Elizabeth, wish I could be of more help, but I don't see a Melissa in my family tree. (Not to say that there's not one). The birthdate you give of 1847 is between my great granddad's (1835) and my granddad's (1863). My great granddad (William) was supposed to have been born in Kentucky and my granddad (Alvin) was supposed to have been born in Indiana. William's wife Susan was supposed to have been born in Indiana or Ohio. (? --who knows). It's taken me two years (on the computer)to find out my great grandfather's first name, so don't give up. All my best to you and yours' ----------Dave.