Mark W. Lovett is a native of Bucks County, Pa., born June 25,1817. He emigrated to Warren County, O., with his father in 1835, remaining there thirteen years, then came to Clayton County. He entered one-half of secion 12, in what is now Elk Township, and has resided on the place since. He owns 800 acres of as fine land as there is in this section of the State, which is all under excellent cultivation, except 160 acres, and thoroughly stocked. He is a miller by trade, having served an apprenticeship in Pennsylvania, and was engaged in that business three years in Clayton County. He erected a cabin in 1848, using a log of bass, or linwood as it is sometimes called, for a ground log. As this wood rots easily it is a somewhat remarkable fact that this particular log has stood the test of summer and winter storms all these years, without decaying. Judge John Garber lent a helping hand when this cabin was built. Mr. Lovett was married in Green County, O., on June 23, 1840, to Hannah Appleton, who was born in Bucks County, Pa., Nov. 19, 1814. Of six children born of this union, four are living--Mercy, born Aug. 19, 1842, is now Mrs. Aaron Bowman; Phoebe, born May 28, 1848, married W. H. Appleton; Appleton, born Sept. 28, 1850, and Mark W., Jr., Oct. 3, 1853. Mr. Lovett owns three fine orchards, all containing 1,200 trees. He also has a grove of over 10,000 maple-sugar trees, which are tapped every spring. He held the office of School Treasurer for ten years. In politics he is a Republican, and is a man who is held in high esteem by his fellow citizens.
source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 762
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