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Elvis’ Father Vernon Elvis Presley was born on April 10, 1916 in Fulton, Mississippi to Jesse (1896-1973) and Minnie Mae Hood, ‘Grandma Dodger’ Presley (1890-1980). Elvis’ Mother Gladys Love Smith was born on April 25, 1912, Pontotoc County, Mississippi to Bob (1873-1931) and Doll Smith (1876-1935)
June 17, 1933, Gladys Smith and Vernon Presley eloped. Both lied about their ages. Vernon gave his age as 22, Gladys 19. While Gladys was of legal age Vernon was not at age 17. Gladys would hide her real age for much of her life.
By June 1934, Gladys knew she was pregnant and was sure she was having twins as she was unusually large, could feel two babies kicking and had a family history of twins on both sides of the family. Gladys was earning $2 a day at the Tupelo Garment Company, while Vernon worked at various odd jobs, including one on the dairy farm of Orville S. Bean. With $180 that he borrowed from Bean after Gladys became pregnant in the spring of 1934, Vernon set about constructing a family home in Tupelo, Mississippi. Elvis was born 8 January 1935 his twin was was stillborn.