Mark Salling

Salling in 2011, Helga Esteb/

Birth Name: Mark Wayne Salling

Date of Birth: August 17, 1982

Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Date of Death: January 30, 2018

Place of Death: Sunland, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, German, with more distant Welsh, Scottish, Irish, and Dutch

Mark Salling was an American actor and musician. His roles included the series Glee and the film Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering.

Mark had deep roots in the American South, going back to the 1600s on many lines. His ancestry included English and German, along with smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Welsh, Scottish, Dutch, and Irish. In responding to a question about his ancestry on The Wendy Williams Show, in 2009, Mark stated, “I’m whatever you want me to be.”

Mark’s patrilineal line can be traced to Johan Pierre Salin, who was born, c. 1670, in Furth, Germany.

Mark’s paternal grandfather was John Robert Salling (the son of Minnis Theodore Salling and Harriet Alma Tucker). John was born in Ohio. Minnis was the son of John Henry Salling and Amanda Palestine White. Harriet was the daughter of Robert Bell Tucker and Elizabeth Francis Scott.

Mark’s paternal grandmother was Mildred Aline Archer (the daughter of Claude Falkner Archer and Nancy Aline McIntyre). Mildred was born in Texas. Claude was the son of James Jefferson Archer and Samantha Cooper. Nancy was the daughter of John Thomas McIntyre and Alabama Lamberth.

Mark’s maternal grandfather was Wayne Stanton Wherry (the son of Eli Herbert Wherry and Lois Estella Phare). Wayne was born in Missouri. Eli was the son of William Wherry and Isadora Telitha Matthews. Lois was the daughter of John Jay Phare and Cornelia/Kerna Lourrinda/Laurenda Shaffer.

Mark’s maternal grandmother was Cleo Bess Donelson (the daughter of Burgess Alexander/E. Donelson and Ida Dorn). Cleo was born in Texas. Burgess was the son of Aaron Taylor Donelson and Martha Leona Copeland. Ida was the daughter of John Melvin Dorn and Talva/Talvy Ann McCreless.

Sources: Genealogy of Mark Salling (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Mark’s paternal great-grandfather, Minnis Theodore Salling –

Genealogy of Mark’s paternal great-grandmother, Harriet Alma (Tucker) Salling –

Genealogies of Mark’s paternal great-grandfather, Claude Falkner Archer and Nancy Aline McIntyre –


Curious about ethnicity

89 Responses

  1. Sami says:

    so deal w/ it because he does.

  2. muah says:

    get a life. He is not part black now stop wishing he was just to claim him as one of yours .Maybe that”s why he didn”t want to tell that thing Wendy Williams his background because he is sick of simple minded thinking someone cannot have a tan that means that they are black.She would of probably started with really you don”t look it like most of the stereotypical Americans already do.And since when does having curly hair mean your black idiots they are many white people with curly hair.Nicole Kidman.,Andie Mcdowall to name a few.If you were educated you would know black people have coarse hair to protect it from the extremely hot sun in Africa,
    The curls in Africans tend to lie as separate ringlets white the curls of Caucasians tend to merge also the non curly version of the gene is exclusive to Caucasians and Asians.

    Now i”m sure you simple minded folks will deny this to the last,And prove me right with thumbs down like you have with all people that have said he is white why does it annoy ye so much he is get over it self haters.And i”m sure you will deny people that actually do the genetic research like you have much back up.

  3. me says:

    Taylor Lautner’s parents are apparently white and Taylor seems no less than 45% Native American. So ,just because Mark have apparently white parents don’t which means he is white.

  4. hiiii says:

    i think he has black in him in the family, maybe one of his parents are half black?

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