BOB MARLEY’S FAMILY
The Family Members and Story
Bob Marley’s Parents
The Reggae Legend’s Mother and Father
Bob Marley was the son of Cedella Malcolm Marley Booker and Norval Sinclair Marley. Bob Marley was also husband of Rita Anderson Marley, who regularly performed with Bob Marley as a member of his back-up singers the I Threes, and was the father 0f 12 children.
“Cedella Malcolm Marley Booker (July 23, 1926 – April 8, 2008) was the
mother of Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley and a singer and writer…Booker was born Cedella Malcolm in Rhoden Hall, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica, to Alberta Whilloughby and Omeriah Malcolm, a farmer, a “bush doctor”, and one of the most respected residents of Nine Mile (son of Robert “Uncle Day” Malcolm, who descended from the Cromanty slaves shipped to Jamaica from the African Gold Coast in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries). At 18, Cedella Malcolm married Norval Sinclair Marley, a white Jamaican of English ancestry, when she became pregnant with his son, Robert Nesta (which second given name “Nesta” means prophetically “wise messenger”). Norval Marley was a Marine officer and captain as well as the plantation overseer. His family applied constant pressure however, and although he provided financial support for them, the Captain seldom saw his wife and son. Bob was ten years old when Norval died of a heart attack in 1955 at age 70. Cedella and Bob then moved to Trenchtown, a slum neighborhood in Kingston. This was the only place Booker could afford to live at the time, being a young woman moving from the country to the big city on her own….While living in Trenchtown, Booker gave birth to a daughter, Pearl, with Taddeus Livingston, the father of Bunny Livingston – aka Bunny Wailer – who formed the original Wailers trio with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh in 1963…Cedella then married Edward Booker, an American civil servant, and resided first in Delaware, where she gave birth to two more sons, Richard and Anthony, with Booker. Anthony was killed in a shootout with Miami police after walking through a shopping mall with a 12 ga. shotgun and opening fire on responding police; Richard Booker survives her. After Edward Booker’s death in 1976, Cedella moved to Miami, Florida, where she was present at the deathbed of her famous son who died from cancer in 1981. Booker lived in Miami for the remainder of her life…”
Norval Sinclair Marley, said to be born in 1885 in Jamaica. Neither the exact
year or city of birth is known. Norval is not a celebrity but he was the father of famous singer Bob Marley. Norval was a white Jamaican of Scottish descent. Norval was a Marine officer and captain, as well as a plantation overseer.
Norval married married Cedella Booker, an eighteen years old black Jamaican. Norval provided financial support for his wife and child, but he rarely saw them being away on trips most of the time. In 1955, when Marley was 10 years old, his father died of a heart attack at age 60.
Norval died when Bob Marley was just 10 years old leaving him to be raised by his mother, Cedella Marley, who moved them to Kingston’s Trenchtown slum.