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Below is a family biography included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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John E. Love, a prominent farmer and stock-dealer of Johnson Township, Maries Co., Mo., is the only son in the family of seven children born to John and Polly (Wassan) Love, natives of Kentucky and Tennessee respectively. The parents were married in Tennessee about the year 1834 or 1835, and immediately immigrated to what is now Maries County, where they were among the earliest white settlers; they lived a few years on Spring Creek, and then removed to the southwest edge of Lane’s Prairie, entering land from the Government, where they improved a good farm and spent the rest of their lives. The father was a well-to-do farmer and stock-dealer, and died at the age of thirty-five years, when our subject was but nine years of age; the mother died in August, 1887. The paternal grandfather of John E. was Isaac Love, who came to Missouri with his son, where he spent the remainder of his life, a merchant on Spring Creek; he married a Miss Connelly, a daughter of a wealthy Tennessee slave-holder. John E. Love walked three miles to the ordinary subscription school of the early day, and when eighteen years of age he was employed hauling iron from the Meramec Iron Works to Springfield with an ox team. January 17, 1869, he married Cynthia, daughter of Augustus and Millie Pinnell, the former of whom was born and has thus far spent his life in Maries County; his father was Asa Pinnell, a Virginian, and the first settler of Maries County, where he was a blacksmith and farmer. Mrs. Love’s mother was born in Kentucky, and is still living, as is also her grandmother, the latter aged eighty-nine. Since his marriage Mr. Love has lived on his present farm with the exception of three years in Vichy. He owns in all 432 acres of land, and is an extensive farmer and stock-dealer. In 1879 he erected a business house in Vichy, and opened the first dry goods store in the town in partnership with Mr. Fritts, who retired after one year, and Mr. Love successfully continued the business alone until 1886. He also owns the old homestead where he was born and reared. Mr. and Mrs. Love are the parents of six children, four sons and two daughters. The parents are consistent members of the Christian Church. Mr. Love is a Democrat politically.

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This family biography is one of 37 biographies included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Maries County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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