Gypsy Sisters stars Nettie Stanley, Mellie Stanley, Kayla Williams, and Laura Johnston have come to be known as “The Stanley Sisters,” and they even had a one-hour special by that title on TLC after their initial appearance on My Big Fat America Gypsy Wedding. But, despite what their nickname might imply, these four gals are not sisters at all — something that has caused a little bit of confusion for those tuning in to Gypsy Sisters in its inaugural season.
So, I’ve gone through the trouble of putting together the Gypsy Sisters family tree that you see above, which obviously isn’t a complete Stanley family tree, merely a tree large enough to understand the relationship between the show’s four main characters. (Click photo to enlarge.)
As it mentions on the top of the graphic, the main thing to understand is that Mellie and Nettie’s mom Lottie Mae Stanley is the sister of Kayla’s mom Jettie Matthews. Laura married Kayla’s brother (and Jettie’s son) Gus. That’s pretty much the gist of it.
It should be noted that all lists of siblings in the chart are not in any sort of order, except for Nettie’s children, who are arranged by age from oldest (Heath – 21) to youngest (Kat – 4). UPDATE – When I originally created the graphic I felt I didn’t need to mention that Nettie’s daughter Destiny died when she was still a baby (a terrible tragedy for Nettie), but after seeing a comment or two about it I thought I should clarify, so I updated the image. Destiny would be 13 now.
I realize I don’t have Kayla and Richard’s children’s names yet, but I goofed and forgot to ask for that information when I was putting the tree together and really wanted to get it up before tonight’s episode. I will update with an amended chart as soon as I get the information. Oh, and Annie Johnston’s photo (sister of Kayla and Gus) is included because she played a big role on My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding and makes numerous appearances on Gypsy Sisters as well.
I’d like to thank Mellie, Nettie, and @StanleySisFans for their help putting the list together! If you notice any errors, just let me know in the comments section and I will try to make the corrections as soon as I can.