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, Irish, around one eighth 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. His European ancestry includes English, German, Scottish, French, Irish, and remote Welsh. In his 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. Tom’s grandfather’s mother, Nina/Effie Tompkins, was African-American. People of African-American heritage sometimes described themselves as being of Native American descent. Tom’s paternal Sizemore family likely also 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 James Garfield King and Nancy Jones). Vina was born in Kentucky. James was the son of Henry M. King and Paralee/Parlee Kelly/Kelley. Nancy was the daughter of John Jones and Mary.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Schannault (the son of John Oliver Shannault/Chennault/Chenault and Nina/Effie Tompkins). Samuel was born in Georgia. John was the son of John Nelson Chennault/Chenault and Sarah Elizabeth “Lizzie” Barksdale McClendon/McLindon. Effie was the daughter of Sam/Sim Thompkins and Odesa/Odessa Norman.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Mildred Dean Hayes (the daughter of Robert Leslie Hayes and Lonetta “Nettie” Anderson). Mildred was born in Tennessee. 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 1900 U.S. Census –
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 –

28 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    genealogy of Tom’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Henry Davis Anderson and Josephine Exum:

    genealogy of Tom’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Martha Cantrell:

  2. bablah says:

    Samuel Schannault’s brother Frank has his place of birth listed as Danburg Georgia (his other siblings just have Georgia). There’s even a town next to Danburg called Chennault.
    There’s one John Oliver Chennault in Danburg:

    There’s an Effie Thompkins in White Plains:

    The names and birth dates of some of her children match to those of Samuel’s siblings when they lived in Ohio.

    • bablah says:

      Just realised that Effie and John Oliver are on the same census page (on both 1910 and 1920 census, but she’s Thompson on the 1910 one), so they definitely knew each other, but is he really the father of her children?

      • follers says:

        Speaking of people of African descent, do you have anything to add to what I’ve found on Shailene Woodley? It’s interesting her mother’s background hasn’t been covered in the mainstream media.

        • bablah says:

          Nothing to add.
          I’m not really surprised by that as I’m surprised by Hailee Steinfeld denying her African-American ancestry at first. It’s not even that distant.

          • follers says:

            I just wanted to make sure my research was correct.

            I recently discovered that everything I found and had up for Rob Riggle was totally wrong.

        • andrew says:

          Probably mainstream media did not find it convincing enough. It looks fake.

          Who can believe this woman has three grandparents of color?? Crazy.

          Considering that we live in an era when they try to promote the mixed-race couple in any way (just right now I am constantly bombarded by Expedia ads on YouTube portraying a Caucasian girl/mulatto boy pair), Shailene Woodley is not useful for that campaign. It’s my sociological analysis.

  3. andrew says:

    According to, Tom is a descendant of George “(Chief of) All” Sizemore, who was said to have been the half-breed son of a white woman and a Cherokee Indian Chief. George’s wife, Agnes “Aggie” Cornett (born Shepherd), was also said to be of Cherokee or Creek background.
    Although it is yet unknown as to what degree of or from what Tribe of Natives the Sizemore family has come from, the Sizemore Indian heritage has finally been proven though DNA. Of the Sizemore’s tested, 27 of the 42 showed the Haplogroup Q-M242, which is Amerindian.

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