Birth Name: Grace Lillis Gealey
Place of Birth: Butler, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 26, 1984
*father – European
*mother – African-Caymanian, likely some English and Irish
Grace Byers is an American-Caymanian actress. She was previously credited under her birthname, Grace Gealey.
Her father is American and white. Her mother, Cheryl McCoy, is from the Cayman Islands, and is of predominantly African ancestry. Grace was raised in the Cayman Islands, and moved back to the U.S. at the age of eighteen. She is married to actor and singer Trai Byers. Her family is pictured here.
Grace’s maternal grandfather was Harwell Moncrieff “Harry” McCoy (the son of William Wallingford McCoy, or Wallingford Flashey, and of Ethel Anita McCoy). Harwell was born in Bluefields, Nicaragua. Ethel was the daughter of William Eden McCoy and Rebecca Jascynthia Flashie.
Grace’s maternal grandmother was Theoline Lillis Conolly (the daughter of Austin Burns Conolly and Sarah Adrienne Bodden). Theoline was born in East End, on the Cayman Islands. Austin was the son of Ebenezer/Ebenizer Erskine Conolly and Adeline Editha McCoy.
Genealogy of Grace’s maternal grandparents, Harwell Moncrieff “Harry” McCoy and Theoline Lillis Conolly – https://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Grace’s maternal grandfather, Harwell Moncrieff “Harry” McCoy – https://findagrave.com
Death record of Grace’s maternal grandmother, Theoline Lillis (Conolly) McCoy – https://findagrave.com