Biography of James W. Love
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

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
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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