|John Loring Mellen was born in 7 Oct.1827 in Swanzey, Cheshire, NH. He settled in Lowell, Mass around 1843. In 1856 John married Venetia Ruby Cline of Swanton, Vermont. He listed in 1863 to serve with the 2nd Massachusetts artillery, being mustered in at Reedsville, Mass, on 11 December 1863, Mustered out in 1865.
They made their home at 50 West Fourth Street, Lowell, Mass. After living in Lowell 53 years, John Mellen a member of Post 120 G.A.R. died at the Veterans Hospital in 1896 in his 70th year, with burial in the Edson cemetery at Lowell, MA.
His widow Venetia died on 7 January 1930 at the home of her daughter Mrs. Ella (Mellen) Frazee of Bath, Maine, just 3 weeks short of 94 years of age. A member of the Paige Street Baptist Church of Lowell, her funeral service was conducted by Rev. Harry L. Smith, with burial in the Edson cemetery at Lowell.