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Robert Love was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Robert Love (11 May 1760 – 17 July 1845) was an American Revolutionary War soldier from Virginia and a political leader in North Carolina.
Love was born near the Tinkling Springs Church in Augusta County, Virginia, the son of Samuel and Dorcas Love. In 1776, he entered military service in the Virginia militia from what is now Wythe County, Virginia, and saw action primarily in the backcountry. In 1776, he served in Colonel William Christian's expedition against the Cherokees. In later expeditions he served under such notable leaders as William Campbell and Andrew Pickens.
After the Revolution and with his parents being dead, he moved to what was then Washington County, North Carolina but is now part of Tennessee. About one year later, in 1782 he married Mary Ann Dillard, the daughter of Col. Thomas Dillard of Virginia. Love represented Washington County in the North Carolina Legislature in 1789. Love moved to Buncombe County, North Carolina, in 1792 and was elected to the State Senate of North Carolina.
Famed duellist. Around 1790, he won a horse race against future U.S. President Andrew Jackson by getting Jackson's jockey drunk. When Love and Jackson began a shouting match, Love challenged Jackson to a duel. Jackson declined to duel for the last time in his life.
A wealthy man, in 1809 Love donated land in Haywood County, North Carolina, for a courthouse, jail and town square and formed Mount Prospect which was renamed Waynesville, North Carolina, after General Anthony Wayne. Love helped to establish the final state boundary line between North Carolina and Tennessee in 1821.
Presidential Elector (DR-NC) 1808, 1816, 1820; (People's-NC) 1824, (D-NC) 1828, 1832. He was nominated for Presidential Elector in 1816 in the first political convention held in North Carolina history. Tied for the longest service as Presidential Elector in NC. Elected to serve in 1836 but was unable to attend due to being kicked by a horse; his son James R. Love served in his place.
He died in Waynesville in 1845.
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Revolutionary War Pension Information
Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 3, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :
- Love, Robert - born 10/1760 in Augusta County, Virginia; entered service 1776 in Montgomery County, Virginia where resided; moved in 1782 to Washington County, Tennessee (area then in North Carolina) where commanded regiment of militia against Chickamauga Indians; received Pension 1833 in Waynesville, Haywood County, North Carolina; married "present" wife 11/11/1783 & had 12 children by her; North Carolina elector for U.S. President & Vice President at every election from the time of Thomas Jefferson to Andrew Jackson; brother James resided 1833 in Maury County, Tennessee; brother Thomas made affidavit then in Haywood County, North Carolina; query letter in file 1913 from descendant Mrs. Henry Black, Rolla, Missouri, who was also a descendant of Virginia Revolutionary War soldier John Connely (resided 1835 age 74 in Bedford County, Tennessee), also of Virginia Revolutionary War soldier William Pamphlin (resided 1835 age 72 in Lincoln County, Tennessee; query letter in file says soldier died in Haywood County, North Carolina; query letter in file says soldier died 1845, Waynesville, Haywlld County, North Carolina. F-S8858, R1590.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 29.--5th April, 1787. James Bell's will, Sr., of South River--To son, Joseph, home tract, 300 acres, bounded by James Long, Jno. Bell, also an adjoining tract called Trimble's survey; to daughter, Sarah Bell, to be paid by his sons, John and Joseph; to son, John; to daughter, Agness Gamble; son, James Bell; son, Wm. Bell; son, Thomas Bell; son, Samuel Bell, and grandson, Robert Love; to sons, John and Joseph, and daughter. Sarah. Executors, sons John, Thomas, Joseph Bell, Walter Davis. Teste: David and Samuel Long, Gabriel Alexander. Proved, October Court, 1792, by all witnesses. John Bell refuses to qualify or to join in the probate. Other executors qualify. (Note: James Bell was the grandfather of this Robert Love, father of Robert's mother, Dorcas Bell).
Information on Robert Love
- Robert Gustavus Adolphus Love
- Birth: 11 MAY 1760 in Augusta County, Virginia
- Death: 17 JUL 1846 in Waynesville, North Carolina
- Sex: M
- Father: Samuel Love b. ABT 1740 in VA
- Mother: Dorcas Bell b. 1733 in Augusta, VA
- Spouses & Children
- Mary Ann Dillard (Wife) b. 21 SEP 1767 in Augusta County, Virginia
- Marriage: 1783 in TN
- Thomas Dillard Love b. MAY 1784
- Anna Dillard Love b. 6 NOV 1787
- Dillard Love b. 3 NOV 1789
- William Calhoun Love b. 1794
- Winnifred Sofia Love b. 22 JAN 1796
- Dorcas Bell Love b. 9 FEB 1797 in Augusta County, Virginia
- John Bell Love b. 10 MAY 1798
- James Robert Love b. 1798
- Sarah Bell Love b. 24 MAY 1802
- Martha Webb Love b. 6 OCT 1805
- Mary Ann Bell Love b. 6 OCT 1805 in Waynesville, NC
- Rebecca Love b. 1807
- Col. Robert Love was a revolutionary soldier, from Virginia, and in his old age drew a pension as such. He was born near Tinkling Spring Meeting House, Augusta County, Virginia, 11 May 1760. His father was Samuel Love, son of Ephraim Love, Capt. Of the Colonial Horse, and his mother was Dorcas Bell, second daughter of James Bell, to whom had been issued a Commission of the Peace in 1745. In the year 1875 David Bell, possibly a descendant of James Bell, was one of the Commissioners appointed to organize Unicoi County. Col. Robert Love came to Washington Co TN from Wythe County, Virginia, with the family of William Gregory and settled in Greasy Cove (now known as Erwin, Unicoi Co TN) along with the family of Col. Thomas Dillard, another revolutionary soldier and his family, whose daughter, Mary Ann Dillard, became Col. Love’s wife. Ten years later, 1792, Col. Love pulled up stakes and moved to Buncombe Co NC which county he served as a member of the NC Legislature several terms, as did his brother Thomas Love who had also lived in Washington Co TN.