17 October 2012

31 Days of Tree Climbing: Taking Care of Business

I feel like I'm significantly closer to winning the race that was begun many years ago when my aunt's husband came home to tell her that, while he was on his trip, he'd seen her cousin. She asked him which cousin, to which he replied "Elvis!" Yes, THE Elvis, King of Rock 'n' Roll.

When Aunt Mae told me about this, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I loved the idea of being related to my favorite singer. I have wondered for many years if we really were related to Elvis. Our family's closest surname is Pressley, one "s" too many. However, there are multiple occasions of spelling variance in many surnames over the years for varying reasons. So, saying that a Pressley is related to a Presley is not at all far-fetched.

Last night, I hit pay dirt. I found a family tree that traced Elvis back to his great-great-grandparents, Richard and Philedelphia Presley. My great-great-grandparents were Richard and Philadelphia Pressley. It turns out, varied spellings aside, that these are the same people. The locations were the same. The vital statistics (births and deaths) were the same. The names of the children were the same.

My great-great-grandparents are the great-great-grandparents of Elvis Presley. If I've calculated this properly, this means that we are third cousins.

Now, all that's left is the proving of it now that I have the name trail to follow. I find this very exciting!


  1. The tree climbing idea is really amazing. I like your blog very much. Your great-great-grandparents are the great-great-grandparents of Elvis Presley. I found this very stunning. Finally you found out something new. Congrats on your third cousin's you found.

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate that very much. It is very exciting to me. If I end up disproving rather than proving it, oh well. It will still have been a fun adventure. :)

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope that you have a great week!


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