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In 1879 Samuel Love was said to be the oldest native-born citizen living in Macoupin County.
"Samuel Love was born in what is now Palmyra township, March 7th, 1824. His father, John Love, was native of Alabama, and came to Madison county, Illinois in 1812. In 1813 he, in company with Seth Hodges, came up to Macoupin county and put in a crop, laid it by, and then returend to Madison county and brought up their families. Mr. Love thinks these two families were the first that settled in what is now known as Macoupin county." more info
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