Tom Sizemore

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Sizemore in 2013, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Thomas Edward Sizemore, Jr.

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 29, 1961

Ethnicity: English, German, Scottish, French, likely some African-American, distant Native American [Cherokee or Creek], remote Welsh

Tom Sizemore is an American actor and producer.

Tom is the son of Judith (Schannault) and Thomas Edward Sizemore, a lawyer and professor. His brother, Aaron Sizemore, is a writer. Among his ancestry is English, German, Scottish, French, and remote Welsh. In his book autobiography, By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There: A Memoir (2013), Tom states that his maternal grandfather was the illegitimate son of a white plantation owner, John Oliver Chennault, and of a Native American woman, Nina. Similarly, Tom appears to have once stated that his mother (more likely specifically his maternal grandfather) had African-American ancestry. It appears that Tom’s great-grandmother, Nina/Effie Tompkins, was indeed African-American. People of African-American heritage sometimes described themselves as being of Native American descent. Tom’s paternal Sizemore family likely has distant Native American (Cherokee or Creek) ancestry.

Tom has two children, with Janelle McIntire.

Tom’s patrilineal line can be traced to Francis Sizemore, who was born, c. 1618, in London, England.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was Blevins Sizemore (the son of Wilburn/Wilber B. Sizemore and Margaret L. “Peggy” Asher). Tom’s grandfather Blevins was born in Kentucky. Wilburn was the son of Blevins Brock Sizemore and Rebecca Sizemore. Margaret was the daughter of David Wilkerson Asher and Nancy Jane/Patsy Sizemore.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Vina Marie King (the daughter of Garfield King and Nancy Jones).

Tom’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Schannault (the son of John Oliver Shannault/Chennault/Chenault and Nina/Effie Tompkins). John was the son of John Nelson Chennault/Chenault and Sarah Elizabeth “Lizzie” Barksdale McClendon/McLindon.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Mildred Dean Hayes (the daughter of Robert Leslie Hayes and Lonetta “Nettie” Anderson). Robert was the son of Richard A. Hayes and Elizabeth Ann Terry. Lonetta was the daughter of Henry Davis Anderson and Josephine “Josie” Exum.

Sources: Tom’s paternal grandfather, Blevins Sizemore, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Blevins Sizemore on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Tom’s paternal great-grandparents, Wilburn/Wilber B. Sizemore and Margaret L. “Peggy” Asher –

Genealogies of Tom’s paternal great-grandfather, Wilburn/Wilber B. Sizemore –

Genealogy of Tom’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Blevins Sizemore –

Family history of the Sizemores –

Genealogy of Tom Sizemore (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Tom’s maternal great-grandfather, John Oliver Shannault/Chennault/Chenault, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death records of Tom’s maternal great-grandfather, John Oliver Shannault/Chennault/Chenault –

Tom’s maternal great-grandmother, Nina/Effie Tompkins, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Tom’s maternal grandmother, Mildred Dean (Hayes) Schannault –

Genealogies of Tom’s maternal great-grandparents, Robert Leslie Hayes and Lonetta “Nettie” Anderson –

Genealogies of Tom’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Henry Davis Anderson and Josephine “Josie” Exum –

Genealogy of Tom’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Martha Cantrell –

Genealogy of Tom’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Martha Cantrell (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Tom’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, William Henry Cantrell –

26 Responses

  1. andrew says: according to this, Tom is a descendant of African slave John Punch/Bunch (1/4096).

    And findagrave claims he descends to Pocahontas too (1/4096). This is his 3rd great-grandmother’s genealogy:
    Check her mother’s line.

  2. andrew says:


    Are you totally sure Blevins Sizemore is Tom’s paternal grandfather?

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