sonya (Copeland) and Robert Solomon Carson, a Christian minister. In 1987, he became the first person to successfully surgically separate conjoined twins joined at the head. He is married to author and businessperson Candy Carson, with whom he has three children.

Ben’s paternal grandparents were Robert Carson (the son of Robert Carson and Amy Darden) and Anna/Amy L. Gordon. Ben’s great-grandmother Amy was the daughter of Ethan Darden and Lettie Swan.

Ben’s maternal grandfather was John Martin Copeland (the son of John H. Copeland and Indiana Ash). Indiana was the daughter of Thomas Ash and Millie Gay. The 1870 U.S. Census lists a man named James Ash living near Indiana’s household, who was possibly her grandfather. James is then-listed as being 100 years old, and as having been born in Africa (c. 1770).

Ben’s maternal grandmother was Ruby Stanley (the daughter of Coleman Stanley and Lucy Smith). Lucy was the daughter of Green Smith and Emily.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show African American Lives (2006) stated that Ben’s genetic ancestry is:

*80% Sub-Saharan African
*20% European

In his 2009 book about the show, In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that Ben’s African DNA matches the Makua people of Mozambique (through his father’s line), and on his mother’s side, the Yoruba, Bassa, and Edo people of Nigeria, the Mende people of Sierra Leone, the Turkana people of Kenya, the Bamileke people of Cameroon, and the Bantu tribes of the Congo-Angola region.

Sources: Family background of Ben Carson – http://www.theroot.com

Genealogy of Ben Carson – http://www.geni.com

Photo by Gage Skidmore

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

phaedra April 28, 2016 at 6:34 pm

I find this guy unusually attractive.

bearboy January 9, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Yes I can see that as well! I think the 20% European descent is mainly British/Irish.

GLXY March 23, 2016 at 4:41 am

CORRECTION: In his 2009 book based on the series, In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past., Henry Louis Gates wrote on page 198 more details about Ben Carson’s african ancestry:

Father’s DNA matches: Makua people (Mozambique)

Mother’s DNA matches: Yoruba, Bassa, Edo people in Nigeria, Mende (Sierra Leone) , Turkana (Kenya), Bamileke (Cameroon) and Bantu tribes from Congo-Angola region

ibarro February 3, 2016 at 9:09 pm

My dad see’s a lot of European in him, I only see a bit, he looks predominantly SSA.

bearboy August 7, 2015 at 5:23 pm

I know this is comment doesn’t have to do about ethnic heritage but did anyone see the debate last night? Thought Ben Carson stood out as the best.

fuzzybear44 May 4, 2015 at 1:33 am

Republican?

bearboy May 4, 2015 at 10:28 am

You’re right he is a Republican. Although he was registered as a Democrat and Independent once before deciding his presidential run. Whoever had the idea of making a tag saying 2016 it was a genius idea :)

bearboy May 4, 2015 at 10:46 am

BTW I believe Carly Fiorina is running for president as well.

bearboy November 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Great guy and I believe first person to decide to run in 2016

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