‘My mind is broken!’ Julia Roberts Is Shocked To Realize She’s Not Really ‘Roberts’ After DNA Archives Reveal Secret Family Scandal
- Julia discovers her great-grandfather’s identity after a family scandal
- Through DNA, it was discovered that the actress’ great-great-grandmother, Rhoda Stull Roberts, had an affair with a married man after the death of her husband, Willis.
- Julia is shocked to discover that she is not a Roberts but a Mitchell, after searching her family tree for Henry McDonald Mitchell Jr.
- Henry’s mother lived just four doors down from Rhoda in Georgia and married a woman named Sarah in the late 1870s.
Julia Roberts is shocked to discover she’s not ‘Roberts’ after digging into her family archives reveals a hidden scandal.
The 55-year-old actress starred in Ancestry Searching Your Roots to discover more about her family tree through DNA archives and genealogical work with the help of Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
And Julia couldn’t believe it when she was told that her last name was actually completely different, because her great-great-grandmother, Rhoda Steele Roberts, married a man after the death of her husband, Willis Roberts. had a relationship with
Shocked: Julia Roberts shocked to discover she’s not ‘Roberts’ after digging into her family archives reveals a secret plot
Dr. Henry told the actress: “Digging through Georgia county archives, we discovered that sometime in the 1850s, Rhoda married a man named Willis Roberts.
‘Julia Willis’ has the last name. But Willis died in 1864, a decade before Rhoda gave birth to Julia’s great-grandfather, John, an unlikely outcome.
When looking through the archives, Willis is not listed on the 1880 census but her great grandfather is John Pendleton Roberts.
History: The 55-year-old actress starred in Ancestry’s Search Your Roots to find out more about her family tree through DNA archives and genealogical works.
Surprised: Julia couldn’t believe it when she was told that her last name was completely different, because her great-grandmother Rhoda Stull Roberts had an affair with a married man.
Dr. Henry gives Julia time to figure out that Willis is missing, leading him to tell her: Willis Roberts may not be your great, great grandfather. He was dead.
Surprised Julia replied: ‘But I’m not Roberts?’
The historian explained how his team delved into Georgia’s archives but found no clues to the identity of Julia’s great-grandfather.
Archives: Dr. Henry explained how his team delved into the Georgia archives but found no clues to the identity of Julia’s great-grandfather.
They then looked for DNA samples from the actor and his cousin to see if they could find a match about their paternal grandfather.
Dr. Henry explained: ‘We found a set of matches that tie Julia and her cousin to a man’…Henry MacDonald Mitchell Jr.
After reading the name, Julia asked: ‘So we’re Mitchell?’, the professor confirmed that she was ‘Julia Mitchell’.
The story takes another interesting turn as it is revealed in the census that Henry is married to a woman named Sarah and has six children.
Putting the jigsaw puzzle together, Dr. Henry then reveals that Rhoda lived only four houses away from Henry’s mother.
Upon receiving the news, Julia said: ‘I am truly heartbroken. This is interesting. And on the other hand you know a part of me that you know when I’m relaxed, you know that I can still wrap my arms around the idea that my family is my family.
“I prefer the name Roberts,” she added with a laugh. It was a very unexpected change.
‘My mind is blown’: After reading the name, Julia asks: ‘So we’re Mitchell?’, the professor confirms that she is ‘Julia Mitchell’.