She was likely named after her aunt, Melinda Seaman.Melinda was married to George W. Reeves (25-Mar-1832 to 21-Feb-1916). George was the eldest child of Isham Reeves and Nancy Bilbo. George was born in Calcasieu Parish, LA and was a Civil War Veteran, Minister of the Gospel, Mason and a farmer. They had two children, both girls.
1. Nancy, 1867 – unknown.
2. Jane (Apilony) 1869 – unknown.From the 1870 and 1880 census records we find the George Reeves family living in close proximity to Melinda’s brother Sherrod and her sister Nancy’s families. This was in the Barnes Creek region of Old Imperial Calcasieu Parish.
Melinda preceded her husband in death and died sometime between 1880 and 1900.George is not listed in the 1895 Lake Charles City directory; however the 1900 census finds him living in Lake Charles. By 1900 George was widowed the two daughters were no longer living in his household. George is buried at Orange Grove cemetery in Lake Charles. The gravesite of Melinda is unknown.
There are several inconsistencies in George’s obituary. The marriage year of 1869 could be questioned because the 1870 census indicates they already have a 3 year old daughter. George’s obituary also lists a surviving daughter as Mrs. Gilmore Harveson. I can locate a Mr. Gilmore Harveson in Lake Charles during the early 1900’s, but his wife is named Ada. Ada lists her parents as being born in Ohio. More research is needed to confirm the connection between George Reeves and Mrs. Harveson.Succession number 2430 of George Reeves was filed in Calcasieu Parish. Nephew, Virgil Reeves was appointed as administrator of the estate.
Little else is known about Melinda Burnett. Maybe a blog reader has some insight into this family?