MEMOIRS OF EUGENE H. LOVELL, SR.
(Portions of this document which appear in italics represent an addendumprovided by the author after the original document was distributed to hischildren.)
I, Eugene Hendrix Lovell am the fourth son of William Henry Lovell and the second son of Fannie Ellen Fisher. My father, W. H. Lovellwas born near Lynnville, Tenn. in Giles Countyon Jan. 7, 1858 and died near Fayetteville, Tenn.on Nov. 18, 1924. He had married Lena Storeyand there were two sons by this marriage. Mymother, Nellie Fisher, was born near Lewisburgin Marshall County Dec. 20, 1874 and died Oct.21, 1957. Mother was married to John L.Griggs of Williamson County. He died Oct. 24,1901, and then mother married my father.Mother had two children by her first marriage,but one died in infancy. Mother and Dad had 7children, of whom I was the second.
My father, William Henry Campbell Lovell, wasthe son of James and Mary Hannah Lovell. Hewas the tenth child of the eleven. His father,James Wesley, was born on October 11, 1811,and died on July 22, 1859. His mother, MaryHannah, was born November 20, 1820, and died on March 3, 1882. So you can see that hisfather died while he was quite young. At theclose of the Civil War, his mother Mary Hannah,moved to Texas from Giles County, as did agreat many others of that county. She took withher this large family, and bought land. Dad worked on the farm until he was 21 years old.When but a youth, he was converted, and someyears later was licensed to preach. Seeking aplace for continuing his education, he cameback to Tennessee and entered Vanderbilt (it had another name and had not becomeVanderbilt then), but later seeing the need of more foundation work, entered Webb School at Bell Buckle, where he finished the course.
Dad was a Methodist preacher, having joined theTennessee Conference in 1888
at the conferenceheld in Fayetteville Oct. 17-22, with Bishop J. C.Keener presiding. His first appointment wasAlex Green Circuit in the East Nashville District, with Payten A. Sowell asPresiding Elder. His brother, Isaac Wilson,was also a Methodist preacher. He wastraveling the Nashville Circuit at the outbreak of the Civil War, and died in a Camp in theConfederate Army. Their mother, mygrandmother, was a deeply spiritual woman,and the salutary influence of her life on him wasacknowledged by him. Isaac Wilson, thepreacher brother, was the oldest of the several brothers. He had come into the TennesseeConference on trial at the 1861 Annual Conference, held at Athens, Alabama Oct. 2-8with Bishop John Early presiding. He wasappointed to Swan Creek and Beaver Dam in theCenterville District, along with William P.Warren who was the Senior pastor, we presume.He became a chaplain in the Confederate Army,and died as recorded above in a Mississippiarmy camp March 14, 1863. So far as we know,Dad, Isaac Wilson, and Thomas Riley, another brother, were the only ones to return toTennessee. Isaac Wilson did not live until theend of war, hence did not go with the family toTexas. There were seven brothers, and 4sisters. It is thought that our grandfather Lovell, James Wesley, came from Kentucky or Illinois. He was buried at the family cemeteryat Yoakley, Tennessee, between Columbia and Pulaski. Dad served 9 charges before I wasborn, and 12 others after my birth.He was always a circuit rider. In looking at theConference records, I notice that his salary at White House started at $300, and increased to$320 his last year there. He was pastor there 4years, and White House was a Mission charge.We know nothing of where our Grandmother Lovell originated, or even her maiden name.We hope that it may be possible to discover somefacts about both families some day. We doknow that our grandfather Lovell died of T.B.And we do know that our grandmother was of the Wilcoxson family. She died of Typhoid fever.