SAMUEL L. LOVELESS. Any traveler who visits Bird Township is impressed with the beautiful condition of the rich and flourishing farms which are to be found there. Among the farmers of that township probably no one is more prosperous in his special line of business or more worthy of consideration than the gentleman whose name stands at the head of this brief life review. He is certainly worthy both in his life and in his external surroundings to attract the attention of the biographer, and is a man of sturdy principle who would stand by what he believes to be right without fear or favor.
Our subject was born in East Tennessee, April 24, 1833, being the second son and fourth child of William and Jane (Bell) Loveless. For further minutia in regard to the family history, the reader will refer to the biography of John H. Loveless. Samuel was about eight years old when his parents came to this county, and here he grew to manhood upon his father's farm in Bird Township, remaining with his parents until 1854, when having reached his majority he concluded that it was time to set up a home of his own. He therefore entered the state of matrimony and settled near his father's homestead where he lived for two years, and then purchased a tract of one hundred and sixty acres on sections 21 and 22. He made his home on the latter section and has ever since been a resident there.
Mr. Loveless now has six hundred acres in his farm, and he has erected a very fine set of buildings which add greatly, not only to the beauty but to the practical utility of his estate. He has always given his attention to his business, and has studied thoroughly the practical workings of farming and stock raising. His married in Bird Township, December 14, 1854, united him with Miss Elmira Comer, a daughter of Aaron and Levina (Bell) Comer. Mr. Comer was a native of Virginia, and Mrs. Comer of Knox County, Tenn., being both of Southern blood. They came to Macoupin County, Ill., in 1844, making their home in Bird Township. Mrs. Loveless was bereaved of her mother November 14, 1873, but her father is still living at a very advanced age. Of their nine children, Mrs. Loveless was the third in order of age, and she was born in Knox County, Tenn., July 24, 1837.
Seven children blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Loveless. They have all (except one who died in infancy) grown to years of maturity, and have proved themselves not only the joy and comfort of their parents but of value in the community. Aaron B. married Miss A. Duckels and resides in Chesterfield Township; Angeline is the wife of H. W. Combs, of Carlinville; Arthur W. married Miss May Clark of Brushy Mound Township; Milo J. is a teacher in Bird Township; and Jennie L. and Hattie E. are at home with their parents.
Bird Township has had the benefit of the public services of Mr. Loveless, as he has been Supervisor for three terms and ever takes an active part in public matters. He is interested deeply in political movements and is a stanch Republican. He is a Deacon in the Baptist Church, with which he and his lovely Christian wife have long been connected. Two of his brothers J. H. and Hugh F., have also made their mark upon the history of this township. He is a public-spirited man and one of strong convictions of right and wrong, a true and loyal friend and a man of sterling character in every direction. The family of our subject abundantly rewards him for the efforts he has made to educate and bring them forward in the world.