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From: United States
1. How and when did you first hear about Elvis Presley?
: My dad always
played his live album in Hawaii when I was a kid.
2. What was it that got you hooked on Elvis?
: He had a very special
3. If Elvis were alive, what would you like to say to him or ask him?
Thanks for sharing your very special gift with all people-we have all
4. WHICH is your favourite Elvis Presley song or movie?
: Suspiscous minds
and Burning Love and more
5. WHY is it your favourite?
: Very passionate
6. Who do you think Elvis loved most in his life, his greatest love?
His mother and daughter
7. Where were you and what were you doing when you heard that Elvis had
: I was 12 years old.I was on vacation at my grandmothers in Texas, a
very hot day-I was playing outside, grams came out to the porch and told
me. I simply did not belive it.
8. Why do you think Elvis still attracts new fans every year,
even long after his death?
: He was passionate about his music and also all
his movies, songs and pictures have created a lasting legend.
9. Do you collect Elvis music or memorabilia?
11. How would you rate our Elvis Presley Biography site?
: Very Good
12. Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve this site for
Thank you for taking part in our survey. The day of Elvis` passing was a very hard day to take in; I was another who didn`t believe he had left us.
But his music lives on and his loyal fans are here to respect a wonderful man and a true legend in everyway.
Presley was born poor in Tupelo, Mississippi, the son of Vernon Elvis Presley and Gladys Love Smith Presley. He was raised both in Tupelo and later in Memphis, Tennessee, where his family moved when he was 13. He had a twin brother (Jesse Garon Presley) who died at birth.
The young Elvis took up guitar at 11 and, after high school, worked at Precision Tool Company and then drove a truck for the Crown Electric Company.
Scottish author Allan Morrison claims that Elvis was of Scottish descent. In an as-yet-unpublished book, Morrison claims to have found that his ancestors lived in Lonmay, Aberdeenshire in the 1700s. According to Morrison, records show that Andrew Presley married Elspeth Leg in Lonmay in 1713. Their son, also called Andrew, went to the English colonies in 1745.
Through his father's mother Minnie Mae, Elvis descended from King Henry II of England.
His maternal grandmother was Jewish.
Each of us stands on the shoulders of our ancestors. So too Elvis; his genealogy
provides a fascinating view of the influences that help form him. Our story begins
with Elvis's maternal heritage through his mother, Gladys.
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 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
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.
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