Heather Locklear

Locklear in 2009, Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Heather Deen Locklear

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 25, 1961

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, remote Swiss-German and Cornish, possibly distant Lumbee Tribe

Heather Locklear is an American actress.

Heather is the daughter of Diane and Robert Locklear. She has a daughter, model and actress Ava Sambora, with her former husband, guitarist Richie Sambora.

Heather has stated, “I am part Lumbee – way, way back on my father’s side.” The Lumbee are a Tribe in North Carolina, who have Native American and/or African ancestry. It is not clear if Heather’s Lumbee ancestry has been verified/documented. Heather’s most recent ancestors are all listed as “White” on U.S. Censuses. Through her father, Heather is the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Duncan Locklear/Locklair and Nancy Quick, of South Carolina. These ancestors were, at least publicly, caucasian.

Socialite and model Tiffany Trump is descended from the same Locklear ancestors, and is Heather’s half-fourth cousin, once removed, through their common forebear William Jesse Locklear.

Heather’s paternal grandfather was Harper Hamilton Locklear (the son of William Jesse Locklear and Martha/Mattie/Madeline Walena Hatfield). Harper was born in Kentucky or Georgia. William was the son of William Jesse/Jessie Locklear and Roseanna Garrett. Martha was the daughter of Hiram Edward Hatfield and Julia Dorinda Whitaker.

Heather’s paternal grandmother was Esther Mary/Mae Wolsifer (the daughter of William George Wolsiffer and Mollie H. Wilson). Esther was born in Indiana. William was the son of John Wolsiffer, who was born in Boerrstadt, Platz, Bavaria, Germany, and of Christina Bertram, who was born in Ohio, to German parents, her father from Rhineland-Palatinate and her mother from Baden-Württemberg. Mollie was the daughter of William or Henry B. Wilson and Melissa J. Ashby/Ashbey.

Heather’s maternal grandfather was Kenneth L. D. Tinsley (the son of Jesse/Jessie William Tinsley and Hattie Belle Black). Kenneth was born in Missouri. Jesse was the son of Joseph Burton Tinsley and Ellen B. Johnson. Hattie was the daughter of Jacob Robert Black and Lydia A. Garlough.

Heather’s maternal grandmother was named Ruth B. Roberts (the daughter of a man surnamed Roberts, and of Mary). Ruth was born in Illinois.

Sources: Genealogies of Heather Locklear (focusing on her father’s side) – http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com

Heather’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Heather’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents, William Jesse Locklear and Mary “Polly” Turner, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

PBS Frontline statement that Heather likely has some Lumbee ancestry, citing no particular source – http://www.pbs.org

Heather’s maternal grandfather, Kenneth L. D. Tinsley, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

58 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    It’s amazing how Oxendine father was listed as Indian on 1940 U.S. Census and American Indian on his draft card.

    The Lumbee virtually have no Native American DNA

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