Rae Dawn Chong

by Lil Vacha on April 12, 2010

Rae Dawn Chong ethnicity

Place of Birth: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Date of Birth: February 28, 1961

*Chinese, Scots-Irish (father)
*African-American (mother)

Rae Dawn Chong is a Canadian actress.

Rae is the daughter of Maxine Sneed and comedian and actor Tommy Chong. Her sister is actress and model Robbi Chong. She has a son with her former husband, stockbroker Owen Bayliss.

Her father is of half Chinese and half Scots-Irish descent. Has mother is from an African-American family that moved to Canada.

Rae is often stated to have Cherokee, or another type of Native American, ancestry on her mother’s side. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented. All four of Rae’s maternal great-grandparents were African-American.

Rae’s paternal grandfather was named Stanley Chong. Stanley was Chinese.

Rae’s paternal grandmother was Lorna Jean Gilchrist (the daughter of Samuel Duncan Gilchrist and Emma Woodcock). Lorna was born in Moose Jaw, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Rae’s maternal grandfather was Napoleon Sneed (the son of George Washington Sneed and Pearl Anna Risby). Napoleon was born in Alberta, Canada. George was born in Louisiana. Pearl was born in Kansas, the daughter of Samuel Henry Risby and Margaret Wharton.

Rae’s maternal grandmother was Willa Carothers (the daughter of Samuel Arthur Carothers/Carrothers and Beulah Heslep). Willa was born in Amber Valley, Athabasca, Alberta, Canada. Samuel and Beulah were born in Texas. Samuel was the son of Reddie Carothers and Ella. Beulah was the daughter of Bemjamin Heslep and Emily.

Sources: Rae’s maternal great-grandparents, Samuel Arthur Carothers/Carrothers and Beulah Heslep, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Samuel Arthur Carothers/Carrothers and Beulah Heslep on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Rae’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Reddie Carothers and Ella, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Rae’s maternal great-grandmother, Beulah Heslep, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

sarahle December 15, 2015 at 9:44 am

why do many african-american claim to have native american ancestors? just curious…

fuzzybear44 December 15, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Simple, it’s. What they are told. It’s. No different than when white people say the same thing(yet have no proof)

Mina B July 8, 2017 at 4:46 pm

Awesome reply!

cwm85 December 15, 2015 at 4:40 pm

She is scots Irish, Chinese too. So you think she is claiming that too. And if someone is part anything else they aren’t just one race…

perez-richart October 4, 2015 at 8:56 pm

nice mix

odessa September 25, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Is her mother from Canada or America? If Canada, is her mother from an African country or Caribbean? Like Jamaican-Canadian?

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