Raquel Welch

Welch in 2010, DFree / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Jo Raquel Tejada

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 5, 1940

*Bolivian (father)
*English (mother)

Raquel Welch is an American actress and singer. Her films include Fantastic Voyage, One Million Years B.C., and Bedazzled (1967), among many others.

Her father, Armando Carlos Tejada-Urquizo, was born in La Paz, Bolivia. Her mother, Josephine Sarah (Hall), was born in Chicago, from a New England family, with roots in Massachusetts and Maine. She was of Colonial American (English) descent. She has two children, including model and actress Tahnee Welch, with her former husband, James Welch.

Raquel stated in an interview that her father made it a point that his family did not speak Spanish in the house, as a way to assimilate into the American society. She has stated that her goal in life is to speak Spanish more fluently.

Raquel’s paternal grandfather was named Agustin Tejada.

Raquel’s paternal grandmother was named Raquel Urquizo.

Raquel’s maternal grandfather was Emery Stanford Hall, an architect (the son of Justin Smith Hall and Sarah Mehitable Stanford). Emery was born in Bergiss Springs Farm, near Chatsworth, Livingston, Illinois. Justin was born in Parkman, Piscataquis, Maine, the son of Elbridge Gerry Hall and Hannah Kent Robinson. Sarah was the daughter of Emery Stanford and Mary Lydia Elliott.

Raquel’s maternal grandmother was Clara Louise Adams (the daughter of Joseph Warren Adams and Josephine H. Merrill). Clara was born in Illinois, to parents from Maine. Joseph was the son of Elias Adams and Clarissa Vinton Thomas.

Sources: Genealogies of Raquel Welch – http://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Raquel’s parents – https://www.findagrave.com

Raquel’s parents on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Immigration record of Raquel’s father – https://familysearch.org

Genealogies of Raquel Welch (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com


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