Jimi Hendrix

by ethnic on February 4, 2008

Birth Name: Johnny Allen Hendrix

Date of Birth: November 27, 1942

Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Date of Death: September 18, 1970

Place of Death: Kensington, London, England, U.K.

Ethnicity: African-American

Jimi Hendrix was a legendary American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He was the son of Lucille (Jeter) and James Allen Hendrix, both of whom were African-American. Jimi had two children.

Jimi is sometimes described as having had Irish, Native American (often specifically Cherokee), Aztec (specifically Nahua), and/or other ancestry. It is not clear if these lineages have been documented/verified. Jimmy’s recent ancestors were black.

Jimi’s paternal grandfather was Bertran Philander “Ross” Hendrix (the son of Thomas Jefferson Hendrix/Hendricks and Frances/Fannie Whitfield).

Jimi’s paternal grandmother was Zenora “Nora” Rose Moore (the daughter of Robert J. Moore and Fanny Nealy). Robert was the son of Zenora. Fanny was the daughter of Sandy Neuly/Nealy and Prissy Bostwell.

Jimi’s maternal grandparents were Preston Murice Jeter (the son of R. E. Jeter and Elizabeth Brown) and Clarice Larson/Lawson (the daughter of Preston Brown and Laura Larson).

Sources: http://www.houstonpress.com

Genealogies of Jimi Hendrix – http://www.geni.com

Information about Jimmy's father's family – http://www.blackpast.org

Jimmy’s paternal grandfather, Bertran Philander “Ross” Hendrix, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Bertran Philander “Ross” Hendrix on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jimmy’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Jimmy’s maternal grandparents, Preston Murice Jeter and Clarice Larson/Lawson – http://www.wikitree.com

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andrew January 26, 2017 at 1:12 pm

according to this genealogy, Jimi’s patrilineal line traces back to Ireland. This would make him 1/64 Irish.


follers January 26, 2017 at 5:29 pm

That genealogy lists Hendrix’s great-grandfather as Philander Burt Ross, a white man.

Findagrave lists Hendrix’s great-grandfather as Thomas Jefferson Hendricks, “one of the oldest colored men of this city” [Urbana].

andrew January 27, 2017 at 6:40 am

That genealogy is based on the family legend about Philander Burt Ross, a grain dealer, banker, and one of the wealthiest landowners in Urbana, Ohio, who might have been the biological father of Jimi’s paternal grandfather, Bertran Philander Ross (later Hendricks/Hendrix), who was named after him by Jimi’s great-grandmother, Fannie Whitfield (who lived in Philander Burt Ross’s property). http://crosstowntorrents.org/archive/index.php/t-6770.html

andrew January 31, 2015 at 4:53 pm

is there a pic, please?

I read somewhere he was part Mexican too

follers January 31, 2015 at 6:29 pm

He definitely wasn’t part Mexican.

andrew March 13, 2016 at 6:50 pm


Jimi’s paternal grandparents:


According to “The Essential Jimi Hendrix” by Rotimi Ogunjobi, all Jimi’s grandparents were of mixed-race:

Nora Rose Moore was the daughter of a Cherokee father and a mulatto mother; Bertran Philander Hendrix was the son of a former slave and the white merchant who once owned him. Preston Jeter’s parents were also a former slave and a slave owner; Clarice Lawson was of mixed Cherokee and slave descent.

We should look for the Census records.

andrew March 14, 2016 at 4:04 am
andrew March 16, 2016 at 5:51 pm

so we know that some of Jimi’s relatives were listed as “mulatto”. Good find.

Frances Whitfield’s record as “white” is described as “poor transcription”


follers March 16, 2016 at 6:06 pm

A “Mulatto” listing doesn’t mean much. It doesn’t necessarily imply a direct mix (and all African-Americans have white ancestry, anyway).

Bertran Handrix definitely wasn’t white.

fuzzybear44 March 16, 2016 at 10:51 pm

(and all African-Americans have white ancestry, anyway)

Well not all, but most. However it does tell you something about the dirty that went down in this country

Also as far bertran goes, No she most definitely was not

andrew March 18, 2016 at 6:17 pm

Bertran Handrix wasn’t clearly white, but why using double standards? “mulatto” record is important for Shaileene Woodley and others but not for Jimi?

follers March 18, 2016 at 6:39 pm

I don’t understand the question? The “Mulatto” is important for Shailene because it shows they weren’t white.

You can find “Mulatto” listings in every African-American’s family tree. Especially the 1920 census, where it was very common.

fuzzybear44 March 19, 2016 at 1:10 am


Quote(You can find “Mulatto” listings in every African-American’s family tree. Especially the 1920 census, where it was very common)


andrew March 19, 2016 at 7:18 am

@ follers

are there other famous black people here with ancestors listed as “mulatto” ?

follers March 19, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Samuel L. Jackson’s maternal grandfather, Edgar Montgomery:

Oprah’s maternal great-grandfather, Henry “Harry” Lee (scroll down to the bottom):

andrew March 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Brilliant research

Kevin McCormick January 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm

The best book ever on Jimi is ELECTRIC GYPSY (1990) that tells you of Jimi’s racial origins. Jimi’s father Al was Afro-American and part Irish. Jimi’s mother Lucille was Afro-American and Cherokee.
He was influenced by his Indian roots and makes loads of references in his music. Sadly Jimi never lived along enough to explore his Irish Heritage. The closest he got was to Fly into Belfast to play a concert and back to England, the next day.
But if you look at his surname Hendricks-changed to Hendrix, it is obviously of Dutch origin

Malin Ljungstedt January 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Jimi Hendrix sure looks a bit Cherookee

justop January 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Jimmi Hendrix is black had very nappy hair however he did put Straightener in it. he might have white or other races in his background. but this is not uncommon, most blacks do.

neiltennant December 31, 2017 at 9:54 am

he looked White+black+ native

Velmar Faison March 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm

The majority of black Americans are mixed with African, white and native American as a result of slavery. The Europeans who came to this country to settle here, brought no women with them, so they had sex with their African slaves. Also when the slaves ran away and subsequently freed, many were resqued by the Indians and lived and married among them. There are many black Indians which you do not hear about. My mother’s mother was half cherokee, and our slave owner came from Scotland and sired some of my family members, so believe it when blacks tell you of their heritage. You can see the many shades of blackness.!!!!

Del October 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm

No not at all. 5% of black ppl in america have native american encestry. ~Half Ottawa,cherokee~census beareu.

Del October 14, 2011 at 9:36 pm

You have no idea what your talking about.5% black ppl in america have natve american ancestry 13% of white ppl in america have native american ancestry.u need to check ur research.im considere white and both my grandma on my moms side was3/4 ottawa and cherokee my dads side 1/2 cherokee. Ur barely even native and u know nothing about native history europeans and natives were her before africans.thats why ur so dark cause ur from the hottest country in the world and indians originally were indo americans who cam to america and features changed over time because of the sun exposure and way of life.like if I still had 2 be outside all day I’d probaly look black but in indo europe temps are less cold.hope u get the point….

Del October 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Indo european**

justop January 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Can some one explain why Eskimos are still so dark?

Alice January 25, 2012 at 8:07 am

It is a matter of chance what mutations occur and Eskimos managed to survive in the cold without the mutations that Europeans went through. Eskimos eat a diet high in vitamin D so there was not the selection advantage to get fair skin to make more vitamin D from the sun. They just went through a different adaption to the cold climate than Europeans did. Both are successful in their environment.

Orlando December 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

That idea only applies to America Latina. Most of people who came to this country brought their families with them trying to find a new place to live. In comparison with America Latina where spaniards and portuguese came looking for gold and fame and didnt brought their families with them because their idea was to go back to Europe.

total23 January 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm

But Sources Says His Paternal Grandmother Was Cherokee Indian, But When I See He She Looks She Is Of African Descent. She Probably Has Cherokee Indian In Her.

His Paternal Grandmother: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTQXPQUtWnE

His Paternal Grandparents:

fuzzybear January 23, 2011 at 10:51 pm

What’s up total23,it’s friendly know it all,here once again to do my job.Anyhow even though they give us an image of what an native American was supposed to look like,that’s not the whole story.Believe it or not,going by their own paper work,notes and drawings,natives did vary especially in color.So much that many were hung being mistaken for black,since we ourselves come in so many colors.Plus I mention that cherokees were so mixed blooded by the 1900’s(with black and white).So it’s no wonder she looks like and old black lady to you

total23 January 26, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Then Y Did they Say That She Is A Full Blown Cherokee Indian.

fuzzybear January 27, 2011 at 12:00 am

To Total23

Black and Cherokee have been mixing for who knows how long.Bloodline mixs,certain traits may stay while others may go.that she most likely was a full blown one.I mean she most likely was raised as one, lived her life as one,thought as one,so who has the right to tell her she’s not one.Just like all the rest who were adopted into the tribe,saw themselves as Cherokee. Look at the pamunkey indians, they had so much black blood,that white people try taking their land,stating they were no longer native.However you go asks one of them now,and see want they tell you that they are Indian.Oh and also that they don’t have a ounce of black blood in them;even though it’s without a doubt common fact.

chipoltespice May 15, 2011 at 11:35 am

You have to understand as well, that in the south, they try to deny this but there was mixing going on a lot between Blacks, White and Natives. My fathers, father family is from the Appalachians of NC and they are Native/Black mix.
They often get mistaken for being Filipino/Asian but it was going. Many of the smaller Native tribes were absorbed into the population. It wasn’t until the Trail of Tears in the mid-1800’s when Natives were being being pushed westward. There were many tri-racial groups of Black and even with Whites (Brass Ankles of SC & Melungeons).
The deep secrets of the South.

what? August 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm

lol you just said “Has anyone noticed some of the most influential people on “non-black” music are black people”. just about everyone you mentioned was also of euopean blood. how dumb are you?

DatMatt August 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm

How dumb are you that you don’t understand people still apply the one drop rule.

DatMatt August 9, 2010 at 10:56 pm

It’s just that I’m 1/2 Black, 1/2 White(Mom tells me my dad was Scottish-American. Never met him.), and even if my dad had been in my life, people will never see me as White or even mixed, even though I look mixed. I’m proud to be half White, but no one will ever recognize that’s part of me. It’s the same with most every other mixed person I’ve met. Even Black and White people still call Obama Black. In my lifetime, mixed ppl will still always be “Black” to most. It’s just commonplace to me. I would like to discover more about my dad’s side, tho. I’ve only seen pictures and things my mom has told me.

moi September 7, 2010 at 3:52 am

not really
most blacks no the difference between black people and mixed

Samia_Kabullah_Bella November 28, 2010 at 9:55 am

I’m mixed too (Arab and European) and i understand that being mixed isn’t as easy as it seems,you often hear racial slurs.I live in France and the French are some of the most racist people i’ve ever met,despite there being lots of Arabs in France some French still seem to have anti arab intentions.

Midnight August 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Hey, that’s not true with everyone though. Some people can tell that a person has other races, nationalites or even ethnicities in you and others. I use wonder why people like to play the guessing game but as I got older I find that I like to hear what people think and give my views as well. I had a lady, earlier this year, from Thiland ask me if I was part Japanese. I asked her what made her think that and guess what she said. “You’re eyes slant like theirs.” I’ve nver had anyone say that my eyes were slanted before and I thought it was kind of funny. I’ve heard things like Samoan, Puerto Rican, Mexican, East Indian, Native American, Mexican, Russian and part Japanese. (I’m keeping a record just in case I take a DNA tests) The winner gets twenty-five cents. (i’m cheap lol.) Jimi favors his father in features and probably his mother in skin tone. You can see the Native American in him. I watched his bio and it stated his maternal grandmother (I think it was maternel) lived on a reservation in Canada. (Best proof in the world that he’s mixed with Native)

fuzzybear August 9, 2010 at 11:36 pm

To What?

Doesn’t this included the majority of the black population here

chipoltespice May 15, 2011 at 11:42 am

This is not true, the majority of the Black population has parents that self identify as Black and are predominately Black.
Most Blacks are not Indian ancestry, if so, they would like like Puerto Ricans with obvious Native features. Black people use to call my Grandfather a Chinaman who was Native ancestry. Most Blacks wouldn’t know a Native if they bit them on the @ss.
Most Blacks look African in origin, not Native. Jim Crowe system is over….We multiracial’s are tired of being lumped into the Black category. We want recognition as we have contributed to this society as mixed race people and come from mixed race households.

JDsurfdude October 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm

what’s funny is i’m also mixed and more than just african and european but mostly those two. However my sisters and i don’t appear a specific race. People sometimes ask me if i’m Samoan or Hawaiian or Native American or Brazilian or even Asian Indian. What’s worse is my youngest sister has straight wavy hair as opposed to me with wavy-curly. So she really doesn’t look african at all. So trying to classify a person by the way they look is useless. This whole race thing to me is a waste of time. Let’s all just be human.

DatMatt August 4, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Has anyone noticed some of the most influential people on “non-black” music are black people? Michael Jackson, Darius Rucker-Hootie and the Blowfish, Lenny Kravitz(Black and Jewish), Slash(Black and English)-Velvet Revolver, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Morello-RATM(Black and Italian), and Howard Jones-Killswitch Engage

fuzzybear August 9, 2010 at 11:41 pm

I’m confused,do you mean like hard rock type music,is that what you mean “non black”

DatMatt August 9, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Hard Rock or really any music that isn’t Jazz, Blues, Soul, R & B, or Rap because people just think that’s all black people can sing.

Masashi16 August 9, 2010 at 11:47 pm

What people think this?

fuzzybear August 10, 2010 at 12:06 am

To Datmatt

Alright understand you now.For the record I can’t sing,except in the car,I’m the man there

Anonymous August 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm

these people are mixed!

moi August 4, 2010 at 2:19 pm

duh if he probably part mexican = white +native american

so why are you complaining

Cole June 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm

In case people don’t know, Mexican is not a race or ethnicity. The majority Mexican people are part Native American and Part European some more Native, some more European. FYI Spanish is a European language, just sayin’. I read somewhere that he was part Aztec? Which is really weird because I’m pretty sure there are no full unmixed Aztec descendant people anywhere in the world.

someone May 5, 2010 at 8:54 am

I also heard he was part mexican….

Fuzzybear May 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Meant to say I thought they were different ethnicity

Fuzzybear May 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm

To Drexxx

to thought Bantu and Dinka were different ethnicity?

RustyPeanuts. May 4, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Jimi is great…i don’t care about his background at all…he’s 100% American in my view and the greatest guitarist ever. I also think that Alek Wek is African as her features indicate this and agree that Africans like every other race have different features amongst their groups. I also think that Jimi’s dad kind of looks like Terrence Howard.

Irishlad March 31, 2010 at 1:53 am

It great to know that jimmi hendrix has irish roots. What a legend!!

drexxx March 17, 2010 at 12:54 am

Comment by VENISE
June 9th, 2009

Alek wek is a bantu sudanese, so she IS black !!!!!!

ethnic February 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Yeh but my source is a published book.

Chief_Mulatto_Native February 14, 2010 at 9:38 am


Here is another site that says Jimi Hendrix was part Mexican.

ethnic February 7, 2010 at 2:14 am

Id like to see more evidence of his supposed Mexican roots.

Chief_Mulatto_Native February 5, 2010 at 2:20 pm


This site states that he was also mixed with Mexican.

Chris January 30, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Jimi is legendary. Interesting about his background, as well as many others. There was always something unique about him.

May Jimi rock with the Gods forever.

ethnic July 19, 2009 at 9:14 am

Interesting point about the Steatopygia. I think J lo has African heritage too

Barzahd July 19, 2009 at 2:45 am

Since Jennifer Lopez’s heritage is from the Caribbean, then its more than possible she actually has a black butt since she could be partly black. I think there’s actually a term for the gene that makes the butt big like that..It’s an African gene:

Steatopygia. Research it.

VENISE June 9, 2009 at 1:45 pm


VENISE June 9, 2009 at 1:42 pm


Yolanda May 6, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Dark skin does not equate to being African/black as you call it if that was the case than asians of Bangladeshi/tamil origin would be considered black. Its about features, features, features. Look at Iman does she look like your average African American ……..NO. She looks more asian (as in Indian) than African American. Alex Wek look more like your vverage African American. By the way I think Alex is absolutely gorgeous.

coolcat April 27, 2009 at 5:47 am

why? because he got darker? people are so ignorant

lala January 6, 2009 at 5:17 am

The mixture was evident when he was a boy, but not as a man.

Get a clue I got one...want it? December 2, 2008 at 4:05 am

I can see the mixture.

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