Birth Name: Rebecca Marie Hall
Place of Birth: London, England
Date of Birth: May 3, 1982
*African-American, Dutch (mother)
Rebecca’s father is of English descent. Rebecca’s maternal grandfather was born to parents who were both of part African ancestry; he also had possible Scottish and Sioux Native American ancestry. Rebecca’s maternal grandmother, who was caucasian, was Dutch.
Rebecca’s paternal grandfather was Reginald Edward Arthur Hall (the son of George Hall and Edith Kate Mitchell). Reginald was English. George was the son of John Hall and Mahala Vincent. Edith was the daughter of John Mitchell and Elizabeth Ann Tindall.
Rebecca’s paternal grandmother was Grace Florence Pamment (the daughter of Frederick William Pamment and Phyllis Louisa Wilson). Grace was English. Frederick was the son of Charles Edwin Pamment, Jr. and Jane Linsey. Phyllis was the daughter of Henry Wilson and Elizabeth.
Rebecca’s maternal grandfather, Norman Isaac Ewing, was born in Washington, D.C., c. 1892-1894 (most likely in 1894). Both of Norman’s parents were of at least 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), and so 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 Rebecca’s maternal grandmother), is listed as “Indian” on the 1920 Census also. It is not clear if Norman had documented Native American ancestry. Some African-Americans told census takers that their race was “Indian”.
Rebecca’s maternal grandmother was Hermina Maria Veraar (the daughter of Robertus Veraar and Hermina M. Vernellen). Rebecca’s grandmother Hermina was Dutch, and was born in Amsterdam. She was white.
Sources: Genealogy of Rebecca’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Rebecca’s maternal grandfather, Norman Isaac Ewing, on the 1910 United States Census – https://familysearch.org
Norman Isaac Ewing on the 1915 South Dakota State Census – https://familysearch.org
Norman Isaac Ewing on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Rebecca’s maternal great-grandparents, John William Ewing and Hattie Norman, in the District of Columbia, Marriages, 1830-1921 – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Rebecca’s maternal great-grandmother, Hattie Norman – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
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