This is a work in progress. Much of my direct line is documented, but some may not be. If there is a question, I usually include words like "seems likely" or "possibly" in hopes that it may help someone else or eventually get me closer to documentation. Also, I do make errors when transferring info to my files or to the site. If you find errors that you can correct, please e-mail me and I'll gladly make the changes or if you have more information on anyone mentioned here and can share it, I would be really appreciative.
Photos from Teresa Lazenby. The headstones of Eleanor Lovelace Robey and John Baptist Lovelace in the Lewis Cemetery in Iredell Co., NC.

John Baptist Lovelace
My 6th Great-grandfather, 1712-1765

John Baptist Lovelace was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1712 possibly to a John Lovelace but that has not yet been proven. At some point, while he was very young, John Baptist acquired a tract of land known as Job’s Comfort in Charles County, Maryland. He was very successful and eventually owned a plantation called “The Hermatage.” In 1740 — John Baptist Lovelace married a girl named Eleanor Archibald, from Wilkes Co., NC, probably in Charles County, Maryland. John Baptist died in 1765 and Eleanor, married the widower Thomas Robey, and with him and their combined families they moved to Fifth Creek, Iredell Co., NC.
Their wills show them to have been slave owners, and Thomas Robey mentions an indentured servant with freedom dues to be paid. Perhaps no other indentured servants went to Fifth Creek, but in Maryland they were not unusual. Elias and Vachel, sons of John and Eleanor Lovelace, moved to Kentucky after the American Revolution, in which both served. Both spent time as Indian spys. Their brother Luke lost some of his land because he did not sign a loyalty oath.
As you’ll see below, Elias married one of his two Robey step-sisters while his brother Charles married the other one. Eleanor Lovelace Robey died on May 9, 1777 and is buried in Lewis Cemetery in Iredell Co., NC along with John Baptist and many other members of her family.
This excerpt from a 1944 book written about The Lewis Cemetery gives a nice glimpse of what the community was like.


“Within the memory of those living in 1944 when this is written, the names of those old settlers come back as echoes of names mentioned long ago by those who knew them. They have long been gathered to their fathers and soon even their names will be strange to the people who live along Fifth Creek, where they lived and died and lie in graves not far away. But where exactly are these graves? It is not possible to answer with entire assurance, but at least we know that many of them were buried in the plot known as Lewis Graveyard. Let us take a glance over the neighborhood say that day that Thomas Robey lay dead in his home on the north fork of Fifth Creek late in 1773. Where should a man, stranger in a strange land, be interred? So far as it appears, he was the first of the Marylanders to die in the neighborhood. The only burring ground was at least six or seven miles away, by rough road at what had come to be known as the Fourth Creek Cemetery. There had been interments there, as early as 1764 when William Archibald died. It is said that Rev. John Thompson had held religious services there, or near by, and that the beginnings of a congregation were in existence…however, the fourth creek burying ground had been used, apparently, only by Pennsylvanians who held to Presbyterian tenets. Maryland people were of a different strain and custom. It is very likely that the Robey family was not invited to mingle its dust with the dust of the Covenanters. It must be, then, that after Maryland custom, they rest on lands that were once their own…The Lewis Graveyard. So reverent was the care the early settlers showed to their burying ground that they erected around it a substantial wall. Long ago, someone planted a myrtle on a grave and today, the entire graveyard is full of it.”

“The Lovelace family consisting of Charles, Isaac, Williams, Elias, Luke, Archibald, and Melicent Lovelace and Mary Ann Shaw, step children of Thomas Roby and children of his wife Eleanor Roby, were residing on Fifth Creek before The Revolutionary War and as far back as 1773 the old people were about ready to close up their earthly career…In the early days of the county’s existence the name Lovelace was rather numerous in the part of the county , but at this time the name is extinct in the county though many of their dcts are here.”
Source: Information collected by Dr. P.F. Laugenour, The Genealogical Society, Iredell Co. NC. 1909


The children of John Baptist and Eleanor Lovelace were:

Last First Born Location Born Died Location Died Spouse
Lovelace Luke 1757 Rock Creek, Prince George’s Co., MA Around 1800 Unknown
Burried: Unknown
Mary Ann Ridgeway
24 Oct 1786 — Luke’s inheritance was confiscated by the State of Maryland because Luke would not sign the Loyalty Oath. “Intendants Day Book, No. 1”, pp 45-46 which refers to ‘confiscated property of Luke Lovelace’ that is being transferred to Thomas Cramplin, land which had been previously ‘devised unto’ Luke by his father John Baptist Lovelace. The record referred to a tract called “The Hermitage”, which is in an area now in Montgomery County.
Luke and Mary Ann’ s children were Luke Harris and Unice.
Lovelace Isaac 1742 Rock Creek, Prince George’s Co., MA 1785 Unknown Catherine Beall
b. 1731
m. 1768
d. 8 Oct 1796
Lovelace William 29 July 1747 Rock Creek, Prince George’s Co., MA 13 Aug 1815 Columbia, GA Margaret “Margery” Beall
b. 28 Sept 1739
m. 1781
d. 3 Sept 1803
Two Lovelace brothers, Isaac and William, married sisters, Catherine and Margaret Beall, respectively, daughters of James and Margaret Edmonston Beall.
William Loveless was a private in the 2nd Guard in Prince George’s County, Maryland. (Revolutionary Patriots of PG Co., MD 1775-1783).
Lovelace Charles 1742 Rock Creek, Prince George’s Co., MA 8 Oct 1796 Iredell, NC Sarah Robey
b. 1731
m. 1766
d. 8 Oct 1796
Lovelace Mary Ann 1751 Rock Creek, Prince George’s Co., MA 1820 Laurens, SC Robert Shaw
m. 8 Oct 1776
Lovelace Elias 27 Jan 1755 Frederick, MA 23 Dec 1834 Lovelaceville, KY Nancy Anne Robey
m. 8 Oct 1776
Lovelaceville was founded by Elias Lovelace and his son Andrew. Elias Lovelace was an indian spy and fought in Revolutionary War under Captain Jacob Nicholas. He and his son Andrew Lovelace moved to Ballard Co., KY in about 1824 and founded Lovelaceville. Elias married one of his two step-sisters while his brother Charles married the other one. Their mother, Eleanor, married Nancy Ann and Sarah’s father, Thomas Robey after John Baptist had died.
Lovelace Vachel 12 June 1759 Rock Creek, Prince George’s Co., MA 8 Oct 1796 Lovelaceville, KY
Burried in Lovelaceville Cemetery
Margaret “Peggy” Adams
b. 14 Mar 1757
m. 28 July 1778
Vachel enlisted in the Revolutionary War on April 1, 1777 and also spent time as an Indian spy.
Lovelace Archibald 26 July 1761 Rock Creek, Prince George’s Co., MA 29 Aug 1845 Wilkes Co., NC Jean Erwin
m. 1786
Lovelace Millesent 1763 Rock Creek, Prince George’s Co., MA Alexander Frances
m. 22 Dec 1783


Charles Lovelace
My 5th Great-grandfather, 1730-1796

It appears Charles Lovelace married his step-sister, Sarah Robey around 1766. It is not certain if his mother married her father before or after they were married. According to “Revolutionary Patriots of Frederick County, Maryland, 1775-1783” by Henry C. Peden, Charles enrolled to serve in the militia of Maryland on July 10, 1776. On Aug. 24. 1778, he bought land in Rowan County, North Carolina. Charles wrote his will in Iredell County, North Carolina on 08 Oct 1796. He is thought to have died in Oct or Nov of 1796. He too is buried in the Lewis Cemetery in Iredell County, North Carolina.

In Charles’ will, he left his oldest son, Thomas, his mill and 200 acres. He left Rasamus the rest of the land on which he lived, a saddle, a cow and ‘six head of hogs that is running at home.’ To his daughter Casandre he left a slave named Rack and a feather bed and to his daughter Linny he gave a slave named Bet. To daughter Sally Johnson he gave a slave named Hannow and forty pounds of North Carolina currency and to daughter Nelly Gaither he gave an slave child named Jane and thirty pounds of North Carolina currency. To his son David Thompson he left forty pounds of North Carolina currency to be given to him when he turned 21. He then ordered everything else sold and the money used to pay his debts and everything left over to be equally divided between his children; Thomas, Rasamus, Casandre, Eleanor, Salley, Linney and Ann. He then ordered his “trusty friends” and Burgess Gaither and son-in-law Jeremiah Gaither to be his lawful executors.

The children of Charles and Sarah Robey Lovelace were:


Last First Born Location Born Died Location Died Spouse
Lovelace Nelly Frederick, MD Iredell, NC
Lovelace Eleanor 1767 Frederick, MD 10 July 1800 Iredell, NC Jeremiah Gaither
Lovelace Cassander 1769 Frederick, MD Dec 1811 Iredell, NC
Lovelace Thomas 1772 Frederick, MD 20 Jul 1829 Iredell, NC Amelia Dyson
b. 1761
Lovelace William Erasmus 1772 Frederick, MD 1815 Columbia, GA Sarah Ann Holeman
b. 1816
Lovelace Sarah Sally 21 Nov 1777 Frederick, MD 24 Mar 1852 Iredell, NC Asa Johnson
b. 11 Sept 1775
m. Oct 1796
d. 18 Feb 1846
Lovelace Verlinda Ann 24 Oct 1778 Frederick, MD 14 Dec 1820 Iredell, NC Benjamin Summers
b. 10 Mar 1772
m. 1794
d. 2 May 1828

Thomas Lovelace
My 4th Great-grandfather, 1772-1829

Thomas married Amelia “Millie” Dyson who was born in 1777. Millie was the daughter of Thomas Dyson and Esther Dent. Esther was the daughter of Hatch and Ann Dent. Hatch, like his father John Dent, maintained a seat in Trinity Parish of Charles County. In 1778, Hatch took the oath of allegiance and fidelity to the State of Maryland in Charles County. He lived on a plantation called “Dent’s Palace.” Source
Thomas Lovelace fought in 5th Co., detached from Iredell Regt., under Capt . John Moody, in the War of 1812. He was also buried in 1829 in Lewis Graveyard, Fifth Creek, Iredell Co. NC.
Thomas Lovelace was a large land owner and owned a number of slaves which, when he died, were left to his children. He left sons Levi, Eramus and Dyson “the plantation on which they then (1828) lived.” Thomas’ will instructed the executors to sell one of his slaves to purchase a farm for his son Elam. Thomas A. and Levi receive the plantations on which they lived and “suits of strong cloth to make them equal to what the others got.” Apparently, their plantations were not are large as the others. Other children mentioned were Archibald, Anna Prather, Sarah Davis, Casandre, Verlinda “Linnie” Summers and Anna. Information compiled by Dr. P.F. Laugenour and in the possession of The Genealogical Society, Iredell Co. NC, 1909
Both Thomas and Amelia are buried at The Lewis Cemetery at Fifth Creek.

The children of Thomas and Amelia Dyson Lovelace were:

Last First Born Location Born Died Location Died Spouse
Lovelace Charles M. 17 Dec 1796 Iredell Co., NC 14 May 1877 Fannin, TX Louisa Sims
d. 1901
Lovelace Elam 22 Aug 1798 Iredell Co., NC Nov 1837 Iredell, NC Elizabeth Lewis
Lovelace Elam 22 Aug 1798 Iredell Co., NC Nov 1837 Iredell, NC Elizabeth Lewis
Lovelace Anna 22 June 1798 Iredell Co., NC 29 Nov 1867 Davie, NC Hiram Henry Prather
b. 1796
m. 1818
d. 1861
Lovelace Erasmus “Ras” 10 Jan 1802 Iredell Co., NC Mar 1828 Marshall KY Elizabeth Ann Pember
Mary Patience
The children of Erasmus and Lynda were possibly Elinder, Amos, William Erasmus, Sallie, Harriet, Eliza, Bettie. Records compiled by Dr Laugenour many years ago reference an old cemetery in Turnersburg Township, Iredell Co., NC which was grown up in pines and cedar trees. One tombstone stated, “In memory of Erasmus Lovelace who departed this life on March…” The rest can’t be read. There was also a headstone that read, “In memory of Lydia Lovelace who departed this life in 18…”
Lovelace Levi 10 Jan 1804 Iredell Co., NC 10 Oct 1871 Albuquerque, NM Sarah Lazenby
b. 1824
m. 1818
d. 1850
Levi is thought to have lived in Wilkes Co. until before the Civil War at which time he moved to Franklin Co., MO. Levi’s son was John Lazenby Lovelace and his grandson was Dr. William Lovelace. His great grandson was Dr. William Randy Lovelace II who developed an oxygen-mask for use in high-altitude aircraft and helped establish the Lovelace Medical Foundation, currently known as the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, in Albuquerque, NM. More
Lovelace Dyson 2 Mar 1805 Iredell Co., NC 1850 Pettis, MO Louisa Fife
Lovelace Archibald 28 Mar 1806 Iredell Co., NC 1905 Pettis, MO Nancy Holemon



Nancy was killed in a runaway accident returning home from Smithton, MO where she had gone to purchase a wedding dress for her daughter. They had nine children together. Archibald’s third wife was 44 when he was 84. Source: Denise Lovelace Kellenbeck
Lovelace Sarah 18 Mar 1810 Iredell Co., NC Davis
Lovelace Thomas A. 1 Oct 1812 Iredell Co., NC 22 Oct 1876 Haywood Co., TN Quincy Adams Shirley
b. 13 Oct 1828
d. 8 Feb 1898
Lovelace William Lovelace 29 May 1814 Iredell Co., NC 8 May 1861 Fannin, TX Rachael Elizabeth
b. 1836
d. 1900
Lovelace Elvira Elizabeth 1815 Iredell Co., NC William Dotson (Dodson)


Thomas A. Lovelace
My 3rd Great-grandfather, 1812-1876

The headstones of Thomas and Quincy Lovelace at The Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Haywood Co., TN

Thomas A. Lovelace was born in Iredell County, NC on October 1, 1812. Then at some point he moved to Haywood County TN and met and married Quincy Angeline Shirley. She was the daughter of Uriah and Unity Shirley who had lived in Haywood County for many years. According to the 1860 Federal Census Slave Schedule, T.A. Lovelace owned two slaves: a 14 year-old female and a 13 year-old male. In the census of 1860, Thomas was 47, his wife Quincy was 33 and they had two sons at home, Lynn who was five and Charles who was three. Charles Buchanan Lovelace would grow up to be the grandfather of my grandfather, Guy Lovelace. I can remember Charles being referred to by my grandfather as “Cha-lee B.”

Also living with the Thomas Lovelace family in 1860 was Williams C. Byrd who was 53. Thomas was a farmer and listed the value of his real estate as $3,400 and the value of his personal estate as $3,820.

Quincy and Thomas lost three children in quick succession in the late 1860s. John Alford died at less than a year old in 1866, William Wilbert died in 1867 at around two months old and then an infant child died in 1868.

In the census of 1870, Thomas listed the value of his real estate and personal estate at $2,000 each. The Civil War had ended so any Thomas’ slaves would have been freed and since he had a small number of children, he would have become dependent on sharecroppers to work a large farm.

Photo from Diane Lyle,  Thomas and Quincy Angeline Shirley Lovelace around the 1870s.

Lynn was then 15, Charles 13 and they had added a brother, Thomas A. who was eight in 1870 so you can assume they spent their lives working on the farm.

Thomas A. Lovelace died at age 64 on October 22, 1876.

In the census of 1880, the “head of household” was Quincy who was 50. Her oldest son Lynn was 25 and still single as was Thomas who was then 18. Charles who was 23 in 1870 appears to have moved next door with his wife Nancy Jane Yelverton who was 19 and they had a daughter Addie who was one and a daughter whom they had not yet named. Her name would be Dora.

Quincy died on October 13, 1897 and was burried next to her husband and other family members in the Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Haywood County, TN.


Mrs. Quincy A. Lovelace Obituary

“The sad messenger, death, with its silent tread, has again invaded our community and taken from our midst a beloved sister, mother in Israel, in the person of Mrs. Quincy A. Lovelace, nee Shirley, who departed this life, February 8, 1898. Her funeral was preached by her pastor, Rev. C.J. Mauldin, to a large company of relatives and friends, on the morning of the 9th, and her reamins were interred in the Old Zion Cemetery to await the resurrection morn.
Sister Lovelace was born and reared in Haywood County, Tennessee, which has been her home through life. In young womanhood, she was happily married to Thomas A. Lovelace, who with several children preceded her to the Glory Land. She believed in and enjoyed the old time reigion. Though rather a timid woman, she rarely ever failed to stand up and declare herself a witness for Jesus, when an opportunity was offered.
On the 13th of October, 1897, she passed her sixty-nineth birthday. She leaves three sons with their family, two brothers and hosts of friends to mourn her loss, but we sorrow not as those who have no hope. Her tears of joy and frequent shouts of victory, together with her true Christian character lure us onward towards the home of the true and faithful.”
The first three are headstones of children born to Thomas and Quincy Angeline Shirley Lovelace. The fourth is Quincy’s mother Unity and the fifth is her brother Norfleet. All are together at the Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Haywood Co., TN.


The children of Thomas A. and Quincy Adams Lovelace were:

Last First Born Location Born Died Location Died Spouse
Lovelace Lynn B. 1855 Haywood Co., TN Anna L.
b. 1866
According to “A History of Zion Baptist Church,” L.B. Lovelace was very active there with his first appearance in the minutes in July 1902 on the committee to paint the church. In July 1904 he was on the committee for planning an all day missions meeting. In 1905 he is on the pastors search committee and July 20 1907 he is selected as a delegate to the Baptist Association meeting. His church work continues with service on multiple committees, writing of obituaries for fellow members and volunteer work. His last appearance in the minutes is in November 1911, collecting money for the Orphan’s Home.
Lynn and Anna had three sons; Russell B., Walter Lee, and Vernan C.
Lovelace Charles Buchanan 1857 Haywood Co., TN 1938 Haywood Co., TN Nancy Jane Yelverton
b. 1861
m. 14 Nov. 1877
d. 1936
Lovelace Thomas Lovelace 1862 Haywood Co., TN
Lovelace John Alford 4 May 1865 Haywood Co., TN 24 Mar 1866 Haywood Co., TN
Lovelace William Wilbert 28 July 1867 Haywood Co., TN 3 Oct 1867 Haywood Co., TN
Lovelace Infant 16 Jul 1868 Haywood Co., TN


Photo from Marie Lovelace Carlton Charlie B. and Nancy Jane Lovelace.

In 1877, Charlie married Nancy Jane Yelverton. Nancy was the daughter of Samuel and Ann Forrest Yelverton. Samuel, was from Wayne Co., NC while Ann’s father, Nancy Jane’s grandfather is said to have moved to Haywood Co., TN from NC in 1812 in a covered wagon although that is not confirmed.
In the 1880 census Charlie was 23 and had moved next door to his widowed mother with his wife Nancy Jane who was 19 and their two very young daughters. In 1890, according to church records, Charlie was “disciplined” by Zion Baptist Church for allowing dancing in his house. In 1900, Charlie was 43 and his wife Nancy Jane was 39. They had been married 24 years. They owned their farm and it did not have a mortgage. Living in the home with them at this time was Dora L. who was now 20, William W. who was 16, James L. who was 14, Eva P. who was 11, Ida M. who was 9, Aurther F. who was 6, Alice F. who was 4, Lizzie B. who was 2 and Zelmer who was 2 ½ months. In 1910, Carrie age eight and Berthie, age six had been added to the growing family. Ida was the oldest living at home and was 19.

Photo from Marie Lovelace Carlton Charlie B. and Nancy Jane Lovelace on the porch of their home in Haywood Co., TN

The whole family was able to read and write. By 1930, Charlie and Nancy have no children at home but live next door to their son Jim, his wife Ruby and their children Ruby, Homer, Guy, Otha, Marie, and Hobert, and a 17 year-old cousin named Robert Lovelace. Jim and Ruby’s children Ovid, Jack and Blanch had already moved away from home.
Charlie and Nancy lived in the home that Guy Lovelace would eventually buy and live in throughout his life. Guy’s sister, Marie, remembers Charlie had an orchard with apples and peaches and other fruit. He didn’t allow the grandchildren to eat whatever they wanted so she and the others would lie in the ditch and hide and then run take some of the fruit off the trees to eat it. She also remembers Nancy Jane making great preserves but rarely being able to enjoy any of it because it was not something the grandchildren were ordinarily given.

In addition to farming, Charlie was known to gather the cotton on the side of the road that had fallen off cotton trucks and sell it at the gin in addition to what he had grown. With 15 children, no doubt, Charlie and Nancy Jane had to learn how to make food last. When their youngest daughter, Berthie Clara was born, their oldest daughter, Addie, was 26.
Addie died in 1913 at age 35. Her widowed husband Egbert Oscar White and their son Otie Thomas (O.T.) would build and run a grocery store on Poplar Corner Rd. in Haywood Co., TN. Addie was burried at the Providence Methodist Church Cemetery in Madison Co., TN. According to “Nicholas Cobb Descendants, Neighbors and Relatives” by Joe Cobb, the story is told that, around 1876, Oscar’s father, James L. White went to get some wood for the stove and never returned. He just kept going and never went back. After the death of Addie in 1913, Oscar married her sister Alice Lovelace. Charlie and Nancy named one of their sons William Wilbert which was the name Charlie’s parents had named their child who had died in 1867. Will had a son he named Clyde who would grow up to be called “Rabbit” and would be close friends and neighbors with the Willie Brantley family.

Rabbit and his wife Lutie Mae and a lot of children and they lived in the Jim Cobb homestead. Charlie and Nancy’s daughter Lizze would be remembered for sprinkling corn meal on her floor and holding dances in her house. Their youngest daughter, Bethie Clara married Dorsey Castellaw and had a daughter named Doris.
According to a letter from Helen Cobb to Leah Ruddock, two of Charlie and Nancy Jane’s daughters, Aubry and Hattie, died in their teens from yellow fever altough that is not yet confirmed. Charlie himself is mentioned in a short notice in the Brownsville States Graphic in the October 2, 1903 issue as also having been ill; “Mr. Charlie Lovelace, whose serious illness was reported last week is improving.” He would improve and live another 33 years until 1938 outliving Nancy Jane by two years.

Photo from Diane Lyle

Top L-R: Irene Patterson, Bethie Lovelace, Mid. L-R: Blanche Lovelace, Helen Patterson, Bot. L-R: Myrtle White, Ebbie Lee Lovelace.

These girls were all cousins and granddaughters of Charlie B. and Nancy Jane Yelverton Lovelace. Blanche, the little girl in the middle on the left, is the sister of my grandfather, Guy Lovelace. There is a possibility they were at Charlie and Nancy Jane’s farm when this photo was taken.

Headstone of Addie Lovelace and the store built and operated by her husband and son. This is the store as it looked in the mid-1990s.

Headstone of Nancy Jane and Charlie B. Lovelace in Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Haywood Co., TN.

The children of Charlie B. and Nancy Jane Lovelace were:

Last First Born Location Born Died Location Died Spouse
Lovelace Carrie 1 May 1902 Haywood Co., TN 117 Feb 1994 Zachary, East Baton Rouge, LA William Johnston Jacocks
b. 2 Feb 1898
d. 30 Apr 1993
Johnston and Carrie lived in Zachary, Louisiana down the road from Wayland Brantley. Her nephew, Guy Lovelace would take his family to visit her each year. His children remember there being a large creek near her house. Johnson ran a large dairy and they went to the Baptist Church there. Carrie and Johnston are buried at REDWOOD CEMETERY, a fenced, well-maintained cemetery in East Feliciana parish LA located on Highway 412 behind the Redwood Baptist Church, 2.6 miles from Highway 67 (Plank Road) at Olive Branch and 2.3 miles from Highway 19 at Slaughter.
Children of Johnston and Carrie were: Ruth, Dorothy Butler, Billy, Flora Lee, Mary Jane.
Lovelace Volin Zelma Around 1900 Haywood Co., TN 1954 Haywood Co., TN Johnnie Lee Williamson
b. 1908
m. 12 Nov 1927
d. 8 Oct 1796
Johnnie was eight years younger than Volin. In the 1930 census, they are married and she is 30 and he is 22.
The children of Volin and Johnnie were: Sybil, Bobby, Betty, 1 infant died.
Lovelace Addie 1878 Haywood Co., TN 1913 Haywood Co., TN Oscar White
Also married sister Alice
According to oral family history, on her deathbed, Addie asked her sister Alice to marry her husband and take care of her children, Otie Thomas, Chester Aubry, Myrtle Lee and Oscar “Dock.”
Lovelace Dora L. 16 May 1880 Haywood Co., TN Apr 1975 Haywood Co., TN Bob Neely
In 1910, Dora is 29, Robert is 36 and Leslie is 3. Dora and Bob had one son, Leslie T.
Lovelace William Wilbert “Will” 23 Dec 1883 Haywood Co., TN 20 Sep 1943
Age 59
Buried at Zion Cemetery
Haywood Co., TN Lilly L. Overton
b. 1883
m. 23 Dec 1903
d. 1979
Age: 96
The children of Will and Lillie were Peabody, Rabbit, Ebbe Lea, Charles Edward “Buddy,” and Robert.

Will Lovelace, Lillie Overton Lovelace and
The Will Lovelace Family – l to r: Robert Lovelace, Ebbie Lee Lovelace, Buddy Lovelace, Lillie and seated, Rabbit. Peabody is not pictured.

Photos from Joe Lovelace

l to r: Robert Lovelace as a baby, Robert Lovelace with horse and Lilly with Ebbie Lee


Lovelace James Luther “Jim” 25 Sept 1885 Haywood Co., TN 31 March 1968 Haywood Co., TN Ruby Fowler
b.12 Aug 1887
m. 28 Mar 1905
d. 29 Jan 1952
Lovelace Lizzie Around 1898 Haywood Co., TN 1974 Haywood Co., TN Oscar Rector

Wood Shelton

Child with Oscar: Floyd Rector, Children with Wood: Elizabeth, Verla May
Lovelace Eva Pearl 1889 Haywood Co., TN 1951 Haywood County, TN Edward M. Patterson
b. 1880
d. 1944

Children: Irene, Helen, Homer Edward, Viola, Richard Hess (died at 18 months)

Pearl and Ed Patterson in Haywood County, TN and their headstone in Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.


Lovelace Ida Mae 17 Mar 1891 Haywood Co., TN 4 July 1969 Alamo, TN Austin Kail
Lovelace Arthur F. 1893 Haywood Co., TN Clara Shefield
Child of Arthur and Clara was Florence May
Lovelace Alice 1896 Haywood Co., TN Haywood Co., TN Oscar White
Also married sister Addie
Alice married her sister’s husband after she died in 1913. Alice and Oscar had one child, Carl Odel.

Lovelace Bethie Clara 1904 Haywood Co., TN Haywood Co., TN Dorsey Castellaw
b. Mar 1907
d. Aug 1975
Child of Bethie Clara and Dorsey Castellaw was Doris May.
Note: There was possibly an Aubry who died in her teens from yellow fever and a Hattie who died from the same disease as a child.

Jim Lovelace
My Great-grandfather, 1885-1968

Jim Lovelace

Jim and Ruby were married on May 28, 1905 at Allens by Esq. Herring. The Lovelace home would be a crowded one. It could be this is why most of their children had smaller families of their own. They lived just East of the homeplace were Jim’s parents, Charles and Nancy Jane Yelverton Lovelace and their large family lived. In the 1910 census, Ruby’s parents and family, The Fowlers are living next door on the other side in a home they built but, by 1920, Ruby’s mother Sarah had recently died, Louis was 68 and living in the house with his daughter Ruby’s family along with two other Fowlers; Jissie who was 13 and Leslie who was 11. Eventually, Louis Fowler would go to live with his daughter Mollie. The Lovelace family would continue to grow because, through the years, as the sons would marry, often they would initially bring their new wives to live in Jim and Ruby’s home.

Their youngest daughter Marie remembers Ruby as being very mild-mannered and never losing her temper or getting mad although she was very fearful during storms. Family members remember Jim as being stern but that he cared for his children and grandchildren well. Marie remembers that if on a Sunday, she woke up and did not want to go to church, her father would agree to let her stay home with the added caveat that she would also not be able to go to the Old Mill Pond Bridge that afternoon. On Sunday afternoons, young people from Holly Grove and the surrounding areas would gather on the bridge to socialize. Needless to say, Marie would attend church. While Jim’s uncle Lynn B. Lovelace was very active at Zion Baptist Church in the early decade of the 1900s, family members are not certain if Charlie and Nancy Jane continued attending Zion although they do not appear in a book about Zion containing church records. Jim and Ruby joined Zion on August 18, 1918 at a “protracted” meeting or revival as they would later be called, preached by Dr. Woolridge with music led by Brother Thomas. At the time they had five of their children. In August 1925 during that year’s revival meeting Blanch, Ovid, and Earl joined Zion “by baptism.”
The Lovelace family did not have a car until around the early 1940s so the main form of transportation was horse and buggy or, for longer trips, the train. As a sharecropper, Jim’s primary source of income was farming and, in the later years of his life, carpentry.


Site of the original homeplace of the cabin of Jim and Ruby Lovelace. It’s located on Poplar Corner Rd. behind the home of Bill and Sara Lovelace. Eventually, The Jim Lovelace Family would move to a home built on the east side of this site. Jim’s parents, Charles and Nancy Jane Yelverton Lovelace lived on the other side of this site in a home thought to have been built by Nancy Jane’s family.

Centerville School around the mid-1920s. Top row, Guy Lovelace, bottom row, Homer Lovelace.


Ruby Fowler Lovelace

Marie does not remember the family having a radio until she had left home and their only furniture was two rocking chairs. At one point in the 40s, Marie was working and planned to bring a boy she was dating home to meet her parents and she did not want them to be embarrassed by the lack of furniture so she bought them a blue couch for $65.00. The extended family was a big part of the lives of the Lovelaces especially with Jim’s parents Charlie and Nancy Jane living on the farm next door. Marie remembers Ruby preparing homemade moon pies for a birthday party for Charlie Lovelace. In later years, grandson Bill Lovelace would remember Ruby as being very sensitive and crying often. He remembers “Grandaddy Jim” getting angry with her and her responding by breaking out in tears. He also remembers when Jim was at the well house and accidentally cut the tip of his finger off and then watching in horror as the chickens ate it. In 1952, when Ruby was 65, Jim called Marie to let her know that Ruby was having problems with her heart so he had called the doctor. When Marie arrived at the house, Ruby was cooking pork tenderloin, fried potatoes and chocolate pies. At 3:00 Kate Smith came on the radio and Ruby told Marie and her sister Blanch she was going to go lay down. About an hour later, Marie went to let her know she was leaving and Ruby had passed away in her sleep. By this time, Guy Lovelace and his family lived in the house formerly occupied by Charlie and Nancy Jane and granddaughter Shirley remembers playing next to the road with her brother Bobby when someone at Ruby’s house shouted to them to get Guy. Bill Lovelace remembers the next day, they had laid her out for the wake and he waited in the truck in front of the house for Guy to return and, when he did, he remembers his father lying his head on the steering wheel and crying. It would be the only time he would remember seeing Guy cry. After Ruby’s death, Jim would live at home alone then stay with his children but ultimately lived with Hobert and Carolyn Lovelace until his death 16 years later in 1968 from cancer.

The children of Jim and Ruby Fowler Lovelace were:

Last First Born Location Born Died Location Died Spouse
Lovelace Ovid Monroe 14 May 1906 Haywood Co., TN 21 Nov., 1983 Haywood Co., TN
burried at Zion Cemetery
Claudie Olis Castellaw
b. 17 Dec 1909
m. 11 Nov 1925
d. 11 Mar 1998
Olis played the piano at Holly Grove Baptist Church. Ovid is remembered as loaning money to help friends and family. He ran the county farm and for several years and the Lovelace Family Reunion was held there. His family nickname was Big Bud. Child of Ovid and Olis Lovelace was Maxine T. Lovelace Stewart
Lovelace Earl Jack 7 Oct 1907 Haywood Co., TN 7 Jun 1889 Haywood Co., TN Thelma Ditto
m. 25 Aug 1927
Jack’s family nickname was “Little Bud.” He and Thelma had a daughter named Linda.
Lovelace Blanch 1 Feb 1910 Haywood Co., TN 8 Dec 1994 Haywood Co., TN
burried: Zion Cemetery
Herman Watkins
m. 20 June 1928
m. 20 Jun 1928Smith Dedmond (divorced in 1950)Aubrey Prater
Lovelace James Homer 15 Feb 1914 Haywood Co., TN 2 Dec 1976 Haywood Co., TN Juliette Edwards
b, 6 Mar 1917
m. 4 Mar 1933
Homer was a policeman in Brownsville, TN and his family nickname was “Snookum.”
Lovelace Guy 31 Aug 1916 Haywood Co., TN 22 Oct 1997 Haywood Co., TN
burried at Zion Cemetery
L. Virginia Brantley
b. 10 Oct 1917
m. 1935
d. 8 Dec 2007
Lovelace Otha C. 20 Jun 1919 Haywood Co., TN 16 Sept 1961 Haywood Co., TN
burried at Zion Cemetery
Geneva Maxwell


Otha C. Lovelace, of Route 4 Brownsville, TN was inducted into the United States Army on March 29, 1944 and entered active service on April 5, 1944 at Camp Shelby Mississippi. He served as Technician 5th Grade in the 3181 Signal Service Battalion. His military occupational specialty was Lineman. He was awarded the Bronze Service Star May 21, 1945 for his services in the Ryukyus Campaign in Okinawa. He earned the Good Conduct Medal on May 23, 1945. He was also awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Metal, the Overseas Bar and the WWII Victory Ribbon. He was honorably discharged November 26, 1945 in Okinawa.
A Tribute to The Veterans of Zion Baptist Church, Submitted by his brother Hobert Lovelace.
Otha’s sister Marie remembers traveling to the mountains to pick up Geneva who was from a family of “hill people” who lived at the base of a mountain.
Otha’s second wife, Helen, is remembered as being a lot of fun and very loud. She was from the North and it was considered eyebrow raising that she was Catholic.

Otha and Helen Lovelace


Lovelace Hobert 8 Jun 1926 Haywood Co., TN 22 Mar 2003 Haywood Co., TN
burried at Zion Cemetery
Carolyn Warf
b. 14 Dec 1929
m. 23 Feb 1945
Hobert and Carolyn operated Lovelace and Sons Gro in the Brownsville Square. For many years, the Lovelace Family Reunion was held at his home on Jacocks Rd. in Haywood Co., TN. The children of Hobert and Carolyn were Phil and Lewis.
Lovelace Marie H. 22 Nov 1921 Haywood Co., TN John Tyrus
b. 14 Jun 1920
m. 27 May 1947
d. 21 Feb 1997
Marie worked many professional jobs around Haywood Co. and she and Johnny owned and operated a grocery store. The children of Marie and Johnny were John and Betsy.


The children of Jim and Ruby Fowler Lovelace
Standing: Guy, Marie, Ovid, Hobert, Jack
Seated: Blanch. Taken at the home of Hobert Lovelace.


Headstones of Jim and Ruby Lovelace’s children Ovid, Blanche, Otha, Hobert and
Guy at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Haywood Co., TN.

The family reunion of the children of Jim and Ruby Fowler Lovelace has taken place in September in Haywood County, Tennessee for nearly than 50 years. These clips are from a gathering on the third Sunday in September 1990.

Guy Lovelace
My Grandfather, 1916-1997

Virginia and Guy Lovelace

Guy Lovelace and Virginia Brantley eloped on December 18, 1935 when Virginia was a senior in high school. They knew each from both school and Zion Baptist Church and the Lovelace and Brantley families had lived only a few miles from each other in Haywood Co. , TN since the 1830s. Guy and Virginia did not inform anyone of their plan to marry other than Guy’s brother Ovid and his wife Olis who picked Virginia up at school that day. Virginia did not return to school to graduate after her marriage. Looking through a scrapbook she kept from that time, one shes was interested in cowboy singers and entertainers of the day and kept an assortment of newspaper ads, glossy photos and other promotional items for a variety of acts. Fortunately, Virginia also kept some of her report cards and school papers. Her grades were average and the papers she chose to keep featured a variety of doodles and the writing of her and Guy’s names. As was common in Haywood County and other rural areas in that time, Guy had been required by his father to drop out of school after the eighth grade to work on the family farm.

Guy and Virginia around the time of their wedding.

Like most others in the community, the family farmed cotton, grew much of the food they ate, attended church and stayed very close with their extended families. Although the country was in a depression, when asked, both Guy and Virginia would say they were working too hard to notice. A look at Zion Baptist Church records shows that in 1952, Virginia taught Sunday School and was president of the W.M.S. and Guy was on the pulpit committee. They and their extended families can be found in similar roles throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s after which time they took on similar roles in a new church, Allen Baptist Church. In the early 1950s, when her oldest daughter, Shirley was 10, and sons Bobby and Billy were young, Virginia went to beauty school in Jackson, TN. Guy would take her to the bus stop each morning and Jesse Earl Williams, the brother of Bob Williams, her future son-in-law, would bring her home to Haywood County. After graduating, she worked for Olive’s Beauty Shop in Brownsville until around 1960 when she discovered she was pregnant. At some point, after the birth of her last child, Dawn, Virginia choose to get her GED so she could work in the Haywood County School system as a teacher’s aide. For a brief period Guy took the train to Memphis to work in a potato chip factory. In later years, Guy would work as a carpenter and painter along with his brother-in-law, J.T. Jacocks and their work was well-known as being of outstanding quality. Like his mother before him, Guy was very afraid of storms and installed a “storm cellar” next to the home.

Guy and Virginia in their kitchen in their home on Poplar Corner Rd. in Haywood Co., TN.

Virginia worked in the Haywood Co., TN school system until her retirement. Throughout his life, Guy loved to travel and would take the family on trips to Gatlinburg, Texas, Louisiana, the Gulf Coast and other places within driving distance. He always had a new car because, each year when the cotton came in, he would trade in the current car for a new one. Guy died of a heart attack at age 81 on Oct. 22, 1997 while he and his brother, Hobert, were loading cows into a trailer at his barn there on the land on which he grew up. Virginia continued to live in their family home for another 10 years until her death at age 90 from complications caused by a stroke on Dec. 8, 2007. Until the end of her life, she would amaze friends and family with her ability to, when needing something on the top shelf of her kitchen cabinets, jump up on counter and stand rather than use a stool.


Virginia Brantley Lovelace with her children and grandchildren around 2005.