Birth Name: Billy Bob Thornton
Place of Birth: Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 4, 1955
Ethnicity: English, as well as some Scottish and Irish
Billy Bob Thornton is an American actor, filmmaker, writer, director, singer, songwriter, drummer, and musician. He has won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, for Sling Blade (1996).
Billy Bob is the son of Virginia Roberta (Faulkner) and Billy Ray Thornton. His ancestry includes English, as well as some Scottish and Irish.
Billy Bob has stated that his mother had Italian and Choctaw Native American ancestry. No traceable Italian or Choctaw ancestry appears in publicly available family trees of Billy Bob Thornton.
Billy Bob’s paternal grandfather was Otis Elston Thornton (the son of John Henry Thornton and Regina R. Adams). John was the son of William T. H. Thornton and Arminta/Armita/Araminta E. Turner/Doster. Regina was the daughter of James Leander Adams and Mary Rebecca Neighbors.
Billy Bob’s paternal grandmother was Gertrude Barrett (the daughter of Cloyd Edmund Barrett and Margaret “Maggie” Wood). Cloyd was the son of George J. Barrett and Sarah O. Collins. Margaret was the daughter of George Wood and Wiley Ann Johnson.
Billy Bob’s maternal grandfather was Claude David Faulkner (the son of William Noah Faulkner and Eleanora N. McClard). William was the son of Charles/Charlie W. Faulkner and Nancy L. Eleanora was the daughter of Caleb Carmen McClard and Tabitha Donoho.
Billy Bob’s maternal grandmother was Maude May/Mary Duce (the daughter of James Robert Duce and Levisa Amanda “Jennie”/”Jenny” Payne). James was the son of James Robert Duce and Sarah Frances Calliotte or Ragsdale. Levisa was the daughter of John Rogers Payne and Sarah Ann Langston.
Genealogy of Billy Bob’s maternal grandfather, Claude David Faulkner – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Billy Bob’s maternal grandfather, Claude David Faulkner, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Billy Bob’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Caleb Carmen McClard, on the 1860 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Some notes on Billy Bob Thornton’s ancestry – http://back-track.blogspot.ca
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