Octavia Lavenia "Doll" Smith

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Octavia Lavenia "Doll" Smith (Mansell)

Also Known As: "Lovina", "Luvenia"
Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Saltillo, Lee County, Mississippi, United States
Death: 1935 (58)
Richmond, Lee County, Mississippi, United States
Place of Burial: Lee County, Mississippi, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Albert White Mansell and Martha Mansell
Wife of Robert Lee Smith
Mother of Effie Smith; Lillian Mann Fortenberry; Lavell Smith; Retha Smith; Gladys Love Presley and 4 others
Sister of Johnny Mansell; Sim E Mancill; John Mansell; Elma Mansell; James Mansell and 5 others

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About Octavia Lavenia "Doll" Smith

Octavia "Doll" Smith was maternal grandmother to Elvis Presley. 

had tuberculosis most of her life; bedridden for most of her life after delivering first child


Historian and biographer Elaine Dundy writes about Elvis Aron Presley’s Jewish heritage in her book “Elvis and Gladys.

A look at the nomination of Elvis for the Jewish-American Hall of Fame yields the following information . . . Source

“…Nancy Burdine was married to Abner Tackett (Elvis’ great great maternal grandmother). Nancy was of particular interest to Gladys for her Jewish heritage, often remembering Nancy’s sons for their Jewish names Sidney and Jerome. Nancy and Abner had a daughter Martha who married White Mansell. The daughter which they named Octavia, nick-named Doll, who was Elvis’ maternal grandmother.”

“…Doll and Robert had nine children. Gladys Love was the fifth daughter born followed by 3 more brothers and one sister. After his mother died, Elvis personally sought to design his beloved mother’s gravesite which included a Star of David on Gladys Love Presley’s tombstone. The decision was made by him in honor of his Jewish heritage. Something his mother was proud of and acknowledged to Elvis at a very early age.

So Elvis’s great great maternal grandmother was Jewish and had a daughter who had a daughter who had a daughter that was Elvis’s mother. Source

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Octavia Lavenia "Doll" Smith's Timeline

May 1876
Saltillo, Lee County, Mississippi, United States
Age 27
January 2, 1906
Age 29
Mississippi, United States
February 14, 1908
Age 31
Age 32
Pontotoc County, Mississippi, United States
April 25, 1912
Age 35
Tupelo, Pontotoc, Mississippi, United States
October 3, 1914
Age 38
Mississippi, USA
February 19, 1917
Age 40
Mississippi, United States
September 14, 1919
Age 43
Mississippi, United States