Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 24, 1998
Ethnicity: African-American, some English, Scottish, and Irish, distant French-Canadian
Sofia Richie is an American model. She is the daughter of Lionel Richie, a famed musician, and Diane Kerry/Keri Alexander, a dancer and designer. Among her siblings is Nicole Richie (who is Lionel’s adopted daughter).
Sofia’s father is African-American; his parents were both black, with small amounts of English and Scottish, and distant French-Canadian, ancestry. Sofia’s maternal grandmother is white, and is of English and Irish ancestry. A picture of Sofia’s mother and maternal grandmother can be seen here.
Sofia has said:
I’m very light, so some people don’t really know that I’m black… I’ve been in situations where people will say something kind of racist and I’ll step in and they’ll be like, ‘Oh, well, you’re light.’ That still doesn’t cut it, buddy. It’s 2016 – you better get your s–t together before you get slapped out here.
Sofia’s paternal grandfather was Lionel/Lyonel Brockman Richie (the son of Charles A./E. Richie and Ida J. Garfield). Lionel was born in Alabama, to African-American parents. Charles was the son of Henry Richie and Georgia Anna.
Sofia’s paternal grandmother was Alberta R. Foster (the daughter of Albert Davidson Foster and Adelaide M. Brown). Alberta was born in Tennessee, to African-American parents. Albert was the son of George Foster and Betsey. Adelaide was the daughter of John Louis Brown and Volenderver Towson. Sofia’s great-great-grandfather John was the National leader and co-founder of “The Knights of the Wise Men,” a fraternal organization for black men in the post-Civil War period; John was the son of a white slave owner, Morgan Williams Brown, of English, Scottish, and French-Canadian descent, and of Mariah, who was a slave.
Sofia’s maternal grandfather is named Ted Alexander.
Sofia’s maternal grandmother is Marilyn J. Gilbert (the daughter of Raymond Dewey Gilbert and Virginia Rae Moss Ferry). Marilyn is caucasian. Raymond was born in Illinois, the son of Irish parents, Stephen Winfield Gilbert and Martha Hill. Virginia was the daughter of David Walter Ferry and Maybell/Maybelle Jane Sherwin Moss.
Sources: Information about Sofia’s father’s appearance on Who Do You Think You Are?, 2011 – http://www.ancestraldiscoveries.com
Genealogy of Sofia Richie (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Sofia’s father – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Sofia’s paternal grandfather, Lionel/Lyonel Brockman Richie, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Sofia’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Sofia’s paternal grandmother, Alberta R. Foster, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Sofia’s paternal great-great-grandfather, John Louis Brown – http://www.findagrave.com
Sofia’s maternal great-grandfather, Raymond Dewey Gilbert, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Sofia’s maternal great-grandfather, Raymond Dewey Gilbert – https://www.findagrave.com
Sofia’s maternal great-grandmother, Virginia Rae Moss Ferry, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org