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Melinda Allison Covington
Original name: Melinda Allison Kelly Covington
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Birth: Oct. 14, 1815
Laurel County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Nov. 18, 1894
Piute County
Utah, USA

Daughter of Isaac Allison and Jane Hunt

Married Milton Kelley, 10 Jan 1836, Albion, Edward, Illinois

Children - Martha Jane Kelley, Catherine Malinda Kelley

Married Robert Dockery Covington, 26 Sep 1848, Washington, Washington, Utah

Children - Mary Ellen Covington, Alice Covington (adopted Indian girl)

History - Malinda Allison Kelley Covington was born October 16, 1815, in Crawford, Kentucky to Isaac Allison and Jane Hunt, a sister to Catherine Hunt. There is little or nothing known about Malinda's youth. She met Milton Kelley and married him on January 10, 1836.

Malinda and Milton had a child named Martha Jane who was born Oct 16, 1837 and died Oct 20 1842. It was during this time they were taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. Malinda was baptized on December 4, 1843. She was baptized by her Uncle Captain Jefferson Hunt.

Both Malinda and her husband, Milton Kelley, were with the group of Latter-day Saints when the call came for recruits to join the Mormon Battalion. Milton enlisted and his wife, Malinda, went as a laundress. She and her husband were with the detachment sent to Pueblo in charge of Captain Higgins. Milton died on the 4th of November 1847 while stationed there.

Sgt. Daniel Tyler related that "Milton was a kind husband, good neighbor, and brave soldier having fought in the Black Hawk War". Some information comes from the book Women of the Mormon Battalion, compiled and edited by Carl V. Larson and Shirley N. Maynes. The Black Hawk War of 1833 should not to be confused with the Black Hawk War of early Utah times.

On February 7, 1847 Malinda gave birth to a baby girl whom she named Malinda Catherine. Both were lovingly cared for by the other women of the Battalion and came to Utah in July, 1847. Here they lived in the Old Fort now known as Pioneer Park for the first winter.

Malinda had become acquainted with Robert Dockery Covington while serving in the Mormon Battalion. Robert and Malinda took to their home an Indian girl child they called Alice Covington, whose parentage is unknown, to save her from being sold as a slave by traders. They raised her until she died about age 15. Malinda also raised the living children of both of Robert's other wives. 
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  Milton Kelley (1807 - 1846)
  Robert Dockery Covington (1815 - 1902)*
  Catherine Malinda Kelley Alexander (1847 - 1899)*
  Mary Ellen Covington Thompson (1850 - 1881)*
  Alice Covington (1857 - 1869)*
*Calculated relationship
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Utah, USA
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