Rae Dawn Chong
Place of Birth: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Date of Birth: February 28, 1961
*Chinese, Scots-Irish (father)
Rae Dawn Chong is a Canadian actress.
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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