Olita Melville

28 August 1902–6 March 2005 (Age 102)
Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States

The Life Summary of Olita

When Olita Melville was born on 28 August 1902, in Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States, her father, James Alexander Melville, was 32 and her mother, Maude Estella Crane, was 27. She married Ernest Clarence Clayton on 25 June 1930, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1920. She died on 6 March 2005, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 102, and was buried in Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ernest Clarence Clayton
Olita Melville
Marriage: 25 June 1930
James Leroy Clayton
Elwood Melville Clayton
Beverly Clayton

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    25 June 1930Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor
    Age 1
    A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.
    1908 · The Salt Lake City Union Pacific Depot
    Age 6
    Being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Salt Lake City Union Pacific Depot dates to the more prosperous era in the history of American railroad travel. Originally called the Union Station, it was jointly constructed by the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroads and the Oregon Short Line. The platforms behind the station ran north-to-south, parallel to the first main line built in the Salt Lake Valley. When Amtrak was formed in 1971, it took over the passenger services at the station, but all trains were moved to the Rio Grande station after it joined Amtrak. In January 2006, The Depot was opened as a shopping center that housed shops, restaurants and music venues.
    Age 27
    13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of the various places in Normandy called Malleville, from Latin mala ‘bad’ + ville ‘settlement’.Irish (mainly Ulster): English surname adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Maoilmhichíl ‘descendant of Maoilmhichil’, a personal name meaning ‘devotee of (Saint) Michael’.History: The American novelist Herman Melville (1819–91) was a descendantof the Scottish Melvilles. His maternal grandfather was the revolutionary war general Peter Gansevoort (born 1749 in Albany, NY). His paternal grandfather was Maj. Thomas Melville of Boston. Irish bearers of the name claim descent from Maol Mhichíl, a chief of Síol Muireadhaigh (County Roscommon) in the 9th century.

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

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    Story Highlight

    Olita's Memories of Alexander Melville's Home

    In the 1970s Olita Melville Clayton visited this house with her daughter Beverly and two granddaughters: The structure was obviously the Nauvoo period; however, if it had been stuccoed to preserve the …

    Sources (37)

    • Olita Melville in household of James Alexander Melville, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
    • Oleta Melville, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"
    • Olita M Clayton in entry for Ernest Clarence Clayton, "Utah, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1947"

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