A letter from Dillard Lafayette Love, son of John Bell Love.
Sulva, N.C. Feb. 23rd, 1903.
Frank D. Love, Esqr.,
My dear Cousin:
Your letter of the 17th, inst., is before me, I wish I knew more of our Ancestor to write you, but I fear that we have neglected too long to gather the fragments, however, I will give you what I know.
Robert Love, of Augusta Co., VA was the son of Samuel Love, and was born in that county. His Mother’s maiden name was Dorcas Bell. He married Mary Dillard the daughter of General Thomas Dillard, of Pittsylvania Co., VA, and settled in Washington Co. N.C., now Tennessee, near Jonesboro, Tenn. He moved to Buncombe Co., N.C., and represented the County in the State Senate from 1793 to 1795, and his brother, Thomas Love, who also married a sister of his wife, represented the County of Buncombe, N.C., 1800 to 1806. His application for a pension (next page) shows that he fought in the battle of King’s Mountain. He was in the Sevier and Tipton war over the State of Franklin-see “Ramsey’s History of Tennessee”, and “The Heroes of King’s Mountain” speaks of him. I have no data as Uncle James R. Love, the youngest son, had all of his papers, and Maj. W. W. Stringfield, who married his youngest daughter got his home burned and all the old papers were consumed. We are making an effort to trace the genealogy of Robert Love, our Ancestor, back of Samuel Love, his Father. From an old slip of paper I learned that Robert had a brother named Joseph, and that his descendants settled in Middle Tennessee. If you would write to Mary Love Stringfield, daughter of May W.W. Stringfield, of Waynesville, N.C., she is Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution of North Carolina, and has been gathering information of Robert Love to have published, and all the old Documents are in her hands, I suppose.
I have nothing and only know from what others have told me of my Grandfather. I was not old enough to remember him-only six at his death. My Grandfather kept a diary of events which was a history of itself, but I suppose it was burned or destroyed during the war (1865).
L.M. Welch, Waynesville, N.C., might give you some information. I am not very well; been suffering from catarrh and rheumatism all Winter. You will excuse this imperfect sketch. With many king wishes, I am,
Your cousin, etc.
D.L. Love, (Signed)
Dilliard L. Love, the above, is an old bachelor and lives in the County of Jackson, North Carolina. He is quite wealthy.