China Soul

Birth Name: China Alexandra Soul

Place of Birth: Tampa, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 5, 1988

*37.5% Norwegian
*25% English
*25% Chinese
*12.5% German

China Soul is an American singer and songwriter.

She is the daughter of actor and singer David Soul and actress Julia Nickson-Soul. Her father is of three quarters Norwegian, and one quarter German, descent. Her mother was born in Singapore, to an English father and a Chinese mother.

China’s paternal grandfather was The Rev. Richard William Solberg (the son of Carl Knut Solberg and Sina Marguerite Varland). The Rev. Richard was born in South Dakota, and was a Lutheran minister. Carl was the son of Norwegian parents, Knud Knudsen Solberg, from Nissedal, Telemark, and Aashild Knudsdatter Haugen, from Nissedal, Telemark. Sina was the daughter of Tobias Halvorsen Varland, from Finnøy, Rogaland, Norway, and of Malinda Johnson, whose parents were Norwegian, her father from Klepp, Rogaland and her mother from Hovin, Telemark.

China’s paternal grandmother was June Joanne Nelson (the daughter of Byron Christopher Nelson and Anita Valentine Pleuss). June was born in Wisconsin. Byron was the son of John Mandt Nelson and Thea Johanna Stondall, both of whom were the children of Norwegian parents, from all of them Telemark. Anita was the daughter of Herman Diedrich Pleuß, later Pleuss, who was a German emigrant, from Hanover, Lower Saxony; and of Ottilia Johanna Katerina Jacob, who was also German.

Sources: Genealogies of China’s paternal grandfather, Richard William Solberg –

Genealogy of China’s mother, June Joanne Nelson –

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