Birth Name: Cheryl Ruth Hines
Place of Birth: Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 21, 1965
Ethnicity: Irish, English, German, smaller amounts of Welsh and French, possibly distant Melungeon
Cheryl Hines is an American actress, comedian, producer, and director.
Cheryl is married to environmental lawyer, author, and radio host Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the son of politician Robert F. Kennedy. Cheryl has a daughter with her former husband, businessperson Paul Young.
Cheryl’s paternal grandfather was James Earl Hines (the son of Richard Edward Hines and Nora/Norah Josephine Keough). James was born in New York. The surname Hines was originally Hines/Heintz. Richard was the son of George W. Hines and Annie Piety Helferstay, whose father was of German descent, and whose maternal grandparents were French planters from Haiti who came to the U.S. during the Haitian Revolution. Cheryl’s great-grandmother Nora was Irish.
Cheryl’s paternal grandmother was Mary Ruth Powell (the daughter of William Titus Powell and Leola/Eulalia Sally Cumbaa/Cumbee). Mary Ruth was born in Florida. William was the son of William Addison Powell, who was Welsh, and of Maria/Mirah Young. Leola was the daughter of James Madison Cumbaa and Sarah Francis Grey.
Cheryl’s maternal grandfather was Frank Henry Graham (the son of Frank Henry Graham and Corinne Shaughnessy). Cheryl’s grandfather Frank was born in Alabama. Corinne was the daughter of James Shaughnessy and Bridget Cecile Kane.
Cheryl’s maternal grandmother was Rosaleine Agnes Horty (the daughter of John Joseph Horty and Nellie Agnes Carney/Kearney). Rosaleine was born in Delaware. John and Nellie were born in Delaware, to Irish parents.
Sources: Genealogy of Cheryl Hines – https://www.geni.com
Cheryl’s paternal grandfather, James Earl Hines, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Cheryl’s maternal grandfather, Frank Henry Graham, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
If you did it for Uriah Shelton, you should add “possibly distant Melungeon” or something even for her.
>(the daughter of John Joseph Horty and Nellie Agnes Carney/Kearney). Rosaleine was born in Delaware. John and Nellie were born in Delaware, to Irish parents.
Cheryl’s paternal grandmother was Mary Ruth Powell (the daughter of William Titus Powell and Leola/Eulalia Sally Cumbaa/Cumbee). Mary Ruth was born in Florida. William was the son of William Addison Powell and Maria/Mirah Young. Leola was the daughter of James Madison Cumbaa and Sarah Francis Grey.
William Addison Powell was Welsh. Cumbaa likely are related to Cumbee family (I found a website that claims both families have the same African Y haplogroup), who were free people of colour, but I’ve traced her Cumbaa line to John Jordan Cumbaa, and they’re all listed as white.
This is the furthest I got:
As for her paternal grandfather’s family, he has a lot of German ancestors, including the Hines/Heintz line. Annie Piety Helferstay was of German descent on her paternal side, and her maternal granparents were French planters from Haiti, who came to the US during Haitian revolution.
As I told you, this is one of the only two surnames (many spellings) of African origin which have survived in Colonial America, the other being Mozingo/Monzingo (see Carey Hart and Michael McKean).
The fact that her relatively recent ancestors were listed as “white” means nothing, because that family descend to this man anyway: https://www.geni.com/people/Emanuel-Cumbo/6000000033306004573
A note should be added to these profiles, for a historical matter of interest.