The Search for Eli Loveless

As many of you know, one of my main research interests concerns the life and times and family of James Loveless, TM. Please see previous posts for background.

James had 3 children, with the only survivor at the time of his emigration to Canada being Eli Wesley Loveless, born 1831. We have no record of him or his mother Sarah Daniel either in England or Canada after James’ emigration, and it does not seem that either wife or son came to Canada with him.

We now believe that Eli ended up in the United States and joined the Union side in the American Civil War (1861-65). He was mustered into the Massachusetts Company B, 5th infantry regiment in 1862, and mustered out in 1863.

Interestingly, he subsequently became a substitute for Ezekiel Outton and joined the 1st regiment of Delaware in 1864. Now, in those days a person of means could pay someone to take his (her?, ok, I’m kidding) place in the infantry, and it appears that is what Eli did.

He would have been discharged at the end of the war in 1865, and that is from where our search continues.

Ultimately we are hoping to find out if there is a line of previously unknown descendants. We also wish to discover what became of his first wife, and mother of Eli, Sarah Daniel.