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 Melinda <I>Allison</I> Covington

Melinda Allison Covington

Crawford, Laurel County, Kentucky, USA
Death 18 Nov 1894 (aged 79)
Circleville, Piute County, Utah, USA
Burial Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 52396 · View Source
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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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  • Find A Grave Memorial 52396
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Melinda Allison Covington (14 Oct 1815–18 Nov 1894), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52396, citing Washington City Cemetery, Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .