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

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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

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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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by Manila on September 23, 2016

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Birth Name: Michael Wayne Atha

Place of Birth: Gadsden, Alabama, United States

Date of Birth: December 30, 1979

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Native American (Cherokee and remote Powhatan)

Yelawolf is an American hip hop recording artist. His father, whose surname is “Atha”, is of Cherokee Native American descent. His mother, Sheila Diane Mitchell, gave birth to him when she was fifteen. He was previously married to Sonora Rosario.

Yelawolf’s maternal grandparents are “Tommy” Mitchell and Barbara J. Williams (the daughter of Odis Sylvester Williams and Vaulene Freeman). Odis was the son of Oscar Sylvester Williams and Elizabeth V. “Lizzie” Wilson. Vaulene was the daughter of George Mack Freeman and Martha Jane Calvert.

Yelawolf’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his seventh great-grandmother, Catherine.

Sources: Marriage record of Yelawolf’s maternal great-grandparents, Odis Sylvester Williams and Vaulene Freeman –

Obituary of Yelawolf’s maternal great-grandmother, Vaulene (Freeman) Williams –

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