Ray William Johnson

Place of Birth: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 14, 1981

Ethnicity: English, German, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, possibly other

Ray William Johnson is an American actor, comedian, film producer, film director, screenwriter, and rapper. He is known for his YouTube series Equals Three (=3).

Ray has said that he was brought up by his mother and his grandparents, and that his father was an addict who left the family when Ray was one year old.

Various claims have been made that Ray is of Indian descent, though he has clearly stated that he is not Indian. In this clip, Ray talks about his father, soon after he had passed away.

Ray’s paternal grandfather was Howard Rodgers Johnson (the son of Howard O. Johnson and Flossie Ellen Rodgers). Ray’s grandfather Howard was born in Konawa, Oklahoma. Ray’s great-grandfather Howard was the son of James Thomas “Tom” Johnson and Martha Lee “Mattie” Jones. Flossie was the daughter of David R. Rodgers/Rogers and Nannie Belle Laney.

Ray’s paternal grandmother was Mary Ann McCabe (the daughter of Fred Thomas “Farmer” McCabe and Jessie Maurine Cales). Fred was the son of George William “Riley” McCabe and Evie Virginia Wilson. Jessie was the daughter of Clarence Eldard Cales and Jemima Rose Knapp.

Ray’s maternal grandfather was Earl William Robbins (the son of William Henry Robbins and Anna Marie Kusil). Earl was born in Oklahoma. Ray’s great-grandfather William was the son of Willis Robbins and Annie Elizabeth Carter. Anna was born in Ohio, the daughter of Mathias/Matyas “Mats” Kusil and Katherine/Katie Bittinger, who were born in Hungary, of ethnic German descent.

Ray’s maternal grandmother is Dixie Raye Gazaway (the daughter of Odell Don Gazaway and Clara Lona Gordon). Odell was the son of Albert Gazaway and Maggie L. Whitt. Clara was the daughter of Charlie/Charley Brown Gordon and Lona Caroline Pannell.

Sources: Genealogy of Ray’s father – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy and obituary of Ray’s maternal grandfather, Earl William Robbins – http://www.findagrave.com

Obituary of Ray’s maternal great-uncle – http://legacy.newsok.com

Genealogies of Ray’s maternal great-grandmother, Anna Marie Kusil (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Immigration record of Ray’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Mathias/Matyas “Mats” Kusil – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Ray’s maternal grandmother, Dixie Raye Gazaway (through Dixie’s sister) – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Ray’s maternal grandmother, Dixie Raye Gazaway (through Dixie’s sister) (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Obituary of Ray’s maternal great-grandmother, Clara Lona (Gordon) Gazaway – http://legacy.newsok.com

Genealogy of Ray’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Lona Caroline Pannell – http://www.ancestry.com

7 Responses

  1. leojainen says:

    Could this be his father?
    https://sv.findagrave.com/memorial/127419280/joe-don-johnson
    He passed away in 2014 from small cancer, and a Ray William Johnson of California is listed as his son

    • Oaken05 says:

      Interesting find. If that is his father, given that it appears that side has deep Oklahoma roots and particularly in that part of the state, I’d not be surprised if the “Indian” is Native American.

      • madman says:

        The only thing I could find that points in the direction of Native American influence is that his great-grandfather Howard O. Johnson was born in “Indian Territory”, but that really doesn’t say much. He was still listed as white.
        https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VBVH-DD2

        He also doesn’t have particularly deep roots in Oklahoma; only one of his great-great-grandparents, George William McCabe, was born in the state.

    • madman says:

      I think you’re right. Everything adds up with what Ray has said. Adding to that, he also looks a lot like Ray.

      It would mean that:

      Ray’s paternal grandfather was Howard Rodgers Johnson (the son of Howard O. Johnson and Flossie Ellen Rodgers). Howard was the son of James Thomas “Tom” Johnson and Martha Lee “Mattie” Jones. Flossie was the daughter of David Rogers and Nannie Belle Laney.

      Ray’s paternal grandmother was Mary Ann McCabe (the daughter of Fred Thomas “Farmer” McCabe and Jessie Maurine Cales). Fred was the son of George William “Riley” McCabe and Evie Virginia Wilson. Jessie was the daughter of Clarence Eldard Cales and Jemima Rose Knapp.

      Didn’t find any Native American ancestry yet though.

  2. Thenabster says:

    Where is his father from? I always thought Johnson looked Indian or Iranian.

  3. madman says:

    I’m very curious about his father, who died in 2014/2015 from cancer. If he lives in the area where Ray is from (and maybe also has the surname Johnson), he shouldn’t be impossible to find, although I’ve made no progress this far.

  4. madman says:

    Mathias “Mats” Kusil was of German descent. It says to in his immigration record:
    https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2CSN-NBK

    Change his mother’s ethnicity to just English, German, Scottish.

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