Birth Name: Grace Dell Nichols
Place of Birth: Robbins, Cook, Illinois, United States
Date of Birth: December 28, 1932
Ethnicity: African-American, as well as 1/8th Irish
Nichelle Nichols is an American actress and musician. She is the daughter of Lishia Mae (Parks) and Samuel Earl Nichols, who was Mayor of Robbins, Illinois. She has a son with her former husband, dancer Foster Johnson.
Her brother, Thomas, was a member of the Heaven’s Gate cult, and died with the group in 1997.
Nichelle’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Gillespie Nichols (also known as Samuel Gillespie, the son of James Nichols and Mary N.). Samuel was born in Louisiana or Mississippi, to an Irish-born father and an African-American mother.
Nichelle’s paternal grandmother was Lydia A. Myers (the daughter of Jacob Myers/Meyers and Blanche).
Nichelle’s maternal grandparents were Henry Parks (the son of George Parks and Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Pasto/Parker) and Malissa Stinson or Hibbett.
Nichelle Nichols on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Nichelle’s paternal grandparents, Samuel Gillespie Nichols and Lydia Myers, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Samuel Gillespie Nichols and Lydia Myers on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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