James Brown

by ethnic on May 12, 2010

Birth Name: James Joseph Brown, Jr.

Date of Birth: May 3, 1933

Place of Birth: Barnwell, South Carolina, U.S.

Date of Death: December 25, 2006

Place of Death: Atlanta, Georgia

Ethnicity: African-American

James Brown was an American singer, dancer, and actor. He was known as “The Godfather of Soul”. James’s parents, Susie (Behling) and Joseph “Joe” Gardner Brown, were both African-American.

James had said that his father was born under the name Joe Gardner, and later took on the surname “Brown” after a woman who had helped raise him, Mattie Brown.

James had stated that his paternal grandfather was “pure Indian, a Cherokee” and that his mother’s ancestry had a “strong Asian element and some American Indian”. James had stated that his maternal grandfather was “highly Asian”, and that his maternal grandmother’s mother was “almost a full-blooded American Indian”. It is not clear if these claims of Native American and Asian ancestry have been documented/verified.

James had at least nine children. He was married to Velma Warren, Deidre “Deedee” Jenkins, Adrienne Lois Rodriguez (until her death), and to singer Tomi Rae Hynie.

James’s maternal grandfather was Monnie/Mony/Monroe Behling (the son of Stephen Behling and Sarah). Monnie was born in South Carolina. Stephen was the son of Moses Behling and Charlotte Williams.

James’s amternal grandmother was Rebecca “Becca” Bryant (the daughter of Perry Bryant and Susan). Rebecca was born in South Carolina.

Sources: Genealogy of James Brown – http://genealogy.about.com

Genealogy of James Brown (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.findagrave.com

James’s statements about his ancestry – http://www.worldcat.org

Profile: Fuzzybear

Creative Commons License photo credit: stoneflower

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew January 30, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Stephen Behling was the son of Moses Behling and Charlotte Williams

cwm85 August 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm

He claimed a lot of shit over the years. If he was so asian or indian why the black and proud song? Lol

memphis January 16, 2016 at 12:51 pm

Because “black” is a social cultural term even though many have multi ethnic ancestry.

follers August 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Even by the usual standards, James Brown’s tales of his ancestry are fantastical.

memphis January 16, 2016 at 12:43 pm

Their is a picture of James Brown’s father out here on the web. He looked pretty Native American to me…at least mostly Native. His mom is a question mark.

Elizabeth July 21, 2010 at 11:12 pm

He is part Apache it is confirmed by Wikipedia and rolling stone magazine

Fuzzybear May 14, 2010 at 7:45 am

I couldn’t confirm this when I did the profile,but james could also be part Apache

Get May 21, 2010 at 11:23 pm

You are wrong James Brown is part asian his mother is part asian DUH

Fuzzybear May 21, 2010 at 11:31 pm

To Get

Well if that’s the case provide the source so it can be add,instead of what you did

ethnic May 22, 2010 at 8:27 am

first i heard of it.

Fuzzybear May 23, 2010 at 2:59 am

To Ethnic

Yeah me to

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