Birth Name: Tamera Darvette Mowry
Place of Birth: Gelnhausen, Hesse, Germany
Date of Birth: July 6, 1978
*father – Irish, English, Scottish
*mother – African-Bahamian
Tamera Mowry-Housley, also known as Tamera Mowry, is an American actress and model.
She was born in Germany, while her father served in the U.S. army. Her father, Timothy John Mowry, who is from Worcester, Massachusetts, is white, and has Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry, and her mother, Darlene Renee Flowers, who is from Miami, Florida, is black, of African-Bahamian descent. Her parents were in the military, and her father was later a custody officer and jailer in Glendale, California, where the family moved. Her siblings are her twin Tia Mowry-Hardrict, and younger brothers Tavior and Tahj Mowry.
Tamera is married to journalist, professional baseball player, and winery owner Adam Housley, with whom she has two children.
Tamera is said to be descended from Roger Mowrey, who was born, c. 1610, in Herne Hill, London, Middlesex, England.
Tamera’s paternal grandfather was Mahlon Henry Mowry (the son of George Rodney Mowry and Isabella/Isabel/Isabelle May Ferguson). Mahlon was born in Rhode Island. George was the son of George McKay Mowry and Sarah Jane Crocker, who was Canadian. Isabelle’s father was from Vermont and her mother was Irish.
Tamera’s paternal grandmother was Bernice I. O’Halloran (the daughter of Thomas Francis O’Halloran and Mary Lillian McLachlan/McLachlen). Bernice was born in Massachusetts. Thomas was born in Rhode Island, the son of Irish parents, John O’Halloran and Bridget Ryan. Lillian was also born in Rhode Island, the daughter of John McLachlan, whose father was Canadian and whose mother was Irish, and of Emma Vigeant/Vigant, whose father was from Vermont and whose mother was Canadian.
Tamera’s maternal grandfather was named James Calhoun Richardson.
Tamera’s maternal grandmother was Cloretha/Cloreta/Clo Flowers (the daughter of Rolly “Raleigh”/Riley Flowers and Cecelia/Cecile Campbell). Cloretha was born in Perrine, Dade, Florida, to Bahamian parents. Rolly was the son of Joshua Cuthbert Flowers, from Exuma, and of Christiana Monica Hall. Cecelia was from Eleuthera. Joshua’s mother’s family, the Rolles, were owned by John Rolle, 1st Baron Rolle, on whose estate a significant slave rebellion occured in 1830.
A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show The Real (2016) stated that Tamera’s genetic ancestry is:
——–*8% Iberian Peninsula
——–*7% other European
——–*5% Western European
*45% Sub-Saharan African
——–*22% Ivory Coast and Ghana
——–*10% Cameroon and Congo
——–*4% other African
She has also said that she has over 40% “English & Irish” ancestry.
A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2023) stated that Tamera’s genetic ancestry consists of:
*17% Cameroon, Congo, & Western Bantu
*8% Benin + Togo
*6% England & Northwestern Europe
*2% Ivory Coast and Ghana
*1% North Africa
Obituary of Tamera’s paternal great-grandmother, Mary Lillian (McLachlan/McLachlen) O’Halloran – https://www.currentobituary.com
Tamera’s maternal grandmother, Cloreta/Clo Flowers, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org