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Noah Edward Purcell Presley
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Birth: Aug. 29, 1890
Itawamba County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Sep. 13, 1969
Lee County
Mississippi, USA

Noah was the son of Rosella Presley. Rosella raised all of her children as a single mother, a farmer, never marrying, and giving her children her last name of Presley.

Noah's name has been posted as Noah P. Presley and Noah E. Presley. The census records also show both the P and the E for middle names. On the 1940 census, Noah gave his name as Noah P Presley.

My mother believes the correct middle initial to be the P., however, the tombstone has the E for a middle initial. Noah may have changed his middle name.

Noah's children from his first marriage did not have the tombstone made. It is believed the children from the second marriage had the tombstone made, thus I am unsure of the E on the tombstone and how it came to be.

Noah's father is stated to be Tom Hussey. Tom was a planter in NE Mississippi, owning nearly 7,000 acres. Tom purchased the 69 acres that would later become the 69 acres that comprised East Tupelo, MS. Tom was married to a Fort Worth resident, however, after attempting to live in NE Mississippi, she shortly returned to Fort Worth, TX. They never divorced, thus Tom had children with my great-great grandmother and possibly another.

Noah married Susan Izora Griffin on July 10, 1910 and had nine children. They are Sump, Whit, Eack, Sales, Goble, Ruble, Vona Mae, Dock, and Oma Sedera.

Noah and Susan lived in East Tupelo, where they raised their children. Noah was Mayor of East Tupelo, taking office January 7, 1936, and Lee County Sheriff (Marshall) in 1946. Noah also had a general store and the sign outside the store states "Noah P Presley Groceries". Photo uploaded.

After Susan passed away in 1939, Noah remarried a younger woman named Christine Mary Houston in 1940. Noah began a second family of six children with Chris. One of their notable children was Harold Ray Presley, former Sheriff of Lee County who died while on duty in a shoot out in a barn in 2001. Harold Ray shot and killed the criminal, but later died from the gunshot wound he received during the confrontation.

Noah had several brothers; Walter, Calhoun "Cal" and Jessie Dee or "Dee" McDowell, Mack, Joseph and sisters, Robbie and Minnie E. Presley.

Dee was Elvis' grandfather, thus making Noah his grand Uncle. As a child, I always heard "Uncle Noah", thus the generation was not recognized as grand uncle, just uncle. I don't know if this is a southern thing, but this was also true on the McCoy side of my family.

The Presleys of East Tupelo were a tight knit group. Many of them lived on the same block, Kelly Street, and I was told by my grandmother, Ethel Presley, that they shared a milk cow.

When Elvis was born, Noah's daughter-in-law, Ethel*, was one of three people present. She was second to arrive and then the doctor was sent for when the mid-wife and Ethel determined a difficult birth would ensue.

*Ethel is my grandmother; Noah is my great-grandfather.

NOTE: I have been able to either create the page or come to manage most of the Presley family members pages with the exception of just a few. I cannot verify the facts nor edit those that I do not manage. A special word of thanks to those that were kind enough to transfer family members to me. Suzanne E Presley
Family links: 
  Rosella Elizebeth Presley (1861 - 1924)
  Susan Izora Griffin Presley (1882 - 1939)
  Christine Mary/Marie Houston Presley (1915 - 2001)*
  Sumpter David Griffin (1899 - 1969)*
  James Whitford Presley (1902 - 1967)*
  Tranee Eackford Presley (1906 - 1987)*
  Vona Mae Presley Brown (1912 - 2000)*
  Oma Sedera Presley (1914 - 1932)*
  Goble T Presley (1914 - 1979)*
  Ruble Presley (1916 - ____)*
  Sales Presley (1918 - 1951)*
  Gordon Presley (1918 - ____)*
  Harold Ray Presley (1948 - 2001)*
  Walter G. Presley (1879 - 1962)*
  Minnie Elizabeth Presley (1889 - ____)*
  Noah Edward Purcell Presley (1890 - 1969)
  Jesse D. McDowell Presley (1896 - 1973)*
  Calhoun H Presley (1899 - 1984)*
  Mack Presley (1901 - 1917)*
  Robbie Presley Stacy (1903 - 2001)*
  Joseph Warren Presley (1907 - 1979)*
*Calculated relationship
Priceville Memorial Gardens
Lee County
Mississippi, USA
Maintained by: Suzanne E Presley
Originally Created by: Donna
Record added: Jan 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32742554
Noah Edward Purcell Presley
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Noah Edward Purcell Presley
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