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James Robert Love Collection

Identifier: SM 80-55

Content Description

Colonel Robert Love (1760-1845) was born in Augusta County, Virginia. Love fought in the Revolutionary War and at war's end moved to Washington County, North Carolina (now Unicoi County, Tennessee). He married Mary Ann Dillard (1767-1842) in 1783.

Love was active in politics, serving as a delegate to the convention of the State of Franklin in 1784, state representative from Washington County in 1789, justice of the peace in the same county in 1788, delegate to the 1788 North Carolina convention which voted to ratify the U.S. Constitution, state representative of Buncombe County from 1793-1795, and as a presidential elector for several years.

In 1821, Love served as one of the commissioners who established the boundary between North Carolina and Tennessee from the Pigeon River south. He purchased extensive tracts of land in Jackson and Haywood counties, North Carolina. He is remembered as the founder of Waynesville. Love and his wife had thirteen children. One of his sons, James Robert, was the father of Maria, wife of William Stringfield.

The collection contains genealogy, correspondence, legal papers, newspaper clippings, and an 1880 Harper's New Monthly magazine. The genealogy contains family history on both the Love and Dillard families.

Within the correspondence is a letter from Col. Love to his son James, dated December 16, 1830, regarding appointment to the commission running the boundary between Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, and Mexico. Also mentioned is the Smoky Mountain Turnpike Road.

Col. Love had difficulty in obtaining his Revolutionary war pension. In support of his claim, former President Andrew Jackson wrote a letter in 1837.

Martha Love, Col. Love's daughter, married William Welch, a prominent Waynesville citizen, state senator, and clerk of superior court. An 1852 letter is contained from A. Welch, brother of William Welch, the chief theme of which is the California Gold Rush.

The legal papers include court statements and affidavits, as well as official war records to support Col. Love's pension claims. The papers also contain an unfinished 1818 will of Col. Love as well as the will of Joseph Bell, the maternal uncle of Col Love.

The newspaper clippings have articles about Col. Love's mother; General Hurley Ferguson of Waynesville; John Sevier of Washington County, Tennessee; a horse race between Andrew Jackson and Col. Love; and Col. Love's help in Andrew Jackson's election.

The last item in the collection is the June - November 1880 issue of Harper's New Monthly Magazine (volume LXI) with an article called "Pathways in the Mountains."


  • 1818 - 1939

Condition Description

Good (photocopies).

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2 Files (Thirty items.)

Condition Description

Good (photocopies).

Repository Details

Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States