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Elvis Aaron Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley

Male 1935 - 1977  (42 years)

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  • Name Elvis Aaron Presley 
    Born 8 Jan 1935  Tupelo, Lee, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Presley, Elvis
    Presley, Elvis
    Elvis Presley - Birth Certificate
    Elvis Presley's Birthplace
    Elvis Presley's Birthplace
    Shotgun house in Tupelo, Mississippi; birthplace of Elvis Presley. The house was built by Elvis' paternal grandfather in preparation for the child's birth.
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1940  Lee, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1940 United States Federal Census
    1940 United States Federal Census
    Year: 1940; Census Place: , Lee, Mississippi; Roll: T627_2042; Page: 21B; Enumeration District: 41-20. - Surnames listed on this page: WEAHERINGTON, MCNEIL, SPEARMAN, HEARD, MASLEY (MOSLEY), DINSON, BROOKS, GREEN, KELLY, PRESSLEY (PRESLEY), AUSTIN, and STANFORD
    Moved 1948 
    Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley and his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, when he was 13 years old 
    Graduation 3 Jun 1953  Humes High School, Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Abt 1953 - 1957  1034 Audubon Drive, Memphis, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1958-1960 
    March 24, 1958 Elvis is inducted into the US Army and assigned serial number 53310761.
    September-October 1958 Elvis boards the USS Randall and sails to Germany arriving on October 1.
    January 20, 1960 Elvis is promoted to Sergeant.
    March 5, 1960 Elvis is officially discharged from active duty 
    Presley, Elvis
    Presley, Elvis
    Elvis Presley - Military Photo
    Occupation 1953-1977 
    Singer, Musician, and Actor 
    Residence 1957-1977  3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessess Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Graceland
    Graceland
    Graceland is a large white-columned mansion and 13.8-acre (5.6 ha) estate in Memphis, Tennessee that was home to Elvis Presley. It is located at 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard in the vast Whitehaven community about 9 miles (14.5 km) from Downtown and less than four miles (6 km) north of the Mississippi border. It currently serves as a museum. It was opened to the public on June 7, 1982. The site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1991 and declared a National Historic Landmark on March 27, 2006. Graceland has become one of the most-visited private homes in America with over 600,000 visitors a year, behind the White House and Biltmore Estate (900,000 visitors per year). The most famous icon of the estate is the front gate, shaped like a book of sheet music, with green colored musical notes, and a silhouette of Elvis, it has come to symbolize the estate more than the mansion itself.
    Elvis Presley died at the estate on August 16, 1977. Presley, his parents Gladys and Vernon Presley, and his grandmother, are buried there in what is called the Meditation Garden. A memorial gravestone for Presley's stillborn twin brother, Jesse Garon, is also at the site.
    Graceland Farms was originally owned by S.C. Toof, founder of S.C. Toof & Co., a commercial printing firm in Memphis, who was previously the pressroom foreman of the Memphis newspaper, the Memphis Daily Appeal. The grounds were named after Toof's daughter, Grace, who inherited the farm. Soon after, the portion of the land designated as Graceland today was given to her nephews and niece. It was Grace Toof's niece, Ruth Moore, who, in 1940 together with her husband Dr. Thomas Moore, built the present mansion in the Colonial Revival style
    Elvis Presley's 'The Jungle Room' at Graceland
    Elvis Presley's 'The Jungle Room' at Graceland
    Elvis Presley's 'The Jungle Room' at Graceland
    The living room inside Elvis Presley's mansion, Graceland
    The living room inside Elvis Presley's mansion, Graceland
    The living room inside Elvis Presley's mansion, Graceland
    Died 16 Aug 1977  Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Last Will And Testament Of Elvis A. Presley, Deceased Filed August 22, 1977 Last Will And Testament of Elvis Presley I, Elvis A. Presley, a resident and citizen of Shelby County, Tennessee, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do hereby make, publish and declare this instrument to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all wills and codicils by me at any time heretofore made. Item I Debts, Expenses and Taxes I direct my Executor, hereinafter named, to pay all of my matured debts and my funeral expenses, as well as the costs and expenses of the administration of my estate, as soon after my death as practicable. I further direct that all estate, inheritance, transfer and succession taxes which are payable by reason under this will, be paid out of my residuary estate; and I hereby waive on behalf of my estate any right to recover from any person any part of such taxes so paid. My Executor, in his sole discretion, may pay from my domiciliary estate all or any portion of the costs of ancillary administration and similar proceedings in other jurisdictions. Item II Instruction Concerning Personal Property: Enjoyment in Specie I anticipate that included as a part of my property and estate at the time of my death will be tangible personal property of various kinds, characters and values, including trophies and other items accumulated by me during my professional career. I hereby specifically instruct all concerned that my Executor, herein appointed, shall have complete freedom and discretion as to disposal of any and all such property so long as he shall act in good faith and in the best interest of my estate and my beneficiaries, and his discretion so exercised shall not be subject to question by anyone whomsoever. I hereby expressly authorize my Executor and my Trustee, respectively and successively, to permit any beneficiary of any and all trusts created hereunder to enjoy in specie the use or benefit of any household goods, chattels, or other tangible personal property (exclusive of choses in action, cash, stocks, bonds or other securities) which either my Executor or my Trustees may receive in kind, and my Executor and my Trustees shall not be liable for any consumption, damage, injury to or loss of any tangible property so used, nor shall the beneficiaries of any trusts hereunder or their executors of administrators be liable for any consumption, damage, injury to or loss of any tangible personal property so used. Item III Real Estate If I am the owner of any real estate at the time of my death, I instruct and empower my Executor and my Trustee (as the case may be) to hold such real estate for investment, or to sell same, or any portion therof, as my Executor or my Trustee (as the case may be) shall in his sole judgment determine to be for the best interest of my estate and the beneficiaries thereof. Item IV Residuary Trust After payment of all debts, expenses and taxes as directed under Item I hereof, I give, devise, and bequeath all the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, including all lapsed legacies and devices, and any property over which I have a power of appointment, to my Trustee, hereinafter named, in trust for the following purposes: (a) The Trustees is directed to take, hold, manage, invest and reinvent the corpus of the trust and to collect the income therefrom in accordance with the rights, powers, duties, authority and discretion hereinafter set forth. The Trustee is directed to pay all the expenses, taxes and costs incurred in the management of the trust estate out of the income thereof. (b) After payment of all expenses, taxes and costs incurred in the management of the expenses, taxes and costs incurred in the management of the trust estate, the Trustee is authorizes to accumulate the net income or to pay or apply so much of the net income and such portion of the principal at any time and from time to time to time for health, education, support, comfortable maintenance and welfare of: (1) My daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, and any other lawful issue I might have, (2) my grandmother, Minnie Mae Presley, (3) my father, Vernon E. Presley, and (4) such other relatives of mine living at the time of my death who in the absolute discretion of my Trustees are in need of emergency assistance for any of the above mentioned purposes and the Trustee is able to make such distribution without affecting the ability of the trust to meet the present needs of the first three numbered categories of beneficiaries herein mentioned or to meet the reasonably expected future needs of the first three classes of beneficiaries herein mentioned. Any decision of the Trustee as to whether or not distribution, to any of the persons described hereunder shall be final and conclusive and not subject to question by any legatee or beneficiary hereunder. (c) Upon the death of my Father, Vernon E. Presley, the Trustee is instructed to make no further distributions to the fourth category of beneficiaries and such beneficiaries shall cease to have any interest whatsoever in this trust. (d) Upon the death of both my said father and my said grandmother, the Trustee is directed to divide the Residuary Trust into separate and equal trusts, creating one such equal trust for each of my lawful children then surviving and one such equal trust for the living issue collectively, if any, of any deceased child of mine. The share, if any, for the issue of any such deceased child, shall immediately vest in such issue in equal shares but shall be subject to the provisions of Item V herein. Separate books and records shall be kept for each trust, but it shall not be necessary that a physical division of the assets be made as to each trust. The Trustee may from time to time distribute the whole or any part of the net income or principal from each of the aforesaid trusts as the Trustee, in its uncontrolled discretion, considers necessary or desirable to provide for the comfortable support, education, maintenance, benefit and general welfare of each of my children. Such distributions may be made directly to such beneficiary or to the guardian of the person of such beneficiary and without repsonsibilty on my Trustee to see to the application of nay such distributions and in making such distributions, the Trustee shall take into account all other sources of funds known by the Trustee to be available for each respective beneficiary for such purpose. (e) As each of my respective children attains the age of twenty-five (25) years and provided that both my father and my grandmother are deceased, the trust created hereunder for such child care terminate, and all the remainder of the assets then contained in said trust shall be distributed to such child so attaining the age of twenty-five (25) years outright and free of further trust. (f) If any of my children for whose benefit a trust has been created hereunder should die before attaining the age of twenty- five (25) years, then the trust created for such a child shall terminate on his death, and all remaining assets then contained in said trust shall be distributed outright and free of further trust and in equal shares to the surviving issue of such deceased child but subject to the provisions of Item V herein; but if there be no such surviving issue , then to the brothers and sisters of such deceased child in equal shares, the issue of any other deceased child being entitled collectively to their deceased parent's share. Nevertheless, if any distribution otherwise becomes payable outright and free of trust under the provisions of this paragraph (f) of the Item IV of my will to a beneficiary for whom the Trustee is then administering a trust for the benefit of such beneficiary under provisions of this last will and testament, such distribution shall not be paid outright to such beneficiary but shall be added to and become a part of the trust so being administered for such beneficiary by the Trustee. Item V Distribution to Minor Children If any share of corpus of any trust established under this will become distributable outright and free of trust to any beneficiary before said beneficiary has attained the age of eighteen (18) years, then said share shall immediately vest in said beneficiary, but the Trustee shall retain possession of such share during the period in which such beneficiary is under the age of eighteen (18) years, and, in the meantime, shall use and expend so much of the income and principal for the care, support, and education of such beneficiary, and any income not so expended with respect to each share so retained all the power and discretion had with respect to such trust generally. Item VI Alternate Distributees In the event that all of my descendants should be deceased at any time prior to the time for the termination of the trusts provided for herein, then in such event all of my estate and all the assets of every trust to be created hereunder (as the case may be) shall then distributed outright in equal shares to my heirs at law per stripes. Item VII Unenforceable Provisions If any provisions of this will are unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall, nevertheless, be carried into effect. Item VIII Life Insurance If my estate is the beneficiary of any life insurance on my life at the time of my death, I direct that the proceeds therefrom will be used by my Executor in payment of the debts , expenses and taxes listed in Item I of this will, to the extent deemed advisable by the Executor. All such proceeds not so used are to be used by my Executor for the purpose of satisfying the devises and bequests contained in Item IV herein. Item IX Spendthrift Provision I direct that the interest of any beneficiary in principal or income of any trust created hereunder shall not be subject to claims of creditors or others, nor to legal process, and may not be voluntarily or involuntarily alienated or encumbered except as herein provided. Any bequests contained herein for any female shall be for her sole and separate use, free from the debts, contracts and control of any husband she may ever have. Item X Proceeds From Personal Services All sums paid after my death (either to my estate or to any of the trusts created hereunder) and resulting from personal services rendered by me during my lifetime, including, but not limited to, royalties of all nature, concerts, motion picture contracts, and personal appearances shall be considered to be income, notwithstanding the provisions of estate and trust law to the contrary. Item XI Executor and Trustee I appoint as executor of this, my last will and testament, and as Trustee of every trust required to be created hereunder, my said father. I hereby direct that my said father shall be entitled by his last will ant testament, duly probated, to appoint a successor Executor of my estate, as well as a successor Trustee or successor Trustees of all the trusts to be created under my last will and testament. If, for any reason, my said father be unable to serve or to continue to serve as Executor and/or as Trustee, or if he be deceased and shall not have appointed a successor Executor or Trustee, by virtue of his last will and testament as stated -above, then I appoint National Bank of Commerce, Memphis, Tennessee, or its successor or the institution with which it may merge, as successor Executor and/or as successor Trustee of all trusts required to be established hereunder. None of the appointees named hereunder,including any appointment made by virtue of the last will and testament of my said father, shall be required to furnish any bond or security for performance of the respective fiduciary duties required hereunder, notwithstanding any rule of law to the contrary. Item XII Powers, Duties, Privileges and Immunities of the Trustee Except as otherwise stated expressly to the contrary herein, I give and grant to the said Trustee (and to the duly appointed successor Trustee when acting as such) the power to do everything he deems advisable with respect to the administration of each trust required to be established under this, my last will and Testament, even though such powers would not be authorized or appropriate for the Trustee under statutory or other rules of law. By way of illustration and not in limitation of the generality of the foregoing grant of power and authority of the Trustee, I give and grant to him plenary power as follows: (a) To exercise all those powers authorized to fiduciaries under the provisions of the Tennessee Code Annotated, Sections 35-616 to 35-618, inclusive, including any amendments thereto in effect at the time of my death, and the same are expressly referred to and incorporated herein by reference. (b) Plenary power is granted to the Trustee, not only to relieve him from seeking judicial instruction, but to the extent that the Trustee deems it to be prudent, to encourage determinations freely to be made in favor of persons who are the current income beneficiaries. In such instances the rights of all subsequent beneficiaries are subordinate, and the Trustee shall not be answerable to any subsequent beneficiary for anything done or omitted in favor of a current income beneficiary may compel any such favorable or preferential treatment. Without in anywise minimizing or impairing the scope of this declaration of intent, it includes investment policy, exercise of discretionary power to pay or apply principal and income, and determination principal and income questions; (c) It shall be lawful for the Trustee to apply any sum that is payable to or for the benefit of a minor (or any other person who in the Judgment of the Trustee, is incapable of making proper disposition thereof) by payments in discharge of the costs and expenses of educating, maintaining and supporting said beneficiary, or to make payment to anyone with whom said beneficiary resides or who has the care or custody of the beneficiary, temporarily or permanently, all without intervention of any guardian or like fiduciary. The receipt of anyone to whom payment is so authorized to be made shall be a complete discharge of the Trustees without obligation on his part to see to the further application hereto, and without regard to other resource that the beneficiary may have, or the duty of any other person to support the beneficiary; (d) In Dealing with the Trustee, no grantee, pledge, vendee, mortgage, lessee or other transference of the trust properties, or any part therof, shall be bound to inquire with respect to the purpose or necessity of any such disposition or to see to the application of any consideration therefore paid to the Trustee. Item XIII Concerning the Trustee and the Executor (a) If at any time the Trustee shall have reasonable doubt as to his power, authority or duty in the administration of any trust herein created, it shall be lawful for the Trustee to obtain the advice and counsel of reputable legal counsel without resorting to the courts for instructions; and the Trustee shall be fully absolved from all liability and damage or detriment to the various trust estates of any beneficiary thereunder by reason of anything done, suffered or omitted pursuant to advice of said counsel given and obtained in good faith, provided that nothing contained herein shall be construed to prohibit or prevent the Trustee in all proper cases from applying to a court of competent jurisdiction for instructions in the administration of the trust assets in lieu of obtaining advice of counsel. (b) In managing, investing, and controlling the various trust estates, the Trustee shall exercise the judgment and care under the circumstances then prevailing, which men of prudence discretion and judgment exercise in the management of their own affairs, not in regard to speculation, but in regard to the permanent disposition of their funds, considering the probable income as well as the probable safety of their capital, and, in addition, the purchasing power of income distribution to beneficiaries. (c) My Trustee (as well as my Executor) shall be entitled to reasonable and adequate and adequate compensation for the fiduciary services rendered by him. (d) My Executor and his successor Executor and his successor Executor shall have the same rights, privileges, powers and immunities herein granted to my Trustee wherever appropriate. (e) In referring to any fiduciary hereunder, for purposes of construction, masculine pronouns may include a corporate fiduciary and neutral pronouns may include an individual fiduciary. Item XIV Law Against Perpetuities (a) Having in mind the rule against perpetuities, I direct that (notwithstanding anything contained to the contrary in this last will and testament) each trust created under this will (except such trust created under this will (except such trusts as have heretofore vested in compliance with such rule or law) shall end, unless sooner terminated under other provisions of this will, twenty-one (21) years after the death of the last survivor of such of the beneficiaries hereunder as are living at the time of my death; and thereupon that the property held in trust shall be distributed free of all trust to the persons then entitled to receive the income and/or principal therefrom, in the proportion in proportion in which they are then entitled to receive such income. (b) Notwithstanding anything else contained in this will to the contrary, I direct that if any distribution under this will become payable to a person for whom the Trustee is then administering a trust created hereunder for the benefit of such person, such distribution shall be made to such trust and not to the beneficiary outright, and the funds so passing to such trust shall become a part thereof as corpus and be administered and distributed to the same extent and purpose as if such funds had been a part of such a trust at its inception. Item XV Payment of Estate and Inheritance Taxes Notwithstanding the provisions of Item X herein, I authorize my Executor to use such sums received by my estate after my death and resulting from my personal services as identified in Item X as he deem necessary and advisable in order to pay the taxes referred to in Item I of my said will. In WITNESS WHEREOF, I, the said ELVIS A. PRESLEY, do hereunto set my hand and seal in the presence of two (2) competent witnesses, and in their presence do publish and declare this instrument to be my Last Will and Testament, this 3 day of March, 1977. [Signed by Elvis A. Presley] ELVIS A. PRESLEY The foregoing instrument, consisting of this and eleven (11) preceding typewritten pages, was signed, sealed, published and declared by ELVIS A.PRESLEY, the Testator, to be his Last Will and Testament, in our presence, and we, at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, this 3 day of March, 1977, at Memphis, Tennessee. [Signed by Ginger Alden] Ginger Alden residing at 4152 Royal Crest Place [Signed by Charles F. Hodge] Charles F. Hodge residing at 3764 Elvis Presley Blvd. [Signed by Ann Dewey Smith] Ann Dewey Smith residing at 2237 Court Avenue. State of Tennessee County of Shelby Ginger Alden, Charles F. Hodge, and Ann Dewey Smith, after being first duly sworn, make oath or affirm that the foregoing Last Will and Testament, in the sight and presence of us, the undersigned, who at his request and in his sight and presence, and in the sight and presence of each other, have subscribed our names as attesting witnesses on the 3 day of March, 1977, and we further make oath or affirm that the Testator was of sound mind and disposing memory and not acting under fraud, menace or undue influence of any person, and was more than eighteen (18) years of age; and that each of the attesting witnesses is more than eighteen (18) years of age. [Signed by Ginger Alden] Ginger Alden [Signed by Charles F. Hodge] Charles F. Hodge [Signed by Ann Dewey Smith] Ann Dewey Smith Sworn To And Subscribed before me this 3 day of March, 1977. Drayton Beecker Smith II Notary Public My commission expires: August 8, 1979 Admitted to probate and Ordered Recorded August 22, 1977 Joseph W. Evans, Judge Recorded August 22, 1977 B.J. Dunavant, Clerk By: Jan Scott, D.C.
    Buried 2 Oct 1977  Graceland's Meditation Garden, Memphis, Shelby, Tennesse Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Elvis Presley was originally interned at Forest Hill Cemetery next to his mother on Aug 18. Following an attempt to steal his body in late August, the remains of both Elvis Presley and his mother were reburied in Graceland's Meditation Garden on October 2.
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    • Rock Singer, Actor. His career reached such acclaim that he is now universally known as "The King of Rock and Roll". Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, he and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1948. Graduating from Humes High School in 1953, in 1954, he began his singing career with the Sun Records label in Memphis. In late 1955, his recording contract was sold to RCA Victor, and he went to Nashville, Tennessee to record his first records for the company. On January 28, 1956, he made his television debut on the Dorsey brothers' "Stage Show". In March of that year he came under the management of "Colonel" Tom Parker, whose contract would last the rest of Presley's lifetime and beyond. In 1956 he released the singles "Heartbreak Hotel," "Blue Suede Shoes," "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You," "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender", all of which reached gold record status (selling over 1,000,000 copies). In August of that year he began filming his first movie "Love Me Tender." He got the nickname Elvis the Pelvis, from his performance on Milton Berle's "Texaco Star Theatre", which worried the family minded Ed Sullivan. By his third performance, Sullivan decided to "crop" Elvis. Thus, the now famous "from the waist up only" appearance on the Sullivan show. In March 1957 he purchased Graceland. On March 24, 1958 he entered the Army. A few months later he went on leave to be with his sick mother. Gladys Presley died the day after he arrived home in Memphis. He would call her death the greatest tragedy in his life. In January 1960 he was promoted to sergeant and was discharged that March. On May 1, 1967, he married Priscilla Beaulieu, daughter of an Army officer that he had met while in Germany. They were divorced in 1973. They had one daughter, Lisa Marie. During his career he had 94 gold singles, three gold EPs, and over 40 gold albums. His 33 movies grossed over $180 million and millions more were made by the merchandising of Elvis products. Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. Elvis died at Graceland. His death was attributed to congestive heart failure. Later it was determined that drug abuse may have been a contributing factor. He was an international sensation. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture. (bio by: Jane Stacy Eubanks)


    • Genealogy info taken from http://www.wolflodge.org/visibiliti/metis/theking.htm

      Each of us stands on the shoulders of our ancestors. So too Elvis Presley; who was perhaps one of, if not the most famous Rock n? Roller of the 20th Century. He was in his lifetime celebrated around the world, and remains the undisputed King of Rock n Roll even today. His genealogy provides us with a fascinating view of the influences that helped form his unique character. We begin our story with Elvis' maternal heritage through his mother, Gladys. We wish to credit Elaine Dundy and her fine book, Elvis and Gladys, for the following narrative

      ?Elvis's great-great-great-grandmother, Morning White Dove (1800-1835), was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian. She married William Mansell, a settler in western Tennessee, in 1818. William's father, Richard Mansell, had been a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Mansell is a French name--its literal translation is the man from Le Mans. The Mansells migrated from Norman France to Scotland, and then later to Ireland. In the 18th century the family came to the American Colonies.

      The appellation "white" in Morning Dove's name refers to her status as a friendly Indian. Early American settlers called peaceable Indians "white," while "red" was the designation for warring Indians or those who sided with the British in the Revolutionary War. It was common for male settlers in the West to marry "white" Indians as there was a scarcity of females on the American frontier.

      Like many young men in the American Southwest, William Mansell fought with Andrew Jackson in the Indian Wars of the early nineteenth century. He fought with Old Hickory in Alabama, at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, and later in Florida too. Returning to Tennessee from the Indian Wars, William Mansell married Morning White Dove. Elaine Dundy says of the marriage, he (William Mansell) gained "age-old Indian knowledge of the American terrain; of forests and parries; of crops and game; of protection against the climate; of medicine lore, healing plants as well as something in which the Indians were expert--the setting of broken bones." Moreover, added to Elvis's lineage were Morning White Dove's ruddy Indian complexion and fine line of cheek.

      Like many other settlers, the newlyweds migrated to Alabama from Tennessee to claim lands garnered in the Indian Wars. The Mansells settled in Marion County in northeast Alabama near the Mississippi border. The Scots-Irish, like William Mansell, were the predominant settlers of Alabama. One-tenth of the population in colonial America was Scots-Irish (Celts) at the time of the American Revolution. And a very interesting group they were. The Anglican Reverend Woodmason had this to say about the Scots-Irish women of William Mansell's day.

      "They wore nothing but thin shifts and a thin petticoat underneath. They are sensual and promiscuous. They draw their shift as tight as possible to the body, and pin it close, to show the roundness of their breasts, and slender waists (for they are generally fined shaped) and draw their petticoat close to their hips to show the fineness of their limbs--so that they might as well be in puri naturalibus."

      The Scots-Irish in America were a passionate community living close to the earth. They disdained the niceties of their British neighbors. Of this Reverend Woodmason had to say," they delight in their present low, lazy, sluttish, heathenish, hellish life, and seem not desirous of changing it. These people despise knowledge, and instead of honoring a learned person...they despise and ill-treat them..."

      There were other views on the passionate lifestyle of the Scots-Irish, however. James Hall of Philadelphia described a young, Scots-Irish frontiersman in this way. "He strode among us with the step of Achilles...I thought I could see in that man, one of the progenitors of an unconquerable race; his face presented the traces of a spirit quick to resent--he had the will to dare, and the power to execute, there was something in his look which bespoke a disdain of control, and an absence of constraint in all his movements indicating an habitual independence of thought and action."

      Think of Elvis in these words: the will to dare and the power to execute, a disdain of control in all his movements indicating a habitual independence of thought and action. This is the Scots-Irish heritage from which Elvis Presley issued. In his genes he carried an independence of blood, the will to dare and the power to execute. Many influences formed Elvis Presley besides the genealogical, yet this description has a haunting accuracy.

      Morning White Dove and William Mansell prospered in Alabama. Their land was fertile and they built a substantial house near the town of Hamilton. They had three offspring, the eldest of who was John Mansell, born in 1828, and Elvis's great-great grandfather. Elaine Dundy has this to say of John Mansell. He was "half Scots-Irish, half Indian, (but) seems to have grown up wholly "wild Injun." Although by the time he was twenty-two he had married Elizabeth "Betsy" Gilmore and they would have some nine or ten children together, "settling down" can hardly be the phrase for what he was devoting his life to. John was one of those sexually overactive men who seem intent on populating the universe with children. Both his legitimate and illegitimate descendants still abound in northwest Alabama and in northeast Mississippi."

      John Mansell squandered the legacy of the family farm. In 1880 he abdicated to Oxford, Mississippi, changing his name to Colonel Lee Mansell. His sons left Hamilton to seek their fortunes in the town of Saltillo, Mississippi, near Tupelo, the birth place of Elvis Presley. The third of John Mansell's sons, White Mansell, became the patriarch of the family with John Mansell's removal to Oxford. White Mansell was Elvis's great-grandfather.

      White Mansell married Martha Tackett, a neighbor in Saltillo. Of note is the religion, Jewish, of Martha's mother, Nancy Tackett. It was unusual to find a Jewish settler in Mississippi during this time. All accounts point to White Mansell as a hard-working, upright, provider for a clan increasingly besieged by economic factors beyond their control. The Civil War fractured the Southern economy and soul. Cotton, the backbone of the South, was subject to financial depressions such as the Panic of 1890.

      Additionally, the deep South suffered numerous outbreaks of yellow fever during the mid-nineteenth century. Add to this the extraordinary number of fatalities suffered in not only the Civil War but also the Mexican War, and the devastation of Southern culture in the nineteenth century was complete. Like many other Southern families, the Mansells were stretched to the breaking point. They sold their lands and became sharecroppers. The prosperity of the South, along with the fortunes of the family, had plummet.

      However the life of a sharecropper was not unremittingly grim. They had music and dancing and the comfort of religion. Tenant farmers, sharecroppers, were often invited to the owner's house on Saturday nights for square dancing and parties. Sundays there were picnics on the ground after church. Although there was little hope of escaping poverty, it was a life of community with some gayety.

      Enter now Doll Mansell, Gladys Presley's mother and Elvis's grandmother, of whom Elaine Dundy had this to say. "And the gayest of all the girls at these gatherings, the acknowledged beauty, was the slim, exquisite, tubercular, porcelain-featured, spoiled third daughter of White Mansell...Doll." She was a delicate beauty and the apple of her father's eye. She did not marry until twenty-seven, and then to her first cousin, Robert Smith.

      Bob Smith was the son of White Mansell's sister, Ann. Ann Mansell was a striking woman of dignity and stature, a commanding presence until her death at eighty-six. Bob Smith and Doll Mansell, Elvis Presley's maternal grandparents, were first cousins. This was a genetic intensification, a doubling, of the family lineage. The marrying of first cousins, with its intensities and possibility for dysfunction, was common in insulated communities of the agrarian South. Like Doll, Bob Smith was very handsome, his Indian blood evidenced in a noble brow, good bone structure, even features and dark, deep-set eyes. His black hair was dark as coal.

      Doll would be bedridden from tuberculosis throughout the marriage. Like his uncle and father-in-law, White Mansell, Bob Smith labored long and hard as a sharecropper, and occasional moonshiner, to support his invalid wife and eight children. The noose of poverty tightened on the family, and on Elvis's mother, Gladys.

      Elaine Dundy: "Genetically speaking, what produced Elvis is quite a mixture. At the beginning, to French Norman blood was added Scots-Irish blood. And when you then add to these the Indian strain supplying the mystery and the Jewish strain supplying spectacular showmanship, and you overlay all this with his circumstances, social conditioning, and religious upbringing--specifically his Southern poor white, First Assembly of God upbringing--you have the enigma that was Elvis."

      Less is known of Elvis's paternal heritage through his father, Vernon. The first Pressley in America was an Anglo-Irishman, a Celt, David Pressley, who settled with his son, Andrew Pressley, Senior, at New Bern, North Carolina in 1740. Not until the third generation is there significant historical record of the Pressleys, beginning with Andrew Pressley, Junior. Andrew fought in the last major battle of the Revolutionary War in the South, the Battle of Eutah Springs, South Carolina, 1781.

      The history of the Presleys picks up again with Dunnan Pressley, Junior, in the middle of the 19th century. Dunnan married Martha Jane Wesson at Fulton, Mississippi, the seat of Itawamba County, in 1861. Like many others, Dunnan was probably drawn to the region by cheap land offered to veterans of the Mexican War. In those days richly timbered acreage went for twenty-five cents an acre. Dunnan and Jane had two daughters, Rosalinda and Rosella, Elvis's great-grandmother.

      The Civil War broke out and Dunnan joined the Confederate Army--twice! On each enlistment he collected a three hundred dollar bounty for his horse, and each time he quickly deserted his regimen. Having twice deserted honor and duty with the Confederacy, Dunnan next abandoned his wife and two daughters. Mrs. Robie Stacy, his granddaughter, had this to about it. "My mother told me that when she and her sister were just little babies, their grandparents had taken them to church one Sunday and when they came back, their father, Dunnan, was gone. He went back to his other wife and child." Apparently bigamy can be added to Dunnan's character defects.

      Dunnan Presley's daughter, Rosella, internalized the abandonment and re-enacted it throughout her life. Beginning at age nineteen and continuing over 28 years, Rosella bore nine illegitimate children, never once identifying her lovers or making any claim on them. The children never knew of their fathers as Rosella stubbornly, and resourcefully, supported them through sharecropping. Mrs. Doshia Steele, one of Rosella's daughters, said this of her plight. "I can't remember anyone ever talking about who our father was...It was a big mystery when we were children. My mother just didn't talk about it."

      Elvis's paternal line continued through Rosella's son, Jessie Presley (1896-1973), Elvis's grandfather. As would be expected, J.D. Presley re-enacted his father abandonment by making weak bonds with his own children. His brother, Calhoun Presley, had this to say about J.D. "For most of his life Jessie drifted from one job to another all over Mississippi, Kentucky, and Missouri. He was a sharecropper in the summer and a lumberjack in the winter. Jessie worked hard and played hard. He was an honest man, but he enjoyed drinking whiskey and was often involved in drunken bar brawls. As a result, Jessie spent many a night sobering up in jail.

      He was a slim, handsome man about six feet tall with raven black hair. I reckon Elvis inherited his looks from Jessie. He was also a dapper dresser. Clothes were one the most important things in his life. We used to call him "the lawyer" because he dressed so smart. He loved fine clothes. His favorite suit was a tailor-made brown one with pearl buttons. He saved up for months until he had enough money to buy it--twenty-four dollars. He paraded around town like a peacock, with his head in the air and a cane in his hand. Owning expensive clothes was his only ambition in life. He hated poverty and he didn't want people to know he was poor. He felt that if he wore a tailor-made suit, people would look up to him."

      In 1913 J.D. married Minnie Mae Hood, "Grandma Dodger," who was to live with Elvis throughout his adult life. In 1916 their first child was born, Vernon Presley, Elvis Presley's father. It was toward Vernon that much of Jessie's abandoning was directed. Vernon was scared of J.D., any transgression of his father's rules could provoke a beating. This, combined with Jessie's drunken and philandering ways, caused permanent harm to their relationship. In many respects it was as if Vernon had no father as Jessie repeated his own father abandonment on his children. This theme of father abandonment reverberates throughout Elvis's paternal lineage. It is a strong clue to the abandonment that Elvis felt, and perpetrated, in his own life.

      Character is like a symphony, many themes and strains go into its making. In Elvis we see the landscape of America, the erotic spontaneity of Scots-Irish settlers and the facial lines of Indian warriors; there is the dignity and dissolution of the ante-bellum South, as well as the theme of love of family and its abandonment. Combined with his religious upbringing, a subject deserving its own consideration, Elvis's genealogy holds up a mirror with which to see ?Elvis? the man.
    Person ID I76704  MRP Tree
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2014 

    Father Vernon Elvis Presley,   b. 10 Apr 1916, Fulton, Itawamba, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1979, Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Gladys Love Smith,   b. 25 Apr 1912, Pontotoc, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1958, Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Married 17 Jun 1933  Ponotoc, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F25705  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Priscilla Ann Wagner,   b. (LIVING) 
    Married 1 May 1967  Aladdin Hotel, Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Presley Wedding
    Presley Wedding
    Elvis & Priscilla Presley - Wedding photo
    Presley Wedding
    Presley Wedding
    Elvis & Priscilla Presley - Wedding photo
    Divorced 9 Oct 1973  Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Presleys separated on February 23, 1972, divorce was filed on 18 Aug 1972 and finalized 9 Oct 1973
    California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984
    California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984
    Name: Elvis A Presley
    Spouse Name: Priscill A Beaulieu
    Location: Los Angeles City
    Date: Aug 1972
    Children 
    +1. Lisa Marie Presley,   b. (LIVING)
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2014 00:38:36 
    Family ID F26136  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Jan 1935 - Tupelo, Lee, Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGraduation - 3 Jun 1953 - Humes High School, Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Abt 1953 - 1957 - 1034 Audubon Drive, Memphis, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDivorced - 9 Oct 1973 - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1957-1977 - 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessess Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Aug 1977 - Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Presley, Elvis
    Presley, Elvis
    Elvis Presley
    Presley, Gladys Love Smith
    Presley, Gladys Love Smith
    Gladys Love Smith Presley
    3 generations Presley
    3 generations Presley
    Vernon Elvis Presley, Minnie Mae Presley And Elvis Presley.
    Presley, Elvis
    Presley, Elvis
    Presley in Aloha from Hawaii, broadcast live via satellite on January 14, 1973. The singer himself came up with his famous outfit's eagle motif, as "something that would say 'America' to the world."[

    Headstones
    Ebony's Double
    Ebony's Double
    Ebony's Double, a Tennessee Walking Horse and the last of Elvis Presley's surviving horses, died suddenly on Friday, January 14, 2005. He was 32 years old. Buried at Graceland Mansion Estates.
    Rising SUN
    Rising SUN
    Elvis Presley's horse Rising SUN b.1960 - d.1987 - buried Graceland Mansion Estates
    Scatter The Chimp
    Scatter The Chimp
    Elvis Presley's pet chimp....loved to drink alcohol, and chase the ladies....some say he was poisioned by a maid because he bit her, othr say he died of cirrhosis of the liver, then some say he died of a broken heart because Elvis was not around

    Histories
    Elvis Presley's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
    Elvis Presley's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
    Elvis Presley's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, United States.
    Elvis Presley Stamp
    Elvis Presley Stamp
    Stamp depicting Presley issued by the German post office in 1988

  • Sources 
    1. [S33] SSDI - Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current , Social Security Administration, Washington, DC.
      Name: Elvis Presley
      SSN: 409-52-2002
      BORN: 8 Jan 1935
      Last Benefit: 38116 Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States of America
      Died: Aug 1977
      State (Year) SSN issued: Tennessee (Before 1951)

    2. [S60] Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007.Original data - Nevada State Health Division, Offi).
      Name: Elvis Aron Presley
      Gender: Male
      Spouse: Pricilla Ann Beaulieu
      Marriage Date: 1 May 1967
      Marriage County: Clark


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