Allie Gonino

by stlucas on June 26, 2017

Allie Gonino – Growze Store Opening Party Hosted by Mischa Barton – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Alyssa Jean Gonino

Place of Birth: Tarrant, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 30, 1990

*Italian (paternal grandfather)
*English, Irish, German, Swiss-German (paternal grandmother)
*Cherokee Native American, some English, Irish, and French Huguenot (mother)

Allie Gonino is an American actress.

Allie is the daughter of Linda Joyce (Henderson) and Vincent John Gonino, Jr.

Allie has stated that she has Italian and Cherokee Native American roots. Allie’s other roots are German, Swiss-German, English, and Irish. Allie’s German and Swiss roots can be traced back to Johann Conrad Dieffenbach, who was born, c. 1660, in Germany, and his wife, Maria Barbara Christeler, who was born, c. 1670, in Bern, Switzerland.

Allie’s paternal grandfather was Vincent “Vince” John Gonino, Sr. (the son of Agostino/Augustus Joseph Gonino and Louisa Maria Sylvestro). Agostino was born in Italy, the son of Vincent Gonino. Louisa was born in New York, the daughter of Italian parents, John Sylvestro/Silvestro and Silvia Di Sylvestro.

Allie’s paternal grandmother was Virginia Jean Deffenbaugh (the daughter of Clarence Roth Deffenbaugh and Hazel Ellen Hartley). Clarence was the son of Wilbert Dayton “Wilbur” Deffenbaugh and Christina/Christena “Tena” Hartsough/Hartsack. Hazel was the daughter of Grant Hartley and Minerva “Minnie” Douglas.

Allie’s maternal grandfather was William “Bill” Lawrence Henderson, Jr. (the son of William Lawrence Henderson, Sr., and Lillian Oliver Gott).

Allie’s great-grandfather William, who was listed as white on the 1920 U.S. Census, was the son of Andrew Jackson Henderson and Martha Ellen Daugherty, who had some French Huguenot ancestry through the surname “Prevatte”.

Allie’s great-grandmother Lillian, who is listed as a Native American on the 1920 U.S. Census, was the daughter of Walter Duncan Gott and Lillian Adda Pennel.

Allie’s maternal grandmother was Geneva Sue Butler (the daughter of Gee/Geet Dick Butler and Mae Nichols). Geneva, as well as her parents, was also listed as a Native American on the 1940 U.S. Census.

Sources: Birth record of Allie Gonino –

Information about Allie’s paternal grandfather, Vincent “Vince” John Gonino –

Obituary of Allie’s paternal great-grandmother, Louisa Maria (Sylvestro) Gonino –

Obituary of Allie’s great-uncle (paternal grandmother’s brother), Daniel Grant “Bud” Deffenbaugh –

Genealogy of Allie’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Wilbert Dayton “Wilbur” Deffenbaugh and Christina/Christena “Tena” Hartsough/Hartsack –

Genealogies, and obituary, of Allie’s maternal grandfather, William “Bill” Lawrence Henderson –

Allie’s maternal great-grandfather, William Lawrence Henderson, Sr., on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Allie’s maternal great-grandmother, Lillian Oliver Gott, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Allie’s maternal grandmother, Geneva Sue Butler, on the 1940 U.S. Census –


Brytni Sarpy

by stlucas on March 15, 2017

Birth Name: Brytni Melicia Sarpy

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 21, 1987

Ethnicity: Creole [African, French, Italian], African-American Filipino, Apache Native American, Cherokee Native American

Brytni Sarpy is an American actress. She was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Kim (Javier) and Melvin Jerome “Mel” Sarpy. She has a half-brother, Aiden.

Brytni has stated in an interview that she has Creole (including French, African, and Italian), Apache Native American and Cherokee Native American, and Filipino, ancestry. She also has other African-American roots.

Brytni’s parents are pictured here.

Brytni’s paternal grandparents were David Sarpy (the son of Felix Sarpy and Allie Conant) and Claudina Gladys Morris (the daughter of Arthur L. Morris and Lillian Tarplay). Claudina was from Kansas.


Marriage record of Brytni’s paternal grandparents, David Sarpy and Claudina Gladys Morris –

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Danielle Vega

by fraciscovargas1545 on January 23, 2017

Birth Name: Erica Danielle Rhodes

Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Date of Birth: February 4, 1986

Ethnicity: English, Spanish, African-American, Cherokee Native American

Danielle Vega is an American actress. She has stated:

I am from all over, with Spanish, African, Anglo-Saxon, and American Indian blood.

She also stated that her grandmother was of Spanish and Cherokee descent, and grew up on a farm in Georgia.

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Anna Cleveland

by stlucas on October 9, 2016

Anna Sui - Fall Winter 2016 Collection

Birth Name: Anna Cleveland van Ravenstein

Place of Birth: The Netherlands

Date of Birth: March 19, 1989

*Dutch (father)
*Swedish, African-American, possibly some Irish and Cherokee Native American (mother)

Anna Cleveland is a Dutch model. She was born in the Netherlands, to former American model Pat Cleveland and Dutch fashion photographer Paul van Ravenstein. She was raised in Italy.

Anna’s maternal grandparents were Johnny Johnston and Lady Bird Cleveland (the daughter of Albert Cleveland and Nancy/Nannie Edwards). Johnny was Swedish. Lady Bird was African-American, and was said to also have some Irish and Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Irish and Cherokee ancestry has been verified/documented.


Pat Cleveland article –

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Pat Cleveland

by stlucas on September 26, 2016

Zac Posen for Target Collection Launch Party - Arrivals and Inside Party

Birth Name: Patricia Lee Ann Cleveland

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

Date of Birth: June 23, 1950

*Swedish (father)
*African-American, possibly some Irish/Scottish and Cherokee Native American (mother)

Pat Cleveland is an American fashion model. In the 1960s and 1970s, she was one of the first African-American models to have achieved prominence as a runway model and print model.

Her father, Johnny Johnston, was Swedish. Her mother, Lady Bird (Cleveland), was African-American, and was said to also have some Irish/Scottish and Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

Patt’s daughter is model Anna Cleveland.

Pat’s maternal grandparents were Albert O. Cleveland (the son of Pless/Pleas Cleveland and Frances) and Nancy/Nannie Edwards. Pless was the son of Jerry Cleveland.

Pat was raised by her mother in Harlem.

In her book, Walking with the Muses: A Memoir (2016), Pat wrote:

My great-uncle Rep was a real American Indian, a Cherokee, who lived in the woods in a log cabin that looked lifted out of a cowboy movie… in 1912, when she was twenty-one, [Cleveland’s maternal grandmother] Nannie took the conventional route and found a young man to marry: a soldier named Albert Cleveland [Cleveland’s maternal grandfather]. Because he had blond-red hair, light skin, and freckles (courtesy of his Irish-Scottish blood), Albert was considered a Caucasian, though he was a quarter Cherokee… Even with education, a Negro had very few opportunities in that era, and there was virtually no career path for an educated Negro woman like Nannie.


Pat Cleveland article –

Pat’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death records of Pat’s maternal grandparents, Albert O. Cleveland and Nancy/Nannie Edwards –

Pat’s maternal grandfather, Albert O. Cleveland, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Death record of Pat’s maternal great-grandfather, Pless/Pleas Cleveland –

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