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View Tree for Rev. Henry LoveallRev. Henry Loveall (b. 1694, d. 1772)

Henry Loveall was born 1694 in Cambridge England, and died 1772 in Chestnut Ridge, MD. He married (1) Margaret. He married (2) Martha on 1719 in PISCATAWAY,MIDDLESEX CO.,N.J..

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The founding of the Loveall family in the United States has been traced to the Rev. Henry Loveall, who is also known as Desolate Baker. Desolate Baker was born in Cambridge, England around 1694. As a young man it is reported that he was involved with a woman from his church. He was accused of "unexcusable immorality". It is not known if he was a pastor at this time or not. He fled the city of Cambridge to avoid prosecution. It is believed that he emigrated to the American colony of New York and changed his name from Desolute Baker to Henry Loveall.

By 1725, at the age of 31, he has relocated to the colony of Rhode Island where it is said that he was Baptized. It is at this time there is a mention of his having a wife. Exactly when they married is not known. It is also not known if this was his first wife or not. By 1725 he had two sons, Zebulon and Ethan.

Henry Loveall moved to New Jersey sometime before December of 1731. His wife's name was Martha and she gave birth to a son, Luther, on December 24, 1731 in Piscataway, NJ. On January 3, 1732 Henry Loveall was ordained as a preacher, but is not listed as a pastor of any church at that time. A fourth son, Calvin, is born September 26, 1734 in Piscataway, NJ. This son may have died in infancy as not mention is made of him after the record of the birth.

By 1742 his two oldests sons, Zebulon and Ethan, had moved to Maryland. In that same year Henry made his way to the same area of Baltimore County. Henry came into an area called, "Chestnut Ridge". There lived a landowner, Henry Sater. Mr. Sater wanted to have a Baptist Church in the area. After inviting two other ministers to preach at his home, Mr. Sater invited the Rev. Loveall to be the first pastor of Sater's Church. The first group numbered 15 members. They were known as General Baptists. At his own expense and on his property, Mr. Sater built a brick structure to serve as the first permanent church. He deeded over this property to the church on Nov 17, 1742. The church grew to 57 members in its first year and to 181 members in the four years that the Rev. Loveall was pastor. It is currently known as Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church and is located in a suburb of Baltimore Co., MD.

By an act of the court on Aug 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. By 1746 the congregation had spread to Virginia. Despite the growth the church members would not participate in the Lord's Supper or Communion as there seems to have been an "unhappy situation." This could have been because of the laying on of hands and foot washing that was practiced by the church.

In 1743, Henry Loveall, moved to Opequan, Berkeley County, VA. (now in West Virginia). He went to start a church there for some former members of Sater's Church. It is said he took another man's wife to Virginia with him. This church soon developed some type of trouble and they sought help from the Philadelphia Association (a Baptist Organization). The Rev. Loveall was turned out of the church for "misconduct and for a licentious life style."

By 1751, Henry Loveall had returned to Baltimore County, MD and the Chestnut Ridge area. In his absence from Sater's Church, Mr. John Davis, had become the resident pastor. There was in all probability some conflicts between the followers of the two pastors. Henry Loveall seems to have been a controversial figure 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 also reported to have been a man of talent and an acceptable preacher.

In 1746 he went to Ketokton, but has since returned to Chestnut-Ridge where he resides, in the 78th year of his age, an unhappy proof that ministerial gifts and a good life and converstion do not always go together. He married ________, by whom he has children.

Reference: Dorothy Rex Schute, Trough Creek Families, Part I, Henry Loveall,

A very colorful figure...Rev. Henry Loveall. His name was to have been Desolate Baker - in America he assumed the given name of Henry and the surname Loveall. Early Baptist minister, was born about 1694 near Cambridge, England, died after 1772 in Chestnut Ridge, MD. Married 1) Margaret (mary), and 2) Martha. His son Ethan was born on Long Island (or Rhode Island - see American Antiquarian Society following) soon after the families arrival in American.

He came to America about 1728 as an indentured servant on a ship with Captain Sears, from which voyage is it thought he contracted smallpox which left him marked. He settled first on Long Island, NY (or Rhode Island) where Henry's son Zebulon and his son Ethan, were born. It is believed that Zebulon and Ethan's mother was perhaps a indian maiden.

The info that Henry changed his name from Deslolate Baker to Henry "Love" "all" comes from:
The Colonial Clergy of the Middle Colonies, NY, NJ and PA 1628-1776, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore (1978) p 97.

Henry Lovall, b Cambridge, England, 1694 (his real name was Desolate Baker), sett. Newport, R.I. 1729-1730; Ord. Piscataway (Middlesex) NJ Chh. at Stilton, Raritan, 1730; sett. Piscataway 1730-1739, poss. until 1742; Chestnut Ridge (Baltimore) MD., Sater's Bapt., Chh., Fall's Road 1742-1772; Opequon (Berkeley) West Va., Mill Creek Chh., 1743-1751; General Bapt.; was living at Chestnut Ridge, MD 1772. a. 78 years.

This suggests the information come from church records.

As for his being an indentured servant:
From Researcher, Fern and William Loveall...
In Greenland, Corbin, Loveall by L. Powell, 1993.

6 Further info. from William and Fern Loveall, LOVEALL, HENRY, b Cambridge, England, 1694; There was also a church formed at Winter's Run, New Harford Co., MD called "Particular Baptist Church." (Desolate Baker) came to America as in Indentured servant, "on a ship name?" The captain's name was Daniel Sears. I heard that Sears picked upsom trunks that were full of clothes on some island, he took these clothes to his family, and they got smallpox from the clothes. I haven't been able to run that story down any further, but Henry Loveall was supposed be have had a disease that left him marked. I talked to our expert genealogist at the genealogical library -- she thinks that Henry probably was with Sears when he got the trunks, and that he probably also had smallpox."

This is all I have regarding these two questions.

A third question is the name of his first wife. Some have Mary some have Margaret. None are verified. Anyone know this answer. Someone posted that "a woman came into her store and told her that the name was Margaret." Any clues.

Colonial Clergy of Maryland, Delaware and Georgia", pp 53-54
by Frederick Lewis Weis, Th. D. (1895-1966)
Published in 1978 by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore,

Pages 53-54 lists the following
"HENRY LOVEALL, b. Cambridge, England, 1694 (his real
name was Desolate Baker), sett. Newport, R.I., 1729-1730; Ord.
Piscataway, N. J., Chh. at Stilton, Raritan, 1730-1742; Chestnut
Ridge, Md., Sater's Chh., Falls Road, 1742-1772; Opequon (Berkeley) W.
Va., Mill Creek Chh., 1746-1751; Gen. Bapt.; living at Chestnut Ridge, Md.,
1772, ae: 78 yrs."

[2] "Directory of Ministers and the Maryland Chuches They Served,
1643-1980", p33
by Edna Agatha Kanely.
Published in 1991 by Family Lines Publications, Westminster, Maryland

Page 33 lists the following:
"Loveall, Henry (b 1694) (Bapt) Sater's, Chestnut Ridge, Falls Rd.,
(Ref: 307, 308, 880)"

Ref: 307: Weishampel, J.F., Jr.
"History of Baptist Churches in Maryland, Baltimore"
1885, 220p, MHS, MSA

Ref: 308: Weis, Frederick Lewis
"Colonial Clergy of Maryland, Delaware and Georgia"
Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978, 104p. EP, MHS

Ref: 880: Edwards, Morgan
"Materials Toward a History of The Baptist"
Vol 2, pp 25-31, DAR

Now, let us go back to Virginia, where a congregation was organized on
Opeckon Creek in 1751. Volume II, pages 26 and 27, of Benedict's History
says: In the year 1743, a number of the members of the General Baptist
church at ChesnutRidge, in Maryland, removed to Virginia, and settledin
this place; the most noted of whom were Edward Hays and Thomas Yates.
Soon after their removal, their minister, Henry Loveall, followed them,
and baptized about fifteen persons, whom he formed into a church on the
Arminian plan. Mr. Loveall, becoming licentious in his life, was turned
out of the church [Life of Gano, pp.40 and 50], and returned to Maryland;
and the church was broken up, or rather transformed into a church of
Particular Baptists, in 1751, by the advice and assistance of Messrs.
James Miller, David Thomas, and John Gano, who was, at that time, very
young. Mr. Miller had visited this church in some of his former journies,
and had been instrumental of much good among them; and when they, in
their troubles occasioned by Loveall's misconduct, petitioned the
Philadelphia Association for some assistance, he and Mr. Thomas were
appointed by the Association for the purpose. Mr. Gano, though not
appointed, chose to accompany them. The account of this transaction is
thus given by Mr. Gano: "We examined them, and found that they were not
a regular church. We then examined those who offered themselves for the
purpose, and those who gave us satisfaction, we received, and
constituted a new church. Out of the whole who offered themselves,
there were only three received. Some openly declared, they knew they
could not give an account of experiencing a work of grace, and therefore
need not offer. Others stood ready to offer, if a church was formed. The
three beforementioned were constituted, and six more were baptized and
joined with them.

Benedict, David. A General History of the Baptist Denomination. 2 vols.
1813. CHRA, 1985.

More About Henry Loveall and Martha:

Children of Henry Loveall and Martha are:
  1. +Ethan Loveall, b. 1720, Loing Island or Rhode Island, d. 1795, Baltimore County Maryland.
  2. +Zebulan Loveall, b. 1728, Long Island, New York, d. January 09, 1786, BALTIMORE,BALTIMORE CO.,MD.
  3. Luther Loveall, b. December 24, 1731, Piscataway, NJ, d. 1821, Baltimore Maryland.
  4. Calvin Loveall, b. September 26, 1734, Piscataway, NJ.
  5. Susannah Loveall, b. 1745.
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