Melinda was born in 1859. She was the only child of Nicholas Goatcher and Lydia (Hardin) Goatcher. Lydia passed away shortly after giving birth to Melinda. Melinda was effectively raised by her paternal grandmother, Alice (Woodrome) Sexton, since Nicholas was also apparently out of the picture relatively soon after her birth.
Melinda became the main caregiver for her own granddaughter, Ruby (Smith) Duckworth, since Ruby's mother, Thalia (Keel) Smith, had died when Ruby was about only 10 months old. Melinda passed away in 1923 in Lawrence County, Arkansas, having had eight children with her husband, George Smith.
↑ "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MKV4-B5R : accessed 7 May 2021), Melinda M Smith in household of Alfred Smith, Campbell, Lawrence, Arkansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 80, sheet 29A, family 15, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 55; FHL microfilm 1,374,068.
"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNW7-N13 : 19 February 2021), Melinda Smith in household of George Smith, Fulton, Fulton, Arkansas, United States; citing enumeration district ED 69, sheet 53A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,045.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Melinda by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Melinda: