Melodia A Olney

13 March 1841–29 November 1876 (Age 35)
North Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States

The Life of Melodia A

When Melodia A Olney was born on 13 March 1841, in North Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, her father, Royal Newland Olney, was 36 and her mother, Laura Ann Phelps, was 35. She married Joel Pratt on 22 November 1865. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Venice, Cayuga, New York, United States for about 5 years. She died on 29 November 1876, in Scipio, Cayuga, New York, United States, at the age of 35.

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Joel Pratt
Melodia A Olney
Marriage: 22 November 1865
Ida E. Pratt

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22 November 1865


    Ida E. Pratt


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World Events (5)


Age 5

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1862 · US Naval Academy

Age 21

The US Naval Academy was moved to Newport, Rhode Island from its original in Annapolis, Maryland on May 9, 1862.

Age 22

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places called Olney in Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. The former is named in Old English as Ollanēg ‘island of a man called Olla’; the latter is from Old English āna ‘one’, ‘single’, ‘solitary’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’, with later metathesis of -nl- to -ln-.

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

Sources (3)

  • Melodia Olney in household of Royal Olney, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Malinda Olney in household of Royal N Olney, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Melodia Olney in household of Royal N Olney, "New York State Census, 1855"

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