Native American

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 1, 1989

Ethnicity:
*Irish (father)
*African-American, Native American (mother)

James Francis Kelly III is an American actor. He was born to an African-American/Native American mother and a second generation Irish-American father. James has been adopted into the Crow Nation and given his formal Indian name, Kawaysash, which means “he who does not give up.”

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Jake Smollett

by perez-richart on June 7, 2018

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

Date of Birth: July 29, 1989

Ethnicity:
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*African-American, Native American, Louisiana Creole, Irish (mother)

Jake Smollett is an American actor.

He is the son of Janet (Harris) and Joel Smollett. His siblings include Jojo Smollett, Jazz Smollett, Jussie Smollett, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Jocqui Smollett, all of whom have been involved in the entertainment business.

Jake’s father, who was white, was Ashkenazi Jewish (from a family from Romania, Russia, and Poland). Jake’s mother is black.

Jake’s sister Jurnee stated in an interview that her mother has African-American, Native American, Louisiana Creole, and Irish ancestry.

Jake’s paternal grandfather was Peter Smollett (the son of David Smollett and Dawley/Dawlly Levy). Peter was born in New York. David was a Romanian Jewish emigrant, born in Iași, the son of Jacob Smollett and Rebecca. Dawley was born in New York, to Polish Jewish parents, Charles Levy and Esty Cohen.

Jake’s paternal grandmother’s is named Molly Hirschenson.

Jake’s maternal grandparents are John Harris and Grace Smith.

Sources: Interview where Jake’s sister Jurnee mentions her background – http://www.tsdmemphis.com

Jake’s paternal grandfather, Peter Smollett, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Jake’s paternal grandfather, Peter Smollett – http://www.legacy.com

Marriage record of Jake’s paternal great-grandparents, David Smollett and Dawley/Dawlly Levy – https://www.familysearch.org

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Sarah Vowell

by madman on May 27, 2018

Sarah Vowell – “The Incredibles” Hollywood Premiere – Arrivals – El Capitan Theatre – Hollywood, CA, USA – Keywords: – – – Photo Credit: Lee Roth / RothStock / PR Photos

Birth Name: Sarah Jane Vowell

Place of Birth: Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 27, 1969

Ethnicity: Swedish (paternal grandmother), English, Cherokee Native American, Scottish, German, Swiss-German, distant Irish

Sarah Vowell is an American historian, author, journalist, essayist, social commentator, and actress. She is the daughter of Janie Charlene (Parson) and Pat G. Vowell.

Sarah and her sister Amy has talked about their ancestry in a podcast on the radio program This American Life. There, Sarah said (on 05:18): “I’m an eighth Cherokee on my mother’s side, [and] about a sixteenth on my father’s.” Her sister said (on 06:09) that they have a Swedish grandmother, and (on 06:31): “we’re a little French and Scottish and English and Seminole too, typical American mutt.”

Sarah’s paternal grandmother was of Swedish descent, and both her grandfathers were of part Cherokee Native American descent. The rest of her documented ancestry is English, Scottish, German, Swiss-German, and distant Irish. It is not clear from where her French and Seminole Native American ancestry comes from.

Sarah’s paternal grandfather was Howell Carlile Vowell (the son of Charles Walter Vowell and Mary “Lena” Carlile). Howell was of Cherokee and European descent.

Sarah’s paternal grandmother was Esther Carolyn Lundin (the daughter of Alfred Lundin and Ellen Larm). Esther was born in Kansas, to Swedish parents.

Sarah’s maternal grandfather was Cisero Lafatte Parson (the son of Johnson Anderson Parson and Mary Harriet “Molly” Hinds). Johnson was born in Park Hill, Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma, the son of Peter “Kil-ah-nee-cah” Parson and Margaret Elizabeth Sanders, and was of Cherokee Native American, Scottish, and English descent. Mary was the daughter of William Henry Hinds and Mary Jane Baughman, and had German, English, Swiss-German, and some Irish, ancestry.

Sarah’s maternal grandmother was Pearl Viletty Gilstrap (the daughter of John Francis Gilstrap and Angeline Liona Applegate). Sarah’s grandmother Pearl was of British Isles descent. John was the son of William Henry Gilstrap and Sarah Catherine Brittain. Angeline was the daughter of Clayton Robert Applegate and Rachel Stevens.

Sources: Sarah’s paternal grandfather, Howell Carlile Vowell, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Sarah’s paternal grandmother, Esther Carolyn Lundin, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Esther on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Esther on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Sarah’s mother (through her own brother, John Anderson Parson) – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Sarah’s maternal grandfather, Cisero Lafatte Parson – https://www.ancestry.com
https://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Sarah’s great-grandfather, Johnson Anderson Parson – http://www.genealogy.com

Sarah’s great-grandfather, Johnson Anderson Parson, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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Chantel Jeffries

by Mixed Kidd on May 3, 2018

Chantel Jeffries – 2017 BeautyCon Los Angeles Festival – Day 1 – Arrivals – Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa Stfeet – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Sir Jones / PRPhotos.com

Place of Birth: Coronado, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 1, 1993

Ethnicity: African-American, French, Cherokee Native American, Irish, Italian

Chantel Jeffries is an American model, DJ, and producer. In July 2016, she began pursuing a career in music as Ceejay the DJ.

She has said that her ancestry is “black French, Cherokee, Irish & Italian.” She is the daughter of Kathleen and Edward Jeffries.

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Poo Bear

by Manila on April 25, 2018

Jason Boyd – 25th Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards – Arrivals – Beverly Hilton Hotel – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Keywords: Poo Bear, Pooh Bear, 1/2 Length Shot Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Aaron J. Thornton / PR Photos

Birth Name: Jason Paul Douglas Boyd

Place of Birth: Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 4, 1979

Ethnicity: African-American, about 1/32 Muscogee Native American

Poo Bear is an American is an American songwriter, record producer, and vocal producer.

Poo Bear is the son of Dolores O. (Funderburg) and John Boyd.

Poo Bear is married to Ashley Joi Sadler, with whom he has a son.

Poo Bear’s maternal grandfather was Frederick Douglas “Fred” Funderburg (the son of Robert Lee Funderburg and Leela Johnson). Robert was the son of George Washington Funderburg and Ophelia Blassingame Hugley, who was of half Muscogee Native American descent.

Poo Bear’s maternal grandmother was Annie Laura Ball (the daughter of Eli Whitney Ball and Cora Curry). Eli was the son of George Ball and Lela Richie. Cora was the daughter of Richard Curry and Idella “Ida” Westbrook.

Poo Bear’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his third great-grandmother, Recie, of Alabama.

Sources: Marriage record of Poo Bear’s parents – https://www.familysearch.org

Divorce record of Poo Bear’s parents – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Poo Bear’s maternal uncle, Ronald Ilon Funderburg – http://www.legacy.com

Marriage record of Poo Bear’s maternal grandparents, Frederick Douglas Funderburg and Annie Laura Ball – https://www.familysearch.org

Poo Bear’s maternal great-grandfather, Robert Lee Funderburg, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Biography of Poo Bear’s maternal great-granduncle, Frederick Douglas Funderburg – Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home–A Memoir (2008), by Lise Funderburg

Poo Bear’s maternal great-grandfather, Eli Whitney Ball, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Poo Bear’s maternal great-great-grandparents, George Ball and Lela Richie – https://www.familysearch.org

Poo Bear’s maternal great-grandmother, Cora Curry, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Poo Bear’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Richard Curry and Idella Westbrook – https://www.familysearch.org

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