Submitted by Anne Winter
Sterling Daily Gazette, Monday, May 28, 1928
Available at the Ill. State Historical Library, Springfield, IL
Obituary: Martin G. Love
Martin G. Love was born in Green County, Pennsylvania December the 6th, 1846 and quietly fell asleep in his home in Tampico, Illinois May 23rd, 1928 aged 81 years, 5 months and 19 days.
In 1851 the Love family came west and settled on the Illinois prairies, in the vicinity of Yorktown, and thus for three fourths of a century, the Love brothers were vital factors in the Tampico-Yorktown community life. In January, 1872, our brother was united in marriage with Imogene L. McKenzie of Princeton, Illinois and the fellowship then entered into was broken only last August, and since then the aged pilgrim has looked constantly across the great divide and waited for the day of reunion.
The fruitage of this union was five children, two sons and three daughters, two of which, Leona B. and Lida M. preceded the parents to the homeland. Grace B. Mrs. Devenney, resident in Prophetstown, Ill. and the sons, Gideon L. Love, resident in Tampico and Preston P. Love, resident in Kenosha, Wisconsin, survive to mourn a beloved father. An older brother, William J. Love of Tampico, received the summons only a few weeks ago, and a widowed sister, Mr. Harriet Craddock, is therefore the only survivor of the older generation.
Besides this sister and the daughter and sons mentioned above, a large number of grandchildren and other kindred and friends mourn the aged pioneer. In 1905 , under the ministry of Rev. Armstrong, the brother united with the Tampico Methodist Episcopal Church, which both before and since that time was his spiritual home. He was also for a number of years a member in good standing of the Order of the Masons, which brotherhood will have charge of sthe concluding part of these servicesd at the cemetery....
It also mentions he was in the insurance business and farming, had an untarnished name, He was an "old pioneer".
Anne Winters note: He was the son of Hannah Rinehart and George Love and his name was Martin George Walter Love. George Love mentioned in his will his unborn child. Martin G. Love was born 15 days after his father died. Martin's mother Hannah married William F. Adams after arriving in Illinois. In the Illinois Marriages she is Hannah LOVE marrying Mr. Adams. She is the one whose headstone says "Mother of the Leonards and the Loves". His older brother William James Love was born 19 June 1844. His sister Harriet was born 6 Sept. 1841 and died in Chicago at the home of her daughter Olive.
On the 1850 census we find Hannah
With Her Leonard and Love Children:
Census 1850 Jefferson Township, Greene Co, PA, 30th Nov 1850. "p.139 Dwelling 586, Family 597 All born Pennsylvania
Census: Hannah Love 45 F Value Real Estate: $ 6100
Harriet Love 8F
William ?J. 6 M
Martin G.W. 3 M
Morgan L----ard 22M farming [These are LEONARD children of Hannah's]
*Jonah F.R. 19 "
Jacob F. 12
Elizabeth Stout 25 F.".
*Jonah F. R. Leonard was a candidate for President of the USA!!