This is the family in the census above, but there is no mention of Melvina as one of their daughters.
(Source #2 - History of Upper Ohio Valley - Vol. I - Madison, Wis. - Brant & Fuller - 1891)
JOHN DILDINE, the great-grandfather of the subject of this biographical mention, was the first member of this family to settle in Columbiana county.He came from Germany at an early day and first settled, as is supposed, in Pennsylvania, but very soon removed to Columbiana county, Ohio, locating near what is now called Bull creek.Here he lived and died.By virtue of inheritance the farm eventually came to John Dildine, the grandfather of the present generation.He lived, married and raised a family on this place, finally dying there.His son, Sammel, then came into possession, and another farm which had been acquired by him, was left to another son, by the name of Joseph.Samuel passed his life on the homestead farm.He was married in 1841, to Miss Rebecca J. Caldwell, daughter ofWilliam Caldwell, of Columbiana county.He died in1856, leaving the following named children to mourn his loss:John C.; William, deceased;Lizzie, deceased; Mary A., deceased; Irene, deceased, and Vinie.He was a member of the Baptist church, and an ardent democrat.At his death the family were joined in their grief by the community at large, for he was much beloved by all who knew him best.The elder son, John, was born on the homestead farm, in 1842.He passed the uneventful life of a farmer's son, until May 13, 1861, when he joined Company C, Twenty-fourth Ohio volunteer infantry, with whom he enlisted for three years.They were organized at Camp Chase, Ohio, at Clarksburg, W. Va., then at Cheat Mountain, where they figured in several sharp skirmishes, thence to Greenbrier, where a hard battle was fought; thence, back to Cheat Mountain, and from there to Louisville, Ky., where they were encamped for some time at Camp Jonis.From here they were ordered to Wycliffe, and later to West Point, Ky.; thence to Cairo, Miss., by river, thence to Fort Donnelson, to assist Grant on the Cumberland river, but arrived to late to be of service, and advanced to Nashville, and was the first regiment to enter that city, where they camped for some time.From here they marched to Savannah, and from there to Shiloh, where they arrived about four o'clock in the afternoon of April 6, 1862.It was here that the command covered itself with glory during one of the greatest battles of the rebellion.Corinth, Miss., was their next halting place.There is not space here to chronicle all of the movements of this brave regiment, but suffice it to say that John C. Dildine was always found at his post of duty, and was ever ready to move forward or to retreat at the word of command.After three years of as hard fighting as any company experienced, what was left of the brave company were mustered out at Camp Chase, June 22, 1864.Mr. Dildine soon after returned to Waterford, where he was married four years later, to Miss Essie L. Flanigan,daughter of Dennis and Mary Flanigan natives of Ireland.In 1870 Mr. and Mrs. Dildine removed to Leetonia, where they have since resided, he being engaged in the mercantile business there.They have had but one child, a daughter, who was born April 28, 1869, and died three years and eight months later.Mrs. Dildineis a member of the Presbyterian church.Mr. Dildine is a member of the K. of P., holding the office of District Deputy Grand Chancellor, Firestone lodge, No. 47, and is also a member of the G. A. R., holding the office of Commander of Burnside post, No. 137.Since the death of their child these estimable people have adopted a child, whom they have named Gracie M. Dildine.Although Mr. Dildine pays but small attention to politics, he is a true and loyal democrat.