Lisa Marie Presley

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Date of Birth: February 1, 1968

Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Death: January 12, 2023

Place of Death: Calabasas, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: German, Norwegian, English, Scottish, along with some French, Irish, Swiss-German, remote Dutch and Danish, possibly other

Lisa Marie Presley was an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

She was the daughter of musician-actor Elvis Presley and actress and businessperson Priscilla Presley. Lisa Marie had two children, including actress and model Riley Keough, with her former husband, singer and songwriter Danny Keough; and two children with her former husband, guitarist, music producer, and director Michael Lockwood.

Her maternal half-brother was musician Navarone Garibaldi. She was a half-cousin of actor, producer, and podcast host Kash Hovey, through their shared maternal grandmother, Anna Lillian Iversen.

Lisa Marie’s paternal grandfather was Vernon Elvis Presley (the son of Jesse/Jessie Dunnan McClowell Presley and Minnie Mae Hood). Vernon was born in Mississippi. Jessie was the son of an unknown father, possibly John Wallace, and of Martha Rosella Presley. Minnie was the daughter of William H. Hood and Mary L. Warren.

Lisa Marie’s paternal grandmother was Gladys Love Smith (the daughter of Robert Lee Smith and Octavia Lavenia “Dollie” Mansell). Gladys was born in Pontotoc, Pontotoc Co., Mississippi. Robert was the son of Mileage/Miledge Obediah “Obe” Smith and Ann Mansell/Mansel. Octavia was the daughter of A. White Mansell and Martha Tackett.

Lisa Marie’s maternal grandfather was James Frederick Wagner (the son of Harold Andrew Wagner and Kathryn Gates Ramsey). James was born in Pennsylvania, near Cherrytree, Venango. Harold was the son of Fred W. Wagner and Albertena/Albertina Staub, who were the children of German parents. Katherine was the daughter of James Calvin Ramsey and Alice Jane Baughman.

Lisa Marie’s maternal grandmother was Anna Lillian Iversen (the daughter of Albert Henry Iversen and Lorraine Grace Davis). Anna was born in New London, New London Co., Connecticut. Albert was born in Egersund, Rogaland, Norway, the son of Hjalmar Armand/Amund Iversen and Anna Teoline/Theoline Johansen/Johannesen. Lorraine was born in New London, the daughter of Samuel David Davis and Effie Lillian Valentine.

Lisa Marie’s ancestor, Morning Dove White, who was her paternal great-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, Lisa Marie’s great-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 Lisa Marie’s paternal great-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 Lisa Marie’s great-great-great-grandmother was almost certainly a different woman, Celia Anne/Ann Butler. (It is not clear if Nancy Burdine actually existed, much less was Jewish and/or an ancestor of Elvis). Lisa Marie’s great-great-great-grandfather, Abner Tackett, was not Jewish. Some background information on this can be found here (see “24. Blue Christmas”) and here (from Jim W. Tackitt, of the Tackett Family Association).

Lisa Marie is an eighth cousin of actress Britt Robertson. Lisa Marie’s paternal seven times great-grandparents, Andreas “Andrew” Preslar and Antje “Ann” Wells, were also the seven times great-grandparents of Britt Robertson.

Sources: Genealogies of Lisa Marie Presley –

Discussion of Lisa Marie’s father’s possible Native American ancestry –

Lisa Marie’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, John Mansell, on the 1850 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Lisa Marie’s paternal great-great-grandparents, A. White Mansell and Martha Tackett –

Genealogy of Lisa Marie’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Martha Tackett –

Death record of Lisa Marie’s paternal great-great-great-uncle (great-great-grandmother’s brother), Sidney Tackett –
Death record of Lisa Marie’s paternal great-great-great-uncle (great-great-grandmother’s brother), Jerome L. Tackett –

Lisa Marie’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Abner Tackett, on the 1870 U.S. Census –

Lisa Marie’s maternal grandfather, James Frederick Wagner, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Lisa Marie’s maternal great-grandmother, Lorraine Grace Davis, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

2 Responses

  1. jonasbsjr says:

    what an incredibly sad news, may she rest in peace, lots of high profile figures dying since mid-2022

  2. madman says:

    So she has Irish ancestry but her parents doesn’t?

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