Jimi Hendrix

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Birth Name: Johnny Allen Hendrix

Date of Birth: November 27, 1942

Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Date of Death: September 18, 1970

Place of Death: Kensington, London, England, U.K.

Ethnicity: African-American

Jimi Hendrix was a legendary American guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

He was the son of Lucille (Jeter) and James Allen Hendrix, both of whom were African-American. Jimi had two children.

Jimi is sometimes described as having had Irish, Native American (often specifically Cherokee), Aztec (specifically Nahua), and/or other ancestry. It is not clear if these lineages have been verified/documented. Jimmy’s recent ancestors were black.

Jimi’s paternal grandfather was Bertran Philander “Ross” Hendrix/Hendricks (the son of Thomas Jefferson Hendrix/Hendricks and Frances/Fannie Whitfield). Ross was born in Ohio.

Jimi’s paternal grandmother was Zenora Rose “Nora” Moore (the daughter of Robert J. Moore and Fanny Nealy). Zenora was born in Tennessee or Georgia. Robert was the son of Zenora. Fanny was the daughter of Sandy Neuly/Nealy and Prissy Bostwell.

Jimi’s maternal grandfather was Preston Murice Jeter (the son of R. E. Jeter and Elizabeth Brown). Preston was born in Virginia.

Jimi’s maternal grandmother was Clarice Larson/Lawson (the daughter of Preston Brown and Laura Larson). Clarice was born in Arkansas or Texas.

Sources: http://www.houstonpress.com

Genealogies of Jimi Hendrix – http://www.geni.com

Information about Jimmy’s father’s family – http://www.blackpast.org

Jimmy’s paternal grandfather, Bertran Philander “Ross” Hendrix/Hendricks, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Bertran Philander “Ross” Hendrix/Hendricks on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jimmy’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Jimmy’s maternal grandparents, Preston Murice Jeter and Clarice Larson/Lawson – http://www.wikitree.com


Curious about ethnicity

72 Responses

  1. Ava900 says:

    Jimmy Hendrix was Irish so why isn’t Irish listed? And why do you need a record to list that he is? If he said he was Irish then he is Irish-American

  2. andrew says:

    according to this genealogy, Jimi’s patrilineal line traces back to Ireland. This would make him 1/64 Irish.


    • follers says:

      That genealogy lists Hendrix’s great-grandfather as Philander Burt Ross, a white man.

      Findagrave lists Hendrix’s great-grandfather as Thomas Jefferson Hendricks, “one of the oldest colored men of this city” [Urbana].

      • andrew says:

        That genealogy is based on the family legend about Philander Burt Ross, a grain dealer, banker, and one of the wealthiest landowners in Urbana, Ohio, who might have been the biological father of Jimi’s paternal grandfather, Bertran Philander Ross (later Hendricks/Hendrix), who was named after him by Jimi’s great-grandmother, Fannie Whitfield (who lived in Philander Burt Ross’s property). http://crosstowntorrents.org/archive/index.php/t-6770.html

  3. andrew says:

    is there a pic, please?

    I read somewhere he was part Mexican too

  4. Kevin McCormick says:

    The best book ever on Jimi is ELECTRIC GYPSY (1990) that tells you of Jimi’s racial origins. Jimi’s father Al was Afro-American and part Irish. Jimi’s mother Lucille was Afro-American and Cherokee.
    He was influenced by his Indian roots and makes loads of references in his music. Sadly Jimi never lived along enough to explore his Irish Heritage. The closest he got was to Fly into Belfast to play a concert and back to England, the next day.
    But if you look at his surname Hendricks-changed to Hendrix, it is obviously of Dutch origin

  5. Malin Ljungstedt says:

    Jimi Hendrix sure looks a bit Cherookee

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