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Morning Dove White
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Birth: 1800, USA
Death: 1835, USA

Elvis's great-great-great-grandmother, Morning White Dove, was a full-blooded Cherokee Native American. She married William Mansell, a settler in western Tennessee, in 1818. William's father, Richard Mansell, had been a soldier in the Revolutionary War. The appellation "white" in Morning Dove's name refers to her status as a 'friendly Indian'. Early American settlers called peaceable Natives "white," while "red" was the designation for warring Indians or those who sided with the British in the Revolutionary War. It was common for male settlers in the West to marry "white" Indians as there was a scarcity of females on the American frontier. William Mansell fought with Andrew Jackson in the Indian Wars of the early nineteenth century. He fought with Old Hickory in Alabama, at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, and later in Florida too. Returning to Tennessee from the Indian Wars, was when he married Morning White Dove. Elaine Dundy says of the marriage, he (William Mansell) gained "age-old Indian knowledge of the American terrain; of forests and parries; of crops and game; of protection against the climate; of medicine lore, healing plants as well as something in which the Indians were expert--the setting of broken bones." Moreover, added to Elvis's lineage were Morning White Dove's Indian complexion and fine line of cheek. Morning White Dove and William Mansell prospered in Alabama. Their land was fertile and they built a house near the town of Hamilton. They had three children, the eldest of who was John Mansell, born in 1828, and Elvis's great-great grandfather. Morning Dove passed away in 1835, likely in Alabama from natural causes. (bio by: Caitlin) 
Created by: Caitlin
Record added: Oct 02, 2004
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Morning Dove White
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