Dolly Parton

dolly parton

Parton in 2012, photo by DFree/

Birth Name: Dolly Rebecca Parton

Place of Birth: Sevier County, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 19, 1946

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish

Dolly Parton is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, author, businessperson, and humanitarian. Her films include 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Steel Magnolias, Straight Talk, and Joyful Noise.

Dolly is the daughter of Avie Lee Caroline (Owens) and Robert Lee Parton. Her brother was songwriter Floyd Parton. Much of Dolly’s ancestry is English, along with Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish. Her family has lived in the American South for a long time. She is married to Carl Dean.

Among her siblings are/were singer and songwriter Stella Parton. musician and actor Randy Parton, and singer and actress Rachel Dennison. Her uncle was songwriter Bill Owens.

Dolly has been said to have some degree of Cherokee Native American ancestry. No such ancestry has of yet been documented/verified in her family tree. For more information, see this Q&A.

Dolly’s paternal grandfather was William Walter Parton (the son of Albert Huston/Houston Parton and Tennessee Smith “Tennie” Russell). William was born in Tennessee. Albert was the son of Benjamin Christopher/Chris/Chrisenberry Parton and Margaret Jane Evans. Tennessee was the daughter of Lorenzo Dow Russell and Ellie Hannah Downs.

Dolly’s paternal grandmother was Bessie Elizabeth Rayfield (the daughter of George Washington Rayfield and Cassandra/Cassey/Casie/”Cassie” Ann Moore). Bessie was born in Tennessee. George was the son of Charles Rayfield and Elizabeth Bohannnon/Bohanan. Cassandra was the daughter of Andrew Jackson Moore and Rachel Metcalf.

Dolly’s maternal grandfather was The Rev. Jacob Robert “Jake” Owens (the son of James Robert Owens and Mary Malinda/Melinda Messer). Jacob was born in North Carolina or Tennessee. James was the son of Samuel Paxton Owens and Annie Sutton. Mary Malinda was the daughter of Isaac Hugh Avery Messer and Hannah Harriett/Harriet Jane Conard/Connard/Conrad.

Dolly’s maternal grandmother was Rena/Rene/Renie Kansas/A. Valentine (the daughter of Henry Lloyd Valentine and Margaret Louisa Whitted). Rena was born in Tennessee. Henry was the son of William R. Valentine and Sarah E. Dickson/Dixon. Margaret was the daughter of William Jesse Whitted and Rebecca Dunn.

Sources: Genealogies of Dolly Parton –

Genealogies of Dolly’s parents –

Dolly’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Ann Shamblin, on the 1850 U.S. Census –

Dolly’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandparents, Aaron H. Shamblin and Juda Bryant, on the 1870 U.S. Census –
Aaron H. Shamblin and Juda Bryant on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Dolly’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Dolly’s maternal great-grandfather, Henry Lloyd Valentine, on the 1880 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

35 Responses

  1. Sparkie says:

    I’m born and raised in the south. All my kin are from the south. I’m from GA! My kin are from TN, SC, NC, FL, VA and more southern states. My kin came over from England way back from the 1400’s. I’m Cherokee Shawnee and related to many Moytoy Shawnee Cherokee Native Americans. It’s documented. I have proof and my mom looked Cherokee Shawnee with her black eyes, dark skin, small mouth, petite and cheekbones sharp enough and high enough to cut meat. One look at my mom and you would know she was a Moytoy Cherokee Shawnee ancestor. I’m also related to Andrew Jackson, from SC, who sent the Moytoy (Wolf Clan) on the TRAIL OF TEARS on their death march! He was told not to send the Cherokees on the Trail of Tears, but did it anyway. I’m ashamed to say I’m related to him. My first cousin is named Kawana Faye after the Moytoy Shawnee Native American Clan.

    To all you people who think this is a joke, go back to high school and learn history which is not taught any more. All you get now is mumbo jumbo junk. History is true and needs to be taught in high school and college. All you get now is history slanted to the left!. The dumbing down of America!

    We are not getting smarter we are getting dumber. America is in a sad state of affairs. God help us!

  2. andrew says:

    Dolly Parton might have 1/64 Cherokee ancestry at most, if her maternal 4th great-grandmother, Juda Bright, was a full-blooded one.

    Genealogies of Dolly’s maternal grandparents, Jake Robert Owens and Rena Kansas Valentine –

    A discussion –

  3. violet says:

    Dolly’s mother was part Cherokee.

    • follers says:

      Is there any evidence of this? Has Dolly’s Cherokee Native American ancestry ever been documented?

    • longhaired thick lightskinned gyal says:

      Everyone and they damn mama is Cherokee I swear to god. People be lookin white as hell or black as hell and they say “my grandma was a Cherokee princess”. bitch please

      • JRose says:

        I agree!! It’s actually a joke in the Native Community about so many people claiming “Cherokee” blood….usually when someone says I am part Native American ….I say “let me guess …Cherokee?” Lol. I’m ACTUALLY part Huron-Wyandotte and I can assure you the whole Cherokee princess thing gets very irritating …not to mention they do not and never had “princesses” smack my head.

      • danishcookie7 says:

        Yeah a lot of Americans lie about this. It’s bizarre.

        • Dolv says:

          “White” Americans lie about NOT having Amerindian ancestry. Many of you look very distinct from Europeans. Stop trying to pretend otherwise! “English, Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish” This is basically what all “White” Americans claim to have as their ancestry, are her high cheekbones and slanted eyes from the Irish side or what? Dumb fuck.

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