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 Mary <I>Love</I> McGovern

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Mary Love McGovern

  • Birth 15 Aug 1846 Scotland
  • Death 10 Oct 1881 Perlee, Jefferson County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 35632012

The following is adapted from an entry made by Andrew Kirby for the Knox County, Illinois genealogy website. It was written by him and is copied as is.

Mary LOVE (b. 15 Aug 1846-Scotland, d. 10 Oct 1881-Jeff. Co. Iowa) was the grandmother of former Senator George McGovern. In ca. 1867, she married Thomas McGOVERN (b. ca. 1845-England, d. ?). They had 6 children: Joseph C. (b. 1868 PA, Sen. McGovern's father), Jennie (b. 1869 PA), Ellen (b. 1871 PA), Thomas (b. 1875 IL), Annie (b. 1877 IL), and George (b. 1879 IA). Thomas probably met Mary in IL (Knox Co.) or PA about 1865 give or take a few years, but the location of their marriage is unknown. When Mary died, Thomas died shortly after, and the children went through extreme hardship. The youngest son, George (b. 1879), was put up for adoption to a KING family living near Des Moines; I believe this KING family came from Knox Co. because there was a George KING and Kate McGOVERN who were married in Knox Co. 1873, and later moved to Des Moines. Thomas McGOVERN (b. 1845) was the eldest son of Joseph McGOVERN (b1818-Ireland, d. 1864-Knox Co., IL). Joseph married Julia (Ann) COURTNEY and purchased a farm in the early 1850s near Galesburg; his brother James McGOVERN (b. 1826-Ireland, d. 1913-Galesburg), purchased adjacent farmland and by 1860 and these two McGOVERN families lived side by side. When Joseph died, his wife remarried to a Peter McCONNEL. If Kate (McGOVERN) KING was the daughter of Joseph McGOVERN and Julia (Ann) COURTNEY (they had a daughter named Catherine, b. 1851), then the mystery will be solved as to what happened to Senator George McGovern's uncle George. Is there anyone who can help with any part of the following? Thomas McGOVERN - Mary LOVE marriage (1867?, where?). Marriage of 'Kate' McGOVERN and George KING (M. 1873). Parents of Kate McGOVERN (b. 1851?). Death of Thomas McGOVERN (b. 1845). Death of George McGOVERN (b. 1879).


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  • Created by: Richard K Thompson
  • Added: 7 Apr 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35632012
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Love McGovern (15 Aug 1846–10 Oct 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35632012, citing Antioch Cemetery, Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Richard K Thompson (contributor 46900770) .