I have a Melisa Allen, age 8, living in Buncombe County, North Carolina shown on the 1850 Census living with her father, Richard Allen and 8 siblings. Richard's wife was apparently deceased. One of Melisa's brothers was my ggggrandfather, Richard Pinckney Allen, who was killed during the Civil War and is buried in Buncombe County.He married my gggrandmother,Rachel E. Murray and they had two daughters.After his death Rachel married Joseph S. Parker.The other siblings of Melisa are shown on the census as Elizabeth, Mary, Martha, Sarah, Charles, John and Lydia.Where is Jaspar County? Do any of these names connect with your Melissa? John married a Winifred Matilda Sitton and he died in Virginia during the Civil War from an illness.I found that John and Winifred were members of the Mills River Baptist Church in Henderson County, N. C. I have hit a brick wall with reference to the other siblings and their father, Richard.