Tyler Christopher

by Gurrl on February 27, 2014

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Birth Name: Tyler Christopher Baker

Place of Birth: Joliet, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 11, 1972

Ethnicity: Scottish, English, German, distant Irish, Swedish, and Welsh

Tyler Christopher is an American actor.

Tyler is the son of Jimi-Ann (Stewart), who was born in Camden, Arkansas, and James W. “Jim” Baker, from Ohio. He is married to auto racing reporter Brienne Pedigo, with whom he has two children.

Tyler’s documented ancestry is Scottish, English, German, and distant Irish, Swedish, and Welsh.

Tyler has said:

Both. Both my mom and dad are part Native American… I’ve been recognized within the Native American community in terms of entertainment. There’s not a lot of us out there, not tons of competition. We are definitely a minority amongst a minority, but we’re out there. Not everyone’s Italian or Latin that has dark hair and dark eyes.

It is not clear if Tyler’s Native American ancestry has been verified/documented. All of Tyler’s grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents are listed as “White” on U.S. Censuses.

Tyler is a third cousin, once removed, of actor Brad Pitt. Tyler’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents, George Washington Dorris and Nanny Rosalene/Rosaleen Smith, were also Brad’s paternal great-great-grandparents. Through his maternal grandmother, Tyler is related to actors Derk Cheetwood and Drew Cheetwood.

Tyler’s paternal grandfather is Wilson Wilson Baker (the son of Chester Arthur Baker and Margaret Lucretia Forgerson). Chester was the son of Henry Baker and Elizabeth/Eliza/Elisabeth Hawk. Margaret was the daughter of Willard Lane Forgerson and Anna/Anne/Ann Eliza Jack.

Tyler’s paternal grandmother is Phyllis Virginia King (the daughter of Frederick/Fred King and Oda Milinda/Malinda Smith). Frederick was the son of Charles King. Frederick’s mother was German, possibly Swiss-German. Oda was the daughter of Wilson Edward/Edwin Smith and Margaret/Maggie Luella Cunningham, who was Canadian.

Tyler’s maternal grandfather was James Henry Stewart (the son of Henry Grady Stewart and Myrtie/Myrtle/Mertie May Crumpler). Tyler’s great-grandfather Henry was the son of John Henry Stewart and Willie Lee Walker. Myrtie was the daughter of William Henry Crumpler and Mary A./I. Freeman.

Tyler’s maternal grandmother was Anne/Annie/Anna/Ann Bell Gilchrist (the daughter of Walter Gilchrist and Effie May/S. Dorris). Walter was the son of James Thomas Gilchrist, who was born in Illinois, to Scottish parents, his father from Aberdeen and his mother from Galashiels, and of Addie Tuberville/Tubberville. Effie was the daughter of William Edward Dorris and Nancy/Annie I./E. Parnell.

Sources: http://people.com

Genealogy of Tyler’s father – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Tyler’s paternal grandfather, Wilson Wilson Baker, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Wilson Wilson Baker on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s paternal great-grandparents, Chester Arthur Baker and Margaret Lucretia Forgerson, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s paternal great-grandfather, Chester Arthur Baker, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Willard Lane Forgerson and Anna/Anne/Ann Eliza Jack, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s paternal grandmother, Phyllis Virginia King, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s paternal great-grandparents, Frederick/Fred King and Oda Milinda/Malinda Smith, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s paternal great-grandmother, Oda Milinda/Malinda Smith, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Oda Milinda/Malinda Smith on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Tyler’s mother – http://www.legacy.com

Marriage record of Tyler’s maternal grandparents, James Henry Stewart and Anne/Annie/Anna/Ann Bell Gilchrist – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s maternal grandfather, James Henry Stewart, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James Henry Stewart on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org/a

Tyler’s maternal great-grandparents, Henry Grady Stewart and Myrtie/Myrtle/Mertie May Crumpler, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s maternal great-grandfather, Henry Grady Stewart, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Henry Grady Stewart on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Tyler’s maternal great-grandmother, Myrtie/Myrtle/Mertie May Crumpler (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Tyler’s maternal great-grandmother, Myrtie/Myrtle/Mertie May Crumpler, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Myrtie/Myrtle/Mertie May Crumpler on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Mary A./I. Freeman, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Tyler’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Tyler’s maternal grandmother, Anne/Annie/Anna/Ann Bell Gilchrist, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Tyler’s maternal great-grandparents, Walter Gilchrist and Effie May/S. Dorris – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Tyler’s maternal great-grandfather, Walter Gilchrist (focusing on his own father’s side) – https://www.findagrave.com

Tyler’s maternal great-grandfather, Walter Gilchrist, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tyler’s maternal great-grandmother, Effie May/S. Dorris, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Tyler’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents, George Washington Dorris and Nanny Rosalene/Rosaleen Smith – https://www.geni.com

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madman May 11, 2017 at 11:41 pm

Does anyone have pictures of his parents? I think he does look plausibly part Native American, like a quarter or something.

andrew May 12, 2017 at 5:47 am

Good question. Btw looking at other pics of him, I believe that he could still fit well with his (known) background. Mind that around 25/30% of American entertainers have claimed NA ancestry, so we cant know for sure until there’s a DNA test to make things clear.

follers May 12, 2017 at 5:48 am

In the ethnicelebs picture, he looks like Taylor Kitsch and Barry Watson. Maybe also Jamie Elman.

stlucas May 12, 2017 at 5:58 am

I wouldn’t say a quarter, but I kinda see some Native in him as well.

follers May 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm

I’ve traced all of Christopher’s recent lineage, and I can’t find any Native American ancestors.

Can anyone find any?

Christopher is a fairly recent relative of Brad Pitt, though.

andrew May 14, 2017 at 2:09 pm

I find this kind of genealogical links quite interesting. If you find more ones it would be cool.

bablah May 11, 2017 at 1:41 pm

There is no Camden, Arizona, and there are no Choctaw people in Arizona.
There is a Camden, Arkansas, there are Choctaw people in Arkansas, and there are a James Henry Stewart and Annie Bell Gilchrist married in Camden, Arkansas:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NMGP-K4T

James’ draft registration:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KLQY-F8L

James on censi:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQK2-H9K
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XM2K-1YJ

James’ parents:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDN8-147
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MKJJ-NX5

Annie on a census:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMLB-VG5

Annie’s parents:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NMBS-PYD
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDF9-Z4R
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDF9-Z4W
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=169990778

Her grandfather was the son of Scottish immigrants. Didn’t find any Native Americans.

andrew May 11, 2017 at 12:21 pm

Both his maternal grandparents’ surnames are Scottish

stlucas May 11, 2017 at 8:13 am

“Both my mom and dad are part Native American… I’ve been recognized within the Native American community in terms of entertainment. There’s not a lot of us out there, not tons of competition. We are definitely a minority amongst a minority, but we’re out there. Not everyone’s Italian or Latin that has dark hair and dark eyes.”

His parents are part Native American, but definitely have European ancestry as well. Tyler’s mother, Jimi-Ann (Stewart), was born in Arizona. His maternal grandparents were James Stewart and Anne Gilchrist.

http://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/tyler-christopher-native-son-0/
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/delgazette/obituary.aspx?pid=177177679

Your Mom August 9, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Why Does He Look So White Though?

WTF June 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm

he doesn’t look native american to me. he could pass for italian or spanish (from spain not hispanic!!)

andrew February 28, 2014 at 2:16 pm

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