Maria Ewing

by ethnic on April 16, 2011

Birth Name: Maria Louise Ewing

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Date of Birth: March 27, 1950

Ethnicity:
*African-American (father)
*Dutch (mother)

Maria Ewing is an American opera singer and actress. With her ex-husband, English director Peter Hall, she is the mother of actress Rebecca Hall.

Maria’s father, Norman Isaac Ewing, was American. Maria’s paternal grandparents were both of part African ancestry; Maria’s father also had possible Scottish and Sioux Native American ancestry. Maria’s mother, Hermina Maria (Veraar), was Dutch, and was born in Amsterdam. She was white.

Maria’s father, Norman Isaac Ewing, was born in Washington, D.C., c. 1892-1894 (most likely in 1894). Both of Norman’s parents were of part African ancestry. Norman was the son of John William Ewing and Hattie Norman, who married in Washington, D.C., on July 16, 1885. On the 1910 United States Census, John is listed as born in Tennessee and Hattie, the daughter of Isaac Franklin Norman and Amanda Jane Myers, is listed as born in Ohio.

On the 1910 United States Census, Norman’s “race” is listed as “Mulatto” (mixed race), as is the “race” of both of his parents. At this time, Norman’s birth place is listed as Virginia, and his residence place is listed as Washington, D.C.

On the 1915 South Dakota State Census, Norman’s race is listed as “Indian” (Native American), and on the 1920 United States Census, his “race” is again listed as “Indian”. On the 1920 United States Census, his birthplace is listed as “Washington, D.C.”, while his father’s birthplace is listed as “Oregon” and his mother’s birthplace is listed as “Washington, D.C.”. It is perhaps notable that the woman he was married to at this time, Margaret “Maggie” Culbertson (who was not Maria’s mother), is listed as “Indian” on the 1920 Census also.

Maria’s maternal grandparents were Robertus Veraar and Hermina M. Vernellen.

Sources: Maria’s father on the 1910 United States Census – https://familysearch.org
Maria’s father on the 1915 South Dakota State Census – https://familysearch.org
Maria’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Maria’s paternal grandparents, John William Ewing and Hattie Norman, in the District of Columbia, Marriages, 1830-1921 – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Maria’s paternal grandmother, Hattie Norman – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

me March 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I like her voice

I love you, Roger Scientist March 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

So do I.

And I like you!

kira April 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm

She looks alot like Rebecca hall!

I love you, Roger Scientist March 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

O_o

Because that is her daughter.

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