Dolly Parton

by ethnic on May 1, 2010

dolly parton

Birth Name: Dolly Rebecca Parton

Place of Birth: Sevier County, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 19, 1946

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish

Dolly Parton is an American singer, songwriter, actress, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, author, businessperson, and humanitarian.

Dolly is the daughter of Axie Lee Caroline (Owens) and Robert Lee Parton. Much of Dolly’s ancestry is English, along with Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish. Her family has lived in the American South for a long time. She is married to Carl Dean.

Dolly has been said to have some degree of Cherokee Native American ancestry. No such ancestry has of yet been documented/verified in her family tree. For more information, see this Q&A.

Dolly’s paternal grandfather was William Walter Parton (the son of Albert Huston Parton and Tennessee Smith “Tennie” Russell). William was born in Tennessee. Albert was the son of Benjamin Christopher/Chris/Chrisenberry Parton and Margaret Jane Evans. Tennessee was the daughter of Lorenzo Dow Russell and Ellie Hannah Downs.

Dolly’s paternal grandmother was Bessie Elizabeth Rayfield (the daughter of George Washington Rayfield and Cassandra/Cassey/Casie Ann Moore). Bessie was born in Tennessee. George was the son of Charles Rayfield and Elizabeth Bohannnon. Cassandra was the daughter of Andrew Jackson Moore and Rachel Metcalf.

Dolly’s maternal grandfather was The Rev. Jacob Robert “Jake” Owens (the son of James Robert Owens and Mary Malinda/Melinda Messer). Jacob was born in North Carolina or Tennessee. James was the son of Samuel Paxton Owens and Annie Sutton. Mary Malinda was the daughter of Isaac Hugh Avery Messer and Hannah Harriett Jane Conard/Connard.

Dolly’s maternal grandmother was Rena/Rene/Renie Kansas/A. Valentine (the daughter of Henry Lloyd Valentine and Margaret Louisa Whitted). Rena was born in Tennessee. Henry was the son of William R. Valentine and Sarah E. Dickson. Margaret was the daughter of William Jesse Whitted and Rebecca Dunn.

Sources: Genealogies of Dolly Parton –

Genealogies of Dolly’s maternal grandparents, The Rev. Jacob Robert “Jake” Owens and Rena/Rene Kansas Valentine –

Dolly’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Ann Shamblin, on the 1850 U.S. Census –

Dolly’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandparents, Aaron H. Shamblin and Juda Bryant, on the 1870 U.S. Census –
Aaron H. Shamblin and Juda Bryant on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Dolly’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Dolly’s maternal great-grandfather, Henry Lloyd Valentine, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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andrew December 7, 2017 at 5:25 pm

Dolly Parton might have 1/64 Cherokee ancestry at most, if her maternal 4th great-grandmother, Juda Bright, was a full-blooded one.

Genealogies of Dolly’s maternal grandparents, Jake Robert Owens and Rena Kansas Valentine –

A discussion –

andrew November 20, 2017 at 1:56 pm
violet July 8, 2014 at 8:19 am

Dolly’s mother was part Cherokee.

follers July 8, 2014 at 8:49 am

Is there any evidence of this? Has Dolly’s Cherokee Native American ancestry ever been documented?

longhaired thick lightskinned gyal December 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Everyone and they damn mama is Cherokee I swear to god. People be lookin white as hell or black as hell and they say “my grandma was a Cherokee princess”. bitch please

GLXY July 7, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I think it’s better to say Scotch-Irish rather than Scottish and Irish because it’s not the same. If she’s Scotch-Irish she doesn’t have Irish ancestry from Ireland but rather Scottish and Northern English ancestry.

I don’t think Scotch-Irish people who are protestants consider themselves like Irish Catholics.

follers July 7, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Do you know for sure that Dolly Parton has Scotch-Irish ancestors, though? The only Irish-born ancestors on the tree link were named Robert McMahan and his wife, Catherine O’Brien – who just seem like regular Irish to me, based on their surnames.

GLXY July 8, 2013 at 8:01 am

You’re right she has some Irish ancestry, it’s just that I know she’s mostly of Scotch-Irish and English ancestry because she grew up in Appalachia and there’s not a lot of “real Irish” there.

By the way you’re doing a really great job, I don’t how you can find these informations

gel August 10, 2015 at 8:03 am

How do you know there are not a lot of “real” Irish there?

M-oneill-14 January 30, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Yes they are Irish Gaelic surnames, O’Brien from Munster in the south of Ireland and McMahon is from Monaghan in Ulster I think but you can’t just assume that they were Catholic, “regular Irish” yes but the religion is unknown.

M-oneill-14 January 30, 2015 at 6:49 pm

They wouldn’t have much Irish Gaelic blood in them as in the north of Ireland we Irish Gaels and Ulster Scots have been largely segregated since the 1600’s and the ones that moved over to America wouldn’t have moved only about 100 or so years after the Ulster plantations, just a few generations.

Many Scot-Irish would have Gaelic ancestry though, some are descended from Scottish Gaels, e.g. the Mc surnames.

It should also be noted that not all of the Irish protestants who moved to America are of Scottish/English descent, some protestants are still of Irish Gaelic descent (e.g. O surnames) this would be common in the south of Ireland.

nnnnn May 5, 2013 at 11:44 pm

And I thought, she’s a cloned sheep Dolly….

Chad MacGregor February 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Fenian bastard.

M-oneill-14 January 30, 2015 at 6:53 pm

An unusual surname for a loyalist I must say

James McCarthy November 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Sure it’s the best darn team in Scotland,
And the players all are grand,
We support the Celtic,
As they are the finest in the land we love them,
We’ll be there to give the Bhoys a cheer
When the league flag flies,
And it cheers us up when we know the Scottish Cup,
Is coming home to rest at Paradise.

Sure it’s a great old team to play for,
Yes it’s a great old team bedad,
When we read its history,
It’s enough to make your heart grow sad,
God bless them.
We don’t care if we win lose or draw,
Darn the hair do we care,
Because we only know that there’s going to be a show,
And the Glasgow Celtic will be there,
And the Glasgow Celtic will be there.

Chad MacGregor November 8, 2010 at 10:26 am

Glasgow Celtic are scum.

nnnnn April 29, 2013 at 12:19 am

Not Glasgow Celtic are scum, but that Dolly the sheep.
Her look is even more awful, as Rita Ora and Marina
Diamandis. An old sheep.

James McCarthy & Aidan McGeady November 7, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Come on Ireland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chad MacGregor November 7, 2010 at 11:58 am

She must be 100% from Irish roots then as Scots-Irish originate from Scotland and only settled in Ireland for a couple of generations before pursuing employment in melting pot nations such as America and Canada.

Irish are the best? She clearly does not know very much about Ireland then!

RrRr November 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Glasgow Celtic are great Chad, aren’t they.

Dolly Parton November 6, 2010 at 7:10 pm

We Irish love to sing
We Irish love to dance
We Irish love to party
Whener’ we get the chance
We have a lot of troubles
But we have a lot of soul
We’ll drink a pint of Guiness
And forget about our woes
Ei-ee-ei, ei-ee-ei, we Irish are the best

We love our myths and stories
We love a mournful song
We love our joyful music
And a good old sing-a-long
We love our pennywhistle
Uilleann pipes and air bodhrán
We Irish love our football
Our heros and our homes

Repeat Chorus

We Irish love St. Patty
We love to celebrate
And nothing suits us better than
An all-out green parade
Green beer and hats and jackets
Green dresses, shirts and ties
And nothing could be brighter
Than the light in Irish eyes

We got a pub on every corner
And a church to worship in
We party hard then pray the Lord
Forgive us of our sins
We rid ourselves of grief and guilt
Relieve our troubled hearts
I know God loves the Irish
And accepts us as we are

Repeat Chorus


Ei-ee-ei, ei-ee-ei, we Irish are the best

Repeat Chorus


Ei-ee-ei, ei-ee-ei, we Irish are the best

Chad MacGregor November 6, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Being Scots-Irish or Scotch-Irish is as follows:

These were Scottish men and women (particularly from Glasgow) who migrated to Northern Ireland and brought along with them the Protestant faith which not surprisingly lead to the conflicts between Irish Catholics and Ulster-Scot Proddie’s!

Basically, they are 100% of Scottish blood but migrated to Northern Ireland for a few generations before most of them continued on elsewhere to such nations as America and Canada.

Polly Darton November 6, 2010 at 5:46 pm
Zippidy November 6, 2010 at 6:37 pm

‘Migrated’ is a far too innocent word. Substitute it with ‘were planted there for being loyal to the British throne.’

Paul. November 7, 2010 at 10:22 am

She might have had some Scottish ancestors that went to N. Ireland and then mixed with the native Irish there.

I listened to that YouTube video and she clearly states “I’m part Irish.”

So, if she says she is, then she is.

QueenOrangeSoda October 12, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Normally, I’d get angry at you for saying “Scots-Irish”, but I know that it can be pronounced either way, so I’ll stay happy. :)

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