Malissa Ann Eveland [Bryant] was born in Mahuska County Iowa on December 23 1869. Her parents were Nathaniel Burress Eveland and Eliza Ann Foraker Eveland . Her parents were married on November 13 1842 in Morgan County Ohio. They were the parents of ten children. John Calvin, Catherine, William Lewis, Malissa Ann, Mary Louisa, Joel Nathan, Alonzo Daniel, Levia, Martha, and Emlia. Malissa's parents were step brother and sister and lived in the same household . Eliza's parents being William and Louisa Moody Foraker. And Nathaniel's parents being Daniel and Catherine Pixley Eveland. Daniel and Louisa Moody Foraker married each other, after their spouces passed away. They married on June 7 1835 in Morgan Co. Ohio. They later moved to Greenup Illinois and Nathaniel was a school teacher and farmer and Eliza was a Doctor for 30 years in Greenup, Il. Malissa grew up in that town. Rev. Bentley Bryant and his family lived in that same town. Bentley met their family and he introduced his son William Bryant to Melissa. They fell in love and married on November 28 1891 in Cumberland Co. Il . They soon moved to Patoka Il. and bought a farm there. So did William's father Bentley and his family. William and Melissa had their first Child born, a son named Urous, born on Feb. 1892. their second child was Chester Sherman Bryant born Jan. 15 1894 and their third child was Noble Irvin Bryant, forth child was Nola Joy Bryant born on June 3 1896 and their last child was Rhoda Alta Bryant born Aug. 18 1906. In 1912 William wanted to homestead some land out in Hingham montana, so the family rode the Illinois Central Railroad with all their horses and livestock and homesteaded six hundred and 40 acres. Their son Urous was killed after jumping down off a hay wagon onto a pitchfork handle that entered his rectom and killed him. The family stayed there 4 years and got the title to the land and came home after selling the property. When all the other children growed up and starting getting married William and Melissa gave them all farms with acreage to start out their lives with. Melissa was a good Christian woman and near her death was her two daughters were by her bedside along with and other family members. They thought she had passed, when she opened her eyes and said, why did I have to come back? I saw my mother and my sister and a beautiful River. It was not too long before she passed away .