Melissa Octavean McDonald

1853–1947 (Age 93)
Maury, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Melissa Octavean

When Melissa Octavean McDonald was born on 22 December 1853, in Maury, Tennessee, United States, her father, Alexander McDonald, was 41 and her mother, Sara Martha Collier, was 24. She married Milton Alexander Coggin on 24 September 1872, in Maury, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Civil District 20, Maury, Tennessee, United States in 1900 and Civil District 2, Maury, Tennessee, United States in 1910. She died on 9 February 1947, at the age of 93.

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Melissa Octavean McDonald
Milton Alexander Coggin
Marriage: 24 September 1872
Mahlon Coggins
Leta May Coggin
Lou Grief Milton Coggins
Greay Coggins
Maude Pearl Coggin
Cooper Alexander Coggins
Malon Coggin
Homer Malachi Coggin
General Herbert Coggin
Jasper Collie Coggins, Sr
Conneal Coggin
Luseal Coggin

Spouse & Children

24 September 1872
Maury, Tennessee, United States


+7 More Children

Parents & Siblings



  • Roxania McDonald


  • Sebastian McDonald


  • William Brown McDonald


  • Female1853–1947Female

  • Female1856–1893Female

+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1862 · Battle of Shiloh

Age 9

The battle of Shiloh took place on April 6, 1862 and April 7, 1862. Confederate soldiers camp through the woods next to where the Union soldiers were camped at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. With 23,000 casualties this was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War up to this point.

Age 10

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1878 · Yellow Fever Epidemic

Age 25

When a man that had escaped a quarantined steamboat with yellow fever went to a restaurant he infected Kate Bionda the owner. This was the start of the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee. By the end of the epidemic 5,200 of the residence would die.

Name Meaning

Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dhomhnuill, a patronymic from the personal name Domhnall, which is composed of the ancient Celtic elements domno- ‘world’ + val- ‘might’, ‘rule’.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Malissie O Coggins in household of Ma Coggins, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Malissa Coggin in household of Mit Coggin, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Malissa O Mc Donald in household of A Mc Donald, "United States Census, 1860"

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