Birth Name: Laurence Tureaud
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Date of Birth: May 21, 1952
Ethnicity: Louisiana Creole [African, French], African-American
Mr. T is an American actor, bodyguard, television personality, and professional wrestler.
His parents, Lonnie (Brown) and Nathaniel B. Tureaud, were/are both black. His father was of Louisiana Creole descent. Mr. T has three children, including a comedian daughter, Erica Clark.
He is a born-again Christian.
Mr. T’s paternal grandfather was William/Willie Tureaud (the son of Edward Tureaud and Eugenie Trudeaux/Theandeaux). William was born in Louisiana.
Mr. T’s paternal grandmother was Selena/Cellena/Celia Fyatte (daughter of Maria Fiat/Fyatte). Selena was born in Louisiana.
Mr. T’s maternal grandfather was Ben Brown (the son of Steven Brown and Eliza Washington). Ben was born in Louisiana.
Mr. T’s maternal grandmother was Betty/Betsy Miller (the daughter of Ellis/Killis Miller and Jane Wallis). Betty was born in Louisiana.
Sources: Marriage record of Mr. T’s father – https://familysearch.org
Mr. T’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Mr. T’s paternal grandfather, William/Willie Tureaud, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
William/Willie Tureaud on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Mr. T’s maternal grandfather, Ben Brown – https://www.familysearch.org
Birth1724, LaRochelle, France
Wife, Maria Tureaud (born Guillon) (Born in France)
:: Augustin Dominique Tureaud
Oct 23 1764, La Rochelle, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France
Residence Naturalization, Maryland, USA, May 7 1796
Judge of the District, Before Apr 16 1826
Wife Elizabeth Louise “betzy” Tureaud (born Bringier)
White Hall Plantation, Apr 21 1788, White Hall, St James Parish, Louisiana, United States. (both her parents were French-born, Aubagne and Marseilles in the south).
:::Augustin Marius Claiborne Tureaud
Birth Dec 26 1805, Union Plantation, St. James, Louisiana
Death. Circa Sep 25 1853, Bagatelle Plantation, St. James, Louisiana
Wife, Josephine Tureaud (born Mather). She married his brother Benjamin first. Her father George Maher II was the grandson of English immigrants. Her mother Melitte was half Spanish (father) and African (mother). Therefore, Josephine was One Quarter African. (He had 3 wives)
Birth Jan 1842, Louisiana
His race is given as “Mullatto” in 1870 Federal Census, then “Black” in 1900 US Fed. Census. He could’ve been no more than One Eight African.
Wife, Eugenie Tureaud (born Trudeaux, or Theandeaux), Birth Apr 1845, St James, Louisiana. Race given as “Mullatto” in 1870 Federal Census.
Birth Circa 1867, Louisiana. Race given as “Mullatto” in 1870 US Federal Census, “Black” in 1910 Federal Census.
Wife, Cellena Tureaud, born 1865. Race given as “Negro” on 1930 US Federal Census. Her mother Maria Fiat, for Fyatte was given as “coloured” and partner a man known only as “Smith”.
Birth 1905. Race given as “Negro” on 1930 US Federal Census.
Death 1985, in Cook County, Illinois. This is Mr. T (Lawrence Tureaud’s) father.
How do you know Edward was Augustin and Josephine’s son?
Mr. T’s paternal grandparents were William Tureaud (the son of Edward Tureaud and Eugenie) and Selena/Cellena/Celia Fyatte (daughter of Maria Fiat).
Mr. T’s maternal grandparents were Ben Brown (the son of Steven Brown and Eliza Washington) and Betty Miller (the daughter of Ellis/Killis Miller and Jane Wallis).
I forgot he was a Creole boy
Mr. T’s father, Nathaniel B. Tureaud, is of Louisiana Creole descent.
Mr. T’s paternal grandparents were William Tureaud and Selena/Cellena Fyatte.
Ethnicity: Louisiana Creole, African-American