Tamera Mowry-Housley

Mowry in 2011, Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Tamera Darvette Mowry

Place of Birth: Gelnhausen, Hesse, West Germany (now Germany)

Date of Birth: July 6, 1978

*father – Irish, smaller amounts of English and 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 parents served in the U.S. army. Her father, Timothy John Mowry, who is from Worcester, Massachusetts, is white, and has Irish, and smaller amounts of English and Scottish, ancestry. Her mother, Darlene Renee Flowers, who is from Miami, Florida, is black, of African-Bahamian descent. 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’s patrilineal line can be traced to 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 Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. George was the son of George McKay Mowry and Sarah Jane Crocker, who was born in New Brunswick, Canada, to an Irish mother. Tamera’s great-great-great-grandfather, Russell Mowry, had three grandparents surnamed Mowry. Tamera’s great-grandmother Isabelle was the daughter of William Ferguson, who was from Vermont, and of Mary Gleason, who 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, to parents who were born in Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island. Thomas was the son of Irish parents, John J. O’Halloran and Bridget Ryan. Mary was the daughter of John McLachlan, who was born in Canada, to an Irish mother; 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/Rolle “Raleigh”/Riley/Raliegh Flowers and Cecelia/Cecile Campbell). Cloretha was born in Perrine, Miami-Dade, Florida, to Bahamian parents. Rolly was born on Andros Island, and was possibly the son of Joshua Cuthbert Flowers, from Exuma, and of Christiana Monica Hall. 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. Tamera’s great-grandmother Cecelia was born on Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera Island.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show The Real (2016) stated that Tamera’s genetic ancestry is:

*53% European
——–*21% British
——–*12% Irish
——–*8% Iberian Peninsula
——–*7% other European
——–*5% Western European
*45% Sub-Saharan African
——–*22% Ivory Coast and Ghana
——–*10% Cameroon and Congo
——–*9% Mali
——–*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:

*24% Scotland
*17% Cameroon, Congo, & Western Bantu
*15% Ireland
*15% Nigeria
*8% Benin + Togo
*6% England & Northwestern Europe
*3% Senegal
*2% Mali
*2% Ivory Coast and Ghana
*1% North Africa

Sources: http://twitter.com

Genealogy of Tamera Mowry-Housley – https://famouskin.com

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


Curious about ethnicity

26 Responses

  1. savanna says:

    Her parents are Darlene Renee Flowers and Timothy John Mowry.

    In an interview Tamera says she did their ancestry. Their ancestor on their dad’s side is Roger Mowry/Maury. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD221tw72aM

  2. Multiethnicchick says:

    Mostly white according to her DNA test

  3. perez-richart says:

    majority of mulattos are now black mother and white father

  4. cwm85 says:

    Cool to see breakdown of where parts of Europe and Africa she is from…

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