Michael Jackson

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Birth Name: Michael Joseph Jackson

Date of Birth: August 29, 1958

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

Date of Death: June 25, 2009

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

Ethnicity: African-American

Michael Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. He was nicknamed the “King of Pop.” He electrified audiences with his stage performances and dance routines.

Michael was the son 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. He was the brother of singer, songwriter, and actress Janet Jackson and singer and songwriter La Toya Jackson. He had three children, including Paris Jackson. Musicians 3T (Tariano Jackson, Taryll Jackson, and Tito Jackson) are his nephews.

Michael went through an abusive childhood at the hands of his father, Joseph.

Despite the controversies in Michael’s life, he has always been loved by his fans. Michael died on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50, due to cardiac arrest.

Michael Jackson was African-American.

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

Michael’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.

Michael’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.

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

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Martha “Mattie” Upshaw (the daughter of Daniel Upshaw and Jeanette 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.

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Jackson in 1988, photo by Alan Light

Sources: Genealogies of Michael Jackson – http://www.wargs.com

Information (some potentially unverified) on Michael’s family history – http://www.truemichaeljackson.com

Michael’s paternal great-grandparents, Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Likely Michael’s great-grandfather, Israel Nero Jackson, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Michael Jackson (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Michael’s maternal grandparents, Prince Albert Screws/Scruse and Martha “Mattie” Upshaw, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

154 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Israel Nero Jackson really had an interesting look.

  2. MettaWorkPlease says:

    Why I’m I not surprised that his dad, Joseph & his brother, Jermaine (of all his siblings) claim to have other ancestry? It’s too obvious that family are a bunch of self hating negroes, that’s why Michael did all that crap to his face & looked like a white woman when he died. That resentment of their black skin must have been taught to him by his father. Jermaine ate it up, the guy is greasy as hell, he’d light up if he stood near fire. Just look at all the Jacksons, all the men are with non black women, until recently, Janet was the only one who at least dated black men, but well, she’s a Jackson, so it was only a matter of time before she realized her true nature & dated outside. Then you have people like LaToya, who ruin their appearance to appear non black. Michael Jackson had no problem leaving his fortune to some white kids who don’t have his blood & were raised white, that’s why his ‘daughter’ has no problem dating a guy with a confederate tattoo on his arm. The next generation of Jackson’s will have no black face in sight, that’s why Janet probably had to get a non black mate to have kids with because she knew if she had a black baby, her self hating family would treat the baby like crap

  3. luckystar says:

    He doesnt look white
    he looks like a nigga depigmented, cant fit in euro ethnicities

  4. This is actually very interesting. I can conclude he does have blackfoot in him because I do.

    Me and him has similar features such as eyes, nose(mines is a little smaller while head is a tiny bit bigger), hair, and soft voice.

    I learned from my family that my Dad is African-American or Zimbabwe(not sure yet) and Native American Blackfoot. My grandmother was Blackfoot with very long curls(highly light-skinned), but not in a form of an Afro.

    My mom is Afro-Caribbean(U.S Virgin Islander) and the way her hair grows intrigues me. It doesn’t really grow up like my hair. My dad’s hair was very curly too.

    I remember my hair was starting to fall down, and my friend told me I looked like Michael. I wasn’t a fan, but now is listening to a lot of his songs. Lol.

    I can safely say our eyes are our best features.

  5. fuzzybear44 says:

    I don’t care if it is a comedy, a white man (Joseph Fiennes ) playing Michael Jackson is yet another spit in the face

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