John Phillips

Birth Name: John Edmund Andrew Phillips

Date of Birth: August 30, 1935

Place of Birth: Parris Island, South Carolina, U.S.

Date of Death: March 18, 2001

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Irish, English

John Phillips was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, and promoter. He was leader and a member of the vocal group The Mamas & the Papas, with his then-wife Michelle Phillips, as well as Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot. He is the father of actress Mackenzie Phillips, singer/actress Chynna Phillips, and actress/model Bijou Phillips.

John was the son of Edna Gertrude (Gaines) and Claude Andrew Phillips. Edna was born in Mexico, to American parents.

John’s paternal grandfather was John Phillips (the son of Thomas Phillips and Marcella Mercy Burgess). John was born in Canada, to Irish parents.

John’s paternal grandmother was named Anna Moran. Anna was born in New York, to Irish parents.

John’s maternal grandfather was Edmund Franklin Gaines (the son of Charles William Gaines and Martha Isabell Black). Edmund was born in Arkansas.

John’s maternal grandmother was Zora Gertrude Hardgrave (the daughter of Jasper Newton Hardgrave and Winnie Jane Steele). Zora was born in Arkansas.

John’s mother was said to have partial Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

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Sources: Genealogy of John Phillips –

John’s father, Claude Andrew Phillips, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Author: savanna

36 thoughts on “John Phillips

  1. If Jewish persuasion means identifying as Jewish and going to temple/synagogue then yes she does. Also I think you believed I was a quarter Korean because you confused bearboy with Jennifer Lawrence, which is a common mistake apparently.

  2. Thanks @fuzzybear and @follers for the answers I appreciate getting more information on these topics! I think it is likely a lot of the U.S. Presidents, especially ones from the south (Carter, Johnson, Clinton etc.) have hidden African and Native American ancestry. They have ancestors who have been living in the U.S. for hundreds of years. I don’t mean to go on all these tangents, I love random genealogy discussions :)

          1. Is Bono too much as well? :( Also speaking of Judaism, what is the percent chances Kevin James, Spencer and Abigail Breslin, and Sylvester Stallone have Jewish ancestry? Also I promise this isn’t a trolling question, I was wondering what is probability someone of northern European ancestry like myself to have Jewish or African ancestry in the past 500 years??? Thanks follers, hope all is well :)

          2. @ashash, sorry to seem hesitant but how do you know? All we know of her father’s side is that his last name is Breslin. @Foller’s said nothing has been ruled out?

          3. I would be offended, too, if a man who named his daughter Bijou claimed he was Jewish.

          4. To answer your questions: Yes, probably; 95%; 17%; 49%; and 73%, although in your specific case I would assume 2%.

          5. ashash – I don’t think Phillips himself ever claimed that his biological father was a Jewish man who impregnated his mother around Parris Island on New Year’s 1934.

          6. @bearboy

            I was wondering what is probability someone of northern European ancestry like myself to have Jewish or African ancestry in the past 500 years???

            That’s very possible, black people have been all over Europe.

          7. Johnson is ethnically dull and unambiguous, though.

            He does, however, look presidential as hell these days.

          8. That’s sexist.

            Half African-Canadian and half Samoan is pretty boring. You can summarize it in four words. Was The Rock’s biological father a Jewish blind alley cruiser hanging around Parris Island on New Year’s Eve 1934? Probably not.

            BTW, I started re-watching Caddyshack II and Chynna Phillips is so good-looking that I almost re-considered passingtime85’s suggestion.

            It has a good title song, too.

          9. @passingtime85
            If you hold on for one more day, follers might add this purpoted Jewish ancestry to the article.

          10. @bablah
            I agree. This argument didn’t include so many creative insults, and it was very short. My favourite would be Kamala Harris.

          11. I think I just have a very different taste in arguments than you guys. I found this one to be quite good, especially because it has a little bit of everything: the starter topic, a bearboy cameo asking about Abigail Breslin being Jewish, Andrew vs. Fuzzybear, my delicate sensibilities being offended, Kevin James, ’80s music, and bablah making a sexist comment.

            BTW, Kamala Harris also has a very dull background. However, if my name was Bernie Sanders and I happened to be the 2020 Democratic nominee for President, I would definitely keep her number handy.

          12. @madman
            Oh, dear! We forgot to celebrate the anniversary of Kamala Harris argument. That one will always have a special place in my heart because of andrew’s use of the words ”da hood”. It remindes me of old people and makes me miss my grandma :'(

          13. To @follers, “a bearboy cameo asking about Abigail Breslin being Jewish.” I am honored I make good conversation and I think we would make great friends.

          14. Yes. BTW, is it true that Abigail Breslin is of the Jewish persuasion? Also, bearboy, is your maternal grandmother Korean and named Chi-Sun?

          15. To Follers, I don’t know what you mean by Jewish persuasion and no sorry I have no recent Korean ancestry and I don’t know why you choose that name of all names???

          16. @follers

            I had no idea that was Chynna Phillips , she was good in that role. However maybe I shouldn’t say anything to you, since Andrew will think I’m trying to make out with you to

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