Birth Name: Charles Hardin Holley
Date of Birth: September 7, 1936
Place of Birth: Lubbock, Texas, United States
Date of Death: February 3, 1959
Place of Death: Clear Lake, Iowa, United States
Ethnicity: English, 5/128ths (3.9%) Cherokee Native American, distant Irish and Scottish
Buddy Holly was an American singer, songwriter, and musician.
He was the son of Ella Pauline (Drake) and Lawrence Odell Holley. Buddy was married to María Elena (Santiago), who is of Puerto Rican descent.
Buddy’s paternal grandfather was John Hardin Holley (the son of James Paterson/Patterson Holley and Mary Elizabeth Young). James was the son of Joseph Holley and Frances Jane Hancock. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of John Minton/Mint Young and Mary Jane Hedgepeth/Hedgespeth.
Buddy’s paternal grandmother was Willie Ophelia/Ophilia Young (the daughter of William K. Young and Malissa A. Randall). Buddy’s great-grandfather William was the son of William F. Young and Narcissa Ann Brown. Malissa was the daughter of Charles Randall and Sarah/Sally Wade.
Buddy’s maternal grandfather was Charles Wesley Drake (the son of James Charles Drake and Sidney Reden Ray). James was the son of William Drake and Martha. Sidney was the daughter of John Ray and Mary “Polly” Taylor.
Buddy’s maternal grandmother was Eva Laura Perry (the daughter of Franklin Sanford Perry and Lizabeth/Elizabeth Manning). Franklin was the son of Western Perry and Sarah/Sally Noble.
Sources: Genealogies of Buddy Holly – http://www.geni.com