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Revised 1 April 2006

*Ed note:  The decendency chart is now separated out on an Ahnentafel page (click on above link).  We may have to link this page off by citations if it gets too unwieldy.

 Although I normally do not cite the Worth Ray book "Tennessee Cousins" because he does not cite his sources, his book does contain a number of statements which would appear to validate the information in our tree.  For that reason, I will post the different references here as a guidepost in our research.  starting from the front of the book and going on through the end.  This being April Fool's Day, perhaps the action is justified.  Because this family was well known in the area, there are numerous mentions of the name and this page is going to be quite long.

Page 12, right hand column, 3rd full paragraph:  "Josiah Clark settled on the east bank of Gap Creek opposite ROBERT LOVE.  He built and operated a powder mill on Gap Creek.  Other pioneers were William Boyd, William Sharp, Nicholas Broyles, William Matlock, Christian Schultz and Absolom Moore."

Page 26, left hand column, last paragraph:  "Christopher Cunningham was apparently first married to Susan Patton, the daughter of Jacob Patton & wife, Susan, of Augusta County Virginia; and is mentioned in Patton's will, along with William Lusk and others, May 29 1758.  John Walker and JOSEPH LOVE are also mentioned. - Chalkey's Abstracts Vol 3. p. 49."

Page 33 bottom half of the page:  "HONORABLE ROBERT LOVE - SON OF SAMUEL LOVE

COL. ROBERT LOVE of Washington Co. was born near the Tinkling Springs Church in Augusta County, Virginia, May 11, 1760.  He was the son of SAMUEL LOVE and his wife Dorcas Bell, the daughter of James Bell, a Commissioner of the Peace.  SAMUEL LOVE and Dorcas Bell were married July 3, 159.

ROBERT LOVE was a revolutionary soldier, entering the service 1776 from what is now Wythe County, Va.  After the revolution (in 1782) his parents being dead, he moved with William Gregory and his family to what was then Washington County, N. C. (Now Tennessee,) but to what is in Unicoi County, now.  About one year later, in 1782 (Sept. 11th) he married Mary Ann Dillard, the daughter of Col. Thomas Dillard of Pittsylvania County, Va., who later died leaving will in Washington County.  ROBERT LOVE  and John Blair represented Washington County, N. C. in the Legislature in 1789.  This John Blair's son, John Blair, afterwards served in Congress of the U. S. he being born in 1790.

ROBERT LOVE moved to Buncombe County, N. C. about 1792, from where he was elected to the State Senate of N. C.  He helped to run the boundary line between North Carolina and Tennessee in 1821.  Children:  THOMAS, SAMUEL, WILLIAM, DILLARD, JOHN, JAMES, ROBERT, ANNIE, WINNIFRED, DORCAS, ANN, MARTHA and REBECCA LOVE.  The LOVE home was at Waynesville, N. C."

Same section:  HON. THOMAS LOVE - SON OF SAMUEL LOVE

THOMAS LOVE was a brother of HON. ROBERT LOVE, a son of SAMUEL LOVE and Dorcas Bell and grandson of EPHRAIM LOVE of Augusta County, Va.  He was younger than ROBERT LOVE & born in 1765.  He also moved to Washington County, North Carolina, (afterwards Tennessee) following the revolution and participated in the Sevier-Tipton controversy, and was a great friend of Sevier, tho he appears to have been aligned with Col. Tipton's forces.

'General" THOMAS LOVE, as he was called, also removed to North Carolina and settled in Buncombe County, where he lived for thirty years, serving most of the time in the Legislature.  Later he moved to Macon County, and then to Tennessee, where he also served the balance of his life in the Legislature, being, it is said, Speaker of the Senate.

His wife died in Macon County after he moved there.  Her name is unknown.

Only one son of ROBERT LOVE remained in North Carolina, after his decease, and all of the children of THOMAS LOVE moved over into Tennessee and settled in Knox and other Counties, where they played important parts in the progress of the country - one having served as the Sheriff of Knox County, and another as deputy Sheriff under his own brother.  Their names are mostly lost."

Page 37 1st paragraph: "The Hon. John Blair who served in Congress from Washington District, was born September 13, 1790 and was the son of another Hon. John Blair, who left will dated in 1795 but who died in 1799, and who with ROBERT LOVE had represented Washington County in the legislature of North Carolina in 1789."

Page 72, left hand column:  "CHARLES LOVE WHO WAS A NATIVE OF GREENE COUNTY

CHARLES LOVE was born in Greene County, where he married Hannah Evans before 1883.  They were the parents of JAMES LOVE who was born North of the Nolichucky River, June 20, 1884.  He married Sarah A. Rader, daughter of John Rader and his wife Elizabeth Ottinger, and they had seven children:

  1. BIRTIE ELIZABETH LOVE (b. 1874)
  2. CHARLES EDGAR LOVE (b. 1876)
  3. SARAH JANE LOVE ( b. 1877)
  4. JOHN ANDERSON LOVE (b. 1879)
  5. ELIZA EMALINE LOVE (b. 1881)
  6. LULIE SUSANNA LOVE (b. 1883)

The parents of CHARLES LOVE quite evidently lived in Greene County, but their names have not been identified with certainty, except that they must have been related to and among numerous descendants of EPHRAIM LOVE of Augusta County, Virginia."

Page 75 - in two places:

"ESTATE OF THOMAS LOVE IN GREENE COUNTY, TENNESSEE

The estate of THOMAS LOVE was administered in Greene County, Tennessee in 1819.  The identity of this particular THOMAS LOVE is not fully accounted for.  He was a man of no little prominence and learning, as will be recognized by the following list of books belonging to his estate: 

  1. A large family Bible
  2. 2 volumes of Pindar's Poems.
  3. Haywood's Justice
  4. Two volumes of Boderick Random
  5. Eutick's Dictionary
  6. Five Volumes History of England
  7. One volume of Swift's Works
  8. Three Volumes History of Chas. V.
  9. Two Volumes of Humphrey Clinker.
  10. Eight Vols. of "The Spectator".
  11. Two Volumes of Pinkerton's Geography"

"Rev. [J. B.} Fitzgerald was the son of Samuel Fitzgerald, and his wife Sarah Starr, of Iredell County.  They had two other sons and two daughters.  From Iredell County the Fitzgeralds moved to what is now Haywood County, North Carolina, where their sons attended Greenhill Academy at Waynesville - the home of the famous LOVE brothers, who had come there from the Watauga Valley, the Descendants of EPHRAIM LOVE lf the Augusta valley of Virginia."

Page 77, Right hand column - "From the files of the old Wilson Gazette found in the Lewson McGhee Library at Knoxville, is copied the following list of letters remaining uncalled for in the Post Office at Greenville Tennessee on January 1, 1808:

  • Richard Glover
  • THOMAS LOVE
  • Elijah Thompson
  • John Alexander
  • Benjamin Harrison
  • John Moore
  • Saunders Reddin
  • James Shields
  • James hays
  • Col. Kincheloe
  • John Hays (Colonel Commanding in Greene County)
  • Andrew Smiley"

Page 78 - from an old newspaper item:  "July 24, 1792:  ROBERT LOVE, in an advertisement announces his intention of erecting a Fulling Mill in Knox county.  Signed by ROBERT LOVE."

Page 108 in an article re the McBee family of Strawberry Plains, Jefferson County, Tennessee, column 1:  "Lemuel McBee, the son of Vardry McBee, was born, perhaps in the Watauga Valley of Tennessee, before the State of Tennessee came into existence.  He married perhaps in what is now Granger County, but the name of his wife is unknown.  It is estimated that he probably married about 1825.  Lemuel McBee in turn had a son Lemuel McBee, born in Jefferson County about 1816; who married MARY LOVE, daughter of JOHN B. LOVE, a native of Western North Carolina.  The second Lemuel McBee was the father of John L. McBee whose wife was named Lizzie and by whom he had several children:"

Page 158, right hand column re the Ottinger family:  "The Ottingers intermarried (or some of their children did) with members of the LOVE family of Greene County, Tennessee."

Pages 178:  "COL. ROBERT LOVE, FROM VIRGINIA SETTLED AT GREASY COVE.

Col. ROBERT LOVE was a revolutionary soldier, from Virginia, and in his old age drew a pension as such.  He was born near Tinkling Spring Meeting House, Augusta county, Virginia May 11, 1760.  His father was Samuel Love, son of Ephraim Love, Captain of the Colonial Horse, and his mother was Dorcas, second daughter of James Bell to whom had been issued a 'Commission of the Peace' in 1745.  In the year 1875, David Bell, possibly a descendant of James Bell, was one of the Commissioners appointed to organize Unicoi County.

Col. ROBERT LOVE came to Washington County, Tennessee from Wythe County Virginia, with the family of William Gregory, and settled in Greasy Cove along with the family of Col. Thomas Dillard (another revolutionary soldier) and his family, whose daughter, Mary Ann Dillard, became Col. Love's wife.  (See Thomas Dillard's Will).  Ten years later, 1792 Col. LOVE pulled up stakes and moved to Buncombe County, North Carolina, which county he served as a member of the North Carolina Legislature several terms, as did his brother THOMAS LOVE, who had also lived in Washington County, Tennessee."

Page 179: " ROBERT LOVE'S FAMILY AND TILT WITH ANDREW JACKSON

Greasy Cove (Now better known as Erwin, Tennessee) once had a race track, where lovers of good horse racing often foregathered to enjoy the 'rich man's sport'.  Among the habitus in Greasy Cove, according to the Draper Annals, [ed note:  a huge collection of historical documents collected by Lyman Draper on the history of the trans-Allegheny West and now owned by Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.] and Arthur's, 'Western North Carolina', were COL. ROBERT LOVE and the celebrated Andrew Jackson.  The story goes:

In the late summer or early fall of 1788, Andrew Jackson and ROBERT LOVE had a horse race in Greasy Cove, just above what is now Erwin, Tennessee.  Jackson's jockey could not ride and Old Hickory was forced to ride his own horse, himself, while LOVE'S jockey was hand and rode, winning the race easily.  When the result was known, just for a moment there was an ominous hush; then a pandemonium of noise and tumult that might have been heard in the two neighboring counties.  Jackson's brow, it is said, was corrugated with wrath, and his tall, sinewy form shook like an aspen leaf.  His face the livid color of the storm cloud, when it is hurling its bolts of thunder.  His Irish blood hit the boiling point and his eyes flashed with the fire of war.  He was an over-flowing Vesuvius of rage, and poured the hot lava of denunciation upon the Love Family in general and his victorious rival in particular.  Colonel LOVE stood before this storm unblanched and unappalled, for he, too, had plenty of sand, and as lightly esteemed the value of life, and answered burning invective with burning invective, hissing with the same degree of heat and exasperation.  Jackson denounced the LOVES as a band lf land pirates because they held the ownership of nearly all the choice lands in that section.  LOVE retorted by calling Jackson a damned, long, gangling, sorrel-topped soap stick!**The dangerous character of both men was well known, and it was ended by the interference of mutual friends, who led the enraged rivals from the grounds in different directions.

In Haywood County, North Carolina, the later home of COL. LOVE, there is what is called "The Dorcas Bell Love Chapter" of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  August 22, 1902, this organization unveiled with appropriate patriotic ceremonies a tablet, on which appeared this inscription:

IN MEMORIAM, ROBERT LOVE, FOUNDER OF WAYNESVILLE, SOLDIER, STATESMAN, BENEFACTOR.  ERECTED BY THE DORCAS BELL LOVE CHAPTER, D.A. R. AUGUST 25, 1902.

COLONEL LOVE and his family were staunch Presbyterians.  His family consisted of six sons and seven daughters.  They were 

  1. THOMAS LOVE

  2. SAMUEL LOVE

  3. WILLIAM LOVE

  4. DILLARD LOVE

  5. JOHN LOVE

  6. JAMES LOVE

  7. ANNE LOVE

  8. WINNIFRED LOVE

  9. DORCAS LOVE

  10. MARTHA LOVE

  11. SARAH LOVE

  12. MARY ANN LOVE

  13. REBECCA LOVE

THOMAS LOVE, brother of COL. ROBERT LOVE was a citizen of Mount Prospect (Now Waynesville) North Carolina for more than thirty years, during which time he was a representative in the Legislature for about twenty years.  He later moved to Macon County, in one of the new counties carved out of Haywood and Buncombe territory, and later to Tennessee, where he ended his days serving in the Legislature and Senate of our beloved state.  THOMAS LOVE, a great grandson, moved with his father to Missouri and then to Texas, and the man who writes these lies was a member of the Texas Legislature, that elected THOMAS LOVE its Speaker.  I knew his father THOMAS LOVE, down to THOMAS LOVE vii, his grandson, who now lives in the city of Dallas, Texas.

And thus ends the story of the LOVE FAMILY OF Greasy Cove (Erwin Tennessee) Unicoi, County.

(Most of the LOVE family left North Carolina and moved farther West, and many of them appear on the records of Knox county, Tennessee.  JAMES LOVE, son of Col. Robert Love, married a Miss Coman of Raleigh, North Carolina and their descendants still reside in the vicinity of Waynesville and other parts of North Carolina."

p. 181:  "REMINDERS OF THE LOVE FAMILY IN UNICOI COUNTY

When Colonel ROBERT LOVE and his brother, Hon. THOMAS LOVE, left Unicoi, then Washington County - and moved across the mountains to where Waynesville is now, then Newcomb county, in North Carolina, to make their new home, not all the ties of the LOVE family with the Unicoi and the Greasy Cove settlements were broken.  Some members of the LOVE family were left behind, notable among them being the ROBERT LOVE, probably the son of THOMAS (so far as we know) who had intermarried with the Taylor family.  relatives of both the Taylors, LOVES, and Dillards went over the mountains to Burnsville and Buncombe, leaving behind them many others who were of their close king.  Many of them lived long lives and died in Unicoi County and among those buried in the soil around Erwin we find:

WILLIAM P. LOVE (1813-1876)
J. R. LOVE (1844-1912)
NANCY A. LOVE *1883-1913 (aged 90

Mrs. Nancy Anderson Gardiner, who was 98 years old in 1913, and to whom posterity is indebted for her recollections of these early pioneers as published in Arthur's "Western N. Carolina" says that Thomas Dillard, father of the wife of ROBERT LOVE, was her mother's uncle".  She was Nancy Anderson, daughter of W. M. Anderson, then W. M. Anderson married Patty Elkins who was a first cousin of Mary Ann Dillard and Colonel Thomas Dillard must have had a sister who married an Elkins......"

Page 204 re the Old Shiloh Methodist Church of Sevier County, Tennessee:  "In 1806, a James Reagan, Hopkins, Thomas Hill, Allen Bryant, LEE LOVE were appointed trustees of what was known as NANCY ACADEMY to be established in Sevierville and which was named for Nancy (Roberts) Porter)."

Page 209- an article on James White ROBERT LOVE and Francis Alexander Ramsey:  "James White, ROBERT LOVE, and Francis Alexander Ramsey, in 1783, essayed the role of explorers, and slipped down the same river and made their way over "a large section of the area" including what is now Knox County, having in mind the taking up of lands for future homes and settlements.  It is said that James White "pitched the first tent" in what is now Knox county.  He later located on the north bank of the French Broad "at the forks of the Holston".  Shortly thereafter, James White and James Connor made the first settlement on the present site of Knoxville.  This was the location of what was known thereafter for a long time, as "White's Fort."

Page 211 - a roster of the First lawyers who practiced in Knox County, lists SAMUEL LOVE among their members .  this from GODSPEEDS HISTORY - for the period between 1800 and 1820.

Page 212:  Lists among the members of some early purchasers of lots in Knoxville, one JOHN KNOX.  (copied from the old "Knoxville Gazette" dated 31 Dec 1791.

Page 216:  In a history of the family of James White of Knoxville:  "...Under the N. C. Act of 1783, he (Gen. James White) was entitled for his military service to a grant of land.  In that year, he with ROBERT LOVE, Francis A. Ramsey, Alexander McMillan and others made a tour of exploration to select desirable tracts of land in East Tennessee.  They traveled as far down the Holston (Now the Tennessee) river as the present Lenoir City.  The next year Capt. White moved from N. C. to Fort Chiswell, Virginia where he remained about one year.. . ." 

Page 217:  on the Ramsey Family of Knox County, a second mention of same information.

Page 230:  gives a list of old time sheriffs in East Tennessee.  "Joseph Love was Sheriff of Knox County."  and further "DAVID LOVE was Deputy Sheriff of JOSEPH LOVE, of Knox county"

Page 234:  ROBERT LOVE is listed as a witness to the will of James McCarthy (executed in 1792 in Knox County)

Page 241:  Under Deeds between the Morrows and Duncans of Knox County Tennessee, Vol. G., Vol. 1, p. 179, mention is made of SAMUEL LOVE on First Creek in Knox County.  William Morrow received 640 acres near the Love property.

Page 245 - Knox County made a census of the county residents in 1830.  Mentioned in that list is SAMUEL LOVE.  

Page 248:  Discussing a place called "Brakebill Mound" located at the forks of French Broad (now Tennessee) and the Holston:  "Col. Frances Alexander Ramsey, with James White, ROBERT LOVE, and one or two others, perhaps, in August 1783, came down the Nollichucky and French Broad to 'spy out the land', which was then without settlers.  it is believed that they followed what was then called the Holston to its confluence with the Clinch - now known as the Kingston, or at least as far as present Loudon.. . ."

Page 253:  Under the article regarding the Rutledge Pike section of Knox County and its families, the LOVE family is listed as among the early settlers.  

Page 258, Under the children of David Morrow and his wife Priscilla - (may or may not be relevant) is listed child #7 - Caroline Matilda Harrison Morrow (1811-1837)  married to someone named either Lowe or LOVE.

Page 442 regarding Loudon County again mentions the exploration of the Holston River in 1783.

Page 453 discusses Revolutionary Soldiers who came to early Roane County.  Listed is HESEKIAH LOVE from South Carolina, who died in 1833. about whom more is said in the next section.

 Page 460:  "HEZEKIAH LOVE OF ROANE COUNTY AND HIS FAMILY:

HEZEKIAH LOVE was one of the old revolutionary soldiers who came to Roan County in the earliest days.  He had married Eliza Cattamount in South Carolina and had lived in Camden District.  This writer found his name on the records there, where it was shown that he was a member of the petty jury in 1793, with John Payne, Sr., Francis Adams, William Ware, Robert Cooke and Thomas Whitaker. 

Hezekiah Love is said to have been the son of a ROBERT LOVE who married Violet Wilson, probably in Maryland, and who came to Virginia or North Carolina.  Hezekiah married as his second wife, Nancy Duren, and they had the following children:

  1. JOEL LOVE (1791)

  2. JOHN M. LOVE (1793)

  3. HEZEKIAH LOVE (1796)

  4. JESSE LOVE (1798)

  5. ELIZABETH LOVE (D.O.B. UNKNOWN)

  6. WILLIAM LOVE (1804)

  7. WILEY LOVE (1812)

HEZEKIAH LOVE the father of the above children, came to Roan County, where he lived until 1833.

JESSE RICHARD LOVE, a son of the second HEZEKIAH, married Hannah Price, and had 

  1. JESSE RICHARD LOVE

  2. HERBERT HEZEKIAH LOVE

  3. ROBERT WILEY LOVE

  4. WILLIAM LEE LOVE

  5. WALTER LOVE

and several daughters."

Page 513.  Mentions a Dr. Shipley, son of Elbert S. Shipley of Washington County, Tennessee, who married one Eliza J. Love.

P. 592.  referencing Maury County, Tennessee, JAMES LOVE is named as one of the first county court magistrates who took the oath of office in 1807.

Page 597:  Among the deeds recorded prior to 1800, is shown land from one Stockley Donelson to JOHN LOVE.

Page 700 for Hickman county, Tennessee:  "David Love, John Walker, John B. Primm and Joseph Lynn were among the commissioners who ran the lines of the county.  . ."

Page 723, re Memucan Hunt and others from North Carolina receiving grants:  mention is made of ROBERT AND THOMAS LOVE, brothers, receiving large land grants in what is now Tipton County.

Page 744:  re Carroll County, Tennessee, last paragraph:  "ROBERT AND THOMAS LOVE HAD LARGE GRANTS OF LAND IN CARROLL COUNTY.  

By way of parenthesis at this point it will be of interest to state that among the large grants of land to persons from North Carolina were those to ROBERT LOVE and THOMAS LOVE, originally settlers on the Watauga in the days of John Sevier and the Tiptons, but later of Buncombe County (later Haywood) North Carolina.  COL. ROBERT LOVE never settled in West Tennessee, but his brother, COL. THOMAS LOVE, moved there, and later became Speaker of the State Senate, in which he served many years."

Page 745.  In a list of the office Holders of Carroll County we find "John D. Love" (serving in 1829) as a State Senator.  

Page 750:  RE Gibson County are several mentions of the Love family.

"First County court of Gibson Co. was held January 5 1824 at the home of Luke Biggs, four miles northwest of where the town of Trenton stands.  Governor Carroll had commissioned the following persons to assume the offices of magistrates for the new county:

William P. Seat (or Leat); Obediah Blakemore; Robert Read; Abner Burgin; William W. Craig; Isham F. Davis; John J. Lane; Robert Edmonson; Benj. White; Yarnell Reese; JOHN D. LOVE; and W.B.C. Killingsworth." . . .and later:

"The first circuit court met at the home of WILLIAM C. LOVE, May 24, 1824, and was presided over by Judge John C.  (can't read name, appears to be Hanthrow), at which a grand jury was empanelled, and JOHN D. LOVE was admitted as a practicing attorney in and for Gibson County."  

and finally:  "John W. Evans, John W. Buckner, WILLIAM C. LOVE, Robert Tinkle and John P. thomas were appointed by the county court to lay off the townsite, and another commission, with John R. Raines, as Chairman, was to sell the lots and convey the titles to the purebasers.  John W. Evans established the first hotel."

Page 252 - again in Gibson County- a list of pioneer ancestors who were born in Virginia:  "CHARLES LOVE (of Va.) m. Rhoda Ham of Alabama."

Page 774:  re Henry County:  FIRST STATE SENATORS "Henry M. Brown, JOHN D. LOVE and THOMAS LOVE (1859); Isham G. Harris in 1847; W. N. Travis in 1857."

Last but not least, page 778:  "DELIA LOVE" born July 27 1816, died July 19, 1877."

The next resource citations will come from "Tennessee Genealogical Records: Records of early settlers from State and County Archives" by Edythe Rucker Whitley, published by the Genealogical Publishing Company Inc. of Baltimore in 1980.  (If you do not have this book, consider purchasing a copy as it is documentation from the state archives and gives the locations for original documents you may need to prove your line.) (but first I need a bottle of aspirin from reading all the small print.
Love Research Websites:   The Legend of the Luiff (Love) Family- Scotland to America

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