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Fayette County, Alabama
~ Melton Family of Winfield ~

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Karen Melton Manasco

John William MELTON, the son of Henry Sampson MELTON and Nancy (--?--), was born on May 6, 1833, in Macon County, Georgia.  He married (1) Melvina Ellie KEMP, June 26, 1853, in Marion County, Georgia.  The couple had one daughter, Emma Melvina Monroe "Bunk" MELTON, before Melvina's apparent death in the late 1850s.

John married (2) Elizabeth FLURRY on his 24th birthday (May 6, 1857).  They had six children: Lara Lee, Henry Monroe, Nancy A., Martha Ellen, Wiley McKiney and my grandfather, William H. Melton.

The MELTONs moved to Alabama before August 1862, when John enlisted as a private in the 42nd Alabama Infantry, Co. D, CSA.  He was wounded and discharged just 4 months later.  The members of the 42nd regiment were recruited primarily from the counties of Monroe, Pickens, Wilcox, Mobile, Conecuh, Fayette, Talladega and Marion, so the family must have settled somewhere in western Alabama.  By the 1870 U.S. census, however, they had removed to Terrell County, Georgia, where John was engaged in farming (p. 409).

Upon their return to Alabama, the family settled near Winfield in southern Marion County.  John and Elysabeth (sic) MELTON were recorded there on the 1880 U.S. census (p. 101).  Between 1900 and 1907, the couple drifted south into Fayette County.  John died in 1909 and was buried at Siloam Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery near Winfield.  In the 1910 census of Fayette County, Webster Beat, Elizabeth was listed as Lou B. MELTON.  She died 5 years later and was laid to rest near her husband.

(For more information on John's family, see Melton Family Bibles)

John & Elizabeth (Flurry) Melton
Melton Family
The couple above is thought to be John and Elizabeth (FLURRY) MELTON,
but I don't know who the little boy is.  They had three sons:
Henry Monroe MELTON, Wiley McKiney MELTON and William H. MELTON.

John W. and Elizabeth (Flurry) Melton
John W. Melton & Elizabeth Flurry

William Henry Harris MELTON (a.k.a. William Henry Harrison Melton) was born February 6, 1867, in Alabama.  He married (1) Bettie TERRELL, my grandmother.  They had five children: Mollie (listed as Mary on the 1900 census of Marion County), Henry Wiley, Emma, Carl Delmar (my Dad) and John D. Henry Harry Terrell MELTON.  Bettie died supposedly shortly after the birth of John D. in December 1897.  Her burial location is unknown.  Then in September 1898, William H. MELTON married (2) Sallie CONNER.  They had four more boys: Kirk, Edgar, William Jr. and Wendell MELTON, who was always called "Fat"

(For more information on William's family, see Melton Family Bibles)

William H. Melton & Bettie Terrell
William H. Melton & Bettie Terrell
  William H. and Bettie (Terrell) Melton
William H. Melton & Bettie Terrell

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This page last updated 27 Dec 2004.