Malinda Forrester Mann was the daughter of Hiram Forrester, son of John Forrester and Mary "Polly" Grant, who was born in South Carolina around 1799. This family moved to Habersham County, Georgia about 1819, and Malinda Forrester married John Mann there on November 4, 1838. Hiram's only known wife was Millie Davis, son of Thomas Davis of Franklin County, Georgia, but I'm pretty sure she wasn't Malinda's mother, because all the other children of this family were far younger than Malinda. In fact, the next know child, Thomas, was born about 1836, just two years before Malinda's marriage.
Hiram, Millie and their younger children, as well as Malinda and John Mann, all moved from Habersham County to Pickens County, Georgia sometime in the 1850's. I think the move may have been made before the actual formation of Pickens County in 1853, because I seem to recall one or two records in Cherokee County, the county from which Pickens was formed.
Malinda and John Mann had several children, and I have these records somewhere, but I'm not absolutely sure where they are. The only son I remember is James M. Mann, apparently known as "Bud," who was born about 1844. "Bud" Mann enlisted in Company E of the 23rd Georgia Regiment (Confederate) on August 31, 1861, the same day as his uncle Thomas Forrester. He was sent home in December due to spasms thought to be a form of epilepsy, but he re-enlisted in early 1863. He died at Richmond, of wounds, on June 8, 1864. His father had died on March 10 of the same year; I haven't checked Confederate records, but I think he must also have died in the war, since there's a pension record for Malinda.
The only daughter I know about is Elizabeth Mann, who married another Confederate soldier, Samuel Allred. I think they're buried in Pickens County, but I'd have to check my records to be sure, and said records are in an awful mess at the moment.
The reason I know all this Civil War-era stuff is that Malinda's brother Thomas wrote his sister Mary for about three years during the war, and the letters found their way to the Georgia State Archives. I've had them copied and have been working on a book built around them, which has involved a lot of research into collateral families and friends.
The reason I started on all this in the first place is that I'm fairly sure my own great-grandfather, John J. Forrester, was a grandson of John Forrester and Mary "Polly" Grant. But I haven't been able to prove it, so anybody who can help me on this one will earn my undying gratitude. John J. Forrester married Louvinda Tankersley in Habersham County in 1844. Louvinda was the granddaughter of Mary Grant Forrester's sister, Catharine, and her husband, Charles Tankersley.
I would love to see the story written by your great-great-grandmother. And I'll be glad to share anything else I have on this family, as soon as I can untangle my files.