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Charles Ralston Anderson
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Birth: Dec. 10, 1859
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jan. 7, 1916
Colusa County
California, USA

Charles Ralston Anderson is well documented in census and other records, as well as in family photos. He was NOT in the New York Infantry, and he did NOT fight in the Civil War (as the marker that has been placed for him suggests). He is on the 1860 census (two years old), and he was a young child when the Civil War started. A descendant of the Anderson family who has researched the question advises that there was a Charles Anderson in the company indicated on the marker, but he was born in the Midwest (and he was a generation older than Charles Ralston Anderson).

It appears that the error occurred because someone (apparently a civic group) at some point tried to match names in the cemetery with military records in order to place military headstones, and somehow combined the information for two different men named Charles Anderson. There is a "military biography" on USGenWeb for Colusa ( ), which incorrectly recites the same dates that are on the headstone shown here (which is, in fact, at the site of the real Charles Ralston Anderson's grave); the bio gives details about Civil War battles fought, etc.

The bio also incorrectly states that Charles was born in 1839 and that he was the son of James Anderson and Nancy Jane Gower (Tennessee marriage records show that a James Anderson and a Nancy Gower were married in December 1862, but Charles' census and other records show that his parents were William Carroll Anderson and Aletha Draper).

Nothing is known about the daughters (likely infants) who apparently were buried in the same plot with Charles and Rose.

Family links: 
  Rose McCombs Anderson (1863 - 1910)*
  Joseph West Anderson (1896 - 1970)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: date of death is January 7, 1916, per California death index 1905-1939 (listed as Charles L Anderson, age 56, died in Colusa County)
Colusa Community Cemetery
Colusa County
California, USA
Plot: Section I Lot 6 Grave 6
Maintained by: McComberdescendant
Originally Created by: rhondajo
Record added: Jul 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93961340
Charles Ralston Anderson
Added by: McComberdescendant
Charles Ralston Anderson
Added by: Colusa County Historical Researcher
Charles Ralston Anderson
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Added by: Dan Southam
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