Samuel Jones Melvin was my great-grandfather. He kept a daily diary starting on January 1, 1862, when he was only twenty-six years old. He made entries in this diary every day for fifty-one years.

His final diary entry was made on June 2, 1913, when he was seventy-four years old. This entry ends mid-sentence and was never completed.

He died seventeen days later on June 19, 1913.