Birth Name: Thomas Edward Sizemore, Jr.
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Date of Birth: November 29, 1961
Ethnicity: English, German, Scottish, French, distant Native American (Cherokee or Creek), possibly other
Tom Sizemore is an American actor and producer.
He has English, German, Scottish, and French ancestry. In his book autobiography, Tom states that his maternal grandfather was the illegitimate son of a white plantation owner, John Oliver Chennault, and of a Native American woman, Nina. It is not clear if Tom’s Native American ancestry has been verified. Similarly, Tom appears to have once stated that his mother (more likely specifically his maternal grandfather) had African-American ancestry. It is not clear if he was joking, but people of African-American heritage sometimes described themselves as being of Native American descent instead. Tom’s maternal grandfather is listed as “White” on the 1940 U.S. Census, but that does not mean that he did not have non-white (African-American or Native American) ancestry.
Tom’s patrilineal line can be traced to Francis Sizemore, who was born, c. 1618, in London, England.
Tom’s paternal grandfather was Blevins Sizemore (the son of Wilburn Sizemore and Margaret L. “Peggy” Asher). Wilburn was the son of Blevins Sizemore and Rebecca Sizemore. Margaret was the daughter of David W. Asher and Nancy Patsy Sizemore.
Tom’s paternal grandmother was Vina Marie King (the daughter of Garfield King and Nancy Jones).
Tom’s maternal grandparents were Samuel Schannault (the son of John Oliver Shannault/Chennault and Nina/Effie Tompkins) and Mildred Dean Hayes (the daughter of Robert Leslie Hayes and Lonetta “Nettie” Anderson).
Sources: Genealogy of Tom’s paternal great-grandparents, Wilburn Sizemore and Margaret L. “Peggy” Asher – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Tom Sizemore (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Obituary of Tom’s maternal grandfather, Samuel Schannault – http://tngenweb.org
Obituary of Tom’s maternal grandmother, Mildred Dean (Hayes) Schannault – http://www.tributes.com
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