Tia Mowry-Hardrict

Mowry in 2011, Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Tia Dashon Mowry

Place of Birth: Gelnhausen, Hesse, Germany

Date of Birth: July 6, 1978

*father – Irish, English, Scottish
*mother – African-Bahamian

Tia Mowry-Hardrict, also credited as Tia 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 had 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 Tamera Mowry-Housley, and younger brothers Tavior and Tahj Mowry. Tia is married to actor Cory Hardrict, with whom she has a son.

Tia is said to be descended from Roger Mowrey, who was born, c. 1610, in Herne Hill, London, Middlesex, England.

Tia’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.

Tia’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.

Tia’s maternal grandfather was named James Calhoun Richardson.

Tia’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 Tia’s sister, Tamera’s, genetic ancestry is:

*53% European
——–*21% British
——–*12% Irish
——–*8% Iberian Peninsula
——–*5% Western European
——–*7% other European
*45% Sub-Saharan African
——–*22% Ivory Coast and Ghana
——–*10% Cameroon and Congo
——–*9% Mali
——–*4% other African

Tia’s sister Tamera 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 Tia’s sister Tamera’s genetic ancestry consists of:

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

Sources: Obituary of Tia’s paternal great-grandmother, Mary Lillian (McLachlan/McLachlen) O’Halloran – https://www.currentobituary.com

Tia’s maternal grandmother, Cloreta/Clo Flowers, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

34 Responses

  1. savanna says:

    “possibly Irish” should be added to their father’s side. Tia and Tamera have said a few times that they have Irish ancestry.


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