James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

Place of Birth: Arkabutla, Mississippi, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 17, 1931

Ethnicity: African-American

James Earl Jones is an American actor. He is the son of Ruth (Connolly) and Robert Earl Jones, who was also an actor. He was married to actress Cecilia Hart, until her death. The couple had a son.

His parents were both black.

James has said that he has Irish, Choctaw Native American, and Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if any of these lineages have been documented/verified.

James had a totem pole erected in front of his house as a tribute to his Native ancestry. He has stated that it is an emblem of Native American culture as a whole.

James’s paternal grandparents were Robert Washington Jones (the son of George Washington Jones and Virginia) and Elnora Wallace.

James’s maternal grandparents were John Henry Connolly (the son of Wyatt Connolly and Sharlett/Charlotte Jeeter/Jeter) and Maggie Anderson. Wyatt was the son of Brice Connolly and Parthenia. Parthenia was said to be a white Irish woman who married an African-American man, Brice. However, the 1870 U.S. Census lists both Brice and Parthenia as “Black”, and both as having been born in Alabama. Sharlett was the daughter of Ned Jeeter and Janet.

Sources: Interview of James Earl Jones, along with pictures of James’s family – http://www.achievement.org

Genealogy of James Earl Jones – https://www.geni.com

James’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

James’s paternal grandparents, Robert Washington Jones and Elnora Wallace, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

James’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

James’s maternal great-grandparents, Wyatt Connolly and Sharlett/Charlotte Jeeter/Jeter, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Wyatt Connolly and Sharlett/Charlotte Jeeter/Jeter on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Wyatt Connolly and Sharlett/Charlotte Jeeter/Jeter on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Sharlett/Charlotte Jeeter/Jeter on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Sharlett/Charlotte Jeeter/Jeter on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

James’s maternal great-grandfather, Wyatt Connolly, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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13 Responses

  1. Multiethnicchick says:

    mixed man denying his heritage. As is typical of mixed americans

  2. neiltennant says:

    only african american without euro ?

    ridicoluos

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