Birth Name: James Todd Smith
Place of Birth: Bay Shore, New York, United States
Date of Birth: January 14, 1968
LL Cool J is an American rapper and actor. He is the son of Ondrea Griffith and James Louis Smith, Jr.
LL’s paternal grandparents were James Louis Smith (the son of Willie Bright Smith and Lillie Beck Thaxton) and Fannie Bell Tucker. Lillie was the daughter of Samuel Thaxton and Sallie Goode.
LL’s mother was born Andra Jolly. She was adopted by Eugene Gladstone Griffith and Ellen E. Hightower. Eugene’s family was from Barbados. LL did not know that his mother was adopted until his appearance on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016), where his genealogy was traced.
LL’s biological maternal grandparents were Nathaniel Christy Lewis (the son of John Edward Lewis and Mattie Drake Foster) and Ethel Mae Jolly. Nathaniel’s brother, LL’s great-uncle, was John Henry Lewis, a hall of fame boxer, who was the world Light Heavyweight champion from 1935 to 1939. LL’s great-grandfather John was the son of Nathaniel Christy Lewis and Almira Jane Griffin. Mattie was the daughter of Wilis Drake and Lizzie.
Source: Genealogy of LL Cool J – http://www.geni.com
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