Love's Enduring Journey LbNA # 34873
|Placed Date||Sep 5 2007|
|Last Found||Sep 13 2014|
William and Nancy Kirk Love and their children were the earliest settlers near King's Fort, establishing themselves there in January 1845. Their son, Robert H. Love, is believed to have been the first person interred on this site upon his death in March 1849. When the Loves sold the land around this site in 1849 they set aside a quarter acre as a graveyard. Nancy Love died in 1850, William Love in 1851; both are thought to be interred here in unmarked graves. Also buried here are other early Kaufman County settlers and T. J. Johnson, who is believed to have been the son of an African American couple for the Love family. Other burials include those of J. D. Ballew, a farmer and onetime county treasurer; Ann Burge, who may have died from complications in childbirth; and Amanada Murphy Hendley, member of a prominent pioneer family. Also interred here is James S. Loroe, who first came to Texas from New Jersey in 1846 and brought his family here in 1851. Laroe's diary describing the land, wildlife and people of the area provides a valuable firsthand account of the period. His grandson Alfred Laroe was buried here, as well. Martha Jane Rayel was the daughter of an early Kaufman County sheriff. Anna Love Campbell married James M. Carter after the death of her first husband, and research has indicated that several members of the Carter family are interred on this site. The Kaufman Pioneer Cemetery is a chronicle of Texas history.
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From the downtown Kaufman County Courthouse, travel South on Washington Street (Hwy 34). You will go under Hwy 175 and immediately turn back to your right onto Oak Creek Drive. Travel on Oak Creek Drive approximately 1 mile. You will pass Houston Street. Oak Creek Veers to the left (watch for traffic exiting from 175. The Kaufman Pioneer Cemetery is located on your left. If you pass the Church of Christ, you've gone too far. Read the historical marker at the entrance of the cememtery, then drive up the grassy knoll to the cemetery which sets off the road. It is located between two houses. Find the grave marker of M.N. Love which has a dove engraved on the top. Behind the tree that sits to the left of that stone, placed under two large tree brances, you will find Love's Enduring Journey. Please rehide and cover as found.