James Earl Jones

by ethnic on March 15, 2010

James Earl Jones

Place of Birth: Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States

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. 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

photo by s_bukley/Bigstock.com

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Multiethnicchick September 5, 2016 at 1:25 pm

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

andrew August 5, 2016 at 7:42 pm
andrew June 19, 2016 at 6:18 pm
neiltennant July 17, 2015 at 6:33 am

only african american without euro ?

ridicoluos

neiltennant July 13, 2015 at 1:12 pm

THATS typical for this site

its obvious that he is mixed with those skin color and blue eyes but he is still listed as AFRICAN AMERICAN ridiculous

LucarioCooper September 2, 2015 at 7:19 pm

They said that it haven’t been verified. Calm down.

memphis February 6, 2017 at 8:29 am

There are a lot pics of his grandparents who very much looked like of African and indigenous ancestry.

Liam O'Connel December 30, 2011 at 12:05 am

part Irish? ha not surprised…us Irish seem to have bred like rabbits once they got to america

Charlito August 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Great man

Natasha February 15, 2011 at 5:42 am

His surname is Welsh.

Anonymous May 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Nobody Could Have Made A Better Mufassa Than You James Earl Jones!

total23 May 17, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Why Is My Name Anonymous. Sorry Guys I Forgot To Put My Correct Name In The Name Section!

moi September 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm

i agree his voice was perfect

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