El DeBarge

DeBarge in 2010, Allen Berezovsky / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Eldra Patrick DeBarge

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 4, 1961

*father – French, English, Irish, remote German
*mother – African-American

El DeBarge is an American singer, songwriter, producer, and musician. He was a member of singing sibling family group DeBarge, who were well known in the 1980s.

His father, Robert Louis DeBarge, Sr., was white, and had French, English, Irish, and remote German, ancestry. His mother, Etterlene (Abney), was black. His niece is singer Kristina DeBarge. El is said to have twelve children.

El’s paternal grandfather was John Arthur Baptist DeBarge (the son of Arthur DeBarge and Mary Blane West). John was born in Indiana. El’s great-grandfather Arthur was born in France, the son of Jean-Baptiste DeBarge and Celina Mollett. Mary Blane was the daughter of Thomas Benton West and Emma Rada North Miller.

El’s paternal grandmother was Frances Jane Walters (the daughter of Ira Milton Walters and Minerva Dawson). Frances was born in Illinois. Ira was the son of John Thomas Walters and Lillie J. Cox. El’s seventh great-grandfather, Johannes Jakob Walters, was German.

El’s maternal grandfather was named William Abney (the son of Willie Lee Abney). Willie was the son of William Washington Abney and Mary Missouri Gibson.

El’s maternal grandmother was named Bessie Walters.

Source: Genealogy of El DeBarge – http://www.geni.com


Curious about ethnicity

16 Responses

  1. phaedra says:

    Thought he was a Mestizo. Didn’t know that he was African.

  2. madman says:

    El’s seventh great-grandfather, Johannes Jakob Walters, was German.

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