Jimmy Carter

by Joeytwo2 on July 27, 2014

Birth Name: James Earl Carter, Jr.

Place of Birth: Plains, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 1, 1924

Ethnicity: English, with smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Welsh, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, Scottish, remote French and Dutch

Jimmy Carter is an American politician, author, and activist. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 39th President of the United States, from January 20, 1977 to January 20, 1981. He was elected to the position in 1976.

He was the Democratic Party’s nominee for re-election as President of the United States in 1980.

He was previously a Member of the Georgia Senate, from January 14, 1963 to January 10, 1967, and the 76th Governor of Georgia, from January 12, 1971 to January 14, 1975. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2002. He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 1976.

President Carter is the son of Bessie Lillian (Gordy), a Peace Corps volunteer, author, and nurse, and James Earl Carter, a businessperson, farmer, and legislator. He is married to Eleanor Rosalynn (Smith). Their four children are Amy, Jack, James, and Donnel Carter. Most of his ancestry is English, with smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Welsh, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, Scottish, and remote French and Dutch.

President Carter is the grandfather of politician Jason Carter.

President Carter’s paternal grandfather was William Archibald “Billy” Carter (the son of Littleberry Walker Carter and Mary Ann Diligent/Dilligence Seals). William was born in Georgia. Littleberry was the son of Wiley Carter and Ann Ansley/Ainsley. President Carter’s great-grandmother Mary Ann was the daughter of William Archibald Seals and Eliza Harris.

President Carter’s paternal grandmother was Nina Pratt (the daughter of James Earl Pratt and Sophronia Caroline Cowan/Cowen). Nina was born in South Carolina. James was the son of John Pratt and Mary Kay. Sophronia was the daughter of John Cowan and Sarah Brownlee Clinkscales.

President Carter’s maternal grandfather was James Jackson Gordy (the son of James Thomas Gordy and Harriet Emily Helms). President Carter’s grandfather James was born in Georgia. President Carter’s great-grandfather James was the son of Wilson Gordy and Mary Jane Scott. Harriet was the daughter of Pamly Uriah Helms and Elizabeth Fisher.

President Carter’s maternal grandmother was Mary Ida Nicholson (the daughter of Nathaniel Nunn Nicholson and Mary Elizabeth Dawson). President Carter’s grandmother Mary Ida was born in Georgia. Nathaniel was the son of John Candor Nickolson/Nicholson and Frances/Francis “Fanny”/”Fannie” Nunn. President Carter’s great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of Malekiah Dawson and Mary Marcus Brown.

President Carter’s (white) great-grandfather James Thomas Gordy had a child with Esther Johnson, a black woman. Their son, Berry Gordy, was the grandfather of music producer Berry Gordy. As such, President Carter is a half-second cousin of producer Berry Gordy. President Carter is thus also related to both members of musical duo LMFAO, Redfoo and SkyBlu, to SkyBlu’s sister, singer and actress Mahogany Lox, and to actress Bianca Lawson, who is also a Gordy descendant. He is a half-second cousin, once removed, of Redfoo, and a half-second cousin, twice removed, of SkyBlu, Mahogany, and Bianca.

President Carter is a fourth cousin of politician and author Bob Graham, through their great-great-great-grandparents, Abel Ansley and Ann Morris, on President Carter’s father’s and Bob’s mother’s, sides.

Sources: Genealogies of President Carter – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of President Carter (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov

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bearboy November 15, 2016 at 5:07 pm

Correction Jimmy Carter’s biological maternal grandfather was Jewish… His name was Michael Dubs born in Belarus who spent Chanukah making Sprechman chicken

andrew October 11, 2016 at 5:09 am
bearboy August 14, 2016 at 7:40 pm

Jimmy Carter’s DNA marker on his y-lineage is I1a

bearboy March 20, 2016 at 2:38 am

Obviously melungeon!

andrew September 9, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Who is the US President with more Irish ancestry, besides Jfk? Maybe Reagan?

follers September 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Definitely Reagan, who was 50% Irish Catholic (but raised Protestant, while his brother was raised Catholic).

I don’t think anyone else even comes close to JFK and Reagan.

bearboy October 4, 2015 at 5:20 pm

If Joe Biden becomes president he would be the 2nd most Irish Catholic presidents above Reagan but below JFK.

gel September 9, 2015 at 12:18 pm

The Irish would have to say they were Protestant at that time! – don’t forget that.

gel February 2, 2016 at 3:32 am

People on here seem to think religion is a part of a persons genome. Like it is fixed that an Irishman is Catholic! Of course, its nonsense.
In early America you’d just have to go along with the religion of the inhabitants.
How do you know the religion of these people, anyway, that you confidently state? – did they have it stamped on them?

bearboy September 9, 2015 at 7:59 am

Follers are you sure his Irish ancestors were Catholic? I know Wikipedia isn’t usually accurate but they labeled him as Scotch-Irish on “Irish American” page. They seemed to have the other presidents written accurately as well so it seemed believable.

follers September 9, 2015 at 5:36 pm
bearboy September 9, 2015 at 5:57 pm

Yea the link says Presbyterian church

follers September 9, 2015 at 6:13 pm

I know, but it doesn’t mean she was born a Presbyterian (or that her father was).

bearboy May 7, 2015 at 4:54 pm

His great-grandfather’s partner was an African slave. Not sure this was common or if you want to add that to the profile.

follers May 7, 2015 at 4:57 pm

I could. Can you give me more information?

bearboy May 7, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Yea sure, Jimmy Carter’s mothers, fathers, father was James Thomas Gordy whose partner was Esther Johnson.

MichaelDubs January 10, 2015 at 7:17 pm

Jimmy Carter as a partially Irishmen I don’t think Jimmy Carter is very Irish.

MichaelDubs January 10, 2015 at 7:19 pm

He looks Ashkenazi Cherokee and Italian sign Michael Lipken

bearboy December 23, 2014 at 7:58 pm

I searched Jesse Carter Taliaferro and found him and Jimmy Carter are descended from Aaron Fitz rogers threw ancestry.com records who was a merchant from Italy.

follers December 24, 2014 at 2:28 am

Aaron Fitz Rogers was born around 1280. Quite a while back.

bearboy December 24, 2014 at 8:00 am

Yea I know wanted to point out that fact. Does it say why he left to go to England?

bearboy December 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Jimmy Carter is part Dutch as well!

follers December 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Through which ancestor?

bearboy December 11, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Jacobus Jean Jacques was born in the Netherlands and died in France in 1609. But from what it appears all of his (Jacob’s) ancestors were Dutch as well.

follers December 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm


bearboy December 11, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Thanks follers! I am still trying to see if there is any connection between president Carter and the Taliaferro family but no success yet.

bearboy September 25, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Follers president Jimmy Carter is also Scottish and French. His fifth time great grandfather Patrick J. Jack Sr. was born in Edinburgh in 1678 and his fathers side was from France and mothers was also from Edinburgh Scotland.

Toodee9 August 7, 2014 at 11:50 pm

Out of curiosity did anyone in his family get DNA tested for ethnicity thought I read it somewhere?

Hippiboy July 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm

He was a horrible president

andrew July 10, 2014 at 5:19 am

Bush was better?

Hippiboy July 10, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Bush II no Bush I yes.

andrew March 28, 2014 at 7:07 am

related to Taliaferro family too

follers March 28, 2014 at 3:55 pm
bearboy August 31, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Yes Follers Wiley Carter and Ann Ansley had a son named Jesse Taliaferro who lived from 1846-1924.

follers August 31, 2014 at 10:20 pm

But where did the Taliaferro line itself come from? Wiley Carter or Ann Ansley?

bearboy September 7, 2014 at 7:40 pm

No idea? Is Taliaferro an Italian surname btw?

follers September 7, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Taliaferro was an Italian man who moved to England in the 1500s. Many Americans are descended from him today. I’m not sure if a Taliaferro connection has been established for Jimmy Carter, though.

andrew February 1, 2016 at 6:02 pm

in this case “Taliaferro” was just a second name, there is no relation to Bartolomeo Taliaferro.

andrew February 1, 2016 at 6:03 pm

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