Birth Name: Thomas Rhett Akins, Jr.
Place of Birth: Valdosta, Georgia, U.S.
Date of Birth: March 30, 1990
Ethnicity: Syrian-Lebanese (one eighth), German, Swiss-German, English, Irish, Scottish
Thomas Rhett is an American country music singer and songwriter.
Thomas is the son of Paige Braswell and country music singer and songwriter Rhett Akins (born Thomas Rhett Akins). He is married to Lauren, with whom he has two children.
Thomas’ paternal grandfather was Thomas Dempsey Akins, Jr. (the son of Thomas Dempsey Akins and Edna Dean Jones). Thomas’ great-grandfather Thomas was the son of James Austin “Jim” Akins and Ava Jane Whiddon/Whidden.
Thomas’s paternal grandmother was Pamela Marie “Pam” LaHood (the daughter of George John LaHood, Jr. and Gonzalee “Gonza” Beam). George was the son of George John LaHood, Sr. and Mary Hanna, who were Syrian-Lebanese immigrants, with Mary being from Jdita, Beqaa, Lebanon. Gonzalee was the daughter of Franklin Luther “Frank” Beam and Sarah Eleanor “Sally/Sallie” Baxter.
Thomas’ great-great-grandfather Franklin Beam’s patrilineal line can be traced back to John Derrick Beam (Johann Dietrich Böhm), who was born, c. 1765, in Switzerland, the son of a German father from Hamburg, John Teter Beam, and a of Swiss mother from Geneva, Rebecca Reynolds, who was likely of German descent. John Derrick’s wife, Mary Hoyle, was the daughter of German parents.
Sources: Genealogy of Thomas’ paternal great-great-grandmother, Ava Jane Whiddon/Whidden – http://www.ancestry.com
Thomas’ paternal great-grandfather, George John LaHood, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Thomas’ paternal great-grandfather, George John LaHood, Jr. – https://www.legacy.com
Obituary of Thomas’ paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary (Hanna) LaHood – http://www.findagrave.com
Obituary of Thomas’ paternal great-grandmother, Gonzalee “Gonza” (Beam) LaHood – http://www.mclanefuneralservices.com
Genealogy of Thomas’ paternal great-great-grandmother, Sarah Eleanor “Sally/Sallie” Baxter – http://www.findagrave.com