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James Anderson

Birthplace: County Antrim, Ulster, Ireland
Death: Died in Augusta County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Jean Anderson
Father of John Anderson; George Anderson; Jane Anderson; William Anderson; James Anderson and 5 others

Managed by: Kristina Eloisa Pereyra
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About James Anderson

Will probated in Augusta, VA

From an article that W.A. Anderson had saved in the family papers:

"John [James?] Anderson emigrated from Scotland to Virginia in the year 1746. Samuel Anderson was born on board ship druing the voyage. Little or nothing is known about any other members of the family. Samuel Anderson and his father became wealthy planters and lived near Richmond in Hanover County, Virginia. Here John Anderson was born October 16, 1779. the other children left the home and very little is known of their life. Following the trend of the times, Samuel Anderson and his son sold their plantation in Virginia and moved to Kentucky in 1797. they purchased 1400 acres of land in Maison County near the city of Lexington. The other members of the family settled in the southern states. John Anderson married Elizabeth Haggard, a relative of the father of Sir Rider Haggard, the famous English author. Samuel Anderson was also the grandfather of Robert Anderson, the commander at fort Sumter of Civil War fame.


Mabel writes of her family history--------------------

The earliest record of the Anderson family dates back to the year 1745 in the reign of George the Second of England. At that time the Anderson family espoused the cause of the pretender in a Scottish rebellion and as the Stuart family were driven from Scotland. All those who were with the Stuarts had to leave or be executed. And so David Anderson and his family took passage for Virginia in America. On the voyage over, Samuel Anderson was born in 1745 and was the head of the present Anderson family [Evelyn writes: the above birth is disputed by later facts]

The family settled in Augusta County, VA and there at the time of the French and Indian war were living in VA.


From Wikipedia:


Roughly a quarter of a million Ulster Scots migrated to the Americas between 1717 and 1776. From the beginning, they were treated in the American colonies by the British colonials and their governments as poorly as they had been in Ulster, so they quickly left for the hill country where they could avoid these influences. Here they lived on the frontiers of America. Early frontier life was extremely challenging, but poverty and hardship were familiar to them. The word "hillbilly" has often been applied disparagingly to them, this word having its origins in Ireland itself, always in reference to the Ulster Scots.[5]

From 1717to the next thirty or so years, they radiated westward across the Alleghenies, as well as into Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee (Crozier 1984; Montgomery 1989, 2001).

The Scots-Irish soon became the dominant culture of the Appalachians from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Author (and U.S. Senator) Jim Webb puts forth a thesis in his book Born Fighting to suggest that the character traits he ascribes to the Scots-Irish such as loyalty to kin, extreme mistrust of governmental authority and legal strictures, and a propensity to bear arms and to use them, helped shape the American identity.


Children of James Anderson and Jean ? are:

       17               i.    John5 Anderson, died 1817.  He married (1) Elizabeth Tempin Davis.  He married (2) Polly Walkup.
       18              ii.    George Anderson1.
       19             iii.    Jane Anderson.
       20             iv.    William Anderson.

Notes for William Anderson:

William 11/12/1787 Augusta Co

150a co-patent Samuel Anderson draft of Naked Creek

grants 14/186

       21              v.    James Anderson1.
       22             vi.    Agnes Anderson1, born Abt. October 19, 1740 in Augusta County, Virginia.
       23            vii.    Ann Anderson1, born Abt. March 01, 1740/41 in Augusta County, Virginia.
       24           viii.    Mary Anderson1, born Abt. March 24, 1742/43 in Augusta County, Virginia.
       25              ix.    Thomas Anderson1, born February 12, 1744/45 in Augusta County, Virginia.
       26               x.    Samuel Anderson1, born February 15, 1746/47; died in Kentucky.  He married Sarah Young.

Notes for Samuel Anderson:

Samuel 06/01 1782 Augusta Co

34a Long Glade adj his own

grants F/501

Samuel 11/12/1787 Augusta Co

150a co-patent William Anderson

grants 14/186


! (1) "Anderson Genealogy," by Mary Lynn Steward (1915/1916).

! Birth: (1) s/o James Anderson, s/o John Anderson/Margaret?


Subj: Re: samuel anderson in virginia

Date: 11/11/99 1:11:24 AM Eastern Standard Time

From: Linander6

To: PatAnder73

Pat - Thanks for the info. I am not a beginner, just a beginner to the internet. I've been tracking Andersons in VA for ca 25 years. I know all the Samuels you mentioned except Samuel Read Anderson. What family does he belong to? Also, please correct your info. The Samuel Anderson b in 1747 in Augusta Co, s of James, married Sarah Young and migrated to KY. He is NOT the Samuel who married Elizabeth, and who may be my ancester. This is a commonly repeated piece of misinformation. Thank you for taking the time to reply. Linda


GEORGE the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King

Defender of the Faith & TO ALL TO WHOM these Presents shall come Greeting

KNOW YE that for divers (sic) good Causes and Considerations but more Especially for

and in Consideration of the Sumaf Forty Shillings of good and lawful money for our use

paid to our Receiver General of our Revenues in this our Colony, Dominion of Virginia

WE HAVE Given Granted and Confirmed, by these Presents for us our Heirs and

Successors do Give Grant and Conlim unto JAMES ANDERSON one certain Tract or

Parcel of Land containing four hundred acres lying and being in that pan of Orange

County called AUGUSTA and on the head of the LONG GLADE of the Nonh River of

Shanando and bounded as followeth, to wit, BEGINNING at a white oak and a hiccory on

the East side of the said Glade, ~ n n i n g thence South eighty three degrees West one

hundred and eighty poles between two white oaks South seven degrees East three hundred

and ti%y five poles to a hiccory and a white oak North eighty three degrees East one

hundred and eighty poles to a white oak on the head of a glade of the South River.

Thence North seven degrees West three hundred and fifty fice poles to the beginning.

WlTH ALL woods underwoods swamps marshes lowgrounds meadows feediigs & his

due share of all veins mines and quarries as well discovered as not discovered within the

bounds aforesaid and being pan of the said quantity of four hundred acres of land and the

river waters and water courses therein contained together with the privileges of hunting

hawking fishing fowling and all other profit commodities and hereditaments whatsoever to

the same or any part thereof belonging or in anywise appenai~ng TO HAVE HOLD

possess and enjoy the said Tract or Parcel of Land and all other the before Granted

Premises and every pan thereof with their and every of their ( a p p u n s ?)unto the

said JAMES ANDERSON and to his heirs and assigns forever to the only use and behoof

of him the said JAMES ANDERSON his heirs and assigns forever TO BE HELD of us

. our hein and successors as of our Mannor (sic) of East Greenwhich in the County of Kent

in fie and common soccage (sic) and not in (capite ?) or by Knights Senice

YIELDING AND PAYING unto us our heirs and successors for every fifty acres of land

and so proportionably for a lesser or greater quantity than fitly acres the Fee Rent of one

shilling yearly to be paid upon the Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel and also

cultivating and improving three acres pan of every fifty of the tract above mentioned

within three years after the date of these prments PROVIDED always that ifthree years of

the said Fee Rent shall at anytime be in arrear and unpaid or if the said JAMES

ANDERSON his heirs or assigns do not within the space of three years next coming after

the date of these presents cultivate and improve three acres pan of every ti%y of the tract

above mentioned then the Estate herby Granted shall cease and be utterly determined and

thereafter it shall and may be lawful to for us our heirs and successors to grant the same

lands and premises with the ( a p p u r t s ?) unto such other person or persons as we

our heirs and successors shall think fit IN WITNESS whereof we have caused these our

Letter Patent to be made WITNESS our tmty and welbeloved (sic) WILLIAM GOOCH

Esq our Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of our said Colony Dominion at

Wiamsburgh under the seal of our said Colony the tenth day of June one thousand seven - hundred and forty in the Thirteenth Year of our Reign

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James Anderson's Timeline

Ulster, Ireland
Augusta County, Province of Virginia
Augusta County, Province of Virginia
Augusta County, Province of Virginia
Augusta County, Province of Virginia
August County, Province of Virginia
Augusta County, Province of Virginia
Augusta County, Province of Virginia
Augusta County, Province of Virginia
Augusta County, Province of Virginia