Birth Name: Gloria Elizabeth Reuben
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date of Birth: June 9, 1964
Ethnicity: Jamaican (African, Ashkenazi/Sephardi Jewish, likely some English)
Gloria Reuben is a Canadian singer, actress, and producer. Her parents, Pearl Avis (Mills), a singer, and Cyril George Reuben, an engineer, were from Jamaica. Her brother was actor and singer Denis Simpson.
Her father was of mostly white ancestry, though he also had some black roots; his white ancestry included a significant amount of Jewish, evidently both Sephardi and Ashkenazi. Her mother was black, though with some European ancestry.
Genealogist Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was able to trace Gloria’s ancestry back to her maternal great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Leonorah, who was born, c. 1767, in Africa.
Gloria’s father was born outside of marriage.
Gloria’s paternal grandfather was believed to be a man named Henry Emanuel Reuben (the son of Isaac Reuben and Judith). Isaac was the son of Jacob Reuben, who was born, c. 1780, in Jamaica. Judith was the daughter of Samuel.
However, DNA testing indicates that Gloria’s biological paternal grandfather was a man with the surname Lindo. The Lindos are a Sephardi Jewish family who are prominent in Jamaica.
Gloria’s paternal grandmother was Florence Gabay (the daughter of John Edmund/Edward Gabay and Amelia). Florence was of partial African ancestry. John was the son of William Gabay.
Gloria’s maternal grandparents were Thomas Leopold Mills and Myra Gertrude Samuels (the daughter of Hezekiah Samuels and Rebecca Higgin). Rebecca was the daughter of Isaac Higgin, whose parents, Thomas Higgins and Elizabeth Martin, were born into slavery.
A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Gloria’s genetic ancestry is:
*38.7% Sub-Saharan African
*0.3% East Asian/Native American
In his 2016 book about the show, Finding Your Roots, Season 2: The Official Companion to the PBS Series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that among Gloria’s genetic ancestry that was marked “European” is 28% Northern European, 12.3% Ashkenazi Jewish, and 10.4% Southern European (likely Sephardi Jewish). He wrote that among Gloria’s genetic ancestry that was marked “African” is 23% Nigerian, 8% Malian, and 7% Ghanaian and from the Ivory Coast.
Gloria’s matrilineal DNA traces back to Cameroon.
Source: Genealogy of Gloria Reuben (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
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