Melissa Ann Easley

5 February 1838–3 December 1906 (Age 68)
Marion, Illinois, United States

The Life of Melissa Ann

When Melissa Ann Easley was born on 5 February 1838, in Marion, Illinois, United States, her father, Robert R Easley, was 24 and her mother, Susannah Shelton, was 22. She married Augustus Berry Bryant on 9 July 1853, in Marion, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Illinois, United States in 1870. She died on 3 December 1906, in Idaho, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Mount Zion Cemetery, Idaho, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

Augustus Berry Bryant
Melissa Ann Easley
Marriage: 9 July 1853
Delia Adeline Bryant
John Riley Bryant
Isabel Bryant
James Bryant
William Henry Bryant
Eliza Bryant

Spouse and Children

    Augustus Berry Bryant



9 July 1853
Marion, Illinois, United States


    Delia Adeline Bryant


    John Riley Bryant


    Isabel Bryant


    James Bryant


    William Henry Bryant


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Robert R Easley






    Jasper Newton Easley


    James Henry Easley


    Margaret Easley


    Mary Easley


+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 1

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 8

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 18

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.

Name Meaning

1 Americanized form of German Eisele . Compare Isley .2 English: unexplained. This name is quite widespread in Britain.

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Malissa Bryant in household of Augustus Bryant, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Melisa Mitchell in household of Francis Mitchell, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Willisa Esley in entry for William H Bryant and Adeline Hall Wickert, "Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008"

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