Kelsey Chow

Chow in 2012, image via Joe Seer/

Birth Name: Kelsey Asbille Chow

Place of Birth: Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 9, 1991

*Chinese Taiwanese (father)
*English, German (mother)

Kelsey Chow, also credited as Kelsey Asbille, is an American actress. Her father was born in Taiwan, and was raised in Africa. Her mother is American. Kelsey has played several Native American roles.

Kelsey’s paternal grandparents left China for Taiwan in 1948.

Kelsey’s mother has been described as having Eastern Band Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Cherokee ancestry has been verified/documented.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians nation has issued a statement reading:

The enrollment and descendant records of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have been searched for the aforementioned person. Kelsey Asbille (Chow) is not now nor has she ever been an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. No documentation was found in our records to support any claim that she descends from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Kelsey’s paternal grandparents were Thomas Chang Ming Chow and Rosemary Tung. Thomas and Rosemary were born in Beijing, Beijing Municipality, China.

Kelsey’s maternal grandfather was LeRoy Brunson Asbill (the son of Perry H. Asbill/Asbell and Mattie Ora Lee Forrest/Forest). LeRoy was born in South Carolina. Perry was the son of Andrew Denton/Denson Asbill and Lula A. Shealy. Mattie was the daughter of William/Wiliam Thomas Forrest/Forest and Lucinda Tiemosey Elizabeth Turner.

Kelsey’s maternal grandmother was Annie Lois Lybrand (the daughter of Leon Frontis Lybrand and Marie Scott). Annie was born in South Carolina. Leon was the son of Thomas Fair Lybrand and Sallie/Sally Alice Brad Spradley.

Sources: Discussion of Kelsey’s ancestry –

Obituaries of Kelsey’s paternal grandparents, Thomas Chang Ming Chow and Rosemary (Tung) Chow –

Genealogies and obituaries of Kelsey’s maternal grandparents, LeRoy Brunson Asbill and Annie Lois Lybrand –

Genealogy of Kelsey’s maternal grandfather, LeRoy Brunson Asbill (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Kelsey’s maternal grandmother, Annie Lois Lybrand (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Kelsey’s maternal grandmother, Annie Lois Lybrand, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

8 Responses

  1. ethnogenesis says:

    Kelsey Cho once stated a”great great grand parent” with the surname Asbille was “Cherokee” and Geni/Genestar pages said it was George Washington Asbill/Asvill born in 1816 in (Madison county?) Kentucky. However, there were Asbills who are Cherokee moved west during the trail of tears to KS, MO, AR and esp OK. I believe she “stole” an ancestor by a simple trip on the internet, similarly, Jimmie Durham, Ward Churchill and Elizabeth Warren who were proven to (most likely) lied about their Cherokee or American Indian descent found similar named relatives (not by blood at all) in the Cherokee Nation and Eastern Bands by a trip to the public library (I guess).

  2. rooster44 says:

    I’m from Sonora State Northwest Mexico, and there are a lot of girls like her, in my State. She can pass easily as a Sonoran girl

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