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Ben Cura

by madman on July 24, 2017

Birth Name: José Ben Cura

Place of Birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Date of Birth: September 30, 1988

Ethnicity: Argentinian (Lebanese, Spanish, Basque, Italian, possibly other)

Ben Cura is an Argentinian and British actor. He is the son of Silvia Ibarra and José Cura, a singer, conductor, director, scenographer, and photographer. His father is of one half Lebanese, one quarter Italian, and one quarter Spanish, descent. Some of his father’s roots are in Santo Stefano Belbo, Province of Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy.

Ben’s patrilineal ancestors were Chalita el-Khoury, who was born, c. 1874, in Knet, and his wife, Theresa bou-Saada, who was born, c. 1881, in Zghorta, both in Lebanon. The surname was later changed to Cura.

Ben’s paternal grandparents were Oscar Cura and Olga Gómez.

Sources: Genealogy of Ben Cura – https://www.myheritage.se

http://www.independent.co.uk
https://www.onefineart.com

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Oakes Fegley

by madman on July 19, 2017

Oakes Fegley – “Pete’s Dragon” World Premiere – Arrivals – El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA, USA -Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos 

Place of Birth: Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 11, 2004

Ethnicity: Irish, as well as 1/8th Slovak, 1/8th Italian, German, some Dutch

Oakes Fegley is an American actor.

Oakes is the son of Mercedes G. (Tonne) and Michael Jerod Fegley. His father is of one quarter Slovak, as well as German and Irish, ancestry. Oakes’ mother is of one half Irish, one quarter Italian, one eighth German, and one eighth Dutch, descent.

Oakes’ paternal grandfather is Richard Franklin “Dick” Fegley.

Oakes’ paternal grandmother is Marguerite “Peg” Kiss (the daughter of Ferdinand Walter Kiss/Kish and Mary Rose Flynn). Ferdinand was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Slovak parents, Eduardus/Edward Kiss/Kish and Pauline Bajsovicz/Vocieotiz/Voysivick. Mary Rose was the daughter of Joseph Flynn and Anna.

Oakes’ maternal grandfather is Jay Tonne (the son of Christopher Fredrick Tonne and Catherine Marie Larocca). Christopher was the son of Wilhelm Heinrich Tonne, who was born in Wisconsin, to German parents, and of Louise Pauline Fredricks, who was born in Wisconsin, to Dutch parents. Catherine was born in Illinois, the daughter of Italian parents, Michael Larocca and Angeline/Angela Maria Postilion, from Potenza.

Oakes’ maternal grandmother is Mary Burke (the daughter of John J. Burke and Cecelia/Cecilia Marie/Mary Hoban). John had Irish ancestry, and was the son of John Joseph Burke and Florence Catherine Brady. Cecelia was born in Illinois, the daughter of William Joseph Hoban, who was born in Illinois, to Irish parents, and of Margaret Rourke, who was born in Kerry, Ireland.

Sources: Obituary of Oakes’ paternal uncle, David Fegley – http://www.legacy.com

Oakes’ great-grandfather, Ferdinand Walter Kiss/Kish, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Oakes’ paternal great-grandfather, Ferdinand Walter Kiss/Kish – http://articles.mcall.com

Likely baptismal record of Oakes’ paternal great-great-grandfather, Eduardus/Edward Kiss/Kish – https://familysearch.org

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

Obituaries of Oakes’ maternal great-grandparents, Christopher Fredrick Tonne and Catherine Marie Larocca – http://www.kmitch.com

Oakes’ maternal great-great-grandmother, Louise Pauline Fredricks, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Oakes’ maternal great-grandmother, Catherine Marie Larocca, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Oakes’ mother (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.bajda.net

Birth record of Oakes’ maternal great-grandmother, Cecelia/Cecilia Marie/Mary Hoban – https://familysearch.org

Oakes’ maternal great-grandmother, Cecelia/Cecilia Marie/Mary Hoban, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Mandela Van Peebles

by madman on July 13, 2017

Mandela Van Peebles and his father Mario

Birth Name: Mandela Mali Van Peebles

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 4, 1994

Ethnicity: African-American, 1/4 German, possibly some Italian

Mandela Van Peebles is an American actor and rapper. He is the son of actress Lisa Vitello and director and actor Mario Van Peebles.

Mandela was named after activist and politician Nelson Mandela.

Mandela’s paternal grandparents Melvin Van Peebles (born Melvin Peebles; the son of Marion Peebles and Edwin Griffin), an actor, composer, director, screenwriter, novelist, and playwright, and Maria Marx, an actress and photographer. Melvin was African-American. Maria was German.

Mandela’s mother is black. Her surname, Vitello, might indicate Italian ancestry, as well.

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Les Claypool

by bablah on July 12, 2017

Birth Name: Leslie Edward Claypool

Place of Birth: Richmond, Contra Costa, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 29, 1963

Ethnicity: English, 1/8 Italian, 1/8 Danish, some Irish and Scottish

Les Claypool is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He is the bassist and lead vocalist of the band Primus.

Les’ paternal grandparents have the last names Claypool and Williams.

Les’ maternal grandfather was Leslie Edward Simoni (the son of Daniel Roy Simoni and Laura S. Travis/Traverse/Travers). Daniel was the son of Italian immigrants, Geremo/Geremia Simoni and Carlotta Baldocci/Baroscchi. Laura was the daughter of Silas Milton Traverse and Clara B. Fitzgerald.

Les’ maternal grandmother was Wilma Elizabeth Sutherland/Southerland (the daughter of William A. Sutherland and Elizabeth A. Larsen). William was the son of John C. Sutherland and Helen/Nellie Hunt. Les’ great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of Laurin/Lauritz P. Larsen and Dagmar Rassmusen.

Sources: Birth record of Les’ father – https://familysearch.org

Birth record of Les’ mother – https://familysearch.org

Divorce record of Les’ maternal grandparents, Leslie Edward Simoni and Wilma Elizabeth Sutherland/Southerland – https://familysearch.org

Birth record of Les’ maternal grandfather, Leslie Edward Simoni – https://familysearch.org

Les’ maternal grandfather, Leslie Edward Simoni, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Les’ maternal great-grandfather, Daniel Roy Simoni, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Les’ maternal great-grandmother, Laura S. Travis/Traverse/Travers, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Birth record of Les’ maternal grandmother, Wilma Elizabeth Sutherland/Southerland – https://familysearch.org

Les’ maternal grandmother, Wilma Elizabeth Sutherland/Southerland, on the 1940 U.S. Census – familysearch.org

Marriage record of Les’ maternal great-grandparents, William A. Sutherland and Elizabeth A. Larsen – https://familysearch.org

Les’ maternal great-grandfather, William A. Sutherland, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Les’ maternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth A. Larsen, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Imani Coppola

by maurogomes3193 on July 7, 2017

Birth Name: Imani Francesca Coppola

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 6, 1978

Ethnicity:
*Italian (father)
*African-American (mother)

Imani Coppola is an American singer, songwriter, and violinist. She grew up as the second youngest of five children in Long Island, New York, in a lower-income family.

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