Who were the parents of Doll Mansell Smith, grandmother of Elvis Presley?

+3 votes

We know from Gladys Smith Presley's death certificate that her mother's maiden name was Mansell and her father was a Robert Smith. Source: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QKM9-B7NP

We know from census records that her mother's first name was Doll and the various census records indicate Doll Mansell was born about 1885/6. 

Family tradition and unsourced family trees and unsourced publications claim Doll was:

  1. A nickname for Octavia Lucena
  2. Daughter of A[bner] W[hite] Mansell and Martha Tackett
But we find no child of this Mansell/Tackett family that matches Doll. 
Can you? 
WikiTree profile: Doll Smith
in Genealogy Help by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (781k points)
I wonder if anyone would be willing to order (and pay for) the Mississippi death certificate for Doll Mansell Smith?
Kathie just informed me that to obtain any vital records from Mississippi, you have to share a copy of some sort of ID and indicate how you are related to the person whose record you are requesting.   It would be great if a descendant would do this. Thanks.

These are the censuses that A.W. (whose name is wrong in almost every one) and his family appear on:

A.W. and wife appear in 1870:  “Marshall White” and wife “Murtha”

In 1880:  Whti. Mansell, Martha, Melissa, Ida, Lucy, and James; family also includes mother, two sisters, an aunt, and two nieces

In 1900: Mansil White, Ada [Ada is not the Ida from 1880; Ida was married in 1892] , Sim, Elmer, and Jehue, niece Lou (same age as daughter Lucy in 1880 - same person or different?)

In 1910: A. W. Mancill, Neely (2nd wife), Jehue, step-daughter Annie Kemp

Per Find-a-Grave he died in 1925  - Neely is on the 1930 census living with daughter Annie and her husband.


2 Answers

+5 votes
Doll is also a nickname for Dorothy.
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
And we've seen no records of her as "Dorothy".
+3 votes

Is this her? perhaps a transcription error should be Luvy instead of Lucy?

"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4GV-187 : 5 December 2019), Lucy Mansell in household of Whti Mansell, Beat 2, Lee, Mississippi, United States; citing enumeration district ED 87, sheet 73C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,654.

by Azure Robinson G2G6 Pilot (208k points)
"Lucy" is ten years older than "Doll."  If it was just one census, I'd say it's an error, but the three censuses that include Doll - 1910, 1920, and 1930 - all say she was born 1885-86.
Sorry, I was going off the about 1876 date of birth on her profile! Even though you state it above as 1885. ;)
We'll correct the profile data.

Have you seen this book:

Jews in Blue: The Jewish American Experience in Law Enforcement

It mentions the ancestry of Elvis. It is available for purchase as an e-book, but maybe someone owns it?

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