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Love, John Gilbert (ca. 1789–1866)

McXie Whitton Martin Biography Entry

John Gilbert Love, alcalde and judge, was born about 1789 in Tennessee, the son of Mary (Marshall) and Joseph Love II. He married Rebecca Exum on July 18, 1810, in Williamson County, Tennessee. They had nine children. The Love family moved to Texas in 1825 and settled in the Ayish Bayou District, near Ironosa Creek about eight miles northwest of what is now San Augustine. Love served in many capacities as an early settler. He was elected alcalde in 1827, served on a committee of fifteen to select the townsite of San Augustine in 1832, and was elected primary judge on November 28, 1835, for the Municipality of San Augustine, serving again in 1836 and 1841. He was appointed in 1835 along with three commissioners to enlist the militia in San Augustine, and in 1836 he was in charge of enrollment of volunteers for the revolutionary army. Love was appointed by President Sam Houston as collector of customs for 1837–38. He was a member of the Redland Masonic Lodge No. 3, serving as treasurer in 1838, junior warden in 1842, and senior warden in 1845. He became a trustee of Wesleyan Male and Female College in 1844 and was elected chief justice of San Augustine County in 1847. After the death of his wife, Rebecca, on July 20, 1843, Love married Mrs. Margaret Hollis Burney on July 26, 1844. Love died in 1866 (the probate of his estate was filed on September 24, 1866), and it is assumed he was buried in the Love family cemetery near his old homesite in San Augustine County.

George L. Crocket, Two Centuries in East Texas (Dallas: Southwest, 1932; facsimile reprod. 1962). Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Founders and Patriots of the Republic of Texas (Austin, 1963-). McXie Whitton Martin, 1850 Citizens of San Augustine County, Texas (1984). Nacogdoches Archives, Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University; Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin; Texas State Archives, Austin.

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

McXie Whitton Martin, “Love, John Gilbert,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 23, 2020,

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