Baltis Higgins
(Abt 1797-After 1850)
Mary Neely
(Cir 1797-After 1850)
David W. Higgins
(Abt 1828-After 1880)
Elizabeth Jane Frye
(Abt 1829-After 1880)
Viola Belle Higgins


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Camilus (Cornelius) H. Melvin

Viola Belle Higgins

  • Born: Jan 1870, West Virginia
  • Marriage: Camilus (Cornelius) H. Melvin about 1887
  • Died: 25 Feb 1914, Perry Township (Ironton Post Office), Lawrence Co., Ohio at age 44
  • Buried: Melvin Cemetery, Coal Grove, Ohio

bullet   Cause of her death was Peritonitis.


bullet  General Notes:

The 1880 Federal Census for Lawrence Township, Lawrence Co., Ohio (Dist 93, page 237A) records Viola living with her parents (David (52) and Elizabeth (51) Higgins and siblings Camelie E. (16) and Minnie M. (14). (see notes on her father, David Higgins)

It is of interest that Viola and future husband, Camilus Melvin are listed only a few pages (families) apart (472A/473B) in the 1870 Federal Census for Perry Township (Ironton Post Office), Lawrence Co., Ohio.

The 1910 census indicates that Viola and her father are from West Virginia and her mother from Pennsylvania. The same census records that she has had 7 children of which, four are still alive.

Ohio Historical Society:
MELVIN, Viola B. Death date: 2/25/1914, Lawrence County Volume #1294, Certificate #9749

bullet  Medical Notes:

Name: Viola Bell Melvin
Death date: 25 Feb 1914
Death place: Perry Township, Laurence, Ohio
Birth date: 01 Jan 1870
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Birth place: Va
Age at death: 43 years 1 month 9 days
Gender: Female
Marital status: Married
Race or color: Caucasian
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Occupation: House Wife
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GSU film number: 1953827
Digital GS number: 4021287
Image number: 1054
Reference number: fn 9749
Collection: Ohio Deaths 1908-1953


Viola married Camilus (Cornelius) H. Melvin, son of Jonathan Broome Melvin and Rhonda Gord, about 1887. (Camilus (Cornelius) H. Melvin was born in Dec 1859 in Perry Township, Lawrence Co., Ohio, died on 21 May 1936 in Perry Township, Lawrence Co., Ohio and was buried in Melvin Cemetery, Coal Grove, Ohio.) The cause of his death was Gastric Carinoma.

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