Birth Name: John Royce Mathis
Place of Birth: Gilmer, Upshur, Texas, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 30, 1935
Johnny Mathis is an American singer.
He is the son of Mildred (Boyd) and Clemmie Lorenzo Mathis. His parents were both black.
Johnny’s paternal grandfather was John Mathis (the son of Charles Mathis and Susan Pipkin). John was born in Texas, to parents from Mississippi.
Johnny’s paternal grandmother was Margaret “Maggie”/”Tax” Pierce (the daughter of Bass Pierce and Tempie/Timpie Ellis). Margaret was born in Texas.
Johnny’s maternal grandparents were also born in Texas. One of Johnny’s maternal great-grandmothers was named Melinda Montgomery. She was born, c. 1866, in Texas.
Sources: Johnny Mathis on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Partial genealogy, and obituary, of Johnny’s father – http://www.findagrave.com
Johnny’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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