Aug 13, 2021

Elvis Presley’s Jewish Roots Revealed

Elvis’ maternal great-great-grandmother was a Jewish woman named Nancy Burdine.

Little is known about Burdine, but it’s believed her family immigrated to America from what is now Lithuania around the time of the American Revolution.

According to, Burdine was born in Mississippi in 1826 and died in 1887. Burdine’s great-granddaughter was Gladys Love Smith, who married Vernon Presley in 1933.

Two years later, Gladys gave birth to Elvis in Tupelo, Mississippi. The family moved to Memphis when Elvis was 13.

You can learn more in an article by Dan Fellner published in the Times of Israel web site at: