I'm trying to trace my family name back as far as possible. I found a death certificate for my great great grandfather John F Melvin that listed his father as M E Melvin. John was born in Alabama in 1854. His mother, Jennie Collon, was also born in Alabama. The father is the one I am most interested in. He was born in Ireland. Because he is only listed as "M E Melvin" in the document, I think it's likely he would be found in the census with some different first name. There is also some chance he moved to Indiana or Kentucky. If anyone can provide any information on him I would appreciate it very much! Thanks a lot!