My GG GF was William C. Adams, bca1821 in TN (unsure where). He married Susannah Craig in Johnson Co Ill. Susannah was born ca1851 in Ill. This made him about 30 years older than her. Their first child was born in the late 1860's. I suspect he had been married previously. Strange that the way your Malissa was spelled was the same way my G GM Mary Malissa Adams was spelled. Is there a connection here?