Thomas Jane

by madman on February 19, 2017

Birth Name: Thomas Elliott III

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 22, 1969

Ethnicity: Irish, Scottish, possibly more distant German Jewish and Blackfoot Native American

Thomas Jane is an American actor.

Thomas was the son of Cynthia, an antiques dealer, and Michael Elliott, a genetic engineer. He has a daughter with his former wife, actress Patricia Arquette.

Thomas has said:

…I’m part Irish and Scottish, a little German Jew on my mothers side and some Blackfoot Indian on my fathers. turns out P[atricia Arquette] has some Scottish in her as well, so that’s why we all wore kilts at the wedding!

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Misty Upham

by stlucas on January 29, 2017

Birth Name: Misty Anne Upham

Date of Birth: July 6, 1982

Place of Birth: Kalispell, Montana, U.S.

Date of Death: October 5, 2014

Place of Death: Auburn, Washington, U.S.

Ethnicity: Blackfoot Native American

Misty Upham was a Native American actress. She was born in Kalispell, Montana, the daughter of Mona and Charles Upham. She was raised in the Blackfeet Reservation between Montana and Washington. Her parents are pictured here.

Misty’s maternal grandmother was Alfreda White Grass (the daughter of James White Grass and Amy Ground). James was the son of Shorty White Grass and Daisey Smoked Finger. Amy was the daughter of John Ground and Mary Guardipee.


Misty’s maternal grandmother, Alfreda White Grass, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Misty’s maternal great-grandparents, James White Grass and Amy Ground –

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Beverly Johnson

by stlucas on October 31, 2016

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Place of Birth: Buffalo, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 13, 1952

*African-American, possibly Blackfoot Native American (father)
*Louisiana Creole [African, French, possibly other] (mother)

Beverly Johnson is an American model, actress, and businessperson. She is known for being the first African-American model to appear in the cover of Vogue magazine in the U.S.

Beverly is the daughter of Gloria K. (Ledoux) and Henry L. Johnson, Jr.

In the book New York Times The Times of the Seventies: The Culture, Politics, and Personalities that Shaped the Decade, edited by Clybe Haberman, it is written:

Beverly has interesting blood lines: Her father, a machine operator, is part
Blackfoot Indian, and her mother, a surgical technician, is a Louisiana Creole.

Beverly’s mother is pictured here.


Obituary of Beverly’s mother –

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Grace Hightower

by andrew on August 5, 2016

NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Tribeca Film Robert De Niro  wife Grace Hig

Place of Birth: Kilmichael, Mississippi, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 7, 1955

Ethnicity: African-American, Blackfoot Native American

Grace Hightower is an American philanthropist, socialite, and actress. She is married to actor Robert De Niro, with whom she has two children.

Grace was raised in a poor family from Mississippi. She is said to be of African-American and Blackfoot Native American descent.

About her background, Grace has stated: “Black, female, part Indian in the Deep South… I had it all coming at me.”


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Blackie Lawless

by madman on June 22, 2016

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Birth Name: Steven Edward Duren

Place of Birth: Staten Island, New York, United States

Date of Birth: September 4, 1956

*German, Irish (father)
*1/4 Blackfoot Native American, possibly Jewish and French (mother)

Blackie Lawless is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist, and former bassist of the heavy metal band W.A.S.P.

Blackie’s uncle was Major League Baseball pitcher Ryne Duren (Rinold George Duren), meaning Blackie’s father was Ryne’s brother. Ryne had German and Irish ancestry, though it is not clear which of his siblings is Blackie’s father.

He has stated that his bloodline is Jewish, although he holds a deep Christian faith. It is not clear if this ancestry has been documented. If Blackie is of Jewish descent, it is on his mother’s side.

Blackie has also stated that he is of part Native American ancestry. An article reported that Blackie’s mother is of one quarter Blackfoot Native American descent. Blackie’s mother is also said to have French ancestry, although it is not clear if this is accurate.

Blackie’s paternal grandparents were Nicholas Rinold Duren (the son of Joseph William Duren and Anna Margaret Leimkuehler) and Anne/Anna M. Murphy (the daughter of Stephen John Murphy and Nora/Mora Quinn). Joseph was German. Blackie’s great-grandmother Anna Leimkuehler was born in Cazenovia, Wisconsin, to German parents. Stephen and Nora/Mora were both born in Wisconsin, to Irish parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Blackie’s father (through his own brother, Rinold George Duren) –

Blackie’s paternal grandfather, Nicholas Rinold Duren, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Nicholas Rinold Duren on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Nicholas Rinold Duren on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Blackie’s paternal grandmother, Anne/Anna M. Murphy –

Blackie’s paternal grandmother, Anne/Anna M. Murphy, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Anne/Anna M. Murphy on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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