- Gertrude Morfitt Evans told me her mother, Rosa, corresponded with a cousin in Iowa whose name was Freelove Milligan. Likewise, Dehlia Sigler, daughter of Josephine Hoffstatter, told me her mother also corresponded with Freelove Milligan. It is apparent Freelove was named for her grandmother.
I have a reference to Film No. 903,756. Also multiple ordinance dates.
From the book, The Hoffstatter Family History, by Barbara Norris Smith. Barbara wrote: Sally Ashcraft of Newark, Ohio wrote me, "I was glad to learn that Melissa Freelove Taylor did get married. I have an old letter written by her to Mariah Anderson Taylor. It seems that Melissa Freelove wanted to live with her aunt Mariah. she was engaged to a man who had gone to Texas on a cattle drive. Melissa said, 'He has gone this spring after a drove of cattle, tho if I can get away before he comes I will do so for I don't want anybody.' Melisssa was living at this time in Leon, Decatur, Iowa. Wonder if Jesse Milligan was the man she wanted to dump? " The letter was dated April 1876. (Barbara Smith had the name as "Milliden." which is incorrect).
1860 Census, Franklin, Decatur, Iowa. Melissa is age 6. Her name on this census is "Melissa E."
1880 Census, Center, Decatur, Iowa. Here she is listed as Freelove Milligan.
1885 Census, Decatur, Iowa.
1900 Census, Davis City, New Buda Twp., Decatur, Iowa. Melissa is age 54, had birthed two children, one living.
1910 Census, Davis City, New Buda Twp., Decatur, Iowa.
1920 Census, Davis City, Decatur, Iowa. Mellisa is age 64..
1930 Census, Davis City, Decatur, Iowa. Melissa is age 75.