Whitney Houston

by ethnic on May 19, 2008

Birth Name: Whitney Elizabeth Houston

Date of Birth: August 9, 1963

Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Death: February 11, 2012

Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California

Ethnicity: African-American, with distant English, Irish, and Scottish

Whitney Houston was an American singer, actress, model, and producer. Known for her incomparable voice, she gave the world numerous classic tracks and was also a talented actress.

Whitney was the daughter of singer Cissy Houston (born Emily Drunkard) and John Russell Houston, Jr. Whitney was a first cousin of singer Dionne Warwick. She was previously married to singer Bobby Brown. Whitney had a daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who was born in 1993 and died in 2015.

Whitney’s parents were/are both black. She also had distant English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.

Whitney’s mother, Cissy, stated in an interview that she has Dutch and Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

Whitney’s paternal grandfather was John Russell Houston (the son of John Emmanuel Houston and Hannah M. Davis). Whitney’s great-grandfather John was the son of Nathaniel Houston and Sarah Ann. Hannah was the daughter of James Davis and Eleanor.

Whitney’s paternal grandmother was Sarah Elizabeth Collins (the daughter of The Rev. Abraham Augustus Collins and Sarah Elizabeth Sanderson). Augustus was the son of Henry M. Collins and Elizabeth Spears. Whitney’s great-grandmother Sarah was the daughter of Jeremiah Burke Sanderson and Catherine Elizabeth Gibson Molyneaux.

Whitney’s maternal grandfather was Nitcholas Auther Drinkard (the son of John T. Drinkard and Susie/Susan Belle/Bell Fuller). John was the son of John Drinkard and Victoria Hansom. Susie was the daughter of Moses Knox Fuller and Elizabeth Brown.

Whitney’s maternal grandmother was Adelia/Delia Mae McCaskill (the daughter of Stephen McCaskill and Emma Houston). Stephen was the son of John Jett McCaskill and Annie. Emma was the daughter of Oliver Houston and Rachel Hill.

Sources: Genealogies of Whitney Houston – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Whitney Houston (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com

Whitney’s mother speaks of their ancestors – http://www.youtube.com

Whitney’s maternal grandmother, Adelia Mae McCaskill, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Whitney’s maternal great-grandparents, Stephen McCaskill and Emma Houston, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Whitney’s maternal great-grandfather, Stephen McCaskill, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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andrew November 9, 2016 at 5:58 am

here is a picture of her paternal grandmother Sarah Elizabeth Collins:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=131684771

andrew November 9, 2016 at 5:55 am

the “Collins” line traces back to Henry M. Collins’s great-grandfather, John Collins, born c. 1715, in Ireland, and to his wife, Jane Major, born in Lancashire, England.

SB.K September 13, 2015 at 5:39 am

beautiful women

neiltennant July 28, 2015 at 1:31 pm

not all black women and men who had *** with whites were results of rape

there are a lot of secret dating couples

neiltennant July 28, 2015 at 1:32 pm

there were a lot of couples

neiltennant July 28, 2015 at 7:07 am

please look at her mother

more lighter skin than her daughter and wonderful blue eyes

and be sure that she is definitely mixed and not only african american

angrygirl19 September 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

those blue eyes could have easily come from old age. my grandparents have grey and blue eyes too, but that’s because theyre old.

neiltennant January 1, 2016 at 5:44 am

no i talk about her mother when she was in her 40s when she was shown drilling WHITNEY to pegaent events

Manila July 27, 2015 at 11:07 pm

Nitcholas’ middle name is Auther.

neiltennant July 9, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Im very thankful for my mother

my mother let me watching mtv when i was a small kid and that was 1991 when i first saw her. i was 5 and saw I’m your baby tonight

that was the first time in my life i had seen a black person.
and my mother who was in love with that song and video said me, that there are regions in which some people are darker than others

neiltennant July 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm

not to forget that i admired her and her looks.

bearboy January 2, 2016 at 3:15 pm

@neiltennant please look at this picture of a puppet joke and try not to laugh! It’s too funny http://shop.yo-sox.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2014/07/sock_puppet_joke_by_ricken4003-d5dwlhc.jpg

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