Duane Chapman

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Chapman in 2013, photo by Prphotos.com

Birth Name: Duane Lee Chapman

Place of Birth: Denver, Colorado, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 2, 1953

Ethnicity: German, English, Danish, distant Swiss-German

Duane Chapman is an American reality television star, bounty hunter, and a former bail bondsman. He is also known as Dog Chapman or Dog. He starred in the weekly reality television program Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Duane is the son of Barbara Darlene (Cowell), an Assemblies of God minister, and Wesley Duane Chapman. Duane has German, English, Danish, and distant Swiss-German, ancestry.

Duane has said that he has Native American heritage. No Native American ancestry appears in the genealogy of Duane Chapman. There is also a comic article that states that Duane has Polish and Ukrainian ancestry. This article was intended as a joke, and is not factually accurate.

Duane was married to Alice Elizabeth “Beth” Barmore, until her death. He has twelve children, including two with his former wife La Fonda; three with his former wife Ann; three with his former wife Lyssa Rael; and three with Beth.

Duane’s paternal grandfather was Orlie Emmerson/Emerson Chapman (the son of Richard Franklin Chapman and Elsie May Gatrost). Orlie was born in Iowa. Richard was born in Iowa, the son of John Chapman, who was from West Lavington, Wiltshire, England, and of Martha Isabella Wilson. Elsie was the daughter of Michael Elmer Gatrost, who was of German, and some Swiss-German, descent, and of Anna/Annie Em Maria Carlile/Carlisle, who was born in Mission, Nottinghamshire, England.

Duane’s paternal grandmother was Lenora A. Folkers (the daughter of Berndt/Bernt “Ben” Folkers/Folkerts and Elizabeth Kieselhorst). Lenora was born in Nebraska. Berndt was German, the son of Fritz Frank Folkertz/Folkers, from Sandhorst, Hanover, and of Anna/Annie Miller. Elizabeth was born in Nebraska, the daughter of German parents, John Henry Kieselhorst and Tina/Tena Johanna/R. Becker.

Duane’s maternal grandfather was Leland Clyde Cowell (the son of Clyde Leland Cowell and Anna/Anne Christine Heddeman/Hedeman). Duane’s grandfather Leland was born in Colorado. Clyde was the son of John William Cowell and Jennie Lillian Wormell. Anna was born in Colorado, the daughter of Danish parents, Samuel Heddeman/Hedeman and Ella.

Duane’s maternal grandmother was Pauline Ellen Stone (the daughter of Ernest Lytton Stone and Nellie Leota Courter). Pauline was born in Colorado. Ernest was born in Colorado, the son of English parents, Arthur Lytton Stone and Clara Kern, from London. Nellie was the daughter of Grant Courter and Philena “Lena” Blanchard.

Sources: Genealogies of Duane Chapman – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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