Collections and Obsessions, Family Friday, farming, Genaolgy, Happiness Project

William Lovejoy

The Lovejoy family has proven to be a very interesting family, as we pass through the weeks with this family I will show you what I have uncovered about my family. Some aspects are rather disappointing, and some proud moments. I try not to look on history with 21st century eyes, but it is hard at times, and trying to understand why they did what they did…ugh!

All I can do is tell you what I have found, and know the facts are the facts. There is no way to know (at least right now), what they were feeling, why they did what they did, and why they were motivated to do what they did.

Facts I have found along the journey…

William Lovejoy was born in 1803 in Monroe, Virginia, to Mary Polly Redding, age 50, and Josephus Lovejoy, age 28. In 1810 Josephus and Mary had one slave in the house. By the year 1820, there were no slaves in their house. Interestingly enough the Lovejoy family lived in the area where Nat Turner led a revolt against white settlers. William Lovejoy married Docia Stowers in Cabell, West Virginia, in 1825 when he was 22 years old, and had one son and one daughter.In 1833, they may have witnessed the a great meteor shower known as “The Night the Stars Fell”. People all along the east coast got dressed and went outside to witness the event.  William also fought in the Civil war, although he is listed as a musician, he most likely had to at least help fight in some way.

William Lovejoy   SideConfederate   Regiment State/Origin   Virginia  Regiment12th Regiment, Virginia Infantry   Company K    Rank In Private  Rank Out Musician Alternate Name William H./Lovegrove Film Number M382 roll 34 Other Records 12th Regiment, Virginia Infantry

He died in 1870 at the age of 67.




Excerpt from
History of West Virginia in Two Parts
By Virgil A. Lewis (Corresponding Member of the Virginia Historical Society)
Published 1889, Philadelphia, by Hubbard Brothers

pp. 730-733, LINCOLN COUNTY

Pioneers. ?The first settlement within the county the date of which can be ascertained was that made by Jesse McComas, John McComas, David McComas, William and Moses McComas, all of whom came in the year 1799. In the summer of that year they cultivated twenty acres of corn, probably the first ever grown in the Upper Guyandotte Valley. In the autumn they returned east of the mountains and brought their families. Near them other cabins were soon reared by John Lucas, William Hinch and John Johnson. About the year 1800, Isaac Hatfield settled on Ranger’s branch, a tributary of Ten-mile creek, and James Hatfield, William Smith and John L. Baker soon came to reside in the same vicinity. In 1807, Luke Adkins found a home near the mouth of Slash creek, on Mud river, twelve miles southeast of the present site of Hamlin. Near him other cabins were reared by his brothers, John and Mark, William and Richard Lovejoy, William Cummins, Mathias Plumley, Silas Cooper, Hamilton Adkins, Peter Holstein, William Smith and William Cooper. In 1801, John Tackett removed his family to a cabin on Trace-fork creek. Other early settlers along the same stream were James Wells, Jonathan Williams, Joseph Holley, James Alford, Reuben Cremeans, Abraham Smith and George Alford. In 1811, Richard Parsons led the way into the wilderness and settled at the mouth of Cobb’s creek. Those who came to reside near him on the stream were Eli Parsons, Samuel M. Midkiff, and James Lively.


William Lovejoy
Side: Confederate
Regiment State/Origin: Virginia
Regiment: 12th Regiment, Virginia Infantry
Company: K
Rank In: Private
Rank Out: Musician
Alternate Name: William H./Lovegrove
Film Number: M382 roll 34


Leave a Reply