Birth Name: Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives
Date of Birth: June 14, 1909
Place of Birth: Hunt City, Illinois, U.S.
Date of Death: April 14, 1995
Place of Death: Anacortes, Washington, U.S.
Ethnicity: English, small amounts of Dutch, Scottish, German, Irish, and French Huguenot, 1/64th Cherokee Native American
Burl Ives was an American singer and actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Big Country (1958).
Burl was the son of Cordelia “Dellie” (White) and Levi Franklin “Frank” Ives, a farmer and contractor. He had English, Dutch, Scottish, German, Irish, and French ancestry. Also, one of his fourth great-grandmothers, Morning Dove, was likely a Cherokee Native American.
Burl was married to Dorothy Koster, until his death. He had a son with his former wife Helen Peck Ehrlich.
Burl’s paternal grandfather was William Riley Ives (the son of John Ives and Martha “Patty” Vanatter). William was born in Pennsylvania. John was the son of John Ives and Mehitabel Rose.
Burl’s paternal grandmother was Charlotte Josephine Ordaway (the daughter of Abraham A. Ordway and Sally Wright). Charlotte was born in New York. Abraham was the son of Aaron Ordway and Susannah Johnson.
Burl’s maternal grandfather was Cyrus G. White (the son of Warren White and Dica/Dicy Sanders). Cyrus was born in Indiana. Warren was the son of David White and Mary “Polly” Denney/Denny. Dica was the daughter of Joseph Sanders and Nancy Cox.
Burl’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Catherine Flynn/Flinn (the daughter of Josiah Flynn/Flinn and Sarah Ellen McDonald). Burl’s grandmother Sarah was born in Indiana. Josiah was the son of Josiah W. Flynn/Flinn and Cathrine Moser/Mosher. Burl’s great-grandmother Sarah was the daughter of Joseph McDonald and Hannah Carl.