Native American

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 –


Zak Bagans

by stlucas on June 27, 2018

Zak Bagans – “VEGAS! the Show” 1st Anniversary Celebration – Arrivals – Saxe Theater at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino – Las Vegas, NV, USA – Keywords: Ghost Adventures Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: PRN / PR Photos

Birth Name: Zachary Alexander Bagans

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: April 5, 1977

Ethnicity: Italian (paternal grandmother), German, Irish, French-Canadian, Scottish, at least 1/64 Chippewa [Ojibwe] Native American

Zak Bagans is an American actor, television personality, paranormal investigator, and author.

Zak is the son of Jeanne K. (Kilroy) and Lawrence J. “Larry” Bagans.

Zak’s paternal grandfather was Clarence Willis Bagans (the son of Henry C. Bagans and Martha M. A. Wenzel). Clarence was born in Michigan. Henry was born in New York, to parents from Germany, Henry Bagans and Justina/Justine Glonacki. Martha was born in Michigan, the daughter of parents from Germany, Rudolph Wenzel and Louise Isabel.

Zak’s paternal grandmother was Grace Gorno (the daughter of Nick Gorno and Josephine Conflitti). Grace was born in Michigan, to parents from Italy.

Zak’s maternal grandfather was named Joseph Kilroy, Sr.

Zak’s maternal grandmother was Edythe/Edith M. Grow (the daughter of Neil Harris Paul Grow and Dolly B. Branchaud). Edythe was born in Minnesota. Neil was born in Minnesota, the son of Adolphus Edwin Grow/Groulx and Edith Amanda Ross. Dolly was born in the White Earth Reservation, Minnesota, the daughter of William Branchaud and Viola Armstrong.

Zak’s great-great-grandmother Viola Armstrong was the granddaughter of Benjamin Green Armstrong, whose father was Scottish, and of Charlotte Ma Dwa Gwan Buffalo. Charlotte was born, c. 1830, in Wisconsin, to Chippewa (Ojibwe) Native American parents, Chief Moses/Moyses Medweigwan Buffalo and Magdalena or Ne wa da no kwa do kwe/Me Wa Dan A Kwead Okwe.

Sources: Obituary of Zak’s paternal grandfather, Clarence Willis Bagans –

Obituary of Zak’s maternal grandmother, Grace (Gorno) Grow –

Obituary of Zak’s mother –

Genealogy of Zak’s maternal grandmother, Edythe/Edith M. Grow –

Obituary of Zak’s maternal grandmother, Edythe/Edith M. (Grow) Kilroy Wilhelm –

Zak’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Charlotte Ma Dwa Gwan Buffalo Armstrong, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Information about Zak’s maternal great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Chief Moses/Moyses Medweigwan Buffalo –

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Kane Brown

by stlucas on June 22, 2018

Kane Brown – 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) – Arrivals – MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV, USA – Photo Credit: PRN /

Birth Name: Kane Allen Brown

Place of Birth: Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, U.S. (likely)

Date of Birth: October 21, 1993

*African-American, possibly Cherokee Native American (father)
*European (mother)

Kane Brown is an American country music singer and songwriter.

Kane is the son of Tabatha Michelle. He was raised by his mother in Georgia.

Kane’s father has been described as “black and part Cherokee.” Kane’s mother is white.

Kane’s maternal grandmother is named Kathy Richardson.



Burl Ives

by madman on June 22, 2018

Birth Name: Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives

Date of Birth: June 14, 1909

Place of Birth: Hunt City, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Death: April 14, 1995

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

Ethnicity: English, small amounts of Dutch, Scottish, German, Irish, and French Huguenot, 1/64th Cherokee Native American

Burl Ives was an American singer and actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Big Country (1958).

Burl was the son of Cordelia “Dellie” (White) and Levi Franklin “Frank” Ives, a farmer and contractor. He had English, Dutch, Scottish, German, Irish, and French ancestry. Also, one of his fourth great-grandmothers, Morning Dove, was likely a Cherokee Native American.

Burl was married to Dorothy Koster Paul, until his death. He had a son with his former wife, Helen Peck Ehrlich.

Burl’s paternal grandfather was William Riley Ives (the son of John Ives and Martha “Patty” Vanatter). John was the son of John Ives and Mehitabel Rose.

Burl’s paternal grandmother was Charlotte Josephine Ordaway (the daughter of Abraham A. Ordway and Sally Wright). Charlotte was born in New York. Abraham was the son of Aaron Ordway and Susannah Johnson.

Burl’s maternal grandfather was Cyrus G. White (the son of Warren White and Dica Sanders). Cyrus was born in Indiana. Warren was the son of David White and Mary “Polly” Denney/Denny. Dica was the daughter of Joseph Sanders and Nancy Cox.

Burl’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Catherine Flynn/Flinn (the daughter of Josiah Flynn/Flinn and Sarah Ellen McDonald). Burl’s grandmother Sarah was born in Indiana. Josiah was the son of Josiah W. Flynn/Flinn and Cathrine Moser/Mosher. Burl’s great-grandmother Sarah was the daughter of Joseph McDonald and Hannah Carl.

Sources: Genealogies of Burl Ives –

Genealogies of Burl’s maternal great-grandmother, Dica Sanders –


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

Date of Birth: August 1, 1989

*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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