Jayma Mays

2011 Unicef Ball - Arrivals

Mays in 2011, photo by Prphotos.com

Birth Name: Jamia Suzette Mays

Place of Birth: Bristol, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 16, 1979

Ethnicity: English, small amounts of Scottish, Welsh, and German

Jayma Mays is an American actress and singer. She has starred in the films Paul Blart: Mall Cop and The Smurfs, and the series Trial & Error, among other projects. She was raised in Grundy, Virginia. Her family has lived in the United States for many generations. Jayma is married to English actor Adam Campbell, with whom she has a son.

Jayma’s paternal grandfather was Clarence Condal Mays, Sr. (the son of William Riley Mays and Tippy Jane Simpson). Clarence was born in Virginia. William was the son of James S. Mays and Mary Louisa Jane Barrett. Tippy was the daughter of Peachy Gilmore Simpson and Mary Ann Mildred Taylor.

Jayma’s paternal grandmother was Maude/Maudie Dora Owens (the daughter of Floyd Owens and Victoria Sutherland). Maude was born in Virginia. Floyd was the son of James Madison Owens and Amy Ann E. Edwards. Victoria was the daughter of James H. Sutherland and Almeda Fuller.

Jayma’s maternal grandfather was John Paul Norris (the son of Lewis Frank Norris and Sallie Lou Christian). John was born in Yukon, West Virginia. Lewis was the son of Jonathan Enzer Norris and Callie Nancy Lewis. Sallie was the daughter of George Riley Christian and Corinthia/Corintha T. Davis.

Jayma’s maternal grandmother was Victoria Nebraska Burleson (the daughter of William Grover Burleson and Nellie Jane Ratliff). Victoria was born in Grundy, Virginia. William was the son of Henry Ulysses Burleson and Susan Etter/Etta Sluder. Nellie was the daughter of John Sparrel Ratliff and Cynthia/Syntha Mary Smith.

Sources: Genealogy of Jayma’s father – https://www.geni.com

Marriage record of Jayma’s paternal grandparents, Clarence Condal Mays and Maude/Maudie Dora Owens – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Jayma’s paternal grandmother, Maude/Maudie Dora (Owens) Mays – http://www.bdtonline.com

Obituaries of Jayma’s maternal grandparents, John Paul Norris and Victoria Nebraska (Burleson) Norris – https://www.findagrave.com

16 Responses

  1. cdonorab says:

    Correction. She also has native American ancestry as well. One of her Norris ancestors was a was a woman named Bolling who can be traced back to John Rolfe and Pocahontas.

    • follers says:

      What was the ancestor’s name and connection to Pocahontas? It helps if you name them so I can look them up to verify.

      • cdonorab says:

        It was threw Lewis Norris grandmother Martha Bolling

        Jane rolfe

        • andrew says:

          @ follers

          I thought we had to stop at 1/1024

          • follers says:

            Uh, you know I came up with that two weeks ago. I’m happy to remove it, however.

            And bablah really has to start formatting their additions properly. Everyone else – Madman, StLucas, Manila, even you – does it.

          • andrew says:

            However I think trivia like this one, when removed from the ethnicity box, should be reported at the bottom of the profile because they’re interesting (perhaps the tag too).

          • follers says:

            Right, except that would mean you’d keep submitting this kind of stuff and demanding I add it to the text and tags. I’m not going to add in-depth information about people’s remote descent from Pocahontas (or from fictional Native Americans), and clearly have to spend large chunks of time confirming it myself.

          • andrew says:

            Actually I didn’t explicitly ask for adding stuff like that in the text and tags, but since about 30% (maybe more) of Hollywood actors have claimed or are described as having Cherokee or other Native American ancestry, when there’s someone who really has Indian ancestry, even dramatically remote, that’s cool.

          • follers says:

            Actually, if Johnny Depp or Taylor Lautner turned out to be 1/4096 Native American, it would be interesting to mention only because they’ve played up having Native American roots, and 1/4096 is so ridiculously remote as to have made their statements laughable.

          • bablah says:


            You can file the complaint at the I-Don’t-Get-Paid-To-Do-This department.

          • follers says:

            Uh, neither do I.

            Given that pretty big gaffe on Rita Coolidge, though, I think you have less standing on this than yesterday.

          • bablah says:

            Who shat in your cereal?

          • follers says:

            Things simply can’t continue as they are in the new year, so I’m doing some house cleaning. All these remote and/or fictional Native American discoveries and Wikitree trees of great-great-great-grandparents from Andrew, combined with ten unformatted census link additions from A to Z five times over from you, no. That’s drifting in the wrong direction.

            Heck, under Submit a Celeb, it even reads, “Poorly written… text will NOT be published”, and I didn’t even write that.

            Like I said, I didn’t change. This website has. Some are very good changes. Others, not so much. Those changes, I’m rolling back.

            I don’t see why it’s such a big deal to you in the first place.

          • bablah says:

            So you don’t like my additions nor submissions? Okay then…
            I won’t bother you any more with them.

          • ethnic says:

            Would hate to see you go bablah

          • follers says:

            Well, I did ask you nicely to format the additions properly. I don’t see why it’s such a big deal to not do it, but that’s the deal.

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