Nat King Cole

by ethnic on July 12, 2010

Birth Name: Nathaniel Adams Coles

Date of Birth: March 17, 1919

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

Date of Death: February 15, 1965

Place of Death: Santa Monica, California

Ethnicity: African-American

Nat King Cole was an American singer and jazz pianist. He was the son of Perlina (Adams) and The Rev. Edward James Coles, a Baptist pastor. Nat was married to jazz singer Maria Cole, until his death. The couple had five children, including musician Natalie Cole.

Nat’s maternal grandmother was Mattie Adams (the daughter of Robin Adams and Mina).

Sources: Genealogies of Nat King Cole –

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cdonorab October 26, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Correction. Found info on his father. Edward James Coles was the son of John Cole and Denise Augustine Cole. Thorough James Nat has English and Irish ancestry and through the Denise he has French Canadian ancestry. Through Denise he also has distant spanish and Portuguese ancestry as well.

Here’s a tree that details the Coles ancestry:

Here’s some info on Denise Cole’s family:

follers October 28, 2017 at 10:22 am

Is there any documentary proof that John and Denise were Cole’s paternal grandparents? lists his grandparents as Edward and Catharine.

cdonorab October 28, 2017 at 11:36 am

Yes thus is his father in the 1900 census living with his parents who are listed in the Coles tree

It seems there was another Edward Coles who had the same father’s name and some people confused the two. The tree on the Coles is correct though Edwards father was Joseph Cole and his mother was Heater Douglass.

cdonorab October 28, 2017 at 11:39 am

Hester Douglass not heater

follers December 2, 2017 at 1:38 pm

So you’re now saying his grandparents were Joseph and Hester, rather than John and Denise? How do you know?

andrew July 31, 2017 at 1:28 pm
andrew July 31, 2017 at 1:26 pm
fuzzybear44 January 2, 2016 at 12:18 am

R.I.P to his daughter Natalie

fuzzybear44 August 14, 2012 at 2:33 am

R.I.P to his wife Maria Cole who pass in July 2012

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