Rebecca Gayheart

by ethnic on June 11, 2010

Rebecca Gayheart

Place of Birth: Hazard, Perry, Kentucky, United States

Date of Birth: August 12, 1971

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, Irish

Rebecca Gayheart is an American actress.

Rebecca is the daughter of Floneva (Slone) and Curtis Glen Gayheart. Rebecca is married to actor Eric Dane, with whom she has two children.

Rebecca has English, Scottish, German, and Irish ancestry. She is from a Southern Baptist religious background.

Various internet sources have stated that Rebecca also has Italian and Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if these lineages have been verified/documented.

Rebecca’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Paul Frederich Gearheart, who was born, c. 1662, in Saxony, Germany.

Rebecca’s paternal grandfather was Frank “Bud” Gayheart (the son of Alexander “Alex” Gayheart and Molly Manus/Manns). Alexander was the son of Allen “Buck” Gayheart and Sarah “Sally” Flannery. Molly was the daughter of John Wesley Mann/Manns and Elizabeth S./Stacy Risner.

Rebecca’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice Hoskins (the daughter of Charles/Charley Hoskins and Clara Roberts). Charles was the son of Farmer Hoskins and Margaret/Margeret Hayes. Clara was the daughter of Lucinda Bowling or Couch.

Rebecca’s maternal grandfather was Ollis Slone (the son of Farris/Faris/Pharis Slone and Mary Elizabeth Reynolds). Farris was the son of John Pigman Slone and Christina Branham Smith. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of John J. Reynolds and Mary Elizabeth Slone.

Rebecca’s maternal grandmother was Ollie Geraldine Tolliver (the daughter of D./Dock Harvey Tolliver and Mary/Marry Polly/Potter). Dock was the son of Melvin Burton Tolliver and Arminda “R.” A. Baker. Mary/Marry was the daughter of John Henry Polly and Lettishia “Lettie” Craft‏.

Sources: Genealogy of Rebecca Gayheart (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Rebecca’s paternal great-grandfather, Alexander “Alex” Gayheart –

Obituary of Rebecca’s maternal aunt (her mother’s sister), Mary Ann (Slone) Mullins –

Rebecca’s maternal grandfather, Ollis Slone, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Rebecca’s maternal great-grandparents, Farris/Faris/Pharis Slone and Mary Elizabeth Reynolds, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Rebecca’s maternal great-grandfather, Farris/Faris/Pharis Slone –

Genealogies of Rebecca’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Reynolds –

Genealogies of Rebecca’s maternal grandmother, Ollie Geraldine Tolliver –

Rebecca’s maternal grandmother, Ollie Geraldine Tolliver, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Rebecca’s maternal great-grandfather, D./Dock Harvey Tolliver –

Genealogy of Rebecca’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Arminda “R.” A. (Baker) Tolliver –

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andrew September 23, 2017 at 2:57 am
andrew September 23, 2017 at 2:45 am
andrew April 14, 2017 at 12:08 pm

We don’t know much about her mother’s side, maybe it’s where her Irish/Italian ancestry might come from

bablah April 14, 2017 at 12:25 pm

I couldn’t determine which of the Slones was her grandfather, but using her aunt’s obituary I managed to determine the grandmother:

Rebecca’s mother:
Rebecca’s uncles:
Rebecca’s aunt:

What I believe is Rebecca’s grandmother:

The Italian is from the Toliver line, but it goes to early 16th century, so it’s negligible.

bablah April 14, 2017 at 12:41 pm
bablah April 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

I also found an Odis Slone on 1920’s census. In the 1930’s census his family is on the same census page as Geraldine’s but he’s not on it.

follers April 15, 2017 at 9:50 am

Ollis Slone was taken for an Alice Slone on the 1930 U.S. Census.

I haven’t been able to find any Italian or Native American ancestry within the last two-three hundred years, either.

andrew September 23, 2017 at 3:03 am
bablah April 14, 2017 at 9:23 am

Damn, now I have to write my whole comment again.

Her grandmother was Geraldine Tolliver.
Most likely Geraldine on a census (Carr Fork is a river or a creek that flows through Pinetop, KY, where Rebbeca’s mother is from, and Geraldine was born in 1922 according to KY death index)
Geraldine’s family tree:

It’s the same Toliver/Taliaferro family that Glen Close is descended from.

person July 20, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Her surname is just like WTF…

Affellay May 15, 2013 at 5:14 am

Can someone find an origin of this surname? would be very interesting:)

follers May 15, 2013 at 8:14 am

According to the first rootsweb tree above, her great-great-great-great-grandfather’s surname was spelled Gerhardt, Gerhart, or Gearhart, which is German.

andrew May 15, 2013 at 10:12 am
nnnnn May 16, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Which wiked official adviced a poor immigrant to change
a name to Gay-heart?

J.J. June 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm

i’m sure when it was changed to gayheart, the word gay was still used to mean happy if the word gay even existed at all

andrew May 12, 2013 at 7:37 pm

nice surname

nnnnn May 13, 2013 at 11:46 pm


Maria January 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Ya i heard she stuck a 9 year old with her car and killed him in 2001 that crazy. and she didn`t get jail time just 3 year suspended sentence and a year no driving .smh

Anon1 May 1, 2011 at 7:02 pm

You forgot an ethnicity: Child killer!

Rockxxz August 9, 2010 at 9:20 pm

She looks like she have some black ancestries

moi August 11, 2010 at 7:17 am

i though so as well

or a least asian

something dark

myspace celebrity July 26, 2010 at 3:45 am

She’s a white Beyonce. I don’t know if anyone else sees it. She’s very pretty.

clark kent June 26, 2010 at 12:48 am

love the hair! was actually wondering about her background while watching “dead like me” the other day.

Guy June 15, 2010 at 1:53 am

Your source also says Cherokee.

ethnic June 15, 2010 at 6:17 am

oh thanks I missed that.

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