Roma Maffia

Maffia in 2006, photo by s_bukley/

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 31, 1955

*paternal grandfather – English, Irish
*paternal grandmother – Puerto Rican/Spanish-Puerto Rican
*mother – African-Virgin Islander [U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands]

Roma Maffia is an American actress.

She is the daughter of Beulah and Joseph Maffia. Her father was an ordained reverend father of the Western Orthodox Church in America. A picture of her mother can be seen here. Roma’s paternal grandfather was of English and Irish descent, and her paternal grandmother was from Puerto Rico, with some recent ancestors from Spain. Roma’s mother was an emigrant from the U.S. Virgin Islands, with roots on both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and African ancestry.

Maffia is the surname of her Italian-American step-grandfather.

Her first name was picked out by her mother from a map.

Roma’s brother, Joseph Maffia, has worked as accountant for boxing promoter Don King.

Roma’s paternal grandfather was Charles Seaman Burke (the son of Thomas James Burke and Britannia Jane “Nana” Strickland). Charles was born in Pennsylvania. Thomas was the son of Peter Burk and Ann Taggert. Britannia was the daughter of Thomas Anson Strickland and Celia Lorraine Smith.

Roma’s paternal grandmother was Maria Cristina Barreras Meaux (the daughter of Joseph Barreras Domingo and Luisa Meaux Alverio). Maria was born in Juncos, Puerto Rico. Joseph was the son of Francisco José Barreras Padró, who was born in La Coruña, Galicia, Spain, and of Josefa Domingo Cordón, who was born in Seville, Andalusia, Spain. Luisa was the daughter of Luis Meaux López and Eustaquia Alverio Lebron.

Roma’s maternal grandfather was Achilles Alonzo Lindesay (the son of Ferdinand Augustus Lindesay and Elodia Benzon). Achilles was born on Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Roma’s maternal grandmother was named Rosalia Mercedes Meyers. Rosalia was born on Tortola, British Virgin Islands.


Obituary of Roma’s father –

Genealogy of Roma’s paternal grandfather, Charles Seaman Burke –

10 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Her maternal grandfather is listed as “mixed” and somehow as “Mexican” in two records.

    Benzon is also spelled Benson/Bensen, while Meyers surname appears to be heritage of Danish colonization of the area.

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