What a pretty name - Melissa Caroline - and so contemporary for that time!
Melissa was born November 15, 1852 to Jesse Potts and Frances Jane Rolen. Jesse died during the Civil War and Frances was left to raise her children all by herself, which she did without remarrying, quite unusual during that time. Melissa was 26 years old when she married Jackson Samuel Sloan on January 1, 1877.
Melissa and Jackson owned land along the Tombigbee River in southern Itawamba County. Some of this land is still in the hands of their descendants today.
Jackson died in 1930 and Melissa shortly thereafter in 1933. At the time of her death, she was living with her daughter Zadie Sloan Blake in Peaceful Valley. Aunt Tootsie, Melissa's granddaughter, has vivid recollections of the night of "Granny Sloan's" death.