Elvis Presley

by ethnic on February 18, 2008

Birth Name: Elvis Aaron Presley

Date of Birth: January 8, 1935

Place of Birth: Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S.

Date of Death: August 16, 1977

Place of Death: Memphis, Tennessee

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, along with some German and French, remote Dutch and Danish

Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. He was the son of Gladys Love (Smith) and Vernon Elvis Presley. Elvis was married to actress and businessperson Priscilla Presley, with whom he is the father of singer Lisa Marie Presley and the grandfather of model/actress Riley Keough.

Much of Elvis’s ancestry was English. He also had Scottish, some German and French, and remote Dutch and Danish, ancestry (these latter two from ancestors born in the 1500s). Genealogical research usually indicates that Elvis was descended from a man named Andreas Preslar (later Presley), who was born, c. 1704, in Germany. Various reports that Elvis’s patrilineal line originates in Ireland and/or Scotland appear to be incorrect (see here and here).

Elvis’s paternal grandfather was Jessie/Jesse Dee/Dunnan/Dunning McCloud/McClowell/McDowell Presley (the son of an unknown father and of Martha Rosella Elizabeth/Elizebeth Presley). Jessie was born in Mississippi. Martha was the daughter of Jessie Elvetus Dunnin/Dunnan Presley, Jr. and Martha Jane Wesson.

Elvis’s paternal grandmother was Minnie Mae Dodger Hood (the daughter of William H./Otis Hood and Mary Louisa Warren). Minnie was born in Mississippi. William was the son of Joshua Harrison Hoed/Hood and Margaret Johnson. Mary Louisa was the daughter of William David Warren and Minerva J. Davis.

Elvis’s maternal grandfather was Robert Lee Smith (the son of Mileage/Milege Obediah “Obe” Smith and Ann Mansell/Manscill). Robert was born in Mississippi. Ann was the daughter of John B. Mansell/Manscill and Elizabeth “Betsy” Gilmore.

Elvis’s maternal grandmother was Octavia Lavenia/Luvenia “Dollie”/”Doll” Mansell (the daughter of Albert White Mansell and Martha Tackett). Octavia was born in Mississippi. Elvis’s grandparents Robert and Octavia were first cousins. Albert was the son of John B. Mansell and Elizabeth “Betsy” Gilmore. Martha was the daughter of Abner Tackett.

Elvis’s ancestor, Morning White Dove, who was his maternal great-great-great-grandmother twice over, is said to have been a Cherokee Native American woman. The story of Morning’s marriage to a caucasian man, William Mansell, Elvis’s great-great-great-grandfather, is known among family researchers. However, it is not clear if any documentary evidence has been produced that Morning Dove White was of Native American ancestry. At least one census entry for Morning Dove White’s son, John Mansell, describes him as “White”. Several other census listings of Morning’s other children list them as “White” as well. Research has shown that it is unlikely that Morning Dove White was a Cherokee, although it is possible that she had ancestry from another tribe. Background information on this can be found here.

There is a claim that Elvis’s matrilineal great-great-grandmother, said to have been named Nancy J. Burdine, was Jewish. It is possible that Elvis and his family believed this, as well. However, research has shown this claim of Jewish ancestry to be highly unlikely, and that Elvis’s matrilineal great-great-grandmother was almost certainly a different woman, Celia Anne/Ann Butler. Elvis’s great-great-grandfather, Abner Hampton Tackett, was not Jewish. Some background information on this can be found here (see “24. Blue Christmas”):

Some have also stated that Elvis had Romani ancestry. It is not clear if this claim has ever been verified/documented, either.

Elvis is a seventh cousin, once removed, of actress Britt Robertson. Elvis’s paternal six times great-grandparents, Andreas “Andrew” Preslar and Antje “Ann” Wells, were also the seven times great-grandparents of Britt Robertson.

Sources: Genealogies of Elvis Presley – http://www.geni.com

Elvis’s maternal great-great-grandfather, John Mansell/Manscill, on the 1850 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Elvis’s maternal great-grandmother, Martha Tackett – http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com

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andrew January 1, 2017 at 4:53 pm
Adamina September 9, 2016 at 11:34 pm

He kinda looks like young Donald Trump in this photo

savanna January 16, 2016 at 3:32 pm
follers January 16, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Elvis’s patrilineal line is addressed in the sentence that starts with “Various reports that Elvis’s patrilineal line originates in Ireland and/or Scotland appear to be incorrect”.

cwm85 September 22, 2015 at 7:54 pm

I always wondered why he died his hair black was it because he wanted to appear more exotic? To add some tough man image like an Italian person? I know he said it looked better for film but I think it was more to it than that. I think he felt black hair made him look tougher and more Latin, when he was tanned with his dark hair he did look more Mediterranean… perhaps he look Portuguese

neiltennant July 14, 2017 at 9:18 am

i highly doubt that he did this in order to become more exotic
in the 50s there was a lot of suspicion and racism #
thanks to the mccarthy era where some ethnic groups were called possibly communists

cwm85 August 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Some thought he had black in him too…

neiltennant July 14, 2017 at 9:19 am

of course

he was pale, had blond hair haha thats typical for people who are part black

cwm85 August 1, 2015 at 7:57 pm

I think some of these came because of his dark hair. Remember Elvis hair was naturally sandy blonde or light brown and his eyes were blue.

neiltennant July 14, 2017 at 9:21 am

come on don’t be ridiculous

nobody suspects that some is exotic or part native or part med because of black hair

black hair and blue eyes is very common in scotland and ireland and many of them do live in the USA
i don’t think that he was special because of this

abbracci May 28, 2015 at 2:47 am
neiltennant July 14, 2017 at 9:22 am


and a lot of sources think that he is still alive or that he has kidnapped by aliens

follers February 15, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Looks like Elvis may not have had Native American ancestry after all.

All the children I could find of his supposedly Native American ancestor, Morning Dove White, were listed as “White” on censuses.

idioglossia October 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm
Check7t July 31, 2014 at 8:43 am

He used to be good looking before he got fat and became a drug addict:


shobohunter July 30, 2014 at 12:02 am

he looks old in this picture..

andrew July 18, 2014 at 5:12 pm
follers July 18, 2014 at 9:39 pm

I am confused about that, since Elvis’s ancestor Dunnan Presley is usually traced as having his “Presley” line be from Germany (“Preslar”), not Ireland.

andrew November 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm

those family trees are uncomplete

follers November 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm

They do cover most of his recent ancestry. But does it matter? The specific claims about Elvis’s Native American and Jewish ancestry are already addressed in the genealogy that is available.

andrew November 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm
follers November 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm

The old line that gets repeated in all these Elvis bios:
“White Mansell married Martha Tackett, a neighbour 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.”

I don’t know if it was “unusual” to find a Jewish settler in Mississippi back then, but they didn’t find one with Nancy Tackett.

andrew October 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Native ancestry is NEVER documented..

follers October 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm

It can be documented, like with Colton Haynes, and, very distantly, Gina Carano (if we believe Carano’s family tree).

In the case of Elvis Presley, it is likely that his ancestor (twice over) was a Native American woman. However, the claims that she was a Cherokee are almost certainly false.

andrew October 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

so she was from another tribe

leslie2 October 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Thank follers for always writting and dismissing theses fake Natives and low blood quantum-never will be Natives.
You are a serious blessing. I don’t consider Johnny and any others with such low percentage or no-recent ancestry to be Native, however, this does prove my point of the Native ancestry being documented.

leslie2 October 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm

What are you smoking?

Metis (French Canadian fur traders, and Native women in Red River , Manitoba Canada)

Half breed (born to any Native man or women and a white person/black person)

Reserve, census, rolls, treaty signings, Residential schools, etc

Native ancestry is one of the EASIEST to prove.
We are well documented. Don’t delude yourselves and anyone else trying to cover their ass for not being to prove their ancestry.

True Natives can track their ancestry easily.
It’s the wannabes, the family myths, and Cherokee princesses who have issue proving their tribes, origins, and Native ancestry.

Anyone who complains about the need to track one’s bloodlines to prove their ancestry of being Native or blood quantum, usually never had Native roots or are 99% white or black, like most of the celebrities in hollywood, or making up bogus stories or even STEALING other peoples genealogy to prove or change their own.

I’m so sick of the Cherokee 1/8-1/200th celebrities or just flat out lying about their ancestry. You will never be Native, and we can easily track and know who the fakes are.


follers October 15, 2013 at 5:19 pm


Yes. I have put in disclaimers about as many undocumented Native American claims as I could find.

leslie2 October 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Good for your follers. Thank you so much. We need more people like you to disprove theses people.

Sully January 20, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Also, don’t forgot how some of the White people who say they have Native American Ancestry, could just have a mixed-race Black ancestor that passed for Native American. I’ve read that Elvis was Melungeon (which were like Creole people, mixed with European, African, and Native American ancestry) yet to avoid discrimination, sometimes the Melungeon would just pass or be mistaken for Native American or a darker toned European, like Portuguese or something.


it’s really interesting and not hard to believe that this might be the case for some White Americans who claim Native American blood but can’t find the source. Perhaps they had a Black American or Mulatto ancestor who passed for Native American.

Alice March 22, 2013 at 5:26 am

Some more information about Elvis’ Irish roots in Co Carlow

smiley April 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm

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Alice March 22, 2013 at 4:57 am
nnnnn October 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm

He was a good singer, but he was a ridiculous person cuz feed-adicted. Feeding himself to death is even worse as drug
death, like Cobain or Winehouse

ethnic October 12, 2012 at 3:21 am

Feed addicted?

poppy March 31, 2012 at 7:18 am

Elvis was proud of the fact that he had a full blood Cherokee ancestor and he considered himself a natural for Flaming Star.The Native was on his mom’s side and her name was Morning Dove White.All the Smiths knew of her and were proud of her.They said everyone in those parts was French and Indian mix with a bit of English.The Presley side was Scots and Irish.Elvis father was a red neck and denied the native part of the Smiths but the Smiths sang it out loud and clear.Elvis claimed to be Native American rather than partial so read it in the many books of him.He was amazing to look at.Very handsome .He was very blond as a child and young man but he dyed his hair black later on.

rickyflo April 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

Nah, he has admitted most of what is inherited, but he is Caucasian regardless because he was hired easily for certain things in Caucasian areas in the past years, he went to high school normally and played on sport teams, he broke the barrier for black vs. white with Ali, and he joined the army. He admitted that he was the many things, but not solely Native American. Native Americans during that time were not allowed much to join the army, play sports, and go to schooling normally. Rough history, but that made him Caucasian. Also, he did interaction as a Caucasian. Also, To be Cherokee is to be Native American no matter the result, and he was not that because admitting to have all the rest of acceptance and raising his daughter in a European Environment. Anyhow, he is Caucasian because he would have been denied Cherokee citizenship for the tad bit of inheritance 3.125 or less Cherokee. Says that his great great great-maternal grandmother was full blooded, but appreciated. So, there is no dispute on the matter.

deb January 29, 2012 at 1:45 am

elvis’s hair was naturally light brown not blonde he dyed it black!!!

storm January 29, 2012 at 2:02 am

elvis was a pedo. he was attracted to priscilla when she was 13 years old and according to her, before they got married, they did “everything but sex.”

he’s nasty

nnnnn June 11, 2012 at 1:23 am


KEMET September 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm

hes still biracial

rickyflo April 20, 2013 at 10:58 am

He is not Biracial because Native American is not always declared as race, yet he is one, Caucasian because he contains no other race dominantly.

nnnnn April 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm

One more “one-drop” lunatic

rickyflo April 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm

?? Who are you referring to?

leslie2 October 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm

lmfao yes! thank you for this comment. Sick of theses one-drop idiots.

weirdsite... May 31, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Bi means two. Neither of his parents was Native American so he cannot be called “biracial”. Mulit-racial, maybe?

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