Keith Carlos

by madman on October 5, 2017

Birth Name: Keith Kasson Carlos

Place of Birth: Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 19, 1987

Ethnicity: African-American, some Spanish

Keith Carlos is an American model and football player. He is of African-American, and some Spanish, ancestry.

When receiving the results from his DNA test, he found out that his ancestry was almost one quarter European, and that his African ancestry includes Beninese, Togolese, and Malian, among others.

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Emmanuel Adebayor

by andrew on January 19, 2017

Birth Name: Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayo

Place of Birth: Lomé, Togo

Date of Birth: 26 February, 1984

Ethnicity: Yoruba

Emmanuel Adebayor is a Togolese professional footballer.

He is of Yoruba background.

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Sarah-Jane Crawford

by stlucas on November 25, 2016

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Place of Birth: Lambeth, London, England

Date of Birth: July 15, 1983

Ethnicity: Irish, Afro-Caribbean (including Nigerian, Beninese, and Togolese), possibly other

Sarah-Jane Crawford is a British presenter, actress, voice-over artist, and DJ. She was born in Lambeth, London, to a white mother, Anne, and a father of Afro-Caribbean origin.

A DNA test whose results were displayed by Sarah-Jane on her Instagram page stated that her genetic ancestry is, among smaller matches:

*38% Ireland
*32% Benin/Togo
*7% Nigeria

A picture of Sarah-Jane with her mother can be seen here.


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Keith Ellison

by madman on November 8, 2016

Birth Name: Keith Maurice Ellison

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Date of Birth: August 4, 1963

*African-American (father)
*African-American, Louisiana Creole [African, French], Spanish, Cuban, 1/16th Croatian (mother)

Keith Ellison is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he has served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota, since January 3, 2007, and Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee, since February 25, 2017.

Keith is the son of Clida Cora (Martinez) and Leonard E. Ellison, a social worker and a psychiatrist. His father is African-American. His mother is of one eighth Spanish, one eighth Cuban, as well as African-American, Louisiana Creole, and 1/16th Croatian, ancestry.

Keith was raised a Roman Catholic. He converted to Islam at the age of nineteen.

Keith’s paternal grandparents were Zollie/Zolly Crawford Ellison (the son of Zollie Crawford Ellison and Lucy/Lula) and Marian/Marion Staley (the daughter of Samuel F. Staley and Flora Bellamy). Keith’s great-grandfather Zollie was born into slavery.

Keith’s maternal grandfather was Frank Maurice Martinez (the son of George Martinez and Clida/Clyda/Clydia Chester). George was born in Louisiana, to a Spanish father and a Cuban mother, and was listed as “Black” or “Mulatto” on censuses. Clida was African-American, from Texas.

Keith’s maternal grandmother was Doris Felicia Balthazar (the daughter of Carroll Augustin Balthazar and Cora Marinovich). Carroll was the son of Francois Paul Balthazar, who was Louisiana Creole, of African (including Ewe Togolese) and French descent, and of Martha Jones, who was African-American. Cora was a Louisiana Creole, and was the daughter of Antoine Marinovich and Felicite/Felicia/Felice Beaudoin; Cora’s paternal grandfather, Antoine Marinovich, was a Croatian immigrant, who settled in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and married Marie Semelia Giranovich, a Louisiana Creole.

Sources: Family history of Keith Ellison –

Genealogy of Keith Ellison (focusing on his father’s side) –

Keith’s paternal grandfather, Zollie Crawford Ellison, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Keith Ellison (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Keith’s maternal grandfather, Frank Maurice Martinez, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Frank Maurice Martinez on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Keith’s maternal grandmother, Doris Felicia Balthazar, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Doris Felicia Balthazar on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Valerie Jarrett

by gamer20 on January 16, 2015

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Birth Name: Valerie June Bowman

Place of Birth: Shiraz, Iran

Date of Birth: November 14, 1956

Ethnicity: African-American, smaller amounts of Creole (French and African), Scottish, and Native American

Valerie Jarrett is an American attorney, businessperson, and civic leader. She was Senior Advisor to the President of the United States, and Director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, both from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017.

Valerie was born in Shiraz, Iran, to American parents, James E. Bowman (James Edward Bowman), a physician, and Barbara (Taylor) Bowman, an early childhood education expert/advocate, author, and professor.

Valerie’s parents were/are both black. In the program Finding Your Roots, with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. it was found, through both DNA testing and genealogical research, that she also has smaller amounts of Creole (French and African), Scottish, and Native American heritage.

Valerie has a daughter with her former husband, late medical professional William Jarrett.

Valerie’s paternal grandfather was James Edward Bowman (the son of William Henry Bowman and Mary E.). William was the son of Nelson Bowman.

Valerie’s paternal grandmother was and Dorothy Peterson (the daughter of George Lee Peterson and Mildred Waddy). George was the son of Lee Peterson and Laura Tyler.

Valerie’s maternal grandfather was Robert Rochon Taylor (the son of Robert Robinson Taylor and Beatrice Francis Rochon). Valerie’s great-grandfather Robert was an architect, who was the first accredited African-American architect, and was also the first African-American student enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 1888; he was the son of Henry Taylor and Emily Still. Beatrice was the daughter of Victor Narcisse Rochon and Leonora.

Valerie’s maternal grandmother was Laura Dorothy Vaughn Jennings (the daughter of Neros Jennings and Laura Smith). Valerie’s great-grandmother Laura was the daughter of Ella Vaughn.

A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Valerie’s genetic ancestry is:

*49% European
——–approx. *28% Irish and Scottish
——–*16% Scandinavia
——–*3% Western Europe
——–*2% Ashkenazi Jewish
*46% Sub-Saharan African
——–*24% Nigeria
——–*8% Congo
——–*6% Ivory Coast and Ghana
——–*5% Senegal
——–*2% Southeastern Bantu
——–*1% Benin and Togo
*5% Native American

Valerie had once stated that one of her great-grandfathers was Jewish. No Jewish ancestry has evidently been documented for Valerie Jarrett, and none of her great-grandfathers were Jewish (at least in the traditional sense). However, her DNA test result did state that she has 2% Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, which means she likely had a Jewish ancestor several more generations back.

Sources: Genealogies of Valerie Jarrett –

Obituaries and genealogies of Valerie’s maternal great-grandparents, Robert Robinson Taylor and Beatrice Rochon –

Genealogy of Valerie’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Jean-Stéril Narcisse Rochon (focusing on his father’s side) –

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