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  • Name Lucinda LANGSTON 
    Gender Female 
    Died Jul 1845  Melton's Post Office, Navarro Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Smyrna Church of Christ, Warren Co., TN, records "1st Saturday ___ 1840, Sister Lucinda Hill, wife of John A. Hill, having removed, is dismissed by letter." (This is likely after her move to TX)

      "Lucinda Hill was the widow of Allen (sic) J. Hill (error here, she was the widow of John Ashley Hill), and mother of George Washington Hill and Benjamin C. Berry Hill. Lucinda married Ethan Melton in Franklin, Texas, Robertson County on July 7, 1843, with her sons as witnesses of this event. They were married by E. L. Patten, the Chief Justice of Robertson Co.

      Being a very successful business woman, Mrs. Lucinda Melton probably initiated the postal service which was run out of the Melton home. Their home later became the first post office of Navarro Co. They charged a ten cent piece to mail letters. She was the original hostess for many of Ethan's prominent guests and for the many families who would pass through, some of which would settle here and become important assets to Navarro Co.

      In 1845, Mrs. Lucinda Melton became ill and in July she died. It is believed that her last request was for George Washington Hill, an Indian Agent, be named the guardian of her sons and administrator of her estate. Her estate consisted of 2,561 acres of land near Franklin, 5 town lots in Franklin and $2,981 in cash and personal belongings. However, in 1846, the Probate Courts of Franklin granted Ethan these duties. Later, her sons would go to live with George W. Hill and his wife Katherine M. Hill. "
      (From "History of Navarro Co." Note: Although this book contains some good information, there are errors to be found as well)

      "Records at the County Clerk's office show that Ethan Melton and Mrs. Lucinda Hill, a widow, were married on July 7, 1843, by E. L. Patten, Chief Justice of Robinson County. This marriage was witnessed by the widow's two sons. Mr. and Mrs. Ethan Melton, her two sons and the negro boy, Peter, moved to their new home on the north side of Richland Creek. Many other settlers had begun moving in as early as 1842.

      In 1845 Mrs. Lucinda Hill Melton became ill and in July, she died. She was buried in the garden in front of the log home. Before she died, however, she expressed the wish to Peter Gamble and William J. Ladd, that her brother-in-law, George W. Hill, be made guardian of her two boys and that he be appointed the administrator of her estate, which consisted of two thousand five hundred sixty one acres of land near Franklin, five town lots in that city and personal property amounting to Two Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty One Dollars, according to John Roark and William J. Ladd, who had been appointed as appraisers of the property.

      In 1846 the Probate Courts of Franklin ordered Ethan Melton to be made administrator of his late wife,
      Lucinda's estate and guardian of her two sons. Ethan Melton made bond for Two Thousand Dollars, with M. A. Mitchell and John Wilbanks as bondsmen."
      (The above excerpts taken from "Ethan Melton By Alva Taylor, Navarro County Scroll - 1958"
      Used with the permission of the Navarro County Historical Society)
    Person ID I0512  Hill Genealogy
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2008