Lionel Richie

by madman on May 31, 2016

11/19/2005 - Beverly Hills - Lionel Richie at the Diamond Jubile

Birth Name: Lionel Brockman Richie

Place of Birth: Tuskegee, Alabama, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 20, 1949

Ethnicity: African-American, small amounts of English, Scottish, and French-Canadian

Lionel Richie is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. He was previously a member of the band The Commodores.

Lionel is the son of Alberta R. (Foster) and Lionel/Lyonel Brockman Richie. His adopted daughter is fashion designer and television personality Nicole Richie, with his former wife, Brenda Harvey. He has two biological children, including model Sofia Richie, with his former wife, Diane Alexander.

Lionel is of mainly African-American descent. One of his great-great-grandfathers, Morgan Brown, was white, of English, Scottish, and French-Canadian descent.

Lionel’s paternal grandfather was Charles A./E. Richie (the son of Henry Richie and Georgia Anna). Charles was born in Alabama.

Lionel’s paternal grandmother was named Ida J. Garfield. Ida was born in Alabama.

Lionel’s maternal grandfather was Albert Davidson Foster (the son of George Foster and Betsey). Albert was born in Georgia.

Lionel’s maternal grandmother was Adelaide M. Brown (the daughter of John Louis Brown and Volenderver Towson). Adelaide was born in Tennessee. John was the National leader and co-founder of “The Knights of the Wise Men”, a fraternal organization for black men in the post-Civil War period; John was the son of a white slave owner, Morgan Williams Brown, of English and Scottish descent, and of Mariah, who was a slave. Volenderver was the daughter of Sam Towson and Matilda.

Sources: Genealogies of Lionel Richie – https://www.geni.com
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Lionel’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Lionel Richie (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Lionel’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Lionel’s maternal great-grandfather, John Louis Brown – http://www.findagrave.com

Photo by Starfrenzy/Bigstock.com

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Multiethnicchick October 14, 2017 at 6:57 pm

Looks very mixed race

cdonorab April 10, 2017 at 8:31 am

Correction. He also has some French as well. One of the woman who married an ancestor of the Morgan Brown’s they talked about in who do you think you are was a descendant of zacharie cloutier making him a distant cousin of Madonna.

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