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Amasa Augustus "Gus" Anderson
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Birth: Sep. 21, 1844
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA
Death: Apr. 9, 1920
Newton County
Missouri, USA

Amasa (pronounced AM-ah-see) Augustus "Gus" Anderson and his twin sister Mary Ann were the first born offspring of Samuel Anderson and his wife Florella Chandler, both natives of New York state, who were wed in South Bend, Indiana, 9 December 1843.

A Chandler family history published in 1949 records the sojourns of Samuel and Florella and their young family. After making their home in Indiana for five years, Samuel Anderson hoped to improve his condition through a change of location. They lived in New Buffalo, Michigan, until 1855, when they sought better land in Minnesota, and passed two years at Spring Valley and an equal time near Albert Spring Lake.

The westward journey resumed by covered wagon, with a brief stop in Emporia, Kansas, ending at the frontier in Butler County. But in 1860 the family "were obliged to flee from the Indians," and they spent a year in Wright County, Missouri (the 1860 census records them in Morris Township, Texas County, Missouri), and another year in Lawrence County, Arkansas.

The threat of conscription into the Confederate army caused a return to Kansas. On 22 June 1862, Amasa enlisted in Co. K, Second Kansas Cavalry. His father enlisted 18 August 1862 at Emporia, serving in the Eleventh Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Cavalry.

The Andersons arrived at Newton County, Missouri, in the spring of 1866. Gus was married to Mary Catherine Moser on 8 May 1867 and they settled on a farm in the community of Thurman (later named Saginaw). He helped haul lumber from the old Freeman mill, north of Saginaw, to build the first frame house of what is now the city of Joplin.

Gus and Mary were the parents of ten children. At the celebration of the couple's golden wedding anniversary in 1917, six of their children were then living, as well as 36 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


Charles H. Chandler. The Descendants of Roger Chandler of Concord Mass. Provo: Herald Printing Co., 1949.

"Celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversary." Joplin Globe, 11 May 1917, p.2.
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  Samuel M Anderson (1819 - 1867)
  Florella Chandler Phillips (1825 - 1899)
  Mary Catherine Mosier Anderson (1849 - 1928)*
  Nancy Florella Anderson Odom (1867 - 1898)*
  Minnie J Anderson McAfee (1869 - 1911)*
  Mary Ellen Anderson Lilly (1873 - 1942)*
  James F. Anderson (1875 - 1970)*
  John Columbus Anderson (1879 - 1948)*
  Cora M Anderson Craig (1881 - 1971)*
  Perry Anderson (1883 - 1965)*
  Leonard Augustus Anderson (1890 - 1965)*
  Amasa Augustus Anderson (1844 - 1920)
  Mary Ann Anderson Mosier (1844 - 1884)*
  John Joseph Anderson (1857 - 1931)*
*Calculated relationship
Saginaw Cemetery
Newton County
Missouri, USA
Maintained by: Amy Suzanne Martin
Originally Created by: Kim Slayton
Record added: Jul 17, 2005
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Amasa Augustus Gus Anderson
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