(4 May 1849) Last Will and Testament of Anna Taylor Love, consort of Thomas D. Love, deceased. I, Anna Love, being of sound and disposing mind, but weak of body, do make, ordain and establish this my Last Will and Testament: First, I give my soul to God, to be disposed of according to his good pleasure, and my body to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like manner. Secondly. I will that my Executor, hereinafter named, pay all my just debts, and that he raise a fund for that purpose out of the debts due me, and by a sale of any western land that I may possess as one of the heirs of Nathaniel Taylor, deceased, my Father, or any landed interest lying anywhere else, except, my interest in the farm I live on. If my landed interest will not pay my debts when sold, or if sales at a fair price cannot be effected, then and in that case my executor is hereby authorized to sell such of my Negroes, or Negro interest as will effect this object. Thirdly. I give and bequeath to my son, Robert Love, my interest in the farm I live on till my youngest child comes of age, also the benefits of a bond I hold on N.K. Taylor for between twenty and thirty acres of his home farm...Read More
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Letter from Thomas D. Love to John Blair Dear Sir: Elizabethton, Tenn, Jan. 20th, 1829. I have discerned from the newspapers Fifth Census, or enumeration of the people is about to be taken. What method will be adopted by Congress for taking, has not appeared in the papers that I take. Should a different plan be thought advisable by Congress to take the enumeration, than the old method of taking it, towit: by the marshals of the different states under the instructions of the Secretary of the United States, and the authority of doing it be place in other, men, then, in that event, I would take it as a particular favor that you would aid me by your influence to procure me and office in that business, if you should think I am capable and worthy of such an appointment; but should the old method be sanctioned by the wisdom of Congress, which it likely will be the case, than as I presume you are acquainted with the men of East Tennessee, I would be very thankful if you would give my your assistance to procure me the Office of this County of Carter for that purpose. Perhaps, you could get H. White to aid you in the business, as I should suppose his influence would be of great benefit in that case, as he must be acquainted...Read More
Treasury Dept. Mr. F.D. LOVE, Washington, D.C. March 19th, 1903. Georgetown, Tex. My Dear Sir: Your letter in regard to Col. Robert Love reached me in due time but I have had no convenient opportunity to answer your inquiries till now. Col. Robert Love was a Lieutenant in the Revolutionary Army and joined Gen. Greene in N.C. during his (Greene’s) celebrated retreat from S.C. to near Danville, Va., and the subsequent battle of Guilford Court House March 15th, (I think) 1781. Col. Love was my great-grandfather. He was not at the battle of Guilford Court House, having been sent off to S.W. Va., to the lead mines, there to procure lead for Green’s Army. He was in the battle at Whitwell’s Mills, a short while before Guilford Court House. There is an application on file for a pension by my great Grandfather, Robert Love, in the pension Office here, and if you will write the Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, D.C., he will, I have no doubt, send you a copy. It is very inconvenient for me to personally procure it for you, as the opening and closing of the Treasury, where I am employed, and Pension Office are the same. Robert Love was a son of Samuel Love and Dorcas Bell (of the family of John Bell, of Tenn., a candidate for President in 1860); date of marriage, I...Read More
Letter from Col. Robert Gustavus Adolphus Love to Col. Robert Love, of Carter County, Tennessee. – (my Father-F.D. Love) Col. R. Love; – Waynesville, N.C. July 13th, 1870 Dear Sir: – I have just been shown your letter of 6th, instant, addressed to Bro. Samuel and L.M. Welch and others, in which you ask them to examine Grandfather’s diary and see if some record can not be found that Gen. T. Love only had an interest in the contract which Grandfather had for sale of the Blount land, etc, and that he, Gen. Love, had no interest in the lands themselves. As soon as I see Robert V. Welch and L.M. Welch, who are absent at Asheville on Railroad matters, I will have the diary of Grandfather examined. Those papers were never in my Father’s possession, and are therefore, not in mine. They went into the possession of uncle Wm. Welch as administrator, and when Grandfather’s will was established, uncle Welch qualified as executor with others, and was allowed to keep the papers, as no special value was attached to them. So when the boys return from Asheville, I will have them hunt up the papers and make the examination you desire. I can not see, however, how such a record can be necessary for this reason; when Grandfather and Gen. Thos. Love entered into the general agreement, of...Read More
Waynesville, May 3rd, 1814. My Dear Brother: It is with a sensation of gratitude that I have the happiness of informing you that we are all in a reasonable state of health at present, thanks be to the Kind Providence for conferring on us such a Blessing. I understand from Father’s letter, which he received from you a few days ago, that you were indisposed, supposed by the consumption. This, I think, you have brought on by too much studiousness hard reading and so much sitting creates stupidity, heaviness and dullness of mind; to redress this complaint, it would be necessary to relax in your study. This, I think, would have a tendency to restore you to your health again; if not, you will inevitably impair your health to such a degree that you will never restore it to its proper station again. My dear brother, this is the 2nd, letter I have wrote to you, and have not received the first answer. I want you to communicate with me on all occasions, as I am always anxious to hear from you and your family, and all friends in that part of the country. Nothing more at present, but remain, Your loving brother until Death, John B. Love, To-Thomas D. Love, N.B. I wish you would give me a complete statement of what our taxable property was estimated to....Read More
Henry Co., Paris, Tennessee. Dear Brother: 16th, May 1844 You, no doubt, have understood how I have been afflicted for the last 2 or 3 years with Rheumatic pains in my neck. My suffering has been great since the warm weather set in. I think the pain in my neck has a little abated, but my left knee and right elbow and wrist are in such a situation that I can scarcely walk about yard. I did think in the Winter that after warm weather set in, I would be able to go to Carolina and see you once more in this life, but at this time, my dear brother, it is utterly impossible with me. I received a letter from your grandson, Robert Love, of Carter County, some time in Feb. last, stating that he was authorized by you to receive from the Gambles, the balance of what was coming to you from the estate of our uncle, Joseph Bell, deceased, of August County, Va., which is about, or near, two hundred dollars. I have no doubt but what your grandson’s statements was correct, but still I would prefer an order from under your had to show as a voucher by what authority I paid over the money. I have been trying for some several years past to collect the money without making a journey particularly for it,...Read More
STATE OF TENNESSEE To all who shall see theses presents-Greeting: KNOW YE, That we do Commission Thomas D. Love, Esquires, of the County of Carter, Justices, of the Peace, in and for said County, of the and do authorize and empower them, and each of them, to execute and fulfill the duties of a Justice of the Peace, in and for said County, agreeably to the Constitution and Laws of this State; during good behavior; with all the powers, privileges and emoluments thereto appertaining. In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the Great Seal of the State to be affixed at Murfreesborough, this 23rd, day of Augt. 1822. By the Governor, David Graham WM. Carroll, Secretary of State. Note: Justice of the Peace, in those days, was a very high Office, and the very best men in the country held it. The Office sought the man, instead of the man seeking the Office. The people wanted an honest, upright man to sit in Judgment over their affairs, and it was to such men that all Offices went. Thomas D. Love was at the time of holding this Office, a lawyer, and was a very prominent man, being the adviser and counselor of the people, who always went to him with their troubles. He exerted his influence always, in keeping down litigation, and in making peaceful...Read More
(13 Nov 1832) Last Will of Thomas D. Love, (My Grandfather-F.D. Love) I, Thomas D. Love, being of sound mind and memory, but sick of body, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament: First. I give my soul to God to be disposed to according to His righteous purposes, and my earth to be buried in a Christian life manner. Secondly. I will that my Executors hereafter named pay all my just debts, and that they raise a fund to do that by the collection of debts due me, and by the sale of such of my personal property as can be best spared. Thirdly. I will that all my real and personal property be divided equally among my children as they come of age, that is, to say; I will the possession and use of all my real and personal property to my beloved wife, Anna, to be by her use in any way to make it most productive of profit for the support of herself and support and education of my children until my youngest child comes of age; and then a division to be made equally among said children and herself, counting herself a child part, which shall be in value equal to twice the amount allotted to each child, that is to say, she shall dower of my lands for life, and...Read More
Copy of letter from John P. Arthur to me. John P. Arthur Asheville, N.C. April 17th, 1903. Attorney at Law. Franklin D. Love, Esqr., Georgetown, Texas. Dear Sir: Yours of the 14th, inst., to hand. I spoke to Mrs. Hilliard this morning about writing a sketch of the life of her Grandfather, Robert Love, but she says that she is not in a position to give you as much information as I have already furnished, as she was but nine or ten years old when he died, and she has but a faint recollection of him. I suggest that before you have your account of his life printed, you send it to me here, or to Miss Mary Love Stringfield, at Waynesville for such suggestions, corrections and alterations as they may devise. In this way nothing will be omitted; nothing be included that should not be, and if there are any errors, they should be corrected. At any rate, this is the best means of securing fullness and accuracy. I will make it my business to submit it to all who are in a position to revise it, and return it to you, if you adopt this suggestion. No one seems willing to undertake the task of writing out a full account of his life, for various reasons; but if the first draft or framework is read to them,...Read More
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...Read More
Knoxville, Tennessee. My Dear Sir: September 2nd, 1861 Your letter of the 29th July did not reach me before I left for Richmond. What detained it I do not know. But on my return I received and read it with great interest. By it, I see that you had properly appreciated my position. From what I had heard, you had misconceived my views, but I seen now that you had not. With the strongest possible convictions against the policy and propriety of Secession, I have ever exerted by influence to preserve peace in East Tennessee, and, as I think, with no little success. You will see the result in Nelson’s card to the people of East Tennessee. I approached him as a friend and opened up the way to convictions without which he most probably would not have made the concessions which seemed to be indispensable as a prerequisite to his release. By degrees he came to the opinions entertained by me, and by common consent, we both made a step forward, acknowledged the country divided and consented in our own minds to yield to a necessity-to an evil which we could not arrest. The result you will see in his card, which was submitted to me and approved by me in manuscript. Under this connection that the country was inevitably divided, I have been assiduously laboring since my...Read More
Dorcas Bell, m. Samuel Love July 3rd, 1759. Descendants 1) Robert Love, b. August 23rd, 1760 in Augusta County, Virginia, and d. in Waynesville, N.C. July 17th 1845. he was married to Mary Ann Dillard Sept 11, the year 1783. Said Mary Ann Dillard was b. 21st day of September 1767, and d. on the 25th, day of March 1842. 2) James Love, b. 3-10-1762, m. Winnesoppea Dillard 3) Thomas Love, b. Nov. 16th, 1766, m. “Patsy” Martha Dillard Jan 15th 1788, and d. in Macon Co. N.C., Nov. 3rd 1834, and left quite a list descendants, some of whom moved to Missouri in 1840 or thereabouts. Martha Dillard born 27th Sept. 1774 and died November 3rd 1804. 4) William Love, b._____? d.______? Bachelor, and d. in Macon County, N.C. He moved from Virginia to N.C. in the year 1829. 5) Mary Love, b._____,m. John Campbell, and d._____. m. Robt. Montgomery 9-10-1784 in Montgomery Co. VA. 6) Sarah Love, b.___?m. John Gamble, d.______? 7) Dorcas Love, B.____? m.Wm. Pendleton (descendants in Ohio) d._______? 8) Winifred Love, b.______? m.____ Montgomery, d._______? The following is the information given me by Mrs. Margaret Hilliard, of Asheville, N.C. and I copy the same as coming from her. In some respects it is a variance with other data that I have received, but taken as whole, it is true-F.D. Love, —–o—– History of the...Read More
(16 Jul 1846) Last Will of Saraphina C. Love, Sister of my Father, Robert Love, -F.D. Love Monday October, Term 1845 State of Tennessee. Carter County At a meeting of the County Court opened and held in the Court House in Elizabethton on the 5th day of October 1845 Present the Worshipful- Isaac Tipton, Chairman, John Carrriger, Henry Little, George Emmet, George D. Peoples, WM. W. Smith, Thos. Gourley and Johnston Hampton Esqrs. The last Will and Testament of Saraphina C. Love was exhibited and Read in open Court and proven by Nathaniel G. Taylor and Alfred W. Taylor, the subscribing witnesses thereto, and it is further ordered that Letters Testamentary issue to Robert Love, the Executor therein. THE WILL —– I, Saraphina C. Love, being of sound and disposing mind, but weak of body, and viewing the uncertainty of life, do make, ordain and establish this my Last Will and Testament. My soul, I give to God to be disposed of according to his pleasure; my body, I require my Executor, hereafter named, to have buried in a Christian-like manner. First. In relation to such property as I am entitled to under the Last Will and Testament of my Father and Mother, as well as the rights and equities that may have rested in me as one of the heirs of, or devisees of my Grandfather, Robert Love,...Read More
Knoxville, February 26th, 1861. Robert Love, Esqr., I desire to purchase a young Negro woman, and to pay down in par funds. Diley would suite me, and I think she would be willing to live with me. I buy, not for speculation, or to trade, but to keep her. What will you take, cash in hand, for Diley? Set your lowest figures. If you will not sell, will you hire her, and at what rates? I am going you for her hire, and will pay it when you visit our place. If you will sell Diley, and I can go the price, I will go up after her. If you will not sell, perhaps, Col. N.G. Taylor, may have one that will suit. She must be a number one girl of good qualities, or I would not give any thing for her. See him, if you will not sell, or any one else willing to sell a valuable girl or woman, not old, and suited to house work, and write me by return mail thereafter. Very truly, etc. W.G. Brownlow, Note: The above party was one of the strongest abolitionists ever in the United States, and was a very strong Union man during the Civil War. He has written two or three books, one of which is “Parson Brownlow’s Book”, and denounces the South and the Southern men, who...Read More
Copy of a letter received by Mrs. Margaret Hilliard from the Pension Department, Washington, D.C., and explains itself. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, Madam: Washington, D.C. Nov. 15, 1895 In response to your request for the military record of Robert Love, a soldier of the Revolutionary War, I have the honor to advise you that in April, 1833, while residing in Waynesville, in the County of Haywood, N.C. he made an application for pension, and from an examination of the papers it appears that he first entered the service in the year 1776, and was engaged for about three months as a Teamster under Col. William Christie, in an expedition against the Cherokee Indians; and in the year 1777, served about three months in the same capacity at Fort Henry, on Long Island, Holston River. In the year 1778 he was stationed at Fort Robertson, which was located at the head of the Clinch and Sandy rivers, in what was then Montgomery County, Virginia, and served as Sergeant in Captain Jehu Stephens’ Company against the Shawnee Indians, from the month of April to October; 1780 served about six months against the Tories as a Lieutenant under Col. William Campbell, but the name of this Captain he could not remember. This service was rendered on Tom’s Creek, New River, Cripple Creek, at the Moravian Old Town in North...Read More
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