Judge Napoleon Bonaparte Lovett

Judge Napoleon Bonaparte Lovett

Birth
Sylvania, Screven County, Georgia, USA
Death 4 Aug 1872 (aged 72)
Imlac, Meriwether County, Georgia, USA
Burial Woodbury, Meriwether County, Georgia, USA
Plot Unknown
Memorial ID 75326085 · View Source
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LOVETT Napoleon Bonanarte Lovett was born August 22, 1799 in Screven County, Georgia, the son of Thomas Fenzs Lovett, Sr. ( a Captain in the War of 1812) and Rebecca Bonnell. Although ',,he name, Lovett, is considered by some to be of English or Scotch origin, 'i%'apoleon's name and the name that he gave his plantations in Meriwether County reflect his mother's French Huguenot background and influence. Napoleon Bonaparte was at the heighth of his power in France in the late 1700's to 1815- Napoleon was an attorney of note and a Judge. His name appears on many early records in Screven County such as slave deeds and land records. He and his brother, John Forbes Lovett were named Administrators of their father's considerable estate when Thomas Fenzs Lovett, Sr. died April 9, 1830- Napoleon was named -Uaxdian of Augustus L.L. Lovett and Alexander Jackson Lovett, two of his minor brothers; and Clarkey Ann R. Lovett, a minor sister. He was also guardian of John Long, son of James Long, deceased. Augustus L.L. Lovett petitioned to have a change in guardianship, probably because Na oleon P was getting ready to move from Screven County to the new lands in Georgia opened up by the Treaty of Indian Springs. Napoleon was said to be quite dashing, sophisticated, and a "man about town". He would travel often to Savannah and Charleston to visit the theatre and his actress friends. (McBride) Napoleon married, first, Martha Ferrell, daughter of Benjamin Ferrell, Sr., December 5, 1832 in gereven County. Martha, born March 7, 1813, was 19 years old, and Napoleon, 33- In his will, Benjamin Ferrell, Sr. left a negro slave named Lettuce, to his daughter, Martha Lovett. Napoleon and Martha moved to Meriwether County shortly after they were married. In January 1832, Napoleon acquired land that was originally granted to John Long, drawn as an Orphan. He later acquired other original land grants adjoining his property. Many of his land transactions were devoted to obtaining to clear title" to these properties. Napoleon named one estate, "Champinole", Little Pasture, in French; and another, "Mt Chulis", Place of Rest, in French. On the latter, he built a plantation with school house, shops, mill, houses for slaves, and both a slave cemetary and a family cemetary plot were set aside. In his will, Napoleon mentions both Champinole and Mt Chulis. Both were later destroyed. Napoleon and Martha Ferrell Lovett were the parents of Byrd (named after Martha's brother); Mary A.; John Cuthbert (named after Maxtha's oldest brother); and William Wallace. Martha died sometime between the birth of William in 1839 and 1843 when Napoleon married, second, Miriam J.E. Ferrell, Martha's younger sister. Miriam Ferrell Lovett was born August 17, 1819- They were ma=ied December 21, 1843 in Meriwether County. Napoleon and Miriam were the parents of Warren Parks Lovett, born July 27, 1850- In the 1850 Meriwether County Census Miriam's older sister, Mary Ferrell is listed in the household. Miriam died after the birth of Wa=en P. and before Napoleon's third ma=iage to Mrs. Sarah S. Parham, widow of Robert N. Parham, May 1, 1856. Napoleon died August 4, 1872 in Meriwether County and was buried at "Mt Chulis". In his will dated June 23, 1867, he mentions his beloved wife, Sarah, and his sons, Byrd, John C,, and Warren P. and his grandchildren Mary and Virgil A. Reeves, children of Mary, decs. dau, wife of Thomas A. Reeves.
Thomas Farnsley Lovett was born in 1745 in Virginia and migrated to South Carolina and from there to St. Matthew's Parish, Georgia. He married Mary Anne Stanley of South Carolina who was the daughter of Joseph Stanley and Margaret Browne. Joseph Stanley owned many ocean going merchant vessels, and Margaret Browne was the daughter of Lady Isabella Browne of England. On October 16, 1775, Thomas signed on as a 1st Lieutenant with St. George's Parish Militia under Captain Grimes. At the Battle of Brier Creek, on March 3, 1779, the British captured Thomas and a compatriot, John Conyers. They were imprisoned on a British ship in Savannah where Thomas died and was thrown overboard. John Conyers escaped and returned home with the story of Thomas's death. Thomas and Mary Anne had two children, Thomas F. "Fens" Lovett and John Forbes Lovett.

Thomas Fens Lovett was born in South Carolina in 1772 and died in Screven County, Georgia, on April 9, 1830. He married Rebecca Bonnell, daughter of Anthony Bonnell and Mary Ann Mills. The Bonnell family were French Huguenots from South Carolina who came from the part of France that is now Switzerland. Anthony Bonnell willed to his daughter, Rebecca, his home in Screven County where the Marquis de La Fayette spent the night in 1803. Thomas served as a Captain in the War of 1812 and participated in the siege of St. Augustine, Florida. They are buried in the Lovett Cemetery in northern Screven County. Thomas and Rebecca had 12 children: Thomas F. (III), John Forbes (II), Napoleon Bonaparte, Hamilton L., Martha, Jane Elizabeth, Mary Ann, Augustus L.L., Alexander James, Clarky (Clara Ann), Anthony Bonnell "Buck," and Bethenia.

Napoleon Bonaparte Lovett was born August 22, 1799, in Screven County. Although the name Lovett is considered by some to be of English and Scottish origin, Napoleon's name and the name that he gave his plantations in Meriwether County reflect his mother's French Huguenot background and influence. Napoleon was an attorney of note and a judge. His name appears on many early land records and deeds in Screven County. Napoleon was said to be quite dashing, sophisticated, and a "man about town." He would travel often to Savannah and Charleston to visit the theatre and his actress friends. Napoleon married first Martha Ferrell, daughter of Benjamin Ferrell, Sr. Martha, born March 7, 1813, was 19 years old and Napoleon was 33. In January 1832, Napoleon acquired land in Meriwether County that was originally granted to John Long, drawn as an orphan. Napoleon and Martha moved to the new land opened by the Treaty of Indian Springs shortly after they married on December 5, 1832. He later acquired other original land grants adjoining his property which was east of Imalac, about 3 miles north of Woodbury. Napoleon built two estates on these properties. He named one estate "Champinole," Little Pasture in French; and another, "Mt. Chulis," Place of Rest. On the latter, he built a plantation with a schoolhouse, shops, mill, houses for slaves, and both a slave cemetery and a family cemetery. In his will, Napoleon mentions both Champinole and Mt. Chulis, both of which have been destroyed.

Napoleon and Martha Ferrell Lovett were the parents of Byrd, Mary A., John Cuthbert, and William Wallace. Martha died sometime between the birth of William in 1839 and 1843 when Napoleon married, second, Miriam J.E. Ferrell, Martha's younger sister. Napoleon and Miriam were the parents of Warren Parks Lovett. Miriam died after the birth of her son and Napoleon married, third, Mrs. Sarah S. Parham of Greenville, the widow of Robert N. Parham on May 1, 1856. Judge Napoleon B. Lovett died August 4, 1872 and was buried in the Lovett Family Cemetery at "Mt. Chulis".

Mary A. Lovett was listed as a sophomore at the La Grange Female Academy in 1850 along with Adeline Darden and Martha Stinson, all of Meriwether County. She married Thomas A. Reeves and had three children. Mary died at the age of 24 in 1860.

John Cuthbert Lovett married Julia Darden, the daughter of Judge Samuel Darden of Meriwether County. He served as a 3rd Corporal in Co F, 41st Georgia Vol. Inf. CSA and was discharged in June, 1862, at Tupelo, Mississippi, due to chronic symptoms of disease. John Cuthbert was buried in the Lovett/Darden Cemetery between Gay and Greenville.

Warren Parks Lovett sold his interest in the Lovett estates to Byrd Lovett and moved to Sandersville, Georgia, where he ran a brokerage business.

Byrd Lovett was born at the Mt. Chulis estate in 1833. The post office was at Flat Shoals, as Woodbury was not yet founded. Byrd served as a private in Co. F, 30th Georgia Vol. Inf. CSA. He received an honorable discharge at Chatham County in 1862 for providing a lawful substitute. Byrd married Amanda Barham of Louella in Henry County and operated a cotton and cattle farm at the Mt. Chulis estate. Children of the marriage were Julius, Virgil Burns, Lynda T, Amanda C.L., Benjamin Benton, Addie E. and Warren P. Amanda and Warren died as infants and were buried in the Lovett Family Cemetery at Mt. Chulis along with Byrd and Amanda. Later landowners destroyed the slave cemetery and the Lovett Family Cemetery at Mt. Chulis in the 1970's. The Lovett Family Cemetery contained many white marble monuments surrounded by a cast iron fence and was desecrated by a bulldozer. Only the broken headstones of Amanda and Byrd Lovett remain at the cemetery site (N 33°01.976' W 084°34.435').

Julius Lovett married Maude Bowden, and they were also buried at the Lovett Family Cemetery at Mt. Chulis. Virgil Burns Lovett married Ursula Belle Pound. They were both graduates of Gordon College. Virgil and Belle lived in Woodbury and are buried in the Lovett lot at the Woodbury Cemetery. Lynda Lovett married Col. James Carey and lived in South Carolina. Addie married William Kerry Kean of Atlanta. She died at 28 years old.

Benjamin Benton Lovett acquired the family estate at Mt. Chulis. He attended LaVert College in Talbotton. Benjamin married Elvie Axson Bartee at the Woodbury Methodist Church on November 14, 1906. Elvie Bartee was the daughter of James Allen Bartee, a prominent Woodbury merchant and businessman. She attended La Grange Female Academy in 1897 and was a respected teacher and educator. Benjamin built a home on Jones Mill Street in Woodbury in 1925. He managed a cotton warehouse in Woodbury and also had a farm and cattle operation at the Lovett estate. The unique Dutch Belted cattle were bred on the farm. During the economic depression of the 1930s the land was sold. The children of the marriage were Benjamin Bartee, Mary Elvie (infant death), and Louise. Benjamin Benton and Elvie Axson Lovett are buried in the Lovett lot at the Woodbury Cemetery.

Louise graduated from Meriwether High School and Draughn Business College in Atlanta. She married Claude McGehee and had three children. She resides in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

Benjamin Bartee Lovett attended the University of Georgia after he graduated from Meriwether High School. He worked as a surveyor and in the textile industry. Ben married Fay Riggins of Molena and they resided in the Lovett home in Woodbury. Children of the marriage were Robert Benjamin, John Bartee, Jack McCrary, and Thomas Emmett. Ben and Fay Lovett are buried in the Lovett lot at the Woodbury Cemetery along with their son, John.

Robert lives in Woodbury and works in water treatment technology, Jack resides in Florida and is in the commercial metal business, and Tom resides in Newnan and is a pharmacist.

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Thomas E. Lovett
10 Overlook Drive
Newnan, GA 30265
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Name Index:

Addie E. Lovett
Adeline Darden
Alexander James Lovett
Amanda Barham
Amanda C.L. Lovett
Anthony Bonnell
Anthony Bonnell "Buck" Lovett
Augustus L.L. Lovett
Benjamin Bartee Lovett
Benjamin Benton Lovett
Benjamin Ferrell, Sr.
Bethenia Lovett
Byrd Lovett
Captain Grimes
Captain Thomas F. "Fens" Lovett (II)
Clarky (Clara Ann) Lovett
Claude McGehee
Colonel James Carey
Elvie Axson Bartee
Fay Riggins
Hamilton L. Lovett
Jack McCrary Lovett
James Allen Bartee
Jane Elizabeth Lovett
John Bartee Lovett
John Conyers
John Cuthbert Lovett
John Forbes Lovett (I)
John Forbes Lovett (II)
John Long
Jospeh Stanley
Judge Napoleon Bonaparte Lovett
Judge Samuel Darden
Julia Darden
Julius Lovett
Lady Isabella Brown
Lieutenant Thomas Farnsley Lovett (I)
Louise Lovett
Lynda T. Lovett
Margaret Brown
Martha Ferrell
Martha Lovett
Martha Stinson
Mary A. Lovett
Mary Ann Lovett
Mary Anne Stanley
Mary Elvie Lovett
Maude Bowden
Miriam J.E. Ferrell
Rebecca Bonnell
Robert Benjamin Lovett
Robert N. Parham
Sarah S. Parham
Thomas A. Reeves
Thomas Emmett Lovett
Thomas F. Lovett (III)
Ursula Belle Pound
Virgil Burns Lovett
Warren P. Lovett
Warren Parks Lovett
William Kerry Kean
William Wallace Lovett


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  • Created by: tlovett47
  • Added: 22 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 75326085
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Judge Napoleon Bonaparte Lovett (22 Aug 1799–4 Aug 1872), Find A Grave Memorial no. 75326085, citing Lovett Family Cemetery, Woodbury, Meriwether County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by tlovett47 (contributor 47589061) .