Birth Name: Michael Joseph Jackson
Date of Birth: August 29, 1958
Place of Birth: Gary, Indiana, United States
Date of Death: June 25, 2009
Place of Death: Los Angeles, California
Michael Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. He was nicknamed the “King of Pop”. He electrified audiences with his stage performances and dance routines. He was the brother of singer and actress Janet Jackson. One of his children is Paris Jackson. Musicians 3T (Tariano Jackson, Taryll Jackson, and Tito Jackson) are his nephews.
Michael went through an abusive childhood at the hands of his father, Joseph. Many believe that this experience resulted in Michael’s mental instability and often changing appearance later on in his life. Despite the controversies in Michael’s life, he has always been loved by his fans. Michael died on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50, due to cardiac arrest.
Michael Jackson was African-American.
Michael was the son of Katherine/Kattie Esther/B. (Scruse) and Joseph Walter Jackson.
Michael’s father has stated that he has Native American ancestry. Michael’s brother Jermaine has said this also. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented. Joseph has also stated that he has some caucasian roots. It has also been said that Michael’s mother has Blackfoot Native American ancestry, also as yet unverified, at least publicly.
Michael’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Joseph Jackson (the son of Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams). Samuel was said to be of partial Choctaw Native American descent (as well as having black ancestry). It is not clear if this has been verified. Israel and Emeline are listed only as “Black” on United States censuses. Israel was the son of Jack July Gayle/Milam and Mary Freeman or Gina Gale.
Michael’s paternal grandmother was Crystal Lee King (the daughter of Samuel King and Gertrude Daniel). Samuel was the son of William King and Nellie. Gertrude was the daughter of Tom Daniel and Mattie. Mattie was said to be the daughter of a white woman and a black slave man.
Michael’s maternal grandfather was Prince Albert Screws/Scruse (the son of Prince Scruse and Julia Belle Jordan). Michael’s great-grandfather Prince was the son of Prince Screws and Mary Etta. Julia was the daughter of Julius Willis Jordan and Rosetta Hall.
Michael’s maternal grandmother was Martha “Mattie” Upshaw (the daughter of Daniel Upshaw and Jeanette Brown). Daniel was the son of Jonas Upshaw and Minerva Grant. Jeanette was the daughter of Columbus Brown and Henrietta Peterson.
Photo by Alan Light
Michael’s paternal great-grandparents, Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Likely Michael’s great-grandfather, Israel Nero Jackson, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Michael Jackson (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com