Bob's mother was African-Jamaican while his father was a white Jamaican originally from Sussex, England, whose family claimed Syrian Jewish origins.
Robert Nesta Marley was born in the rural town of Nine Miles, a suburb of the St. Ann Parish in Jamaica on February 5, 1945. His mother, a black peasant by the name of Cedelia Booker, had married Norval Marley, a captain of the Jamaican army who was on duty in their town. Although Captain Manley, an older man, loved his wife, he eventually left her because his family did not approve of his marriage to a poor woman who they perceived as from an uncultured descent. He continued providing his son with financial support but died when Marley was just ten years old, never having a chance to know him well. Marley's mother then went on to marry Edward Booker, a civil servant from the United States, giving Marley two step-brothers: Richard and Anthony.