John Lofland (poet)
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John Lofland (1798-1849), widely known as the "Milford Bard" of Milford, Delaware, was a prolific and widely read writer of prose, verse, and speeches. He grew up and spent much of his life in "The Towers" on North West Front Street in Milford. Later in his life he moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he associated with Edgar Allan Poe.
John Lofland was born in Milford, Delaware on March 17, 1798. His father, Isaac, had moved to Milford from Frederica to start a general merchandise business. Isaac had married twice, but, tragically, both his wives had died. His third marriage was to Cynthia Virden, the daughter of a prominent local figure in Brown's Branch, five miles north of Milford. The marriage is speculated to have been an arranged one, a tactic of Cynthia's father to forge a strong relationship with Isaac, who held great sway in the local community. Cynthia's father wanted Issac's support to get appointed as the Milford schoolmaster.
John was Isaac and Cynthia's first child. John had a brother but he died aged three. The Loflands had another child, a daughter, Sarah, in 1802. John formed a close and affectionate relationship with Sarah that lasted throughout their lives. John's father passed away in 1803, bequeathing his widow and children a significant fortune. Cynthia later married a Laurel, a druggist who went on to run a general merchandise business.
- Reid, John P. "The Milford Bard". John P Reid. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
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