Andrew Presley, Jr. Line - first generation NC/SC/TN/MS
{Elvis direct line for those following this course}

Andrew Jr., younger brother of Thomas, was born 1732. His children, according to existing and various documents, were: Charles, John, Andrew, III, Peter, and Joseph. John, born in Rowan County, NC in 1748, served in the American Revolutionary War for his brother, Peter, born in 1756. After the war, John relocated to Monroe County, TN, where he filed for a pension and received it beginning 1833. He was 84 years old. John was in Monroe County, TN, at the same time as Dunning Presley and Dunning, Jr. who was born in Monroe in 1827. However, John, it was said, moved there to be close to his children. Charles Presley also served in the American Revolution along with his wife, Polly Keziah.

John Presley
, son of Andrew, Jr. is the father of Dunning (Dunnan) Pressley. We do have Dunning, Sr. listed by himself on the 1810 Buncombe County Census, and on the 1820 census record for Buncombe County, NC, along with John Presley. It is now believed that John Presley may have been married to a Casiah/Keziah, daughter of Dunning Casiah, the neighbor of Andrew Prestley, and whose other daughter, Mary Polly Keziah, married Andrew's eldest son, Charles. John's son, Dunning John Pressley, providing that his mother was a Casiah, would have been, in Tuscarora tradition, named for the maternal grandfather, in this case, DUNNING Casiah.

Interesting to note here are the census records and applications for Rev. War pensions that show us Andrew Presley/Priestly with Charles, John, and Anthony,and Andrew, III, born in 1754, also a son of Andrew, Jr., also had a son named John, both of who also moved to TN. Both Andrew Presley and his brother John were given Bounty-Land Warrants which is why they moved to SC and TN from NC. We have Charles Presley/Priestley who served of his own accord but also stepped in to serve in the stead of both Andrew and John, his brothers. John had recalled in his pension that he had served in the stead of his brother, Peter.

Dunning (Dunnan) Pressley, Sr.
was born 1780 in Lancaster County, South Carolina, and died at age 70 in 1850 in Polk County, Tennessee. He married (1) Mary. He married (2) Catherine on Abt. 1808 in Lancaster County, South Carolina.

Children of Dunning Pressley and Catherine are:

+Dunning Pressley, Jr.,
b. July 01, 1827, Monroe County, Tennessee, d. March 10, 1900 in Mississippi.

Dunning Pressley Jr. was born on July 1, 1827 in Monroe County, Tennessee. On November 1, 1847 at the age of 20 he enlisted at Knoxville as a private in Captain Jno. C. Vaughn's Company C of the 5th Regiment of Tennessee Volunteers. His regiment served in the War with Mexico, and between February and April of 1848 he was in San Juan, Mexico, and in May 1848 he was at National Bridge, Mexico. By July 2, 1848 he was on board ship returning to the United States where he was discharged at Memphis on July 20th. On November 7th he was issued a warrant for 160 acres of land based on his army service. It was sent to him in care of Rufus Smith in Madisonville, Tennessee.

Dunning returned home to his wife and eldest daughter whom he had left in Tennessee. He had married Elizabeth probably about 1845 in North Carolina or Tennessee and to this union were finally born five children: Elvira E. in 1846, Elizabeth in 1848, Joshua in 1851, Dunning in 1852, and Nancy Jane in 1854.

Elizabeth died about 1860, and soon thereafter, leaving his children probably with relatives, Dunning found himself in northeastern Mississippi. On August 15, 1861 he married a second time in Itawamba County, Mississippi, to Martha Jane Wesson. As in his first marriage, he soon went off to war again. On May 11, 1863 he enlisted at Grenada, Mississippi, in Company E, Hamm's Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry. Perhaps, like many other Civil War soldiers, he was concerned about his family back home and temporarily deserted in order to investigate their circumstances, because from January 18 to June 30, 1864 he was listed as deserted and absent without leave. He returned to his unit for the final roll call.

After the war, Dunning left Martha Jane and returned to his first family in Tennessee. Martha Jane had taken up and married Steele, and in 1868 she died in childbirth with their firstborn. Dunning eventually found himself in Missouri where he met and married his 3rd wife, Harriet Henrietta Toy on March 18, 1882 in Benton County, Arkansas. Harriet was born October 11, 1862 in Lawrence County, Missouri, and died May 16, 1937.


Dunning died March 10, 1900 in Barry County, Missouri, at 73 years of age.

Children of (Dumis) Presley, Jr. and Martha Jane Wesson (direct line of Elvis Presley) are:

+ Rosella Elizabeth Presley
b. Feb. 1862, Fulton County, Miss. d. July 30, 1924, Pineville, Itawamba County, Mississippi. Rosella Elizabeth Presley never married, according to records, and some family members speculate for different reasons. However, Rosella lived alone and was a sharecropper in Mississippi, raising her children, most of whom could not read or write.

Mary Jane "Rosalinda" Presley, b. 1865, d. date unknown.

Children of Rosella Elizabeth Presley are:

1. Walter G. Presley b DEC 1880 in Itawamba Co, MS
2. Joseph Warren Presley b ABT 1886 in Itawamba Co, MS
3. Minnie Elizabeth Presley b JUL 1889 in Itawamba Co, MS
4. Noah Edward Presley b: AUG 1890 in Itawamba Co, MS - m. Susan Izora Griffin*, 1911, Itawamba County, MS and; (2) m. Christine Mary Houston*, 1940
5. Jessie D.McDowell Presley b: 9 APR 1897 in Itawamba Co, MS
6. Calhoun Presley b 9 MAY 1898 in Itawamba Co, MS
7. L. Presley b: BEF 1900 in Itawamba Co, MS
8. Mack Presley b: ABT 1901 in Itawamba Co, MS
9. Robbie Presley b 1 MARCH 1903 in Itawamba Co, MS
*- names associated with NC families in Anson and Mecklenburg Counties

Jessie D. McDowell Presley
was born April 09, 1896 in Itawamba County, Mississippi, to Rosella Presley, unmarried, and John Wallace.
Though the rightful surname should have been Wallace, Rosella gave her children her own name, her maiden name of Presley.

Jessie D. McDowell Presley died 19 April 1973. He married (1) Minnie Mae Hood on July 20, 1913. She was born 17 June 1888 and died 8 May 1980. He married (2) Vera (Kinnaird) Leftwich.

More About Jessie D. McDowell Presley and *Minnie Mae Hood:

Divorce: August 03, 1954, Lee County, Mississippi.
Marriage: July 20, 1913

Children of Jessie Dunning McDowell Presley (Wallace)
and Minnie Mae Hood are:

Vester Presley b. 11 Sept. 1914 d. 18 January 1997 m. Clettis Smith
child: Patsy Presley b.
+Vernon Elvis Presley b. April 10, 1916, Fulton, Itawamba County, Mississippi,
d. June 26, 1979.
Delta Mae Presley b. m. Biggs
Gladys Earlene Presley b. m. Morgan
Lorene Nashval (Nash) Presley b. m. Earl Pritchett

Vernon Elvis Presley was born April 10, 1916 in Fulton, Itawamba County, Mississippi, and died June 26, 1979. He married (1) Gladys Love Smith on June 17, 1933 in Pontotoc County, Mississippi. He married (2) Davada (Dee) Mae (Elliott) Stanley.

More About Vernon Elvis Presley and Gladys Love Smith:
Marriage: June 17, 1933, Pontotoc County, Mississippi.

Children of Vernon Elvis Presley and Gladys Love Smith are:

+Elvis Aaron Presley,
b. January 08, 1935, Tupelo, Mississippi, d. August 16, 1977, Memphis, Tennessee.
Jessie Garon Presley, b. January 08, 1935, d. January 08, 1935.

Elvis Aron (Aaron) Presley was born January 08, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, and died August 16, 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee. He married Priscilla Ann Beaulieu.

Children of Elvis Aaron Presley and Priscilla Ann Beaulieu are:

Lisa Marie Presley

Children of Lisa Marie Presley and (1) Danny Keough:

Daughter: Danielle Riley, born May 19, 1989
Son: Benjamin Storm, born Oct. 21, 1992

Children of Lisa Marie Presley and (3) Michael Lockwood:

Twin girls born October 7, 2008:

Harper Vivienne Ann
Finley Aaron Love


1790 Lancaster County, SC Census
showing Dunnan Cashilaw {Dunning Casiah, neighbor of Andrew and Jno Prestley}
| 1 | 2 |

1800 Kershaw County Census {showing
Anthony, Charles, and John Presley}

Dunnan Presley, Sr. Pension Record

Dunnan Presley, Mexican War Service Record

Dunnan Presley Confederate Service Record

Record of Marriage of a Dumis Presley to
Martha Jane Wesson

NC Deeds

Will of Thomas Presley, Sr.

Marriage Records of Helms and Presley-Anson County, NC

Trading Post Ledger Record for Kershaw County, SC, for
Andrew Pressley, Sr. and sons ~ 1776 to 1778

1790 Anson County Census

(shows that both Thomas Presley, Sr. and Jr., and John Presley, Sr. and Jr. did not own slaves. By this time, Andrew Jr. was in Rowan County, NC.)
Part of Andrew Presley Rev. War Pension | 2 | 3 | 4 || 5 ||6 || 7 | 8|
Part of John Presley Rev. War. Pension
2 | 3 |
Pt of Charles Presley Rev. War Pension
2 || 3 || 4 || 5 |
{Rev. War stats source National Archives}

Additional information on
lineage will be added and updated as frequently as possible.



James George Washington Pressley and wife, Mildred James and Mildred Pressley in older age

James George Washington Pressley and wife, Mildred. submitted by Mary Fletcher.

The distinct Native American features of James Pressley indicates that Andrew Pressley, Jr. and sons Charles and John had married into the Dunning Casiah Tuscarora family. Documentation on Charles Presley's connection to Dunning Casiah has already been validated, now seeking documents to prove the connecting links for Andrew, Jr. and son, John. If any family members can provide further proofs, please contact The Kin of Rock and Roll at

Harriet Toy Pressley, 3rd wife of Dunning

Danielle Riley and Benjamin Storm Keough