Birth Name: Diana Ernestine Earle Ross
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Date of Birth: March 26, 1944
Diana is the daughter of Ernestine Lillian (Moten) and Fred Earl Ross.
It has sometimes been stated that Diana has Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.
Diana has five children: a daughter, musician, actress, and public speaker Rhonda Ross Kendrick, with her former partner, Motown CEO Berry Gordy; two children, including actress, producer, and television host Tracee Ellis Ross, with her former husband, music executive and producer Robert Ellis Silberstein; and two children, including actor Evan Ross, with her former husband, Norwegian mountaineer Arne Næss, Jr.
Diana’s paternal grandfather was The Rev. William Edward “Ed” Ross (the son of Frederick/Fred/Fredrick Ross and Hannah Varnell). The Rev. William was a Baptist minister. He was born in Tennessee.
Diana’s paternal grandmother was named Ida D. J. W. Snead. Ida was born in Virginia.
Diana’s maternal grandfather was The Rev. M. William Moten (the son of Peter Moten). The Rev. M. William was born in Alabama.
Diana’s maternal grandmother was Isabella/Isabell/Bell Pruit/Pruitt Caldwell/Codwell Collins (the daughter of Hamp Caldwell and Cealia Jones). Isabella was born in Alabama. Hamp was the son of Dave Caldwell.
Sources: Genealogies of Diana Ross – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Diana Ross (at least partially incorrect) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Diana’s paternal grandparents, The Rev. William Edward “Ed” Ross and Ida D. J. W. Snead, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Diana’s paternal grandfather, The Rev. William Edward “Ed” Ross, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Diana’s paternal great-grandparents, Frederick/Fred/Fredrick Ross and Hannah Varnell – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Diana’s mother – https://www.findagrave.com