La Toya Jackson

09/24/2009 – La Toya Jackson – 27th Annual Macy’s Passport Benefit Gala – Arrivals – The Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hanger – Santa Monica, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Tony Lowe / PR PhotosBirth Name: La Toya Yvonne Jackson

Place of Birth: Gary, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 29, 1956

Ethnicity: African-American

La Toya Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, actress, businessperson, and television personality.

La Toya is the daughter of Katherine/Kattie Esther/B. (Scruse), who had played clarinet and piano, and aspired to be a country-and-western musician, and Joseph Walter Jackson, who played guitar with a rhythm and blues band, the Falcons. She is the fifth child of the musical Jackson family. She is the sister of musician Michael Jackson and singer and actress Janet Jackson. She is the aunt of Paris Jackson and musicians 3T (Tariano Jackson, Taryll Jackson, and Tito Jackson), among others.

La Toya’s father had stated that he has Native American ancestry. La Toya’s brother Jermaine has said this also. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented. Joseph has also stated that he has some European roots. It has also been said that La Toya’s mother has Blackfoot Native American ancestry, also as yet unverified, at least publicly.

La Toya’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Joseph Jackson (the son of Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams). Samuel was born in Mississippi, and was said to be of partial Choctaw Native American descent; as well as having black ancestry. It is not clear if this has been verified. Israel and Emeline are listed only as “Black” on United States censuses. Israel was the son of Jack July Gayle/Milam and Mary Freeman or Gina Gale.

La Toya’s paternal grandmother was Crystal Lee King (the daughter of Samuel King and Gertrude Daniel). Crystal was born in Arkansas. Samuel was the son of William King and Nellie. Gertrude was the daughter of Thomas “Tom” Daniel and Martha “Mattie” Cason. Mattie was said to be the daughter of a white woman and a black slave man.

La Toya’s maternal grandfather was Prince Albert Screws/Scruse (the son of Prince Scruse/Screws and Julia Belle/Bell Jordan). La Toya’s grandfather Prince was born in Alabama. La Toya’s great-grandfather Prince was the son of Prince Screws and Mary Etta Denson. Julia was the daughter of Julius Willis Jordan and Rosetta Hall.

La Toya’s maternal grandmother was Martha “Mattie” Upshaw (the daughter of Daniel Upshaw and Jeanette/Jennetta Brown). Martha was born in Alabama. Daniel was the son of Jonas Upshaw and Minerva Grant. Jeanette was the daughter of Columbus Brown and Henrietta Peterson.

Sources: Genealogies of La Toya Jackson –

Genealogy of La Toya Jackson (through La Toya’s brother, Michael Jackson) –

Information (some potentially unverified) on La Toya’s family history –

La Toya’s paternal great-grandparents, Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams, on the 1880 U.S. Census –
Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams on the 1930 U.S. Census –

La Toya’s great-grandfather, Israel Nero Jackson, on the 1870 U.S. Census –

La Toya’s maternal grandparents, Prince Albert Screws/Scruse and Martha “Mattie” Upshaw, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jackson in 2014, photo: DFree/

2 Responses

  1. dlxzvs says:

    correction the word caucasian should be changed to european or white

  2. Multiethnicchick says:

    skin color has nothing to do with how mixed someone is. Latoya has fake hair and has had a lot of surgery. Forget her race, she barely looks human anymore

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