Ireland, Scotland and North America
As a child, James lived with his Grandmother Steel at Bushmills, visited his Grandmother Love at the Love homestead outside Derry, and explored the caves and cliffs of the Irish countryside in the region of Ulster, from Larne to Colraine. Many years later, and in another country, James would meet and fall in love with a girl from Larne, Eliza Mary “Molly” Wilson.
In May 1849, James and his brother, Samuel, traveled to America, arriving in New York in July. Several of James’s relatives had already come to America, including his aunts and uncles, James and Mary Jane Adams*, and John and Eliza Forsyth, who settled in St. Louis in 1836. Another uncle, Robert A. Love, had settled in Cincinnati in the early 1840s. James and Samuel traveled by boat from New York to Cincinnati, where James lived with his uncle Robert.
Love and Wilson - May 2, [1865,] at the First Presbyterian
Church, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., by the Rev. Henry
A. Nelson, Captain E. Love, U.S.A., son of the late
William Love, Esq., Ballymena, [Co. Antrim?], to
Eliza M., second daughter of the late Alexander
Wilson, Esq., Islandmagee, [Co. Antrim?].
(Transcribed by James Tuff.)