James W. Love. Numbered among the honored pioneer citizens of Columbiana County is James W. Love, Civil War
veteran, who lives retired at Wellsville. He was born in Mercer County, Pa., Jan. 9, 1834, the son of Matthew G.
and Esther (Gibson) Love.
Matthew G. Love, deceased, was a native of Pennsylvania and a farmer during his life. He spent a number of years
in Wellsville, where he was an early settler. There were eight children in the Love family, as follows: James W.,
the subject of this sketch; Cyrus, deceased; Mary, deceased; John, a Civil War veteran, deceased; Absolve, and
Esther, deceased; and two children died in infancy.
James W. Love attended school in a log cabin in Mercer County, Pa. He removed to Wellsville at an early age with
his parents and prior to the Civil War worked as a brakeman and bridge carpenter for the Pennsylvania Railroad.
After the close of the war he returned to service on that division as a bridge carpenter, but left in 1866, and
for the next four years was chief of police at Wellsville, during which time he also performed special detective
service for the railroad. In 1870 Mr. Love became a patrolman on the Panhandle Division and worked continuously
in that capacity until the time of his retirement in May, 1901.
Mr. Love served with valor in the 176th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War, during the course of which two
of his brothers lost their lives.
In 1866 Mr. Love was married to Miss Catherine Steele, of West Virginia, who died April 5, 1908. To them were born
four children: Lola, who lives with her father; James and Nettie, both deceased; and William Warren, engaged in
the real estate business in Cleveland.
Mr. Love is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Second Presbyterian Church
of Wellsville. He has always been esteemed throughout the community for his uprightness of character.
History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Columbiana County, Ohio Biographies
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