Carly Simon

LOS ANGELES - OCT 30:  Carly Simon at the Oceana's Partners Awar

Birth Name: Carly Elisabeth Simon

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 25, 1945

Ethnicity:
*50% Ashkenazi Jewish
*25% German
*25% Cuban [African, Spanish, likely small amount of Indigenous]

Carly Simon is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and author.

Carly is the daughter of Andrea Louise Heinemann Simon, a community leader, and Richard L. Simon (Richard Leo Simon), a book publisher, who co-founded Simon & Schuster. Carly has two children with her former husband, singer, songwriter, and guitarist James Taylor.

Her father was Jewish, of German Jewish descent. Her maternal grandfather was of German ancestry.

Throughout much of her life, Carly was unsure of her maternal grandmother, “Chibie”‘s, background, believing her to have been from Spain, and of Spanish and Moorish descent. Research performed by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2017) indicated that Carly’s maternal grandmother’s family was actually from Cuba, and was of part Afro-Cuban descent.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on Finding Your Roots stated that Carly’s genetic ancestry includes:

*10% Africa[n]
*2% Native America[n]

Thus, Carly’s maternal grandmother was likely of around 40% African ancestry.

Carly’s paternal grandfather was Leo Leopold Simon (the son of Leopold B. Simon and Sophie Friedenburg/Fiendenburg). Carly’s grandfather Leo was born in Connecticut, to Jewish parents from Saxony, Germany.

Carly’s paternal grandmother was Anna Meier/Mayer (the daughter of Wilhelm/William Meier/Mayer and Rosine/Rosina Mendel). Anna was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, to a German Jewish family.

Carly’s maternal grandfather was Frederick Adolph “Fred” Heinemann (the son of Adolph Heinemann/Heineman and Mary Amelia Haas). Frederick was born in Pennsylvania. Adolph was Prussian, the son of August Heinemann/Heineman, who was born in Brunswick, and of Dora K. Mary Amelia was born in Pennsylvania, of German descent.

Carly’s maternal grandmother was Ofilia/Ofelia “Elma/Alma Marie”/Maria “Chibie” Oliete/Ollright. Ofilia was most likely born in Cuba. On her marriage record, she is listed as the daughter of Jose/Joseph Agustin Oliete/Ollright and Maria/Marie Patrociana de Jesús Baez. However, DNA and other research performed by Finding Your Roots indicates that Ofilia’s biological mother may have been Lauriana Oliete, who was Maria/Marie Patrociana’s daughter. Thus, Maria/Marie Patrociana may have been Carly’s great-great-grandmother rather than great-grandmother. Whether Jose Oliete was Carly’s great-great-grandfather was not addressed.

In her autobiography, Boys in the Trees: A Memoir (2015), Carly wrote:

It was Chibie, above all, who fascinated me. Who was Chibie? Where had she come from?… One story went that she was the illegitimate daughter of King Alphonso XIII of Spain and a Moorish slave he had gotten pregnant… I was able to confirm that until her mid-teens, Chibie lived in England, and that when she left the convent [where she spent time], she could read in eight languages. She was brainy, brilliant, and an utter original. She had dark olive skin and spent the rest of her life bleaching it in order to “pass” in a Caucasian world.

Sources: Genealogy of Carly Simon – http://www.geni.com

Genealogies and obituaries of Carly’s parents – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Carly’s father – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Marriage record of Carly’s paternal grandparents, Leo Leopold Simon and Anna Meier/Mayer – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Carly Simon (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

Carly’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Carly’s maternal grandparents, Frederick Adolph “Fred” Heinemann and Ofilia/Ofelia “Elma/Alma Marie”/Maria “Chibie” Oliete/Ollright – https://www.familysearch.org

Carly’s maternal grandfather, Frederick Adolph “Fred” Heinemann, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Carly’s maternal great-grandparents, Adolph Heinemann/Heineman and Mary Amelia Haas, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Carly’s maternal great-great-grandparents, August Heinemann/Heineman and Dora K., on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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28 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    genealogy of Carly Simon (focusing on her mother’ side) – https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Simon-Family-Tree-1367

  2. anen87 says:

    Just saw the Your RoAnother case of Cuban wannabe spanish

    • anen87 says:

      Finding Your Roots show states her grandmother’s ancestors according to records were “pardos libres” pardo meaning tri-racial, libre meaning freed. So she’s a descendant of black slaves… A far cry from what she was telling her grandchildren! She was obviously ashamed of being black, sad.

  3. madman says:

    Her mother’s middle name is Louise.

    “the son of August Heinemann and Dora”
    This is wrong. His parents were Adolph Heinemann and Mary Amelia Haas:
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24HK-KBF

    The record above also has Carly’s grandmother as Elma Ollright, the daughter of Joseph Ollright and Marie P. Baez.

    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWJF-Q7F
    Assuming this is her grandfather, August and Dora were Frederick’s grandparents. But it says that Adolph was August’s son in law and that Mary/Amelia was his daughter, which doesn’t seem to fit… And Adolph’s surname is Kroll…

    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MG7W-D98
    1910 census says that her grandmother was born in Cuba, to Spanish parents.

    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=156563649
    “A figure of romantic mystery to her own children and grandchildren, Elma (also given as Alma in some records) was rumored to have been the illegitimate child of Spanish royalty and a servant girl. But records, at least on their surface, indicate she was born Ofelia Oliete, daughter of Spaniard Jose Agustin Oliete and Cuban Maria P. Baez. She appears to be the youngest of seventeen children born mostly or all in Cuba, with 9 alive as of the 1900 census, and these eight known by name: Jose A., born in 1863; Claudine c1865; Asuncion (“Suncia,” “Susy,” c1871; Lauriana c1875; Consuela c1878; Auyrero/Amparo c1880; Alfredo c1883; and Ofelia (suspected to be Elma Maria) in 1888.”

    I think Carly’s exact words could be included:
    “It was Chibie, aboce all, who fascinated me. Who was Chibie? Where had she come from? No one knew for sure, and Chibie’s origins were complicated. One story went that she was the illegitimate daughter of King Alphonso XIII of Spain and a Moorish slave he had gotten pregnant. When Chibie’s mother visited the king, infant in hand, he promptly dismissed them. Eventually, Chibie was handed off to another slave girl planning passage from Valencia to Cuba, who concealed the infant under her clothes. Arriving in Havana, Chibie was handed over to the Del Rio family, Asuncione and Raymond, who, after rechristening her Alma, dispatched her to a convent in England where she was raised by nuns until the age of sixteen.
    While her dramatic origins were never fully verified, I was able to confirm that until her mid-teens, Chibie lived in England, and that when she left the convent, she could read in eight languages. She was brainy, brilliant, and an utter original. She had dark olive skin and spent the rest of her life bleaching it in order to “pass” in a Caucasian world. Chibie entered into an arranged marriage with a German-speaking Swiss man named Frederick Heinemann.”

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