Elvis Presley
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Elvis Aaron Presley (1935 - 1977)

Elvis Aaron "The King" Presley
Born in Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi, United Statesmap
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Husband of [private wife (1940s - unknown)]
Descendants descendants
Died in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Dec 2011 | Last significant change: 10 Jul 2021
06:26: Dave Bybee edited a memory from Dave Bybee about Elvis Aaron Presley (1935-1977). [Thank Dave for this]
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Elvis Presley is known as "King of Rock and Roll", a prolific rock musician and actor.[1]


Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. [2] He was the son of Vernon Presley and Gladys Smith. [3] The Presleys survived the F5 tornado in the 1936 Tupelo-Gainesville tornado outbreak.[4] The family was poor, and by the time Elvis recorded for the first time at Sun Records, had been off welfare only a few weeks of Elvis' life.[1] Though he started out in Tupelo, the Presleys later moved to Memphis when Elvis was a teenager.[1] Elvis attended Humes High School.[4]

Elvis married Priscilla Beaulieu. They divorced in August 1972 in Los Angeles, California.[5] They had one daughter, Lisa Marie Presley.


Elvis recorded a few songs for Sam Phillips of Sun Records in 1953, backed by The Blue Moon Boys.[6] Those songs gave him entrance to the music scene in 1954, introducing the world to his new combination of blues, gospel he grew up with in church, the jazz of Beale Street, country and western, and bluegrass, to be named rock and roll.[6] His claim to the rock royalty throne was initiated with his single, "Heartbreak Hotel," which was his first number one in 1956 on his next label, RCA.[7][6] He became popular with teen girls for his good looks and unique dance moves, his entire persona influencing the likes of Buddy Holly and the Beatles to move into rock music.[6] He was known as a rebel for those dance moves that made him famous, as they were viewed as scandalous at the time, yet swoon-worthy.[6] His voice could emote a variety of feelings, drawing the listener into whatever story he was telling, and then send them over the edge with a curl of his lip.[6] He followed that first number one with several more of his most famous hits, "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender," and "Hound Dog."[6]

Elvis appeared in a number of movie musicals that only helped his popularity, starring in 33 of those films.[4] His first role was in 1956's "Love Me Tender".[6] All of his roles were in what were later called "Elvis Movies", romantic comedies featuring his music.[1] Some think his movie work took him too far from the music that made him a king, though, and it took a major comeback concert in 1968 to kick him back into the swing of things.[6]

Elvis took a two year break from his music and movie career when he was drafted to serve in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960, ending his service as a Sergeant, Company A, 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32nd Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Division.[4][6][1]

Elvis devoted the seventies to constant touring.[6] Being on the road so much took a toll on his health.[6]

In addition to his colloquial name as the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis received numerous awards and accolades.[7] Over 100 of his songs reached the Top 40 charts.[6] Elvis had 14 Grammy nominations with 3 wins, from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.[4] He gained worldwide acclaim, resulting in over one billion in record sales around the globe.[4] In addition to his Grammys, he received posthumously the W.C. Handy Award from the Blues Foundation (1984), the Academy of Country Music's first Golden Hat Award (1984), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction (1986), the American Music Awards' Award of Merit (1987), induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame (1998), induction in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2001), induction in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame (2007), and induction in the Memphis Music Hall of Fame (2012).[4]

Elvis was a devoted Pentecostal Christian, and recorded many gospel songs.[4] His first Grammy award came from his gospel album, "How Great Thou Art."[6]


Elvis died at home in his Graceland Mansion from a heart attack on August 16,1977 in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42.[2][6] The stress from constant touring and prescription drug abuse was too much for his body.[6] His memory lives on in popular music as his songs are still heard in movies, television, and remakes by current artists.[6] His Graceland mansion still sees numerous visitors each year as hoards of devoted fans still flock to see a little part of his life.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Elvis Presley", Britannica.com, accessed 25 Feb 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JR51-ZZD : accessed 23 Nov 2013), Elvis Presley, August 1977; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  3. "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VBS4-F4R : accessed 23 Nov 2013), Elvis Pressley in household of Vernon Pressley, Beat 3, Lee, Mississippi, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 41-20, sheet 21B, family 384, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 2042.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Elvis's biography on Elvis.com
  5. "California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VPB5-NDM : accessed 23 Nov 2013), Priscill A Beaulieu and Elvis A Presley, 1972.
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 ""Elvis Presley Is , Quite Simply The King of Rock & Roll", Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Accessed 25 Feb 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Elvis Presley biography on Wikipedia

See Also:

  • Child, Christopher Challender. "Notable Mayflower Descendants: Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley", The Mayflower Descendant (Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Boston, 2014) Vol. 63, Page 212

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The family story says we (my maternal family line) are related to Elvis through his Great Grandfather, William H. "Buck" Hood. So far I haven't found a connection between Buck Hood and my Great Grandfather Glen Hood. I'll have to keep searching.
posted 10 Jul 2021 by Dave Bybee   [thank Dave]
Elvis and Sherry are 8th cousins once removed

Elvis Presley and Sherry (Browning) Miller are both descendants of Thomas Warren Sr.

posted 22 Apr 2021 by Sherry (Browning) Miller   [thank Sherry]
Elvis is my Fifth Cousin twice removed. We share an ancestor, Phillip Tackett.
posted 28 Jan 2021 by Bobbi (Marshall) Sundeen   [thank Bobbi]
Elvis is my 18th cousin once removed through a mutual grandfather William Gascoigne 1400-1454 High Sheriff of York Gascoigne-439 on wikitree I was born on the same day as he, January 8th.
posted 28 Sep 2019 by Kathleen (Rogan) Foster   [thank Kathleen]
9th cousins! Awesome! Must be where I get my wiggles from...
posted 24 Sep 2019 by Cindy (Carangelo) Behr   [thank Cindy]
Eighth cousins once removed through Abraham Estes. Winning!
posted 12 Jul 2019 by Robert Durbin Jr.   [thank Robert]
My 17th cousin through our descendant Richard Rich. Rest in peace.
posted 25 May 2019 by Julie (Russell) Donovan   [thank Julie]
Here is a bit of information that very few people outside of Mobile,Alabama know. Elvis Presley performed for the students at Vigor High School in Mobile County, Alabama in 1956. This was before he became famous. I am sure that are plenty of articles in the Mobile Press Register at the time.
posted 17 Mar 2019 by Anonymous Rankin   [thank Anonymous]
My parents went and seen Elvis while he was performing at the Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada. When they came back, they gave me the cutest stuffed "Hound Dog" I've ever seen. Elvis and I are 13th cousins twice removed. 20 Degrees.
posted 3 Mar 2019 by Paula (Hawkins) Reinke   [thank Paula]
Elvis was among the group that replaced my outfit in 1958. I was in Friedberg 1956-1958, as S1 Clerk in Battalion HQs, 32nd Armor, 3rd Armored Division. He was assigned to be the driver for the Battalion CO, and was allowed to live off base. Such are the fortunes of war. My connection with Elvis is through Martha Brister Goynes who lived in Atascosa County, Campbelton, Texas on the William Brister Ranch. His sister, Delta, married Eugene Biggs, whose brother James married Sarah Goynes, whose brother Wiley Goynes married Martha Brister. From there the connection is through the Brister line, 17 degrees from Elvis. Now, this information and $2.00 will buy a cup of coffee most any place. Interesting, however.
posted 27 Feb 2019 by Alvis Brister   [thank Alvis]
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Elvis & I are 15th cousins 2x removed on my maternal side. Elvis's paternal side. Lovely. So cool!

We are both descendants of Roger Dyneley. Elvis's 14th Great Grandfather. My 16th Great Grandfather.

posted by Lynn (Fenn) Edgington
edited by Lynn (Fenn) Edgington
Elvis and I are 9th cousins once removed. We share a grandparent in Robert Harris, Sr.
posted by Celena Skelton
edited by Celena Skelton
Just found out Elvis 'the king's was my 10th cousin How wonderful God bless him xxx
posted by Suzy Young
His paternal side was discovered a few years ago. Rosella Presley had a long term affair with a man named John Wallace.


Haplogroup I2 (Y-DNA) * Confirmed Haplogroup I (Y-DNA), Haplogroup I2c1a2a1a1a (F2044) (Y-DNA) Likely *:

Elvis Aaron Presley (Wallace) (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor.

“It is well known that Presley was not Elvis’ true surname, his great-grandmother Martha Rosella Presley having had his grandfather Jessie Dunnan “Dee” McClowell Presley out of wedlock, and having given the child the surname she bore from her father, Dunnan Presley. So it was hardly a surprise that our Elvis Y chromosome type (haplogroup I) matched no Presley in the available database. What was surprising was that it exactly matched several males of the surname Wallace.”– Page 42, “Old World Roots of the Cherokee: How DNA, Ancient Alphabets and Religion Explains the Origins of America’s Largest Indian Nation, by Donald N. Yates


“Rosella Pressley and John Wallace shared some trials in their lives, however, fatesurely brought them together because out of their love for one another came the greatest entertainer in the world and of generations to come, Elvis Presley. Though neither would live to see this success, the long-kept mystery is now revealed: that John Wallace is the true great-grandfather of Elvis Presley.”

“The Children of Rosella Presley and John Wallace are: (1.) Jesse D. McDowell Pressley/Presley, the grandfather of Elvis Presley, b. April 9, 1896 in Itawamba Co. Jessie married Minnie Mae Hood and then Vera Leftwich. Jessie died 19 March 1973 in Louisville, KY”

posted by Michael Meggison
I'm Elvis is my 8th cousin 2x removed. I'm kin to him on my mom side and she was a Childers. I took a picture of the bloodline back to me. If I can figure out how to post I will.
posted by Holly Bailey
921 PPP Without Project Account and without Project Box
posted by David Douglass
Presley-1347 and Presley-155 appear to represent the same person because: These are the same person, please merge. Thank you
Presley-1347 and Presley-155 do not represent the same person because: Elvis only has one cone confirmed Daughter Lisa Marie
posted by [Living Porter]
I am his other confirmed Child VIA DNA. They are the same.
posted by [Living Boden]
Is there any evidence that Elvis is a descendant of the French Huguenots.

Marie Warenbuer specifically. Warenbuer-1

It doesn't show up in the connection finder.

ok I searched and found this French Huguenot at Wikipedia and it says Elvis is descended from him but it doesn't show up either in the wiki connection finder.


Thank you

posted by Emm Balluff
Also, he is my eleventh cousin on my father's side of the family. This was through my Moore and Frost ancestry.
posted by Anonymous Rankin
He is my 6th cousin as well. I have found more information and I cant possible put it all in here by hand.
posted by Tammy (Davis) Howard
edited by Tammy (Davis) Howard
Elvis is my 11th cousin. Funny I just put in his name out of fun never expecting to be related to him at all. Wow! I live in New Zealand. Our mutual ancestors, Robert Bartlett and Mary Warren, are my 10th great grandparents.
posted by Joanne Phillips
My name is Nancy Elizabeth Lowe Sitzlar and I am related to Elvis through my mother Faye Nanette McCoy. Elvis and I are 13th cousins twice removed. Elvis Presley and I are both descendants of John St John, our Grandfathers. I know this is not like being his first cousin; however, for me, I was thrilled to learn my family had this link to Elvis. I loved his music from the time I was aware of his wonderful voice when I was a little girl. We lost this talented man too soon and he will forever be missed. I love Wikitree!!
posted by Nancy (Lowe) Sitzlar
edited by Nancy (Lowe) Sitzlar
HELLO Fellow Elvis Fans & tree cousins. TY Just found out least Double Related to this sweet Soul. Not only he apparently died on my birthday, roughly about time of when I was born. Also thanks to his parents; am related to both his parents, thru my mom twice. According to familysearch site. Here looks like shows thru my dad side. ? Maybe triple related? Thanks for letting me know. Have cherished him since was about age 10. Always felt connected. Pam from Maine.. Like to post plastic canvas pic have made of him?..
posted by Pamjoy Major
Mobile,Alabama was the third home of Elvis. Actually, he made an appearance at a local high school in Mobile in 1956/1957.
posted by Anonymous Rankin
added a wikitree profile for Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk AKA Colonel Tom Parker


posted by Peter Zijderveld
Who'd of thought Elvis is my 8th cousin
posted by Lance Osbourn
Elvis was up for adoption, so for fun I did relationship finder and we are 5th cousins,

I had no idea

posted by [Living Porter]
We were both born on January 8th. We are 13th cousins 3 times removed through

our common Grandfather, Nicholas Thurston. He is Elvis's 12th Great Grandfather and my 15th Great Grandfather. Loved his music all my life. Rest in Peace Elvis!