Julia Jones

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Jones in 2012, photo by PrPhotos

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 23, 1981

Ethnicity:
*father – African-American, possibly 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.

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 Maria Strowger). 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.

9 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Her father said he was from Clarksdale, Mississippi, so this might be him on a census:
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VYGW-4Q7

    Her maternal grandmother’s obituary:
    https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/orleans-ma/julia-wells-7405030

    Julia’s maternal grandfather was Roger Wells (the son of James Parrish Wells and Jesse Maria Strowger). 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). John was born in Cropton, Yorkshire, England, to Frederick Harland and Julia Brisby. Hazel was born in New York to E. Burton Hughston and Nettie Horning.

    According to online trees, both of her maternal grandparents were of largely English descent, but also with small amounts of Scottish and Dutch ancestry.

  2. fuzzybear44 says:

    So this is the kind of honeys the Choctaw are turning out, maybe I should go and get registered

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      Some sites where people claim to be Native Americans, are upset with her saying she’s a Native actress, seeing how it’s the least thing she is. That show Longmire, will hirer anybody, as long as they fit the stereotype of a native(even when they’re not native)

  3. phaedra says:

    Doesn’t look African much.

    I see more white/native mix.

  4. cwm85 says:

    Where does the African-American ethnicity come from if she says she is part Choctaw and Chickasaw?

  5. Nikki says:

    Correction: SHe is english, irish, native american and african

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