Martin Gore

Martin Gore

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Birth Name: Martin Lee Bellem

Place of Birth: Hammersmith, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 23 July, 1961

Ethnicity:
*father – African-American
*mother – English, some Cornish, one eighth Sephardi Jewish

Martin Gore is a British songwriter, musician, singer, record producer, and DJ. He is a founding member of electronic music band Depeche Mode. Dave Gahan is also a member of the band.

Martin’s father was African-American, and had met Martin’s mother, Pamela Margaret (Bellem), a white English woman, while he was stationed in the U.K. as a G.I. Martin was raised by his mother and stepfather David Gore. They worked at the Ford of Britain motor plant in Dagenham.

Martin is married to Kerrilee Kaski. He has three children with his former wife, lingerie designer and model Suzanne Boisvert; and a daughter with Kerrilee.

Martin’s maternal grandfather was John Charles Plant Bellem (the son of Charles Bellem and Mary Ann Plant). John was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland (now Tyne and Wear). Martin’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Isaac Bellem, who was Sephardi Jewish, from Dartmouth, Devon, and of Elizabeth Ann Truan, who was Cornish, from Gerrans. Martin’s great-grandmother Mary Ann was the daughter of William Plant and Mary Ann Nicholls.

Martin’s maternal grandmother was Amelia Harriett Beckwith (the daughter of Samuel Henry Beckwith and Mary Ann Elizabeth Parsons). Amelia was born in Bromley, Greater London. Samuel was the son of Samuel Beckwith and Elizabeth Ellen Kemsley. Martin’s great-grandmother Mary Ann Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Parsons and Mary Ann Todd.

Sources: Birth record of Martin Gore – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Martin’s mother – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Martin’s maternal grandparents, John Charles Plant Bellem and Amelia Harriett Beckwith – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Martin’s maternal grandfather, John Charles Plant Bellem – https://www.myheritage.com

Martin’s maternal grandfather, John Charles Plant Bellem, on the 1911 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Baptismal record of Martin’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Ann Truan – https://www.familysearch.org

Martin’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Ann Plant, on the 1881 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Baptismal record of Martin’s maternal great-great-grandfather, William Plant – https://www.familysearch.org

Baptismal record of Martin’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Ann Nicholls – https://www.familysearch.org

Martin’s maternal grandmother, Amelia Harriett Beckwith, on the 1911 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Martin’s maternal grandmother, Amelia Harriett (Beckwith) Bellem – https://www.myheritage.com

Baptismal record of Martin’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Ann Elizabeth Parsons – https://www.familysearch.org

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6 Responses

  1. Manila says:

    Pamela’s birth name is Pamela Margaret (Bellem), and is now deceased.

    Martin’s maternal grandfather was John Charles Plant Bellem (the son of Charles Bellem and Mary Ann Plant). John was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland (now Tyne and Wear). Charles was the son of Isaac Bellem, who was Sephardi Jewish, from Dartmouth, Devon, and of Elizabeth Ann Truan, who was Cornish, from Gerrans. Mary was the daughter of William Plant and Mary Ann Nicholls.

    Martin’s maternal grandmother was Amelia Harriett Beckwith (the daughter of Samuel Henry Beckwith and Mary Ann Elizabeth Parsons). Amelia was born in Bromley, Greater London. Samuel was the son of Samuel Beckwith and Elizabeth Ellen Kemsley. Martin’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of Thomas Parsons and Mary Ann Todd.

    Birth record of Martin’s mother – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVQF-DGKB

    Marriage record of Martin’s maternal grandparents, John Charles Plant Bellem and Amelia Harriett Beckwith – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVZ5-WKLZ

    Martin’s maternal grandfather, John Charles Plant Bellem, on the 1911 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWCC-PR6

    Genealogy of Martin’s maternal grandfather, John Charles Plant Bellem – https://www.myheritage.com/person-4500279_823865581_823865581/john-charles-plant-bellem

    Baptismal record of Martin’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Ann Truan – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QGLK-19V4

    Baptismal record of Martin’s maternal great-great-grandfather, William Plant – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QL3L-2HJ1

    Baptismal record of Martin’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Ann Nicholls – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QL3R-8P81

    Martin’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Ann Plant, on the 1881 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27X-16Q2

    Martin’s maternal grandmother, Amelia Harriett Beckwith, on the 1911 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWPC-HFZ

    Genealogy of Martin’s maternal grandmother, Amelia Harriett (Beckwith) Bellem – https://www.myheritage.com/person-3003551_177740011_177740011/amelia-harriett-beckwith

    Baptismal record of Martin’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Ann Elizabeth Parsons – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:68VJ-PFKX

  2. fuzzybear44 says:

    @neiltennant

    (his father must have been half black i guess)

    Have to disagree,he doesn’t have to be half.It does increase the chance of a white baby,but it’s not necessary.

  3. fuzzybear44 says:

    There would be a whole lot more people like him in the UK,if they hadn’t shipped all those babies out in the 40’s to the U.S.Only the ones who could pass for white,were allowed to stay.

    • ses101 says:

      I doubt that. They allowed lots of Afro-Caribbeans (as well as Indian and Pakistanis) to come in to Britain from the late 40s onwards.

      • fuzzybear44 says:

        @Ses101

        You can doubt all you want. However ones that look white like him,You wouldn’t know they were part black unless they told you. Even Martin didn’t know he was part black

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