Your great-grandmother Mary Love Woods (1884-1928) was a first cousin to my grandmother Sarah Catherine "Kittie" Love Porter (1885-1941). Mary Love Woods and her husband William "Will" Edgar Woods (1882-1941) are buried in the cemetery at South Union Methodist Church, west of Ackerman.
Mary was the daughter of Robert "Bob" Russell Love (1843-1919) and his wife Julia Bruce Love (1859-1923) and was the granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin Love, Sr. (1801-1894) and his wife Martha Neely Love (1806-1873). All are buried in the cemetery at South Union Church. B. F. Love, Sr., was born in Chester County, SC, and his son Bob Love was born in York County, SC. The family moved to Pickens County, AL, in the late 1840s and moved on to Choctaw County, MS, in the late 1860s.
Benjamin Franklin Love, Sr., was the son of Richard Love (1768-1842) and his wife Elizabeth Love Love of Chester County, SC. Richard was the son of James Love (1740-1820), and Richard's wife Elizabeth was the daughter of Benjamin Love (1723-1795).
Our Love ancestors lived near South Union Church and the neighboring Old Lebanon Presbyterian Church. Two brothers of B. F. Love, Sr., James Harvey Love (1803-1885) and William Gaston Love (1805-1871), along with their families, are buried in the cemetery at Lebanon Church.
Both South Union and Lebanon churches still have their campgrounds, and South Union still has its open-air arbor. Both churches still have their annual camp meetings in July and August, which provide us family members who have moved away an opportunity to appreciate our heritage in Choctaw County.
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