Melissa was born to James Billingsley b 1806 Ohio and Sarah Peters b 1810 Virginia. She had 7 brothers and sisters: Caroline b 1833 Ohio, Sarah b 1837 Ohio, James b 1839 Ohio, Leah b 1840 Ohio, Isaac b 1842 Ohio, Rebecca b 1844 Ohio and George b 1847 Ohio.
Melissa married John Christopher Armstrong on 01 Sep 1863. John C Armstrong had changed his name and was going by Drewer C Iverson. They made their home in Deersville, Harrison County, Ohio. Around 1873 they moved to Connelsville, Pennsylvania. They had four children together: Ida b 1859, Effie Eleanor b 1865, Maud Spencer b 1867 and William Graham b 04 May 1871.
John passed away in Connelsville Jun 1881. By 1893 Melissa and her daughters were living in Chicago, Illinois.