by Manila on September 23, 2016

BET Hip Hop Awards 2010 - Arrivals

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 – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Yelawolf’s maternal great-grandmother, Vaulene (Freeman) Williams – https://news.google.com

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Edwin McCain

by Manila on February 13, 2016

Birth Name: Edwin Cole McCain

Place of Birth: Greenville, South Carolina, United States

Date of Birth: January 20, 1970

Ethnicity: English, French, German, Irish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Scottish, Welsh, remote Channel Islander (Jersey) and Dutch, as well as 1/1024 Italian and 1/8192 Native American (Powhatan)

Edwin McCain is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is the son of Wendy (Boatwright) and Watt McCain, Jr. He is married to Mary Christine “Christy” Young.

Edwin’s father is pictured here (page 75).

Edwin’s paternal grandfather was Watt McCain (the son of Watt McCain and Sarah Rebecca “Sallie” Cole). Edwin’s great-grandfather Watt was the son of John Sidney McCain and Sarah Frances Wheless. Edwin’s great-grandmother Sarah was the daughter of William Ferguson Cole and Aurelia Qualls Walton. Aurelia’s 3rd great-grandfather, Mark Anthony, was an Italian immigrant, from Genoa. Aurelia’s 6th great-grandmother, Pocahontas, was Native American (Powhatan).

Edwin’s paternal grandmother was Berta Aline Fowler (the daughter of Eugene Bass Fowler and Aline Robison). Eugene was the son of Jeremiah Green Fowler and Parazade Camilla Moore. Aline was the daughter of ? Robison and Berta.

Edwin’s maternal grandfather was Purvis James Boatwright (the son of Purvis Jenkins Boatwright and Elizabeth Moore “Bessie” Heard). Edwin’s great-grandfather Purvis was the son of James Boatwright and Agnes Louise Strohecker. Elizabeth was the daughter of William Thompson Heard and Lula Willie Moore.

Edwin’s maternal grandmother was Ann Ware (the daughter of James Robert Ware and Eliza Dargan). James was the son of James Henry Ware and Anna Robert Child. Eliza was the daughter of William Edwin Dargan, Jr. and Mary Brockington Hart.

Edwin’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his 10th great-grandfather, William McKeane.

Edwin’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his 7th great-grandmother, Mary Graceberry.

Source: Genealogy of Edwin McCain – http://www.geni.com

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The Big Bopper

by madman on January 13, 2016

Birth Name: Jiles Perry Richardson

Date of Birth: October 24, 1930

Place of Birth: Sabine Pass, Texas, United States

Date of Death: February 3, 1959

Place of Death: Clear Lake, Iowa, United States

Ethnicity: English, small amounts of Welsh, French, French-Canadian, Irish, and Powhatan Native American

The Big Bopper was an American singer, songwriter, disc jockey, and musician. He was the son of Essie Bernice (Stalsby) and Jiles Perry Richardson, Sr.

The Big Bopper’s paternal grandparents were Gilbert Beebe Richardson (the son of Nathan Richardson and Amanda Caroline Walters) and Ruby Middleton (the daughter of Franklin J. Middleton and Ada Hutchins).

The Big Bopper’s maternal grandparents were James Frank/Franklin Stalsby (the son of The Rev. Samuel Christian Stalsby and Eliza Jane Johnson) and Ada A. Johnson (the daughter of Thomas Johnson and Margaret).

Source: Genealogy of The Big Bopper – https://familysearch.org


Wayne Newton

by follers on May 13, 2014

Wayne Newton at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards Arrivals, MGM Gr

Birth Name: Carson Wayne Newton

Place of Birth: Norfolk, Virginia

Date of Birth: April 3, 1942

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, 1/1024 (verified) Powhatan Native American

Wayne Newton is an American singer and entertainer. He is the son of Evelyn Marie (Smith) and Patrick Newton.

Wayne has often stated that his parents were both of half Native American ancestry. This statement does not appear to be accurate, at least not precisely. On his father’s side, Wayne does have a (verified) Powhatan Native American eight times great-grandmother, a woman named Keziah Arroyah, who was born, c. 1635, in Bryant, Charles, Maryland. However, his father’s recent ancestry is English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and German, and it is not clear if he had any recent Native American roots. It is not clear if Wayne’s mother had verified Native American ancestry. Wayne’s parents are both listed as “White” on the 1940 U.S. Census and on their marriage record, among other documents.

Wayne’s paternal grandfather was Brodie Newton (the son of Absalom Alvin Newton and Silvestra/Sylvestra Sullivan). Absalom was the son of Gustavus Buchanon Newton and Eleanor/Ellen Ware Monteith. Silvestra was the daughter of Jonas Sullivan and Octavia Ellen Frances Shelton.

Wayne’s paternal grandmother was Nellie Jones (the daughter of Asthon Jones and Price/Pricie Ann Curtis). Ashton was the son of Lewis Jones and Richardetta. Price was the daughter of John F. Curtis and Mary V. Norman.

Wayne’s maternal grandfather was Homer “Howard” Plaster/Plasters Smith (the son of Millard Fillmore Plaster/Plasters and Louella Lawless). Millard was the son of Creed William Plaster/Plasters and Ruhannah Griffith. Louella was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Lawless and Sallie/Sally A. Ashby.

Wayne’s maternal grandmother was Bessie Marie Massie/Massey.

Sources: Genealogies of Wayne Newton (focusing on his father’s side) – http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Wayne’s parents on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Wayne’s maternal grandfather, Homer “Howard” Plaster/Plasters Smith – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Wayne’s maternal grandfather, Homer “Howard” Plaster/Plasters Smith, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Homer “Howard” Plaster/Plasters Smith on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Mickie James

by ethnic on April 16, 2010

Birth Name: Mickie Laree James

Place of Birth: Richmond, Virginia, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 31, 1979

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Mattaponi (Powhatan) Native American

Mickie James is an American professional wrestler, country singer, actress, and model. She is signed to WWE, performing on the SmackDown brand. She is married to wrestler Magnus, with whom she has a son.

Mickie’s paternal grandfather was Milton Treadfield James (the son of George James and Hallie).

Mickie’s paternal grandmother was Virgin Mary Martin (the daughter of Wren Christian “Ren” Martin and Maggie Lee Jordan). Wren was the son of William Newton Martin and Susan E. Elliott. Maggie was the daughter of Thomas Jackson Jordan and Euphenia Effie “Phennie” Farmer.

Mickie’s maternal grandparents are Robert Lowell Custalow (the son of The Rev. Harvey/Howey N. Custalow and Anna Mary McCloskey) and Irene. Robert and his parents are listed as “Indian” (Native American) on the U.S. Census. The Rev. Harvey/Howey was the son of George F. Custalow and Emma.

Sources: Mickie’s paternal grandfather, Milton Treadfield James, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Mickie’s paternal grandmother, Virgin Mary (Martin) James – https://www.findagrave.com

Mickie’s paternal grandmother, Virgin Mary Martin, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Mickie’s maternal grandfather, Robert Lowell Custalow, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Mickie’s maternal great-grandfather, The Rev. Harvey/Howey N. Custalow, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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