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Jonathan Broome Melvin
(Abt 1815-After 1880)
Rhonda Gord
(Abt 1823-After 1880)
David W. Higgins
(Abt 1828-After 1880)
Elizabeth Jane Frye
(Abt 1829-After 1880)
Camilus (Cornelius) H. Melvin
Viola Belle Higgins
Franklin Earl Melvin


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Nancy America Hill

Franklin Earl Melvin

  • Born: 20 Feb 1888, Johnstown, Ohio
  • Marriage: Nancy America Hill
  • Died: 19 Sep 1935, Coal Grove, Ohio at age 47
  • Buried: Melvin Cemetery, Coal Grove, Ohio

bullet   Cause of his death was Bronchial Asthma of Tubercular Origin accompanied by Laryngeal Hemorrhage.


bullet  General Notes:

As County Treasurer, Frank was convicted in 1927 of embezzlement of county funds (over $47,000). He was sentenced to 5 years in prison, where he contracted Tuberculosis. He was released due in part to ill health and died soon after.

The 1910 Federal Census for records Cornelius (51) Melvin with wife Viola B. (40) and sons Frank E. (22), Harry C. (14), and William O. (7) living in Perry Township, Lawrence Co., Ohio on Rock Camp Road near Big Ice Creek Road. It is of interest that Frank is listed as a married public school teacher but his wife is living with her parents at the time of the census (see notes on father-in-law John Hill).

The WWI Draft Registration Card for Frank E. Melvin taken June 5, 1917 records his date of birth as February 20, 1888 in Rock Camp, Ohio. He lives and is employed as a merchant in Coal Grove, Ohio. He is short with medium build and dark eyes and black hair.

The 1920 Federal Census, Ohio, Lawrence Co., Coal Grove, District 111, page records Frank E. (31) and Nannie A. (29) Melvin with children Viola M. (9), Meridith E. (6), Margeri P. (4), Mary A. (1) living next door to N. G. (41) and Lois (39) Hill and family. This is Newton Hill, Nannie (Nancy) America's brother and his family. Frank E. Melvin is listed as employed as a grocery merchant.

Ohio Historical Society:
MELVIN, Franklin E. Death date: 9/19/1935, Lawrence County Volume #724, Certificate #5519

bullet  Medical Notes:

Name: Franklin E... Melvin
Death date: 19 Sep 1935
Death place: Coal Grove, Lawrence, Ohio
Birth date: 20 Feb 1888
Estimated birth year:
Birth place: Johnstown, Ohio
Age at death: 47 years 6 months 29 days
Gender: Male
Marital status: Married
Race or color: Caucasian
Street address:
Occupation: Grocer
Residence: Coal Grove, O.
Burial date: 22 Sep 1935
Burial place:
Cemetery name: Melvin
Spouse name: Nannie A Melvin
Father name: Cornelius Melvin
Father titles:
Father birth place: Ky.
Mother name: Viola Belle Higgins
Mother titles:
Mother birth place: Law. Co., Ohio
GSU film number: 2022526
Digital GS number: 4001933
Image number: 2501
Reference number: fn 55319
Collection: Ohio Deaths 1908-1953


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Grocer/Merchant, Superintentent of Schools, Lawrence Co., Oh.


Franklin married Nancy America Hill, daughter of Rev. John Henry Hill and Pharabey McComas. (Nancy America Hill was born on 22 Mar 1890 in Rock Camp, Ohio, died on 14 Feb 1984 in Portsmouth, Virginia and was buried in Melvin Cemetery, Coal Grove, Ohio.) The cause of her death was Respiratory Failure / Pneumonia / Congestive Cardiac Failure.

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