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 civic leader and political advisor. She 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’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 Rochon). Valerie’s great-grandfather Robert was the son of Henry Taylor and Emily Still. Beatrice was the daughter of Victor Narcisse Rochon and Catherine.
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:
——–approx. *28% Irish and Scottish
——–*3% Western Europe
——–*2% Ashkenazi Jewish
*46% Sub-Saharan African
——–*6% Ivory Coast and Ghana
——–*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.
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