Birth Name: Thomas Wesley Pentz
Place of Birth: Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S.
Date of Birth: November 10, 1978
Ethnicity: English, German, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, some Cornish, some Welsh, remote Swiss-German
Diplo is an American DJ, record producer, rapper, singer, songwriter, and record executive. He is known for his innovative production and sometimes bizarre music videos. Diplo is part of the electronic dance music trio Major Lazer.
Diplo is the son of Barbara Jean (Cox) and Thomas Wesley Pentz. He has two children with Kathryn Lockhart.
Diplo’s paternal grandfather was Charles Raymond Pentz (the son of Reubin/Reuben Spikeman Pentz and Clare Adeline Dunlap). Charles was born in Pennsylvania. Reubin was the son of Henry Pentz and Elizabeth Hollopeter. Clare was the daughter of Martin Dunlap and Edna Jane Huff.
Diplo’s paternal grandmother was Ruth L. Thomas (the daughter of Lisle McGara Thomas and Gladys Isabel Rising). Lisle was the son of Vernon Clay Thomas and Mary Emma Wiggins. Gladys was the daughter of William Joseph Rising and Margaret Elizabeth Faith.
Diplo’s maternal grandfather was Norman Haywood Cox (the son of John William “Bill” Cox and Sarah Jane “Janie” Mills). John was the son of John William “Bill” Cox and Henrietta “Pat” Buck. Jane was the daughter of Arden Mills and Martha A. “Mattie” Craft.
Diplo’s maternal grandmother was Barbara F. (likely Chapman, likely the daughter of Tom Chapman and Blanche E. Post). Barbara was born in Georgia. Blanche was the daughter of Oscar Hall Post and Leila Victoria “Lula.”
Sources: Genealogy of Diplo (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.genealogy.com
Diplo’s paternal grandfather, Charles Raymond Pentz, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Diplo’s paternal grandfather, Charles Raymond Pentz – https://baldwincremation.com
Obituary of Diplo’s maternal grandmother, Barbara F. Cox – http://www.legacy.com
Likely Diplo’s maternal grandmother, Barbara F. Chapman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org