The Story of Ann Dowdle ‘Granny’ Love of Troy – The Troy Messenger
Miss Catherine Gardner became a third grade teacher at a training school run by the State Normal School, now Troy University. In 1910 she read a sketch of the life of Mrs. Ann Love at the centennial celebration of Methodism in Alabama. Here are some excerpts from his sketch printed in the Troy Messenger on December 21, 1910.
“For the information contained in this article we are indebted to Mr. TM Murphree, that gentle and fiery man of Troy, in whose mind much of his history is stored, and who revels in reminiscences of his days of childhood when “Granny Love” was the priestess of the small village.
To think of our classic small town in its infancy requires a stretch of the imagination; when our Court Square, known as Deer Stand Hill, was dotted with stumps of primeval oak and hickory, and when North and South Three Notch, our bustling thoroughfares, were zigzag paths, College Street a dismal swamp, Montgomery and Brundidge Street lonely, sandy roads and Elm, a steep hill covered with pine trees.
A woman must have a strong heart and mind to face physical difficulties of such a nature, but such was Ann Love.
Ann Dowdell was her maiden name and South Carolina her native state. Shortly after her marriage to Robert Love, they left South Carolina and followed in the footsteps of other foster seekers to the new state of Alabama, settling in Wetumpka.
Mr. Love took his now greatly enlarged family to Monticello, the county town of Pike County, and presently an unnamed place on the outskirts of Banks. Mr. Love was a tanner by trade, but soon after he returned to Wetumpka, where he died. The hardships of life stared the widow sternly in the face, as her family of seven children, four boys and three girls, watched her, so she returned to Monticello and ran a tavern, for a boarding house for transients was called .
In 1840 or 41 the county site was moved to Troy and the courthouse at Monticello was put up for auction by the town crier. Some of her distinguished friends helped her financially with the difficult move, she bought the building, had the timber transported to Troy and within months erected a tavern where the First National stands today. Bank.
The population consisted of reckless desperadoes, outlaws fleeing justice, hunters, adventurers, and some who believed in the growth of a new country. Ann Love was a moral force that dominated every soul.
She was raised as a Presbyterian, but at that time the church organization closest to Troy was Georgia Methodist. She wrote to the Georgia Conference for a preacher. Before long, a circuit runner came, a Methodist church was organized, and Ann Love was a founding member. She was the embodiment of the Methodist idea; she represented service to others, not honor to self.
Ann Love died on October 4, 1858. She lived on earth for more than three twenty and ten years. She is buried in Beulah Cemetery.
All of these articles can be found in previous editions of The Troy Messenger. Stay tuned for more. Dianne Smith is president of the Pike County Historical, Genealogical and Preservation Society.