All accounts point to White Mansell as a hard-working, upright, provider for a clan increasingly besieged by economic factors beyond their control.
The Civil War fractured the Southern economy and soul.
Like many young men in the American Southwest, William Mansell fought with Andrew Jackson in the Indian Wars of the early nineteenth century.
It was common for male settlers in the West to marry 'white' Indians as there was a scarcity of females on the American frontier.
The 1880 Federal census for Independance Arkansas states Rosella and Rosalinda's father Dunnan Presley Jr's last name was in fact Presley. However, Rosella lived alone and was a sharecropper in Mississippi, raising her children, most of whom could not read or write. In 1880 he abdicated to Oxford, Mississippi, changing his name to Colonel Lee Mansell.