Don Lemon

Turner Upfront 2016 - Arrivals

Lemon in 2016, photo by Prphotos

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

Date of Birth: March 1, 1966

Ethnicity: African-American, some Cajun/French

Don Lemon is an American journalist, author, and television news anchor. He has hosted the show CNN Tonight with Don Lemon since 2014.

Don’s parents are both black. One of his great-grandfathers was white.

A DNA test taken by Don stated that his genetic ancestry is:

*76% African
——–*25% Nigeria
——–*22% Cameroon/Congo
*22% European

Don’s paternal grandfather was Wilson Lemon (the son of Walter Lemon/Lemmon and Carean/Corinne Jones). Wilson was born in Louisiana. Walter was the son of Eugene Lemon and Virginia Vansaw.

Don’s paternal grandmother was Beulah Merricks (the daughter of Andrew Merricks and Julia Ross). Beulah was born in Louisiana.

Don’s maternal grandfather is named Frank Bouligney.

Don’s maternal grandmother was Mary Henrietta Jackson (the daughter of Harry Octave Rivault and Catherine Jackson). Harry was white, and was the son of Charles Alphonse Rivault and Emilie/Emily Perret Reine. He had both more deep Cajun/French ancestry as well as recent French immigrant roots. Catherine was the daughter of Henrietta Jackson.

Source: Family history of Don’s mother’s side – http://blogs.ancestry.com

10 Responses

  1. dferg58 says:

    Don Lemon’s real last name is Richardson. His father was Wilmon Lee Richardson 1919-1975, an attorney.

  2. bablah says:

    Don’s paternal grandfather was Wilson Lemon (the son of Walter Lemon/Lemmon and Carean/Corinne Jones). Wilson was born in Louisiana. Walter was the son of Eugene Lemon and Virginia Vansaw.

    Don’s paternal grandmother was Beulah Merricks (the daughter of Andrew Merricks and Julia Ross). Beulah was born in Louisiana.

  3. bablah says:

    *Don’s maternal grandmother was Mary Henrietta Jackson

  4. andrew says:

    he scored:

    76% African
    — 25% Nigeria
    — 22% Cameroun/Congo

    22% European

  5. jackson9 says:

    You wrote that Don Lemon’s great-grandfather Harry Rivault (1882-1941) was the son of Charles B. Rivault and Marie Antionette Ferbos. I believe this is inaccurate and these are in fact his paternal grandparents. I think Harry Rivault was the son of Charles Alphonse Rivault (1856-1911) and Emilie Perret Reine (1857-1928).

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