Melissa McClure was born about 1837, in Arkansas, possibly in Searcy County. We believe she and her brother Valentine were twins. She was the daughter of Stephen McClure and Sarah Smith.
Melissa appears on the 1840 Conway County, Arkansas, census in Hardin Township, near Greenbrier. She is listed as a female under the age of five years.
In 1849, Melissa's father acquired land near Quitman, in Benton Township of Conway County, and moved his family there from the Greenbrier area.
The 1850 Conway County census, Benton Township, Quitman Post Office, shows Melissa, age 14, living at home with her family.
The 1860 Conway County census shows Melissa, age 24, still single and living at home in Benton Township, Quitman Post Office.
We have no further record of Melissa.