Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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LOVE, DAVID HALL -- Born in Williamson County, Tennessee, January 12, 1816. He was a son of Joseph and Martha (Wilson) Love. Joseph Love, the father, was born in Augusta County, Virginia in 1775, and died at Tehuacana, Texas in 1869. He came to Texas in 1835 with his wife and family, and settled in what is now San Augustine County. His children in order of birth were: William M.; James Marshall; Gilbert Harvey; David Hall; Andrew Campbell; John; Joseph; Elizabeth; and Mary Love.

David Hall Love was a member of Captain William Kimbro's "San Augustine" Company at San Jacinto and was issued Donation Certificate No. 483 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. In Service Record No. 4382 it is certified that he served in the army from March 15 to June 15, 1836. It is stated that he enlisted in Captain William Scurlock's Company July 4 and was on furlough until October 4, 1836, when his term of enlistment expired. He was issued Headright Certificate for one-third of a league of land February 1, 1838 by the San Augustine County Board and in the certificate it is stated that he came to Texas in 1835. Andrew, Gilbert and William M. Love, brothers of David H. served at times in the Army of Texas. William M. fought Indians in the fall of 1838 at Spring Hill in what is now Navarro County and was a lieutenant in Captain Eli Chandler's. Company of Minute Men. They had a fight with Indians April 21, 1841, on Pecan Creek, a tributary of the Trinity.

At a convention held on the San Jacinto Battlefield April 21, 1860, General Sam Houston was endorsed for president of the United States as "the people's candidate." Isaac L. Hill, a San Jacinto veteran, was elected president of the convention and among the vice presidents chosen were the following who had served under General Houston at San Jacinto: David H. Love, Samuel Paschall, Ellis Benson, Andrew Montgomery, William S. Taylor and William Dunbar.

Mr. Love was thrice married. His first wife was Tennessee Randall and after her death he was married to Mrs. Mary Dunn Robertson, daughter of James and Isabella (Canfield) Dunn, and widow of Felix Robertson. Mrs. Love was born in Ireland, January 20, 1820, and died in Fairfield, Texas, November 15, 1856. Mr. Love's third wife was Mary Hartzell Roark, widow of Jonathan Roark. Mr. Love died April 20, 1856 and is buried in a marked grave in the cemetery near Fairfield, Freestone County, Texas. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Mrs. Love died in Wortham, Texas November 20, 1899.

By his first marriage Mr. Love had one child, Andrew Campbell Love, who was never married. He died February 13, 1862, while a soldier in the Confederate Army. The following are some of the known children by his second marriage to Mary Dunn Robertson: Patrick Henry Love, married Laura McCrackin, daughter of Judge McCrackin of Fairfield; Benjamin Franklin Love, married Amelia Maud Weir; Tennessee Randall Love, married Dr. Felix Robert Collard, Jr.., of Wichita Falls.

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.

Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: Capt. William Kimbro

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1816 Jan 12
  • Birthplace: Tennessee, Williamson County
  • Origin: Tennessee
  • Came to Texas: 1835
  • Date of Death: 1866 April 21
  • Burial Place: Fairfield, Freestone County, Texas
  • Bounty Certificate: 1111
  • Donation Certificate: 483
  • Wife: 1. Tennessee Randall; 2. Mary Dunn Robertson; 3. Mary Hartzell Roark
  • Children: Andrew Campbell Love; Patrick Henry Love; Benjamin Franklin Love; Tennessee Randall Love; Joseph Hartzell Love