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James Nelson Anderson
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Birth: Sep. 18, 1852
Porter County
Indiana, USA
Death: Dec. 8, 1928
Porter County
Indiana, USA



Source: The Descendants of ROBERT ANDERSON OF MARSHALL GROVE (Porter County, Indiana) 1807-1985 ~ Allen G. Hamann, editor May 1985.

Chapter Seven: James Nelson Anderson Family

As the father of nine children, one of whom produced ten offspring, the James Anderson family may well qualify as the largest of the Robert Anderson lines. Along with Newt's adopted daughter Mary, the only surviving grandchildren of Robert Anderson include James' three youngest daughters -- Edith (who at 95 still lives an active life in a Chicago-area retirement home); Roxie (age 91, in Colorado Springs, CO. when not visiting her daughters.) It is impossible to sufficiently thank these three for the tremendous help they have provided in this entire project.
Although someone in the family may know for certain, the editor has never heard any reference to where James received his name. One cannot help but wonder, however, if there is any connection between his middle name "Nelson" and the fact that his parents were involved in a double wedding at which his mother's sister (Mary Biggart) married John M. Nelson.
In 1876, James married Jessie Stoddard, daughter of a prominent Porter County farmer of the Tassinong area, William Stoddard. Mr. Stoddard had been born in Canada, and had come to Porter County with his parents in 1837, where they eventually established the large homestead known as "Tassinong Maples," which is now occupied by the Richard Anderson family. The Stoddard genealogy has been traced back through Ontario and Connecticut to 1500 England. Jessie's mother was Anna Rinker from a famous family in Shenandoah Co., VA., whose roots are known back to 1500 Switzerland. It is through Anna's maternal grandfather, Jacob Helsley, that the family has entrance to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Sometime after their marriage, James and Jessie moved to the farm later known as the "Hebe Anderson farm," located just west of her parents' farm, and from where they could eventually lend assistance in tending both places. Presumably, all but the youngest of their children were born there, with next-to-youngest Roxie being born just 26 days after her Grandma Stoddard's death in June of 1893.
From this information shared by the daughters, one learns that James and Jessie eventually purchased "Tassinong Maples" from her father, and he lived with them until his death in Jan. 1905. Dorothy had been born there in 1899. About 1905, the old house was moved, and the new (current) house was begun. One daughter remembers that the paid carpenters kept on working in spite of the children being quarantined with measles and a light attack of small pox. Some of the black walnut panels from the original house, originally cut from farm trees, were polished and used in the new house.
One cannot talk long about "Tassinong Maples" without realizing that it served as the family hotel for Andersons, Stoddards and Rinkers -- whether for an overnight stay, or as an "extra bedroom" where one of the family lived for several months. Gradually, the future focal point of the Andersons was shifting from Marshall Grove to the Tassinong area.
On 14 Jun 1916, less than a week after the death of James' brother Samuel, the family was shocked by the death of Jessie (Stoddard) Anderson at age 59. She had gone to Palo Alto, CA. to visit two of her Stoddard nephews who were doctors in that area, when she took sick. In a letter written 8 Jun 1916 to her daughter Bess' step-mother Rose Zorn, Jessie described the beauty of California, but then shared the dismay of her eye problems which had left her almost blind. In spite of this, she seemed in good spirits. However, less than a week later, her doctor-nephews were called upon to perform an emergency hysterectomy, but she died that night in her sleep.
Following her death, a familiar farm pattern was repeated. Eldest daughter Bess and her husband, George Koontz, moved to Tassinong Maples with their three-year-old daughter Mary (now Mary Hamann). There they kept house and cared for James until his death in 1928, while George ran the two farms at Marshall Grove and Tassinong. George and Bess Koontz remained at Tassinong until at least Mary's 1937 marriage and possibly until his death in 1939. The next owner of Tassinong Maples was Richard Anderson, whose father Hebe had taken over the farm to the west when his own father, James Anderson had made the move to Tassinong Maples. In the ensuing years, Rich Anderson's family has continued to maintain the old Stoddard homestead of Tassinong Maples. The farm to the west was maintained by Hebe Anderson, then his son Nelson ("Bat"), and then Nelson's son Robert and family. Meanwhile, Fred and Mary Hamann, along with their son Larry, are the current proprietors of that part of the Marshall Grove farm still in the family.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert Anderson (1807 - 1892)
  Elizabeth Biggart Anderson (1813 - 1906)
 
 Spouse:
  Jessie S. Stoddard Anderson (1857 - 1916)
 
 Children:
  Bessie Anderson Koontz (1878 - 1967)*
  Glen Loyd Anderson (1879 - 1885)*
  Heber Newton Anderson (1881 - 1956)*
  James Leland Anderson (1883 - 1913)*
  Jeanette Anderson Kosanke (1887 - 1979)*
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas B. Anderson (1836 - 1920)**
  Joseph Miram Anderson (1846 - 1853)*
  Margaret Matilda Anderson (1848 - 1924)*
  William Newton Anderson (1849 - 1938)*
  James Nelson Anderson (1852 - 1928)
  Mary P. Anderson (1854 - 1919)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
JAMES N. ANDERSON
SEPT. 18, 1852
DEC. 8, 1928

 
Burial:
Adams Cemetery
Valparaiso
Porter County
Indiana, USA
 
Maintained by: Sherri C.
Originally Created by: Kathy
Record added: Sep 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41650258
James Nelson Anderson
Added by: Kathy
 
 
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Belated Birthday Blessings, James...
- Sherri C.
 Added: Sep. 21, 2012

- Sherri C.
 Added: Jan. 30, 2012
 
 
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