The Loveall Family

The Loveall family in the United States originates with Desolate Baker, AKA Henry Loveall, who changed his name when arriving in America. The Loveall family is fascinating to research because it is a made-up name, therefor, anyone in the U.S. having the Loveall surname must have come from Desolate Baker. Makes research very exciting – filling in all the pieces!

On the flip-side, many of Loveall families changed their names to Lovell over the years. And Lovell is not a made-up name, not limited to only the descendants of Desolate Baker, so the same conclusion cannot be made.

I am attempting to add in all Loveall families to my database, in the hopes that eventually with your help, we will complete the Loveall family puzzle.

I am descended through the Rev. Henry Loveall, his son Zebulon, his son Jonathan Sr., son Dutton, son George Washington, son Frank Wolford, son Benjamin Franklin Loveall, who is my great-grandfather.

For the Loveall genealogy, visit the Complete Tree at Rootsweb.


The History of the Loveall family in America, by Michael Sullivan

The founding of the Loveall family in the United States has been traced to Reverend Henry Loveall, who is also known as Desolate Baker, believed to have been his real name.  Henry Loveall was born in Cambridge, England around 1694.  As a young man, it is reported that he was involved with a woman from his church – it is not known if he was the Pastor of the chuch or not.  After being accused of “an inexcuseable immorality”, he fled the city of Cambridge to avoid prosecution.  It is believed that Henry Loveall imigrated to the American colony of New York by changing his name from Baker, and signing himself up as an indentured servant.

By 1725, at the age of 31, he was relocated to the colony of Rhode Island where it is said that he was Baptized.  It is, at this time, that the first mention of his spouse is made, although when they were married it is not know – they already had two sons.  Henry and Martha moved to New Jersey sometime before December of 1731, because a son named Luther was born in December 24th of that year at Piscataway NJ.

On Jan 3, 1732, Henry Loveall was ordained as a preacher, but he was not listed as a pastor of any church at the time.  A fourth son was born on September 26, 1734 in Piscataway NJ, named Calvin.  This son may have died as a child as no mention of him has been found for him after this time.  By 1742, Henry’s two oldest sons – Zebulon and Ethan – had moved to Maryland.  It is in this year that Henry Loveall made his way into Baltimore County, Maryland.  In the area known as Chestnut Ridge lived a land owner named Henry Sater.  Mr. Sater, who was known for his desire to have a Baptist Church in the area, asked Henry Loveall to preach for him and other Baptists in the area.  Mr. Sater and Henry Loveall were a group know as “General Baptist”.  At his own expense, Mr. Sater built a Meeting House of red brick to be used as a church.

On November 17, 1742, Mr. Sater deeded over the meeting house and one acre of land to the church.  At the time, the church was called “Sater’s Church”, however this church that was begun in 1742 by 57 members is now known as Chestnut Ridge Baptist church and is located in a suburb of Baltimore, MD.  By an act of the court on August 4, 1743, Henry Loveall was granted the right to preach in Maryland.  Although there were others who had preached for this congregation, Rev. Loveall can be said to be the first Pastor of the church.

In four years, the young congregation grew to 180 members and had spread to Virginia.  Despite this growth, the church members would not participate in the Lords Supper or Communion, as there seems to have been an “unhappy situation”  – this could have been because of the practice of the laying on the hands and foot washing that was practiced by the church.

In 1743, Henry Loveall moved to Opequan, Berkeley Co., VA (now West Virginia) to help start a church for some former members of Sater’s Church.  When he went to Virginia, some said he took another man’s wife. This church soon developed some type of trouble and they sought help from the PHiladelphia Association (a Baptist Organization). Rev. Loveall was turned out of the church for “misconduct and for a licentious life style”.  By 1751, Henry Loveall returned to Maryland and the Chestnut Ridge area.  In his absence, Mr. John Davis had become the resident pastor at Sater’s Church.  There was in all probability some conflicts between the followers of the two pastors.  Henry Loveall seems to have been controversial in his time and was sometimes accused of not living in a manner not in keeping with the teachings of the church.  Henry Loveall was reported to have been a man of talent and an acceptable preacher.


3 thoughts on “Loveall

  1. I have read your Loveall entries several times now and I have had your Website/Blog bookmarked for several years. My great aunt was the daughter of A. S. Loveall. She was my great aunt by marriage. She taught elementary school in Northern California.
    By chance I am in possession of a letter written to her father, A.S. Loveall dated 1888. Apparently it was in my great aunts personal affects and it found its way to me by way of my grandmother. It appears to be Church business dated Sept. 5th, 1888 from a V. Shelly, Newton Iowa addressed to Rev. A. S. Loveall c/o M. E. Conference in Oskalousa, Iowa. Family stories tell me that A.S was a missionary to China at one time. My family is still in possession of the steamer trunks purported to have been used.
    I am new to genealogy so I have spent very little time perusing my great aunts family. If you have any interest in a copy of the letter and envelope please email me at the attached address. I scanned it several days ago so I can easily send you a copy.
    I understand she is not in your direct lineage but you likely know someone who would be interested. she and my great uncle had no children.
    My great uncles name was LeVoy Fox and our family tree is online at I have only recently begun to update this tree to add the last 3 or four generations.

  2. And what might his talent be? He is my ancestor, as well. I have always wondered how the connection was made between Desolate Baker and Henry Loveall? But whether Desolate Baker is connected, Henry Loveall begins one lineage, and I suspect that his talent might have been toward the female congregants he served, a charismatic aura, but weak in restraint. We might never know…

    Someday I will return to the genealogical studies that my beloved aunt began a lifetime ago, and I hope to penetrate the unknowns.

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