Melissa L. Highsmith

1855–23 April 1937 (Age 82)
Lawrence, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Melissa L.

When Melissa L. Highsmith was born in 1855, in Lawrence, Illinois, United States, her father, Thomas M Highsmith, was 38 and her mother, Eliza A Cook, was 34. She married John Mc Clellan on 10 January 1875. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Bond Township, Lawrence, Illinois, United States in 1870 and Waynesville, DeWitt, Illinois, United States in 1880. She died on 23 April 1937, in Robinson, Crawford, Illinois, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in New Robinson Cemetery, Robinson Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States.

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John Mc Clellan
Melissa L. Highsmith
Marriage: 10 January 1875
William Franklin McClellan
Everett Mc Clellan
Harlen McClellan
Elva McClellan

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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World
Age 1
William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.
Age 8
Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1877 · The First Workers Strike
Age 22
The country was in great economic distress in mid-1877, which caused many workers of the Railroad to come together and began the first national strike in the United States. Crowds gathered in Chicago in extreme number to be a part of the strike which was later named the Great Railroad Strike. Shortly after the strike began, the battle was fought between the authorities and many of the strikers. The conflict escalated to violence and quickly each side turned bloody.

Name Meaning

(1997: 1351;2007: 3021; 2010: 4299)English: occupational name for a smith, with the distinguishingepithet high, probably denoting one whose forge was at a higherlocation than another nearby smith.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (16)

  • Malissa Highsmith in household of Thos Highsmith, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Melissa L Hiphmich, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Malissa A Whalen in entry for Harlen McClellan, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

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