Myths and Misconceptions
Jesse D. McDowell Presley, grandfather of
Elvis Presley, shown here during his WWI service, stateside.
It is a known fact that Jesse D. was not a very kind person;
he was a drinker, a ladies man, and he was not fond of his
son, Vernon. Elvis respected his
paternal grandfather but always felt a sore spot toward
his indifference toward his oldest son, Elvis' dad.
Kin of Rock and Roll
is trying to clear up
many of the myths and mis-conceptions of our family history, beginning
with Elvis' gggrandfather, Dunning Presley, who despite all rumors,
was not a desserter
during the War of Northern Aggression.
Presleys: A German Heritage
leans more toward the conclusion that Elvis'
ancestors were of the German "Bressler/Preslars" who
originated in Germany but came from England to New York before
migrating down South. Elvis was informed that David Pressley from
SC, originating from Scotland, was our forebear. This is incorrect.
David, through his Revolutionary War pension file had a son name,
John and no Andrews, and with children all having
different names than those confirmed in our family lines. A DNA
study done by the Pressley/Presley /Preslar families has diligently
confirmed that our Andrew and Thomas were truly brothers, and
the documented records state that these men were the sons of Valentine
Bressler/Preslar, a German immigrant to the United States in 1709.
This website is designed as a tribute to Elvis and our ancestors
and is not an active genealogy website. Any lineages or other
reflecting genealogies of certain family lines that appear on
this website are those either proven and/or submitted for viewing
by family members.
Favorite Ladies. With his
mama long gone, Lisa Marie was, and is, Elvis' only legal
heir. Elvis was devoted
to "Yissa," the light of his life. The divorce
between he and
Priscilla, tore Elvis apart, especially having to separate
daughter. Those wounds added to Elvis' ill health and misery.
Lisa Marie was the light in his life.
Elvis beloved grandma once told him before
his success that he would be lonely at the top of that hill.
Miss Minnie was all knowing and right,
as most grandma's are. She was the voice of experience and
took over nurturing Elvis with the absence of his mama.
Elvis affectionately called his grandma "Dodger"
and loved her dearly.
Another favorite lady in Elvis' life was his double first
cousin, Patsy Presley, not
to be confused with Patsy Anderson who is now Patsy Presley
Jerry Presley) and who for many years had worked at Graceland®.
Gambill was the daughter of Vester and Cletis Presley. Today
friendly with both Priscilla and Lisa Marie, the one relative
that both have chosen to keep in touch with.
Today and Always
Elvis was a doer. He
was a giver. He gave himself to God, to his family, to friends,
and to his loyal fans. He was a loyal friend and a trusted compatriot.
Elvis was a hero not because of how he was treated in life but
because of how he treated people. What remained of the life that
was driven from Elvis by many was what he had given and shared
Elvis also had an infectious laugh. Just hearing him crack up
set everyone present ablaze in hysterics. Check
A mystery of history.
When Buddy Holly met Elvis, the budding star was enamored
by Presley's attitude, his music, his style. The two became
friends and whenever Elvis was appearing in Texas, he and
Buddy would get together and go driving. Buddy was delighted
to give Elvis the grand tour of Texas, a land Elvis had
truly come to love beginning with his being stationed at
Fort Hood. Buddy also introduced Elvis to the girls!
Elvis had told Buddy that he would do his best to get
the former onto Louisiana Hayride
so whenever he was in the area to stop by.
On his way to Nashville for his first set
of recordings with Decca, Buddy passed through Memphis and
stopped at Sun Records hoping to run into Elvis. Elvis was
away at that time filming Love Me Tender. Disappointed,
Buddy gave the receptionist a gift he had hand-tooled himself
for Elvis. Buddy was an expert in leather working and had
crafted a black and pink (colors of the day) leather wallet
with pink flowers. Buddy never knew if Elvis received the
wallet or not. But we do: Elvis
did receive the wallet and though it's whereabouts today
are unknown, we were told that Elvis gave the wallet to
the receptionist who had received it in the first place.
No known photo of the wallet exists but this is the closest
we have come to finding one similar: click
For centuries soldiers
and true American patriots have been heroes to both the young
and old. Such soldiers and American patriots today are still
our heroes. One in particular stands out. Elvis Presley. A hero
for today's generation and generations to come. To many Americans,
young and old, to many around the world, Elvis is a time-less
hero, one to look upon with awesome regard. If there need be
moral qualifications for heroes, then Elvis has earnestly complied.
He earnestly believed that justice was mandatory and that violence
was unnecessary. He was an auxilliary and associate member of
the Sheriff's Association, the Memphis Police Department, and
various other law enforcement agencies, with a will and a driven
purpose to help those enduring struggle.
Elvis especially detested the drug scene and it's components.
His own cousin, Harold Ray, developed the DARE program that
continues to exist today in schools across the nation.
The TCB motto designed by Elvis.
answered the call of Uncle Sam and set aside self and a pending
desire to expand his career for God and country. He served
honorably in the United States Army during the Cold War, 1958
to 1960. The 3rd Army Spearhead Division in which Elvis served,
was abolished in 1991, following the Gulf War.
There is the story of Elvis
patrolling with his friends, coming upon a terrible
car accident. The car burst into flames and inside screaming
were a woman and
her child. Never thinking once about self, Elvis rushed
in and pulled the woman and child to safety, having burnt
his arm in the ordeal. Afterward, he visited mother and
child in the hospital to insure that they would be alright.
This was Elvis Presley. A true hero.