Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Date of Birth: January 23, 1981
*father – African-American, other
*mother – English, small amounts of Scottish and Dutch
Julia Jones is an American actress. She is known for playing Leah Clearwater, a Native American character, in the Twilight series, and for several other Indigenous roles, including Wind River and Cold Pursuit. She also co-stars on Westworld.
Julia’s father is Frank N. Jones, a lawyer and political figure in Massachusetts. He has often been publicly identified as an African-American. He is originally from Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Julia’s mother is white. She has English, and small amounts of Scottish and Dutch, ancestry.
Julia has said: “My dad is part Choctaw, Chickosaw and African American. I didn’t realize the significance of not being white until I moved to LA.”
She has also stated:
I’m part Chickasaw and Choctaw, but I’m a multi-[ethnic] person. That’s just a part of my identity. I’ve been playing Native roles for a long time, a very long time. [“Twilight” is…] an opportunity to portray a group of people who are not portrayed very frequently and very accurately at all in the media. And I cherish that. I think that there should be more roles for Native actors in contemporary pieces, and it’s an important part of who I am.
She has also said, “I’m a Native American actress.”
It is not clear if this Choctaw Native American and Chickasaw Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.
Julia has a degree in English from the Columbia University, which she attended after graduating from the Boston Latin School in Massachusetts.
Julia’s maternal grandfather was Roger Wells (the son of James Parrish Wells and Jesse/Jessie Maria Strowger). Roger was born in New York. James was the son of Edward Akin Wells and Elizabeth Parrish. Jesse was the daughter of Horace Bryan Strowger and Frances Maria Barnes.
Julia’s maternal grandmother was Julia Harland (the daughter of John Brisby Harland and Hazel Louise Hughston). Julia’s grandmother Julia was born in New York. John was born in Cropton, Yorkshire, England, the son of Frederick Harland and Julia Brisby. Hazel was born in New York, the daughter of E. Burton Hughston and Nettie Horning.
Sources: Interview with Julia and her family – http://www.chicagotribune.com
Julia’s maternal grandfather, Roger Wells, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org