Melissia A Merrell

23 May 1830–20 June 1905 (Age 75)
North Carolina, United States

The Life of Melissia A

When Melissia A Merrell was born on 23 May 1830, in North Carolina, United States, her father, Jesse Merrell, was 33 and her mother, Martha Pugh, was 31. She married Rev. Reuben Patterson Swain in April 1846, in McNairy, McNairy, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Tishomingo, Mississippi, United States in 1860 and Tennessee, United States in 1870. She died on 20 June 1905, in Woodland, Red River, Texas, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Red River, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Rev. Reuben Patterson Swain
Melissia A Merrell
Marriage: April 1846
Marcus Aurelius Swain
Infant Swain
Martha Ann Rebecca Swain
William Merrill Swain
Robert W. Swain
Mary Davis Swain
Elma Vernetta Swain
Emma Swain

Spouse and Children

    Rev. Reuben Patterson Swain



April 1846
McNairy, McNairy, Tennessee, United States


    Marcus Aurelius Swain


    Martha Ann Rebecca Swain


    William Merrill Swain


    Robert W. Swain


    Mary Davis Swain


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World Events (8)

1835 · The Hermitage is Built

Age 5

The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.
1844 · German Immigration to Texas

Age 14

Over 7,000 German immigrants arrived in Texas. Some of these new arrivals died in epidemics; those that survived ended up living in cities such as San Antonio, Galveston, and Houston. Other German settlers went to the Texas Hill Country and formed the western portion of the German Belt, where new towns were founded: New Braunfels and Fredericksburg.
1850 · Compromise of 1850

Age 20

The United States Congress passed a package of five separate bills in an attempt to decrease tensions between the slave states and free states. The compromise itself was received gratefully, but both sides disapproved of certain components contained in the laws. Texas was impacted in several ways; mainly, the state surrendered its claim to New Mexico (and other claims north of 36°30′) but retained the Texas Panhandle. The federal government also took over the public debt for Texas.

Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Merrill .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Melicia Swain in household of R P Swain, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Malysa Swain in household of Ruben P Swain, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Malissa Swain in household of Reubin P Swain, "United States Census, 1860"

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