Birth Name: Samuel Leroy Jackson
Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., United States
Date of Birth: December 21, 1948
Ethnicity: African-American, likely some English
Samuel L. Jackson is an American actor and producer. He is the son of Elizabeth (Montgomery) and Roy Henry Jackson, both African-American.
Samuel’s paternal grandparents were Roy Victor Jackson (the son of Albert Jackson and Rosetta Davis) and Imer Lee Watts (the daughter of Henry Jesse Watts and Allie/Ollie Bowen).
Samuel’s maternal grandparents were Edgar Montgomery (the son of Miles Montgomery and Lilly/Lillie Branham) and Pearl Brown (the daughter of John Brown and Mary). Miles was the son of Gibb/Gilbert Montgomery and Henrietta Freeman. Lilly was the daughter of Arthur Branham and Malissa Fielder.
A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) stated that Samuel’s genetic ancestry is:
*2% Native American
On the genealogy show, it was hypothesized that Samuel’s great-great-great-grandmother, Matilda Branham, who was black, had children with Joel Branham, Jr., a caucasian man, with English ancestry. One of these children could have been Samuel’s great-great-grandfather, Arthur Branham.
Genealogy of Samuel L. Jackson (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Samuel’s maternal grandfather, Edgar Montgomery, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Samuel’s maternal grandmother, Pearl Brown, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Information on Samuel L. Jackson’s “Branham” line – http://www.genealogy-research-tools.com