Place of Birth: Kalaheo, Hawaii, U.S.
Date of Birth: June 23, 1986
*father – Filipino
*mother – English, Irish, likely distant Native American
Sonya Balmores is an American actress, model, surfer, and beauty pageant titleholder. She was named Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2004.
Sonya is the daughter of Malana and Abraham Balmores.
Her father is of Filipino ancestry. Her mother has English and Irish ancestry. Sonya has specified, “I’m part of the Choctaw tribe from Oklahoma.” It is not clear if this Choctaw ancestry has been verified/documented.
Sonya’s paternal grandfather was named Severino Garcia Balmores. Severino was born in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya, the Philippines.
Sonya’s paternal grandmother was named Lourdes Aquino. Lourdes was a Filipina.
Sonya’s maternal grandfather was Milam Rayford Sullivan (the son of Earl Edwin Sullivan and Beadie Bernice Snow). Earl was the son of William Henry Nelson Sullivan and Ammon Cozy Hickey. Beadie was the daughter of Milam Joseph Snow and Nancy Jane Wood.
Sonya’s maternal grandmother was Nedra Jane Marcum (the daughter of Charles Edward “Ned” Marcum and Jessie Eleanor Sutton). Nedra was born in Oklahoma. Ned was the son of Henry W. Marcum and Cordelia/Cardelia Beal, who was evidently of one eighth Native American descent. Jessie was the daughter of Dozier Thornton Sutton and Katie Griffin.
Obituary of Sonya’s paternal grandfather, Severino Garcia Balmores – http://archives.starbulletin.com
Obituary of Sonya’s paternal grandmother, Lourdes (Aquino) Balmores – http://www.thegardenisland.com
Obituary of Sonya’s maternal grandmother, Nedra Jane (Marcum) Sullivan – http://www.thegardenisland.com
Sonya’s maternal great-grandfather, Charles Edward “Ned” Marcum, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org