I am trying to find information on my great-grandmother born Melissa F. Massey, born 6 Feb. 1842 in Mississippi, county unknown. Her name was sometimes written as "Melissey."
She was married in 1856 to James Christian Cattin, a physician, and they lived primarily in and around Pope County, Arkansas till his death in 1870. During the Civil War he treated both sides but was not a Union or Southern military doctor.
She was married after his death to a Samuel Warner in Pope County, Arkansas and, later, to someone named Kilgore. She died in 1906 in Hopkins County, Texas in the small town of Cumby and is buried in the Cumby, TX cemetery. One cemetery website has her name listed, incorrectly, as F.M. Kilgore (it should have been M.F.-- Melissa Frances.)
Her daughter, Ella Beatrice Cattin married my grandfather James Samuel Smith. He was injured and died in 1908. All three are buried in the Cumby cemetery.
I am looking for evidence of Melissa Massey's birth, marriage and her parents' and siblings' names. Her parents may have come from South Carolina. Any assistance would be appreciated