Birth Name: Burton Leon Reynolds
Place of Birth: Lansing, Michigan
Date of Birth: February 11, 1936
Ethnicity: English, with some German, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Scottish, and Dutch
Burt Reynolds is an American actor, director, and producer. Burt is the son of Fern/Fernette Harrietta (Miller) and Burton Milo Reynolds. He has English, and some German, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Scottish, and Dutch, ancestry.
Burt is sometimes said to have Italian ancestry. This is not accurate.
Burt is often cited as having some degree of Cherokee Native American ancestry, specifically on his father’s side. This Cherokee Native American ancestry has never been documented/verified.
Burt’s paternal grandfather was John Burton Reynolds (the son of John/Eli Burton Reynolds and Elizabeth Lattimore). Burt’s great-grandfather John was the son of Eli S. Reynolds and Anna Hurd Field. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Lattimore and Elizabeth Stanley.
Burt’s paternal grandmother was Effie M. Thompson (the daughter of Milo Thompson and Ann Eliza Wilcox). Milo was the son of Orin Thompson and Susannah Wright. Ann was the daughter of George Wilcox and Laura Sophronia Olmstead.
Burt’s maternal grandfather was Leon Chauncey Miller (the son of Charles Aldrille Miller and Annette Florilla/Flora Bell). Charles was the son of George Miller and Anna Akerly. Burt’s great-grandmother Annette was the daughter of David Bell and Lucy Ann Blodgett.
Burt’s maternal grandmother was Nina Bell Wheeler (the daughter of George C. Wheeler and Harriette/Harriet A. Hungerford). George was the son of William Wheeler and Sarah Wright. Harriette was the daughter of Elias B. Hungerford and Polly Lovina Tucker.
Sources: Genealogy of Burt Reynolds – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Burt’s parents – http://findagrave.com
Burt’s paternal grandmother, Effie M. Thompson, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Burt’s maternal grandmother, Nina Bell Wheeler, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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