Matthew Love


MATTHEW LOVE, of Irondale has been a resident of Saline township for nearly forty years and has become well known and highly esteemed throughout the county. Since 1878 he has served as a justice of the peace, filled that position ably and impartially and for ten years or more, has served as trustee of the township. Mr. Love was born in Washington county, Penn., February 29, 1820. His father, James Love, a native of the north of Ireland, came to America when a young man, and settled first at Washington county, Penn., where he was married to Sarah Russell. A few years later he removed to this county, buying a farm which he cultivated the remainder of his life, passing away in the fall of 1860, aged about eighty-three years. His widow survived a few years and died at the age of ninety. Matthew Love received a good education for the early days, and afterward taught school for a few terms. Agriculture has been his life work, and he spent thirty years upon his farm in this county, which now consists of about 300 acres some of excellent quality and underlaid by a valuable vein of coal. In 1880 he left the farm and removed to Irondale. Mr. Love was married August 28, 1845 to Mary Russell, daughter of Robert Russell, of Irish descent and two children, now living were born to them. This wife died December 11, 1867. In 1868 he was married to Maggie Smith, who died a year later, leaving a child. In 1876 Mr. Love was married to Mrs. Janet McIntosh, who now shares his home. He and family are members of the Presbyterian church; he is interested in politics, having first been an old line whig, and voted for Henry Clay in 1844.

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