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Richmond & Arnold
Chicago, Illinois

Page 302


Hugh F. Loveless, one of the prominent and substantial farmers of Bird township, Macoupin County, who owns a very productive farm of 510 acres, situated in section 26, was born in Bird township in 1843. He is a son of William and Jane (Bell) Loveless.

The parents of Mr. Loveless were both born in Tennessee, the father being a native of Blount County and the mother of Knox County. They resided in their native State until 1841, when they came as pioneers into Macoupin County, settling in section 8, Bird township. Here Mr. Loveless cleared up a fine farm, reared a large family and became one of the reliable, substantial men of his time in the locality. His useful life was prolonged to the age of 93 years, his death occurring July 9, 1900. His wife died December 1, 1881, when in her 71st year. They reared a family of 12 children, nine of whom survive them, those now living being John H., Samuel L., Zeddock, William J., George W., Hugh, Mary A., Marion F. and Charles M.

Hugh F. Loveless obtained his education in the common schools of Macoupin County, and he remained on the homestead farm until his marriage. This took place March 3, 1864, at St. Louis, Missouri, to Sarah A. Sells. Mrs. Loveless was born in Western Mound township, Macoupin County, May 3, 1847, the fifth member of a family of nine children born to Michael and Sarah (Brown) Sells. Mr. Sells was born in Pennsylvania and his wife in Virginia. Prior to coming to Macoupin County they had resided in Indiana. At the time of their location in the county, pioneer conditions still existed. They located first in Western Mound township, removing in 1864 to Bird township and later to Nilwood township, where Mr. Sells died June 22, 1886, his widow surviving him until December 4, 1898.

Mr. and Mrs. Loveless have had four children, namely: Albert, born January 9, 1865, who has reared two children - Vena O., born June 26, 1889, and Sadie C., born August 10, 1891; Edgar L., born March 10, 1872, who died July 24, 1876; Francis F., born May 28, 1879, who married Jessie I. Arnett, born July 9, 1879, who is a daughter of John Arnett, a prominent farmer of Bird township; and Cora F., born April 18, 1881, who resides with her parents.

Mr. Loveless has made a success of his agricultural enterprises and for a number of years has been considered one of the leading farmers of his locality. His large estate has been accumulated by his own energy and ability and is a valuable piece of property. In the near future Mr. Loveless plans to remove to Carlinville and to delegate the operation of the farm to others. For several terms he has served as school director and at present is a school trustee of his district. In politics Mr. Loveless is identified with the Democratic party. In religious views he is a Baptist, a member of the congregation of Shiloh Church. Mr. Loveless is a man of standing in his neighborhood, thoroughly respected for his upright character.

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