Aretha Franklin

by madman on February 7, 2016

22nd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Birth Name: Aretha Louise Franklin

Date of Birth: March 25, 1942

Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Death: August 16, 2018

Place of Death: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Ethnicity: African-American

Aretha Franklin, known as “the Queen of Soul,” was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and actress.

She was the daughter of Barbara Siggers Franklin (born Barbara Vernice Siggers), a gospel singer, and The Rev. C. L. Franklin (born Clarence LaVaughn Walker), a Baptist minister and civil rights activist. Her father served as the pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church for over thirty years, and was known as the man with the “Million-Dollar Voice.” Among her siblings were musicians/singers Erma Franklin and Carolyn Franklin. The family surname is from Aretha’s step-grandfather, Henry Franklin.

Aretha had four children.

A picture of Aretha’s parents can be seen here.

Aretha’s paternal grandfather was named Willie Walker.

Aretha’s paternal grandmother was Rachel Pittman (the daughter of Elijah J. Pittman and Willie Ann Marshall). Rachel was born in Mississippi. Elijah was a preacher, and was the son of Maa Pittman and Betty.

Aretha’s maternal grandfather was Semial/Samuel Siggers (the son of Lorenzo “Georgie” Siggers and Evaline Byrd). Semial was born in Mississippi. Evaline was the daughter of Stephen Byrd and Patience.

Aretha’s maternal grandmother was Clara Bell Lowe (the daughter of Robert Earnest Lowe and Josephine). Clara was born in Mississippi. Robert was the son of Mingo Lowe and Morning Jewel Clay.

Sources: Genealogy of Aretha Franklin –

Genealogy of Aretha Franklin (focusing on her father’s side) –

Aretha’s maternal grandfather, Semial/Samuel Siggers, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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neiltennant August 18, 2018 at 3:05 am

racist FOX NEWS paid tribute to her with showing pics of her and PATTI LABELLE


Patti Labelle looks totally different

neiltennant August 18, 2018 at 3:04 am

she was a great singer

the song RESPECT was very important for womens rights activists and african americans

she was in the perfect time at the right moment !

pookerella August 17, 2018 at 9:23 am

I’m pretty certain she was also part Native American.

Freerk August 17, 2018 at 12:14 am

So much Respect from Germany. Makes me unspeakably sad.

“The Queen of Soul has left this earth to sit down in her throne in heaven. How blessed we were to hear the best that God had to offer in her voice. RESPECT!”
Lenny Kravitz


Freerk August 17, 2018 at 12:15 am

“on” her throne, of course… >:(

Manila August 12, 2018 at 10:20 pm

Get well soon. Please, don’t die yet. :(

ethnic August 14, 2018 at 1:22 am

praying for her.

Manila August 16, 2018 at 7:22 am

She died. RIP :(

ethnic August 16, 2018 at 7:40 am

RIP Queen of Soul

andrew January 29, 2017 at 1:19 pm
andrew August 10, 2017 at 4:10 pm

Aretha’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Siggers

this could be him on Census:

Aretha’s parents:

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