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James Anderson

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Ulster, Ireland
Death: May 18, 1782 (66)
Middle River, Augusta County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Middle River, VA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Anderson, Jr. and Lady Margaret Jean Anderson (Campbell)
Husband of Margaret Anderson
Father of Maj. George Anderson; James Anderson, Sr.; William Anderson; Jean Murray; Andrew Anderson and 4 others
Brother of John Verona Anderson; Elizabeth Anderson; Francis Anderson and George Anderson

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About James Anderson

Three wives: Hannah Christian, Mary Reid and Elizabeth Campbell


PVT William Anderson

Birth: 1720, Ireland Death: 1794 Augusta County Virginia, USA

The research of Mary Steuart Blakemore early in the 20th century states that the Anderson family emigrated from Ireland but were Scottish by blood. Ms. Blakemore's research was published "Stewarts of SeQuatchie Valley" which include much we know about the early Anderson family research.

MARRIAGE: 1st. His first wife died on the night she gave birth. Her name is not known but may be Margaret. The record of her death and her child's birth was recorded by Rev. Craig.

MARRIAGE: 2nd. No record found but first name given in will as Elizabeth. A family bible of a descendent lists the wife's maiden name as Elizabeth Campbell and they married in 1746

DEATH: Estimated based on probate of will.

OBIT: Unknown if any papers exist from that period.

TOMBSTONE: No stone found but buried at Old Stone Church cemetery per family history.

WILL: Revoked and unprobated. William Anderson of Augusta Co wife Elizabeth her choice of working horses with one third estate I now dwell on and appoint for my son Alexander during her natural life; son John tract of land William Kennedy running out and calculation on William Poage of 244 acres; son William tract of land John Conrad lives on adj. to land given to son John, except that part of the big meadow from two marked white oaks down within the fence which I give to my son George also adj the land of John Finley & Edward Braiden containing by William Poag's calculation 297 acres; son George tract called Burnt Cabin tract adj to sons John and William and containing by William Poag's calculation 190 acres forever with that part of the Big Meadow above mentioned.; to son Robert Anderson tract called Machaelus cabin adj land bequeathed to my sons William and George containing by William Poag 209 acres; to son Alexander Anderson all land where I now dwell except 1/3 during his mother's life containing 240 acres as calculated by William Poag; I give all that part of survey new in General Office south of the road that passes to John Anderson's mill to my sons George and Robert to be to be divided equally. If any son dies without heirs, the estate to be divided between remaining heirs equally. To James Clendennon & his wife Margaret 20 shillings; to Samuel Wallace & his wife Rebecca 20 shillings; Samuel Anderson & his wife Elizabeth 20 sh; and to my sons George, Robert, Alexander and Jean the other 2/3 of personal estate to be divided equally. If any get of their part before my deceased then they to get no division of this remaining two thirds but 20 shillings only. Appoint my son John Anderson and John Young, Esq. executors. Witnesses James Anderson, Samuel Anderson, William Anderson. will dated Sep 16 1780.

WILL: William Anderson will dated Aug 27 1792 probated Jun 1794; wife Elizabeth one third estate; son John land James Black lives on 244 acres;son George tract called Burnt Cabin 190 acres, 5 acres of the big meadow, 55 acres of new survey; son Robert where he now lives 149 acres, 2 acres of big meadow, 55 acres new survey; son Alexander 290 acres where I now live, 35 acres new survey; sons in law and their wives: James Clendenin & wife Margaret, William Skilling & wife Mary, James Grigsby & wife Rebecca, Samuel Anderson & wife Elizabeth 10 shillings each. dau Jean 5 head of cattle, two beds, her riding horse and household furniture. son John Anderson & friend David McNare exec. WB 8 p 114

DEED: William Anderson willed theland to his three sons in 1792 butgave Alexander his youngest the tract he lived on of 290 acres. Alexander willed the land to be equally divided between his two sons william and George. In 1839 a deed divides the lands between the two sons (DB 60 p 321-322). The mother Esther Anderson on Jun 28 1839 had given all her interest to her son George for an annual annuity of $90. (WB 22 p 390). On Feb 23 1876 George A Anderson sold the land to John Silling who then sold it to his son Richard M. J. Silling on May 16 1877 (DB 91 p 372-4, DB 92 p 47) On Apr 21 1919, the heirs of R.M.J. silling disposed of land to W. J. Stickley and Henry D. Wenger (DB 197 p93-4).

SOLDIER: Colonial Soldier The History of Orange county by Scott shows William Anderson as an ensign in 1742 under Col James Patton.

SERVICE: Amer.Rev. Supplies p. 26 dated April 18, 1782 court p. 31 William Anderson p. 52 April 20, 1782 court p. 58 William Anderson, p. 88 April 30, 1782 court Alexr Anderson, claim for 29 days horse hire p. 111 May 26, 1782 court p. 116 William Anderson p. 117 May 27, 1782 court, p. 120 to John Moffet and William Anderson p. 135 Aug. 26, 1782 court, p. 145 William Anderson, p. 156 Sep 19 1782 court, William Anderson for 12 days horse hire, Claims presented to the court of Augusta 1782-85 to William Anderson Sr. for 500 lbs beef 5th @/2 12 diets, 200 lbs hay, 14 bushels corn, 39 timber trees

NOTES: Importation Records Orange Co, VA Order book 2 1739-1741 page 158 George Anderson came into court and made oath that he imported himself Elizabeth his wife, William Anderson, Margaret, John and Frances Anderson from Ireland to Philadelphia and from thence into this colony at his own charge and that this is the first time of his proving his rights in order to obtain land. May 22 1740.

BOOK: Story of William Anderson and his descent is given in the Augusta County Heritage Book 1998 p. 109 submitted by Christos Christou, Jr.

(1) Came likely from Ireland and landed at the port of Philadelphia. (1) Lived for a while in Lancaster Co., PA. (1) Probably lived in East Nottingham Twp., Chester Co., PA. (1) c.1738: (1a) Four brothers, John, James, George and William ANDERSON settled in the Old Stone Church neighborhood of Augusta Co., VA. They were among the first settlers of Augusta Co. and came from PA. (3) Settledin area of Augusta Stone Church, Ft. Defiance. (5) Probably came to VA from PA with the first wave of Scotch-Irish immigration which followed in the wake of John LEWIS, the pioneer settler of Augusta Co., VA. Seven qr incor eight heads of families who bore the name of ANDERSON were among the earliest settlers of Augusta Co., VA. Whether related to each other in any degree is not definitely known, but four of them, John, George, William and James, settled in the Stone Church neighborhood and are believed to have been brothers. The other ANDERSON referred to settled on Borden's grant in what is now Rockbridge Co. and are not believed to have been related to those who located on or near Middle River in Augusta Co. (1) The brothers John, James, George and William ANDERSON received from King George II grants of large tracts of land in Augusta Co., VA, as early as 1738. (1h) 1740, 22 May: George ANDERSON came into Orange Co., VA court and saith, that he imported himself, Elizabeth his wife, William, Margaret and John and Francis ANDERSON from Ireland to Philadelphia, and from thence into this Colony. (1) 1740, 10 Jun - 1747, 5 Mar: William ANDERSON received land grants amounting to about 1300 acres in Augusta Co., VA. (1) The ANDERSON brothers were staunch supported of the Old Stone Church as long as they lived. (1c) 1742: Served as Ensign under Col. James PATTON, Orange Co., VA. (1) 1747-1760, 15 Jul: Purchased more land in Augusta Co., VA. (7) 1760: Served under Col. William BYRD and at King's Mountain. (4) 1788, Mar: Judgement recorded in the case of William ANDERSON vs. Samuel ANDERSON and Sarah his wife, Augusta Co., VA. Writ issued 6 Nov 1788. (4) 1789, May: Judgement recorded in the case of Samuel ANDERSON and Sarah his wife vs. William ANDERSON, Augusta Co., VA. Writ issued 8 Mar 1788. (1g,4,6) 1792, 27 Aug: William ANDERSON wrote his will, Augusta Co., VA. (1g,6) Mentions wife Elizabeth and children Margaret, Mary, John, Rebecca, Elizabeth, William, George, Robert, Alexander and Jean, and includes the names of his daughters' husbands. (6) Left daughter Margaret and her husband James CLENDENING some land which was to be divided with her half sisters and their husbands. (1g) Named executors, son John ANDERSON and David McNARE. (7) Left his son John 244 acres, his son Robert 149 acres, and his son Alexander 200 acres. (4) Gave to wife Elizabeth; to son John, tract whereon James BLACK lives, 244 acres; to son, George, tract known as Burnt Cabbin whereon George now lives, adjoining John, Robert and Jacob BAYLOR; to son Robert, 149 acres whereon Ro. now lives; to son Alexander, home plantation, 290 acres; to sons-in-law and their wives, viz: James CLENDENNING and wife Margaret, Wm. SKILLINGS and wife Mary, James GRIGSBY and wife Rebecca, Samuel ANDERSON and wife Elizabeth; to daughter Jean ANDERSON. Executors, son John and David McNARE. Teste: Edward BREADIN Sr. and Jr.; George BREADEN. (1g,4) 1794, Jun: Will proved, Augusta Co., VA. (1g) By witnesses Edwin BREEDIN Sr., Edwin BREADIN Jr., and George BREADIN. (4) 1813, 24 Aug: BELL vs. ANDERSON, Augusta Co., VA. On 17 Mar 1778, David BELL made an entry in Augusta for 400 acres adjoining his own and HALL's and MOFFETT's lands. David died 1780 and William BELL, his heir at law, became entitled, who had the survey made and conveyed to orator, James BELL. On 12 Jun 1772, William ANDERSON located 100 acres adjoining. Robert ANDERSON, son of William, sold to DETRICK. Answer by Alexander ANDERSON, son of William.

From Jennett Pearson Here is where Sr. acquired some land in Augusta Co, VA.

I just found William and then his connection to Scotland. Here is some history on him:

Family links:

 Margaret Hannah Anderson (1720 - 1743)*
 Elizabeth Campbell Anderson (1725 - 1804)*

 James Anderson (1740 - 1814)*
 Margaret Anderson Clendenin (1743 - 1805)*
 John Anderson (1750 - 1817)*
 George Anderson (1758 - 1814)*
 Alexander Anderson (1762 - 1825)*
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Inscription: Tombstone not found.

Burial: Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fort Defiance Augusta County Virginia, USA

James is the first proven ancestor of the Anderson family of old Lauren's District, South Carolina.

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James Anderson's Timeline

Ulster, Ireland
Age 14
Lunenburg, VA, United States
Age 22
VA, United States
Age 31
Orange County, Province of North Carolina
Age 34
Cecil, Maryland, USA
May 18, 1782
Age 66
Augusta County, Virginia, United States