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Early Ministers of Van Zandt County

Van Zandt County Genealogical Society

Biographies and Obituaries

We are compiling as many biographies and/or obituaries of the early ministers of Van Zandt County during the years 1848 to 1920 as we can find. Some lived in the county a short time but some lived out their lives here. We welcome submissions if you have an ancestor who was a pastor or minister at any time in this county. Email us, or write to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103.

West D. Lovelady

The Rev. West D. Lovelady was the son of Obediah Lovelady and Christian Mahan of Noxubee, Mississippi. West was born in Mississippi in 1818. He married Malinda Callaway in 1835 and moved to Texas in 1854.

Malinda was born in Mississippi in 1817. Their children were: Martha, born in Mississippi in 1841; Larkin, born in Mississippi in 1843 and Sarah, born in Mississippi in 1846. Two more children were born in Texas. They were Rhoda, born 1854 and Mary, born 1856. Larkin, their only son, was just a lad when he died of disease on his way to the Civil War in 1861. Martha, called Jennie, married late in life to Jasper Barfield. Sarah married Edward Marshall King, known as E.M., who was a member of the Frontier Battalion Texas Rangers. Rhoda Lovelady married Thomas Clarence Burns, a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who came to America in 1861 and was a bugler in the regular army cavalry, before and after the war. He worked for the railroad later. Mary, called Mollie, wed a Byrd and lived in the Empire City, Oklahoma area.

Rev. Lovelady was united with the M.E. Church, South, and licensed to preach the gospel in July of 1854, then moved to Texas that same year. He was ordained Deacon by Bishop Paine at Paris, Texas in 1856 and ordained Elder by Bishop Andrew in Jefferson in 1860. He served as minister of the First United Methodist church in Sulphur Springs in 1860. A handwritten note by his daughter Rhoda says he is buried in the Cana Church Cemetery next to his farm in Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County. Although not listed on burial records, both he and Malinda are buried there.

Submitted by: Kay Bradley

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