Melissa Jane Mansfield was born March 31, 1858 in Elizabeth, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Her father, who earned a living as a coal miner, died at Camp Sumter, Andersonville, Georgia in 1864. About two years after John's death, Melissa's mother married Samuel Stewart Haney in McKeesport, PA. About 1868 or early 1869, the family moved to Webster, Westmoreland County where as a young adult, Melissa married John Slicker.
Melissa and John and Melissa's mother, step-father and siblings moved to Apollo, Armstrong County around 1882. Melissa's sister, Matilda, was living in nearby Allegheny Township. In 1890, Melissa bought property in Apollo. In early 1895, she purchased a second lot that was adjacent to the first one. Melissa sold both lots in December 1895, one month before purchasing eight acres of land in Conemaugh Township, Indiana County, PA.
In 1896, John and Melissa's youngest son, William Eugene was born. He was the ninth child of eight living; the first child died shortly after being born. In the early 1900s, John and Melissa adopted Fred Manners.
In October 1914, John and Melissa sold the property in Conemaugh Township. A few days later, they bought property in Oklahoma Borough, Westmoreland County. This would be the final stop on John and Melissa's earthly journey. John passed away in 1929 and Melissa in 1946.
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