Amanda Melvina May, most often known as simply Melvina, was born in 1837, the daughter of Sylvester May and Almeda Marsh, in Baldwin's Mills. Melvina moved to Boston for a time and finally settled Lynn, Massachusetts in 1864 where she worked as a seamstress and dressmaker. On 11 July 1865, she married Hollis Taylor, who had also moved from Stanstead County to Lynn. Although they never had any of their own children, Hollis had a son, Julian, from a previous marriage.
Melvina died in 1900 in Lynn, Massachusetts.