HUGH F. LOVELESS. Among the most prominent families in Bird Township who have made their mark in the farming community by the thoroughness and efficiency of their work and the sterling value of their character, we find the one represented by the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this brief life review. A resume of the family history will be found with the biography of his brother, J. H.
Our subject was born in this township, June 2, 1843, and here he has grown up to manhood. His father's farm was the scene of his early training and he received such intellectual stimulus and education as was to be found in the pioneer schools of Macoupin County. In those fundamental institutions of learning a noble start was given to many a worthy citizen, for although their course was not a broad one the drill was deep and the effect enduring. The son was one of the younger in his father's household and he made his home under the parental roof until his marriage.
Sarah A. Sell was the maiden name of the lady who became Mrs. Hugh F. Loveless March 3, 1864, at St. Louis, Mo. Her parents, Michael and Sarah (Brown) Sell were natives of Pennsylvania and Virginia respectively. They had made their home in Indiana some time previous to their coming to Macoupin County, Ill., which was at an early day. They settled in Western Mound Township, and after many years' residence there removed to Bird Township and afterward to Carlinville, but spent their latter days in Nilwood Township, where Mr. Sell died June 22, 1886. The aged mother of Mrs. Loveless still survives. They had five sons and four daughters, of whom Sarah was the fifth.
Mrs. Loveless first saw the light in Western Mound Township, May 3, 1847, and she made her home with her parents until her marriage. The young couple then settled in Bird Township upon the spot which they now call home. Mr. Loveless has made a thorough study of agriculture and is well informed in regard to all branches of farming and stock-raising, and more than this has achieved a practical success in his efforts. He owns three hundred and forty acres and has upon his farm a fine set of farm buildings.
Four promising children came to brighten the home of our subject: one, Edgar L., died at the age of four and one-half years, but the others have grown to be a comfort and support to their parents. Albert P. married Miss Etta Adams and Francis F. and Cora F. are still at home with their parents. The office of School Director has been admirably filled by our subject. In his political views he is in favor of the doctrines of the Democratic party and he has ever cast his vote in its favor. The Shiloh Baptist Church is the body of Christians with which they are connected and there they have proved themselves earnest and efficient workers. Mr. Loveless is known far and wide as a prudent and well-balanced man whose natural characteristics, supplemented by the training which he has given himself, have made him prosperous and influential. His connection by marriage with some of the most influential families in the township also added to his social strength.