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William Walter Love

Male 1874 - 1949  (~ 74 years)


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  • Name William Walter Love 
    Born Feb 1874  Greene Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1949  Colusa, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I9159  MyTree
    Last Modified 26 Feb 2011 

    Father Samuel Ebzan Love, Sr.,   b. Feb 1827, Limestone Springs Dist. 18, Greene Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1910, Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Mother Sarah E. Darnell (Darnold),   b. 26 Apr 1849, Morristown, Grainger Co., TN. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1895, Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Married 13 Feb 1866  Morristown, Grainger Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4632  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Myrtle Dot O'Ryan 
    Married 16 Jan 1904  Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jessie Louise Love,   b. 1907, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1914  (Age 7 years)
     2. Ruth Jeanette Love,   b. 26 Oct 1909, Neodesha, Wilson Co., KS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1995, Concord, Contra Costa, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     3. Doris Love,   b. 1913,   d. 1997  (Age 84 years)
     4. Helen Love,   b. 1916,   d. 1996  (Age 80 years)
     5. Joseph E. Love
     6. Paul Clyde Love,   b. 6 Jan 1921, Neodesha, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 2006, Laguna Woods, Orange, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     7. Betty Rhea Love
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F4463  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Family Stories:
      William Walter Love, known as Bill, was born in Tennessee in February 1874. He told his children he was raised on a plantation by a "black mammy," that his father married twice and had a total of 16 children, and that he (Bill) was the "black sheep" of his family.
      (Ebzan and Sarah actually had only 15 children. MCM-2009)
      In the 1880 census in Knoxville, Tennessee we find the first listing for William W. Love, age 6. His father is listed as Sam Love, age 50, occupation blacksmith. After considerable research and some guessing, Sam Love is believed to be the same person as Ebzan Love--see story for Ebzan (Sam?) Love. Bill's mother is Sarah E. (Darnell) Love, age 33. Also in the 1880 household are Ruth Darnell, age 54, mother-in-law, and six other children, siblings of Bill: Margarett C. Love (age 13, born about 1867), Milton F. Love (age 12, born about 1868), Mary J. Love, (age 9, born about 1871), Correen A. Love (age 7, born about 1873), Musiadora Love (age 2, born about 1878), and Charles D. Love (age 1, born about 1879). Bill probably had two additional siblings, Eugene Love, born about 1885, and Clide Love, born about 1887, after the family moved to Alabama.
      In the 1900 census, Bill is a single boarder, age 26, living in Missouri.
      On January 16, 1904 when Bill was 29, he married Myrtle Dot O'Ryan, who was 18. They had met when he was a boarder at Myrtle Dot's mother's (Josephine Ingmire O'Ryan) boarding house. Bill worked as a wildcat oil field laborer and blacksmith, and moved often. Bill and Myrtle Dot lived in several states including Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas, then moved to Southern California about 1926 or 1927. He worked where the oil fields were, often in Texas and Oklahoma, and was away from home a lot. He was considered to be a hard worker, but also a wanderer and a drinker.
      Bill and Myrtle Dot had seven children, five girls and two boys. Their first-born daughter, Jessie, died of diphtheria when she was 7 years old in 1914. The children were:

      * Jessie Louise Love, 1907-1914
      * Ruth Jeanette Love, 1909-1995
      * Doris (Dorie) Love, 1913-1997
      * Helen (Helyn) Love, 1916-1996
      * Joseph E. Love, 1918-
      * Paul Clyde Love, 1921-2006
      * Betty Rhea Love, 1922-
      In the 1925 Kansas State Census Collection, Bill is married and his occupation is blacksmith. Also living with the family in 1900 is Josie [Josephine] O'Ryan, his mother-in-law. By 1930, he is living with his family in San Antonio, Los Angeles County, California and his occupation is listed as as "blacksmith in the manuafacturing industry."
      Bill's daughter Ruth remembered him as a heavy drinker who often became abusive when drunk. Ruth said Bill would sometimes make her stay home from school to do laundry and take care of the younger children. Ruth loved school and felt resentful when her father would not let her attend. Ruth also said she felt very protective of her mother because sometimes Bill treated her badly. Ruth was not fond of her father.
      On the more positive side, Myrtle Dot's cousin Juanita Wakefield wrote in a letter that she loved to have Bill Love visit because he was a such a good talker and storyteller. Bill's daughter Dorie remembers Bill sending bushels of pecans home from Texas. Dorie said that Bill regularly sent money home to Myrtle Dot, who was good at stretching the money. When Bill was home, he liked to bring friends home with him and talk about the world.
      The family moved many times. In first grade daughter Ruth went to three different schools because of the frequent moves. Myrtle Dot disliked moving so often. She told her children that she really hoped that when they moved into their last house in Kansas, a nice home with a garden and a piano, that Bill would finally settle down. But soon after they had they moved into that house, Bill decided work opportunites would be better in California and sold everything, including the piano, to finance the move. The family first lived in Maywood, then on Elizabeth Street in Downey, California.
      In California, the childrens' recollection was that Bill drank even more heavily than before. One time Ruth found his hidden bottle, poured out the whiskey and put vinegar in it. When Bill drank from the bottle, Ruth said he uttered every curse word he could think of. His sons Joe and Paul recalled helping him try to build a fence when he could barely stand or walk straight.
      Yet, when Bill Love died, Myrtle Dot cried. Her son Joe asked her why she was crying when he had treated her so badly and she told him, “Well, it wasn’t all bad, you know, we once had something.”
      Family members believe Bill died about 1949 in Colusa, California, while away from his family working on a large ranch. No death or burial records have been found.
      (Source: Bev Loomis)