George W. Lovel, a well known and highly respected resident of Blain township, was born in Hendricks county,
Indiana, on the 22d of March, 1844. His parents, George and Lydia (Montgomery) Lovel, were both born in Virginia
and both died during the childhood of their son George W., the mother passing away in 1852 and the father in 1856.
To them were born two children, but William Lovel, the brother of our subject, passed away in 1865.
George W. Lovel received a good education, attending school until he enlisted in September, 1861, at the age of
seventeen years, in Company H, Seventh Indiana Infantry, for service in defense of the Union. He was at the front
for three years and was under the command of Generals Grant, Burnside, Hooker and Warren. At the battle of Welden
Railroad he was captured and for six months was held in prison at Belle island and Salisbury, North Carolina. After
the close of the war he returned home and worked at odd jobs in Indiana until 1878, in which year he removed to
Kingman county, Kansas. He devoted about thirteen years to farming there, but in 1890 went to the vicinity of Enid,
Garfield county, Oklahoma, whence he later removed to Woods county, that state. He cultivated rented land there
until 1905, which year witnessed his arrival in Denver township, Adams county. He is now renting the William Dean
farm, in Blain township, two miles south of Hastings, and his well directed labors are rewarded by excellent crops.
In 1865 Mr. Lovel was united in marriage to Miss Nan Miles, a daughter of James Miles, of Indiana. She passed away
in 1877 in Indiana and was laid to rest in that state. She left three children, as follows : James H., who was
born on the 19th of October, 1866, in Indiana, came to Adams county, Nebraska, in 1891, and is farming in Blaine
township in partnership with his father. In 1893 he was married to Miss Caroline Foster, a daughter of William
and Jennie Foster, who were early settlers of Blain township. Both of her parents are deceased, the father dying
in 1888 and the mother in 1913. To Mr. and Mrs. James H. Lovely three children have been born, namely: Vera, whose
birth occurred on the 25th of August, 1899; and Ona and Alma, both deceased. Joseph E., who was born November 8,
1868, married Miss Lizzie Patterson, of Kingman county, Kansas, and they are now living in California. Emma was
born on the 14th of March, 1874. Mr. Lovely was again married in 1881, Lydia Leech, a resident of Indiana, becoming
his wife. She passed away in Garfield county, Oklahoma, and is buried in Enid. Since the demise of his wife Mr.
Lovel has made his home with his son, James H.
Mr. Lovel is a stalwart republican, as he believes firmly in the principles of that party and works loyally for
its success at the polls His religious allegiance is given to the Methodist Episcopal church. The gratifying measure
of success which he has gained is due not to any particular good fortune, but to his continued industry and his
good management and he is conceded to be one of the highly efficient farmers of his township.
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