Burl Ives

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/Cordellia “Dellie”/Della (White) and Levi Franklin “Frank”/James 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 (who likely was the son of John Ives and Martha “Patty” Vanatten/Vanatter). William was born in Pennsylvania. John was the son of John Ives and Mehitabel Rose.

Burl’s paternal grandmother was Charlotte Josephine Ordway (the daughter of Abraham/Abram Ordway and Sally Wright). Charlotte was born in New York. Abraham was born in Strafford, Orange, Vermont, the son of Aaron Ordway and Susannah Johnson.

Burl’s maternal grandfather was Cyrus/Sirus G. White (the son of Warren White and Dicy/Dica Sanders). Cyrus was born in Indiana. Warren was the son of David White and Mary “Polly” Denney/Denny. Dicy was the daughter of Joseph Sanders, whose father fought in the Revolutionary War, and of Nancy Cox. Joseph’s grandmother is said to have been Morning Dove, a Cherokee Native American.

Burl’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Catherine Flinn (the daughter of Josiah Flinn, Jr. and Sarah Ellen/Elen McDonald). Burl’s grandmother Sarah was born in Bloomfield, Greene, Indiana. Josiah likely was the son of Josiah Flinn and Caty Moser. Burl’s great-grandmother Sarah was the daughter of Joseph McDonald and Hannah Carl.

Sources: Genealogies of Burl Ives – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Burl’s maternal great-grandmother, Dicy/Dica Sanders – https://www.geni.com

3 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    ”Burl was married to Dorothy Koster Paul”

    I think people confuse his wife, whose name was Dorothy Koster, with Dorothy Koster Paul, who was the grandmother of Skyler Shaye. One was an interior designer, the other was a film producer. One was Catholic, the other was Jewish. I’ve found no evidence that Burl’s wife ever had the last name Paul.

  2. follers says:

    Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

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