Sonya Balmores

by stlucas on June 27, 2018

Sonya Balmores – “Wind River” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – The Theater at Ace Hotel – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Carla Van Wagoner / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Kalaheo, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 23, 1986

*Filipino (father)
*Irish, possibly Choctaw Native American (mother)

Sonya Balmores is an American actress, model, surfer, and beauty pageant titleholder. She was named Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2004.

Sonya is the daughter of Malana Kay DeSilva and Abraham Balmores.

Her father is of Filipino ancestry. Her mother is said to have been of Irish and Native American descent. Sonya has specified, “I’m part of the Choctaw tribe from Oklahoma.”

Sonya’s paternal grandparents were Severino Garcia Balmores and Lourdes Aquino. Severino was born in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya, the Philippines. Lourdes was also born in the Philippines.

Sonya’s maternal grandmother was named Nedra Jane Sullivan. Nedra was born in Oklahoma.

Sources: Obituary of Sonya’s paternal grandfather, Severino Garcia Balmores – 

Obituary of Sonya’s paternal grandmother, Lourdes (Aquino) Balmores –

Obituary of Sonya’s maternal grandmother, Nedra Jane Sullivan –


Gerald McRaney

by stlucas on April 6, 2017

Birth Name: Gerald Lee McRaney

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

Date of Birth: August 19, 1947

Ethnicity: Scottish, English, possibly Choctaw Native American

Gerald McRaney is an American television and film actor. He is the son of Edna Lenora (Lewis) and Clyde Charles McRaney. He has a brother, Buddy, and a sister, Ann. Gerald is married to actress Delta Burke.

Gerald is of Scottish and English descent, with roots in Mississippi for several generations. He is also said to have some Choctaw Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

Gerald’s paternal grandfather was Charles Lee McRaney/McRainey (the son of Malcolm “Mack” McRaney/McRannie and Fannie Bell Harvey).

Gerald’s paternal grandmother was Tabitha “Bitha” Elizabeth Corley/Carley (the daughter of Frank Carley and Miriam).

Gerald’s maternal grandparents were Charles W. Lewis and Lula A. Milling.

Sources: Gerald’s paternal grandfather, Charles Lee McRaney/McRainey, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Gerald’s paternal great-grandfather, Malcolm “Mack” McRaney/McRannie, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Gerald’s paternal greate-grandfather, Frank Carley, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Gerald’s mother, Edna Lenora (Lewis) McRaney –

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Joy Villa

by fraciscovargas1545 on February 14, 2017

Joy Villa – Style Fashion Week LA Fall/Winter 2017 – Day 1 – Pacific Design Center – West Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Sheri Determan /

Birth Name: Joy Angela Villa

Place of Birth: Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 25, 1986

*Italian, Argentinian (father)
*African-American, Choctaw Native American (mother)

Joy Villa, better known by her stage name Princess Joy Villa, is an American singer and songwriter. She is married to Danish writer and photographer Thorsten Overgaard.

Joy started performing at age five.

Her father, The Rev. Joseph Villa, is of Italian and Argentinian descent. Her mother, Mildred Angela Pierce Villa, has African-American and Choctaw Native American ancestry.

Joy’s maternal great-uncle was jazz vocalist Kenny Hagood.

Joy’s paternal grandfather is said to be Mario Villa, who was on the Italian national football team.

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Kay Starr

by madman on April 2, 2016

Birth Name: Katherine Laverne Starks

Date of Birth: July 21, 1922

Place of Birth: Dougherty, Oklahoma, United States

Date of Death: November 3, 2016

Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California

*Iroquois Native American (father)
*Irish, Choctaw Native American (mother)

Kay Starr was an American singer. She was a well known pop and jazz singer in the ’40s and ’50s.

Kay was the daughter of Annie Mae (Coll) and Harry/Henry (Asa, according to some sources) Starks.

Various claims have been made about Kay’s ancestry. Some sources state that her father was a “full-blooded Iroquois Indian” (sometimes born on a reservation). About her mother, it has been said that her ancestry was either fully Native American (often Choctaw, Cherokee, or both), Irish, or mixed Irish and Native American. Kay’s maternal grandfather was Irish. Other than that, it is not clear if any of these claims are true. Kay’s parents were both listed as “White” on the 1930 census.

In this clip, Kay appeared to confirm the interviewer’s breakdown of her ethnicity: “You are a Cherokee Indian, actually you’re not quite a Cherokee Indian because your father was Iroquois, (and) your mother was half Choctaw.”

Kay was most likely of at least part Native American descent, but to what degree is not clear.

Kay’s maternal grandparents were Edward D. Coll and Matilda Deel (who was likely the daughter of Robert C. Deal and Nancy T. Griffin). Edward was born in Ireland. Matilda was born in Texas.

Sources: Kay Starr on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Kay Starr (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Kay’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –



by jkimmelfallonlove on September 17, 2015

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Birth Name: Kehlani Ashley Parrish

Place of Birth: Oakland, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 24, 1995

Ethnicity: African-American, French, Blackfoot Native American, Cherokee Native American, Spanish, Mexican, Filipino, Scottish, English, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Welsh, as well as distant Cornish, Irish, and possibly Choctaw Native American

Kehlani is an American singer and songwriter.

She was adopted and raised by her maternal aunt, Tanya Marie French.

Her biological mother is evidently of Blackfoot and Cherokee Native American and Spanish descent. Her biological father, Elon Thompson Parrish, was a surfer from Hawaii, who died when she was a toddler. Kehlani’s paternal grandfather was African-American. Kehlani’s paternal grandmother is of Scottish, English, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Welsh, as well as distant Cornish, Irish, and possibly Choctaw Native American, ancestry.

Kehlani stated her ethnic background as “Black, White, Native American and Spanish” in an interview on Hot 97, and specified that “Blackfoot Cherokee” are her Native American tribes. She has also said that she has a small amount of Filipino ancestry (at 0:23 at the link), and, in another interview, Mexican (at 24:14 at the link).

Kehlani’s paternal grandfather is Guy Corwin Parrish (the son of Robert Lawrence Parrish and Jean Andra Thompson). Guy is African-American, and was born in Los Angeles, California. Robert was the son of J. A. Parrish and Belle Way. Jean was the daughter of Jesse Thompson and Kathryn Morris.

Kehlani’s paternal grandmother was Ruth Suzanne Thompson (the daughter of James Buchanan Thompson, Jr. and Ruth Imogene Wallace). Suzanne was white, and was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. James was the son of James Buchanan Thompson, Sr., whose own parents were Scottish, and of Barbara Adelaide Brown. Kehlani’s great-grandmother Ruth was the daughter of Baxter Boxbe Wallace and Nancy J. Jones.

Sources: Birth record of Kehlani’s father –

Marriage record of Kehlani’s paternal grandparents, Guy Corwin Parrish and Suzanne Ruth Thompson –

Divorce record of Kehlani’s paternal grandparents, Guy Corwin Parrish and Suzanne Ruth Thompson –

Birth record of Kehlani’s paternal grandfather, Guy Corwin Parrish –

Marriage record of Kehlani’s paternal great-grandparents, Robert Lawrence Parrish and Jeana Andra Thompson –

Marriage record of Kehlani’s paternal great-grandparents, James Buchanan Thompson, Jr. and Ruth Imogene Wallace –

Kehlani’s paternal great-grandfather, James Buchannan Thompson, Jr., on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Kehlani’s paternal great-grandfather, James Buchannan Thompson, Jr. –

Marriage record of Kehlani’s paternal great-great-grandparents, James Buchanan Thompson and Barbara Ade Brown –

Obituary of Kehlani’s paternal great-grandmother, Ruth Imogene (Wallace) Thompson –

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