Louisiana Creole

Dana Gourrier

by madman on May 30, 2018

Dana Gourrier – “The Hateful Eight” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome, 6360 Sunset Boulevard – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: Dana Michelle Gourrier

Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: 1979

Ethnicity: Louisiana Creole [African, French], possibly African-American

Dana Gourrier is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and musician.

Dana’s paternal grandfather was Alfred James Gourrier (the son of Alfred James Gourrier and Jennie Robichaux). Alfred was the son of Samuel Gourrier and Susie Wilkins. Jennie was the daughter of Giles Robichaux and Justine Tanner.

Dana’s paternal grandmother was Edna M. Ricard (the daughter of George Ricard and May/Mae Porche).

Source: Dana’s paternal grandfather’s family on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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Grace Gibson

by Mixed Kidd on May 12, 2018

Grace Gibson – “Black Nativity” New York City Premiere – Arrivals – Apollo Theater – New York City, NY, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Janet Mayer / PRPhotos.com

Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 2, 1991

Ethnicity:
*English (father)
*African-American, Louisiana Creole [African, French, possibly other] (mother)

Grace Gibson is an American actress. She is known for her roles in Black Nativity (2013), All Eyez on Me (2017) and Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. (2018).

She is the daughter of actress and producer Lynn Whitfield and English film director Brian Gibson.

Grace’s paternal grandfather was Valerian E. Smith (the son of Dr. Dennis E. Smith and Willia/Willa Gertrude Hundley). Valerian was born in West Virginia. Dennis was the son of Lewis Smith and Lucy. Willia was the daughter of Halbrook B. Hundley and Ethel Julia Owens.

Grace’s paternal grandmother is named Valeria Jean Butler.

Sources: https://kreolmagazine.com

Grace’s paternal grandfather, Valerian E. Smith, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Valerian E. Smith on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Grace’s paternal grandfather, Valerian E. Smith – https://old.findagrave.com

Marriage record of Grace’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Halbrook B. Hundley and Ethel Julia Owens – https://www.familysearch.org

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Lynn Whitfield

by Mixed Kidd on March 19, 2018

Lynn Whitfield – 5th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon – Arrivals – Beverly Hills Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Lynn Butler-Smith

Place of Birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 6, 1953

Ethnicity: African-American, Louisiana Creole [African, French]

Lynn Whitfield is an American actress and producer. She began working in television and theatre, before progressing to supporting roles in film.

Lynn is the daughter of Valeria Jean (Butler), an officer of a finance agency, and Valerian E. Smith, a dentist. Lynn is African-American and Louisiana Creole.

Lynn has a daughter, actress Grace Gibson, with her former husband, English-born director Brian Gibson. Her surname is from her first husband, Vantile Whitfield.

Lynn’s paternal grandfather was named Dr. Dennis E. Smith (the son of Lewis Smith and Lucy). Dr. Dennis was born in West Virginia.

Lynn’s paternal grandmother was Willia/Willa Gertrude Hundley (the daughter of Halbrook B. Hundley and Ethel Julia Owens). Willia was born in West Virginia. Halbrook was the son of William Hundley and Jennie. Ethel was the daughter of Samuel Owens and Sarah.

Sources: https://kreolmagazine.com

Lynn’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Lynn’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Lynn’s father – https://old.findagrave.com

Marriage record of Lynn’s paternal great-grandparents, Halbrook B. Hundley and Ethel Julia Owens – https://www.familysearch.org

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RuPaul

by stlucas on February 13, 2018

RuPaul – 2012 Critics’ Choice Television Awards – Arrivals – The Beverly Hilton Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Keywords: Rupaul Andre Charles, Rupaul Charles Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: RuPaul Andre Charles

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 17, 1960

Ethnicity:
*African-American (father)
*Louisiana Creole [African, French, Swiss-German, possibly other] (mother)

RuPaul is an American drag queen, actor, model, singer, songwriter, author, and television personality. RuPaul is known for being the host of television series RuPaul’s Drag Race.

RuPaul is the son of Ernestine “Toni” (Fontenet/Fontenette) and Irving Andrew Charles. RuPaul’s parents are from Louisiana. His father was African-American and his mother was a Louisiana Creole. RuPaul is married to Georges LeBar, an Australian.

Two of RuPaul’s maternal ancestors were Andre Adrien Mercier, who was born, c. 1766, in Nantes, France; and Nicholas Wiltz, who was born, c. 1699, in Volkringen, Canton of Bern, Switzerland.

RuPaul has said:

My mother got the name [RuPaul] out of Ebony magazine. It was spelled Ripoll, but she’s Creole, so she made it into this saucy, Frenchy concoction.

RuPaul’s maternal grandfather was Felix “Bukey” Fontenet/Fontenette (the son of Felix Fontenette and Marie Louise Wiltz). Marie Louise was the daughter of François Leufroy Wiltz and Marie Amelie Mercier.

RuPaul’s maternal grandmother was Ernestine Girard/Gerard (the daughter of Joseph Gerard).

Sources: http://www.nytimes.com

Birth record of RuPaul – http://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of RuPaul’s maternal grandfather, Felix “Bukey” Fontenet/Fontenette – http://www.genealogy.com

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Chris Rene

by stlucas on December 3, 2017

 Chris Rene – “Jack and Jill” World Premiere – Arrivals – Regency Village Theatre – Westwood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Christopher Noel Maurice René

Place of Birth: Santa Cruz, Riverside, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 25, 1982

Ethnicity:
*Louisiana Creole [African, French, German, Swiss-German, possibly other] (father)
*German, Swiss-German, English (mother)

Chris Rene is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. He is known for being a contestant on the first season of The X Factor USA.

Chris is the son of Joan G. (Sampson) and musician Rafael/Raphael Leon “Googie” René. His siblings are Mike, Gabriel, and Gina.

Chris’ father, who had been described as a Louisiana Creole, was of African-American, French, German, and Swiss-German descent. He was also said to have had Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

Chris’ mother is pictured here. She has German, Swiss-German, and English ancestry.

Chris has stated:

Fun facts… about my heritage, which is Creole – that’s black and French. And German, Indian, Swiss. Not everybody knows that about me.

Chris has two children.

Chris’ paternal grandfather was music composer Leon T. René (the son of Otis Joseph René and Lelia Baumann). Otis was the son of Joseph René and Mary Caroline Plaisance/Pleasant. Lelia was the daughter of James Connor Baumann, whose parents were from Switzerland and Germany, and of Matilda/Madilda Johnson, who was listed as “Black” on the 1880 U.S. Census.

Chris’ paternal grandmother was Irma J. Jahncke (the daughter of Solomon Z. Thomas and Jennie). Irma was also from Louisiana. She was listed as “Mulatto” on the 1910 U.S. Census.

Chris’ maternal grandfather was Maurice Bradley Sampson (the son of Maurice/Morris B. Sampson and Annabel Bradley). Chris’ great-grandfather Maurice was the son of Henry J. Sampson and Josephine Barr. Annabel was the daughter of Watson Bradley and Eliza Lanker.

Chris’ maternal grandmother was Lois Bernice Schini (the daughter of Jacob Jay Schini and Edith Ellen Grayburn). Jacob was the son of Jacob Schini, whose parents were from Alsace-Lorraine, and of Elizabeth Schueller/Schneller, whose parents were from Felsberg, Switzerland. Edith was the daughter of Charles Frederick Grayburn and Praxcy Ann Garlick.

Sources: Genealogy of Chris Rene – http://www.geni.com

Birth record of Chris Rene – http://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Chris’ parents – http://www.familysearch.org

Chris’ mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Chris’ maternal grandmother, Lois Bernice Schini – https://www.geni.com

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