Well, the situation is complicated. We cannot find any evidence that Sarah and Eli came over with Martyrs James and George Loveless, and James Brine. Nor is there any trace of James’ family in England. What information we can find about a Sarah or an Eli Wesley Loveless does fit in some regard, but not in any confirmational manner.
My sense is that they did not come to Canada. Eli would have been either in a job, or maybe doing an apprenticeship, and maybe felt a strong attachment to his friends and life, and maybe didn’t want to leave all that behind. If he was adamant about staying, then maybe his mother decided to stay with him, with perhaps the possibility of coming out later. We do know that James remarried in Canada in 1849, to Ann Dagg.
There is a Sarah Loveless of the right age who died in London, England (Shoreditch) in 1846.
But nothing to tie her to James or Eli.
There is an Eli W. Loveless who fought in the US civil war, who is of the right age, but there is not enough info to tie him to James. If he is the one we are looking for, where was he between 1844 and the start of the war in 1861? How did he get to the US? From England, or Canada—or Cuba, perhaps?
A search of civil war soldier records at
turns up 3 soldiers of that name, with two of them having the middle initial of “W”.
Loveless, Eli W.
BATTLE UNIT NAME:1st Regiment, Delaware InfantrySIDE:UnionCOMPANY:HSOLDIER’S RANK IN:PrivateSOLDIER’S RANK OUT:PrivateALTERNATE NAME:FILM NUMBER:M537 ROLL 3PLAQUE NUMBER:NOTES:none
Loveless, Eli W.
BATTLE UNIT NAME:5th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry (9 months, 1862-63)SIDE:UnionCOMPANY:BSOLDIER’S RANK IN:PrivateSOLDIER’S RANK OUT:PrivateALTERNATE NAME:FILM NUMBER:M544 ROLL 24PLAQUE NUMBER:NOTES:none
Once the Covid 19 pandemic is over, it will be possible to order records for these 2 soldiers from
Hopefully these records might indicate place of birth, and names of parents.
There is also an Eli W. Loveless of the right age, who entered the USA from Cuba on the Harriet Amelia on 20 March, 1866.
But again, nothing to tie him to James. Please note though that both his civil war record and this passenger list indicate that his occupation was “Wheelwright”, so there is a good chance this is the same person.
There is also an Eli Loveless living in Boston in 1870, who could be the wheelwright noted above:
But again, though, we do not have anything that ties Sarah or Eli to James.