Alba Esther Armstrong-Crew (1882-1954)

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Alba Esther Armstrong-Crew Melching
Melching, Alba.jpg
Robinson Cemetery
Born: 29 Jun 1882, Wasseon, Ohio
Died: 28 Dec 1954 Gobles, Michigan
Father: Monte or William C. Armstrong
Mother: Anna Seitner
Siblings: Alba Esther Armstrong-Crew
Spouse: August Carl Melching
Married: 6 May 1903 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Children: Twila Dilolus Melching
Leland Ward Melching
Baby Melching
Theron Melching
Kenneth Carl Melching
Vera Loretta Melching
Maddison Melching
Donald A. Melching
Donivan J. Melching
Madison M. Melching
Winona Esther Melching
Theolaine Alba Melching

Alba Esther Armstrong lived with foster parents and adopted their name of Crew. Later she lived with a family in Ohio by the name of Harris.

Alba's father was in the military and later was a custodian of a piano factory. Her parents were old when they sent her to live with the Crew family.

She had 2 brothers who were missionaries.

Vera Bryan remembers them walking all the way from Ohio to see her family in Gobles, Michigan when she was little.

Alba suffered from TB and was sent to Northern Michigan to live with her Aunt and Uncle, Arthur and Ella Sweeney.

Alba married August Carl Melching on May 6, 1903 in Harbor Springs, Emmet, Michigan.

Their children are: Twila Delolus Melching, Leland Ward Melching, Baby Boy Melching, Theron Melching, Kenneth Carl Melching, Vera Loretta Melching, Maddison Melching, Donald A. Melching, Donivan J. Melching, Madison M. Melching, Winona Esther Melching and Theolaine Alba Melching.

They moved to Gobles, Michigan. Alba died December 28, 1954 and is buried in the Robinson Cemetery, Gobles, Michigan.


  • Name variant: Etta
  • Birth & Death:: Dec282000.ftw file source of info. & IGI as a Crew
  • 2nd Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
Date: 5/6/1903
Liber: 3
Folio: 180
  • 2nd Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Record of Marriages:
Date Of Record: 6 May 1903
Groom: August Melching
Age: 26
Residence: Harbor Springs
Birthplace: Ohio
Occupation: Farmer
Father: August F.
Mother: Augusta Melching
Previously Married: previously married
Bride: Alba Armstrong
Age: 21
Residence: Harbor Springs
Birthplace: Ohio
Occupation: Housekeeper
Father: Monte
Mother: Anna
Previously Married: none
Married by: H. U. Marcelas, Minister
Carrie Marscelas, Harbor Springs
Guy Sweeney, Harbor Springs
  • FindAGrave: Alba Melching
Birth: 1882
Death: 1954
Burial: Robinson Cemetery, Gobles, Van Buren County, Michigan, USA
Created by: Traci Hurlbut
Record added: Aug 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40817922