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Melton Family of VA, NC,GA, and AL

Updated December 4, 2002

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I began researching the Melton family by reading through an obituary clipping for John Reese Melton. There were also some pieces of correspondence from a Dr.Wightman Fletcher Melton who for a time was the Poet Laureate of Georgia. From one of his letters to Edith Melton( the neice of Stanley Rowe Melton,Sr) I was able to determine the name of John Reese Melton's father. Finally, I found the name of Oliver Quimby Melton online. This name was also mentioned in Dr. Melton's letter as being his grandson. Oliver Quimby is an 80 year old gentleman who lives in Griffin, Georgia. He graciously shared his genealogical research with me.
This research included the Last Will and testament of Robert Melton of Orange County, North Carolina dated April 1759. The names of his children were given in that Will.
I am now checking all of the appropriate census records for these individuals.
In addition, I have obtained information from, TWENTY-ONE SOUTHERN FAMILIES:Notes and Genealogies by Elizabeth Pryor Harper and Some SOUTHERN COLONIAL FAMILIES Vol.2, by David A. Avant, Jr. as well as information from CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS-Patent Book for Virginia.
Unfortunately, I'm finding that many of the online genealogies simply copy the work of others without varifying the source of the information.

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