Oliver Loving

Collin County


   Oliver Loving was one of the earliest Texas cowmen. He has been called 'The Dean of Texas Trail Drivers', a title he earned through his fearless drives of large longhorn herds through territory where no others had gone before. He came from a pioneer family and spent his whole life living dangerously, preferring to be always on the outermost edges of the advancing frontier.

    Oliver was the son of Joseph and Susannah Mary (Bourland) Loving, was born in Hopkins County, Kentucky, on December 4, 1812. On January 12, 1833, he married Susan Doggett Morgan, and for the next ten years he farmed in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.  Oliver and his older brother, James, married sisters, Susan and Margaret Morgan.  In 1843, Oliver and his wife, Susan, James and his wife, Margaret, and their sister, Eveline, and her husband, Ellis Littlepage, with their children, departed Hopkins County for the Republic of Texas.

    They pushed off in a flatboat on Pond River at Free Henry Ford. Their journey took them down Pond River to Green River, down Green River to the Ohio River, down Ohio River to the Mississippi River, down the Mississippi to New Orleans, Louisiana.

    At New Orleans, they took a steamboat back up the Mississippi to Red River, up Red River to Shreveport. At Shreveport, they purchased oxen and wagons and traveled about 140 miles to Lamar County, Texas.

    After about one year in Lamar County, they felt it was overcrowded. Both Lovings moved to Dallas County. The James Lovings permanently settled there as the 16th white family to make Dallas County home. Oliver Loving moved to adjacent Collin County where he went into the freight business. He hauled supplies from as far away as Houston.

    In the Peters colony, Loving received 639.3 acres of land in three patents and counties-Collin, Dallas, and Parker.  Texas became a part