Steve, I'm just starting to research the John W. Mansell m. Mary Emily Pittman in my family from Hamilton County,IL. Her father was John Martin Pittman m. Ditha Dale of Dale,IL(Hamilton County,IL). Her brother, Francis Marion Pittman m. Emma Younger andhad a son Joseph Chester Pittman,my grandmother's father. Joseph Chester Pittman m. Emaline Mezo of Hamilton Cty,.IL. Her mother was Sara Angeline Smith m. Joseph Decateur Mezo. Her father was John R. Smith of Monroe County,TN.(came from New Bern,NC.) John R. Smith m. Nancy Fosha of TN. John R. Smith's father was Henry Smith m Sarah Cox. Henry and Sara had a daughter "Gatsy" Smith m. John Presley.They supposedly married and died in TN. I would take around Monroe County,TN. The Smith's came to Hamilton County in 1850 and are on the census. As well as on the census in Monroe County,TN.Gatsy had a sister "Salothia" and a brother Augustus Smith and several others who lived in the "Cherokee nation". So I take it they are Cherokee. I have an article written on her brother Augustus I'll be glad to send you which outlines this family. I don't know who this John Presley is? But the way I take it he and "Gatsy" never came to IL. But there is another Presley in Hamilton County a John H. married a Prudence Craven? Seems that one of the Cox's Burrell Cox m. their daughter in Hamilton County,IL. (Sorry, don't have her name off the top of my head). I have no idea who this John Presley m Gatsy Smith is? But I saw that John W. Masell m. Mary Emily Pittman's father was William Lovitt Masell? How does he fit into or does he? the Mansell who married into the Elvis family? I'm confused!