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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of John H. Lovingfoss

SOURCE: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Champaign County, Illinois," Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1887


, although not a personal owner of real estate, has for four years successfully conducted what is known as the Lynn Grove Farm, which is one of the finest in Sidney Township, and is located on section 31. He was born in Pennsylvania, July 9, 1825, and is the son of Henry and Mary (MCKOWN) LOVINGFOSS, the former a native of Belgium and the latter of Ireland. The parents removed from Pennsylvania to Ohio, where they both died, the father June 9, 1853, and the mother May 2, 1865.

In 1873 John H. Lovingfoss removed from Ohio to Champaign County, Ill., where he has since resided. His educational advantages were limited to such as could be casually gleaned in the old log school-house of the pioneer days of Pennsylvania, but by making intelligent use of such means as were within his grasp he acquired a good common-school education. From boyhood to the present time he has been engaged in the pursuit of farming.

On Jan. 15, 1852, Mr. Lovingfoss was married to Miss Mary J. MCCAFFERTY, daughter of Charles and Margaret (HUNTER) MCCAFFERTY, who both died in Ohio. Mrs. Lovingfoss became the mother of four children, whose names and dates of birth are as follows: Ellen J., born April 23, 1854; Albert N., Oct. 1, 1856; James H., Dec. 7, 1858, and Charles H., Aug. 23, 1860. Of these but one has survived, James H. The mother of these children was removed by death, and our subject subsequently contracted a second marriage, with Miss Jane WOODRUFF. She was born in 1842, and died march 23, 1868. They had three children: George E., born Sept. 4, 1863; William H., Aug. 19, 1865, and Mary E., Aug. 15, 1867. The youngest is deceased.

Mr. Lovingfoss, on Jan. 7, 1869, was married for the third time, Mrs. Minerva Black being the other contracting party. She was the widow of John Black, by whom she had three children: James M., born Jan. 16, 1863; Anna C., Oct. 1, 1864, and Louisa C., June 3, 1867. The father of these children died in April, 1867. Mrs. Black is the daughter of Absalom ROUSH, of Adams County, Ohio. By her marriage with our subject three children children have been born, viz.: John Edgar, Jan. 16, 1870, Elva E., Oct. 12, 1871, and Gertie E., May 20, 1877. Five of our subject's children are living at home. He also has a granddaughter, Ettie E. KENNEDY, born Oct. 25, 1872, who has made her home with him since eleven moths old. Mr. and Mrs. L. are both highly respected members of the Presbyterian Church, and in politics he is a Democrat.

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