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Col William Anderson
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Birth: 1693, Ireland
Death: 1796
Mineral County
West Virginia, USA

Husband of Mary Rachel Lauren


From "Life and Letters of Judge Thomas J. Anderson and Wife," by James H. Anderson, Chapter 1:
"(My father's great grandfather) William Anderson, of Scotland, descended from a family of considerable prominence. Born in the Highlands in 1693, implicated in the rising of 1715 in behalf of the pretender, Prince James, son of James II (of England; James VII of Scotland) he fled in disguise, after the cruel suppression of this incipient rebellion, through England to Virginia, where British loyalists of his views ever found a warm welcome. It was not long after his arrival in America, until he received remittances (?gold-from Scotland?) with which he bought real property in Maryland and Virginia. He owned, in 1738, and prior thereto, several plantations in the Conegochiege Manor in Prince George's County, Maryland, one of which was called Anderson's Delight. (Note: It was located near today's Sharpsburg, Frederick County, Maryland. Using the deeds and land descriptions, Jim Burrows plotted the exact location of Anderson's Delight. It was right in the middle of the Antietam battleground, and is part of the National Historic Monument today.) William sold this property to Dr. George Stewart of the city of Annapolis in 1739."

"It was soon after coming to the country, that a rich and beautiful valley far up the Potomac on the North Branch attracted his notice, and on it he encamped and built a hunting lodge. This valley has ever since been known as The Anderson's Bottom. When Hampshire County, Virginia, was erected, it embraced the Anderson Bottom which was only five miles from Fort Cumberland, constructed in 1754."

"He was a brave and burly man and gallantly defended the infant settlements that soon made an appearance near his new home, from the murderous incursions of the Indians. His military experience now was of use to him, for while earnestly striving to avoid conflict with the Indians, he was engaged in many. He recruited a company of soldiers in the Valley of Virginia, which joined General Braddock's army at Ft. Cumberland, in June 1755, and although disastrously defeated by the French and Indians near Ft. Du Quesne, (9 July 1755) these Virginians sustained their ancient reputation for valor.* In war, William Anderson was a good soldier; in peace a good citizen. He died on the Anderson Bottom, in Hampshire County, Virginia, in 1797, at the great age of 104. He died as he lived, a devout member of the Protestant Episcopal Church."

(Note: William's will was submitted to Probate 9 April 1796. If his birth date was 1693, he was about 103 years old.)

Supposed to be buried in the Anderson Burying Grounds, in what is now known as Anderson's Bottom, Mineral County, West Virginia. To my knowledge, the actual cemetery, nor any headstones, have been found on the Anderson's Bottom property. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Rachel Mary Lauren Anderson (1697 - ____)*
 
 Children:
  Thomas J Anderson (1733 - 1808)*
  Agnes Ann Anderson Henshaw (1745 - 1806)*
  Catherine Florence Anderson Forshee (1748 - 1834)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Created by: Melissa Watson Padilla J...
Record added: Aug 03, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74390157
Col William Anderson
Added by: Melissa Watson Padilla Johnson
 
Col William Anderson
Added by: Melissa Watson Padilla Johnson
 
 
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