JOSEPH P. LOVE, a resident of Alverton, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and a man prominent and active in community affairs, was born in South Huntingdon township, August 23, 1844, son of Benjamin and Mary (Tintcman) Love.
Benjamin Love, father, was a native of Ireland, who emigrated to this country in company with his father, Benjamin Love, settling in Pennsylvania. He was twelve years of age at the time of his arrival in this country, and spent the remainder of his life in South Huntingdon township, being engaged in the butcher business and farming. He and his wife, Mary Tintsman, had sixteen children: Margaret, deceased, wife of Frederick Spielman; Robert, deceased; Elizabeth, deceased; Nancy, wife of James Hough; Benjamin, deceased; Abram, a farmer; Sarah; John, deceased; Martha; James, a carpenter of Scottdale; Julia, deceased; Jane, died in infancy; David, a farmer; Joseph P., of whom later; Catherine, wife of Joseph Ruth; and Benjamin, deceased. Benjamm Love, the father of these children, died in 1862.
Joseph P. Love received a common school education, and in early life learned the carpenter's trade, at which he worked for some years. When the cloud of war overspread the country in 1862, he enlisted in Company B, Sixteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, and served for a term of three years. Since his return to civil life he has been engaged in various avocations, giving most particular attention, however, to the butcher business. In his political relations, Mr. Love is a strong Republican, and served as justice of the peace for eleven years, assessor, collector, and, in short, in every township office with the single exception of school director. Mr. Love is deeply interested in all community affairs, and in all the positions of trust and responsibility to which he has been elected, he has discharged his duties most acceptably. He was appointed, July 6, 1904, a rural mail carrier by the government, on No. 3 delivery from Mount Pleasant. He is a charter member of the Knights of Malta lodge in Scottdale. He married, October 31, 1871, Emma Tarr, daughter of Daniel and Frances (Teller) Tarr, and their children were: Jessie Frances, wife of Dr. G. C. Kneedler, of Allegheny City; Edwin M., a resident of Pittsburg, and Mazie Viola, a graduate of the East Huntingdon high school, the Mount Pleasant Institute, and for three terms a teacher in the Alverton public school.
Source: Page(s) 137-138, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
Transcribed March 2006 by Nathan Zipfel for the Westmoreland County History Project
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