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MELTON, HARRY RIPLEY, JR., Colonel, # 0-020283, USAAF - 10th Air Force, 311 Fighter Group, Commander


Harry R. Melton Jr. was born 31 August 1911, in Blandville, Ballard, Kentucky, to Dr. Harry R. Melton, (Colonel, US Army, WW I) (1881-1966) and Anne Given Rothrock (1889-1966). The 1900 census for Blandville, Kentucky shows French Montcalm Melton (1855-1938), Nanette “Nettie” (Hall) Melton (1869-1940), who together had several children: Harry Ripley Melton (1881-1966), Mary Lura Melton (1886-1980), and Bertha “Nettie” Melton (1889-1972), Charley Melton (1892-1892), Josie Myrtle Melton (1894-1895) and Gladys Vivian Melton (1902-1903).


The 1850 census for Ballard County, Kentucky shows Henry Melton (1821-1898), age 29, Mary Melton (1826-    ) age 24, Merritt Melton (1842-1864), Elizabeth Melton (1844-1930), and Margiana Melton (1850-    ). Next door is Rice Sams (1828-    ), Catharine Sams (1827-   ), Thompson Sams (1847-   ), and Sarah Sams (1943-    ).

The 1860 census for Blandville, Kentucky shows Henry Peyton Melton, 38 (1821-1898), a farmer, married to Sarah Sams (1824-1856) with children: Merritt C Melton, 18 (1842-1864), Elizabeth Jenkins Melton, 14 (1844-1930), Henry Ripley Melton (1852-1911), French M. Melton, 5 (1855-1938), and Mary G. Melton, 2 (1859-1922). Henry Peyton Melton’s second wife was Minerva E. Francis (Atherton) Melton (1838-1859). Nearby lived Eli M. Sams (1822-    ), Mary Sams (1824-    ), Uriah Sams (1847-    ), Absalom Sams (1851-    ), Mary Sams (1954-    ) and Garrett Sams (1855-    ). Also nearby lived Wiley Sams (1836-    ), Catharine Sams (1936-    ), Leroy W. Sams (1855-    ) and Martha J. Sams (1860-    ). And nearby lived Hainsworth Sams (1840-    ), Elizabeth Sams (1842-    ), Uen H.S. Sams (1851-    ), Wiley Sams (1797-    ), Tolbert Sams (1832-    ), A.H. Sams (1843-    ) and Coths Sams (1847-    ). And nearby lived Z.H. Sams (1930-    ), Mary Sams (1838-    ). Another family nearby was A.F. Sams (1827-    ) and Aberzilla J. Sams (1821-    ) Napolean B. Sams (1847-    ), Andrew J. Sams (1850-    ), Oliver W. Sams (1852-    ), Henry Sams (1856-    ), Nancy V. Sams (1857-    )

The 1880 census for Blandville, Kentucky, shows French M. Melton (1855-1938) and Nettie Melton (1858-1940). Nearby was Henry Melton (1821-1898), whose third wife was Sarah Elizabeth Stinebeck (1834-1873) His fourth wife was Annie M. (Barnum) Melton (1849-    ) and daughter Angie H. Melton (1882-    ), Mary G. Melton (1859-    ), Margaret Elizabeth Melton (1861-1943), Leander “Andy”  J. Melton (1863-1946), Belle B. (Melton) (1865-1955), Henrietta J. (Melton) Brummel (1868-1891), Sidney Lee Melton (1870-    ), and Flora F. Melton (1873-1918). Nearby: Ad Sams (1843-    ), Bettie Sams (1842-    ), Merritt Sams (1862-    ), Addie B. Sams (1866-    ), Howard N. Sams (1871-    ), Phoebe Sams (1873-    ), Mary A. Sams (1875-    ), Sallie M. Sams (1876-    ), and Sam H. Sams (1874-    ).

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