|Death: ||Jan. 12, 1895|
Andrew Jackson Anderson, nicknamed "Dinks," was born in Smith County, Tennessee, in either September or November of 1849, the son of Overton B. and Mary "Pop" McDonald Anderson.
He married Charity Dickins in Smith County (bond made September 15, 1869), and they had three sons, Sammy, Walter, and George. Charity died about 1881 and soon thereafter, Andrew Jackson took his boys and joined a wagon train to Fannin County, Texas. (He was living in Dodd City, Fannin County, March 15, 1883, from an envelope addressed to him there by his sister, Tennessee F. Anderson). In a newspaper article that appeared in a Texas newspaper in celebration of Walter Hughes Anderson's ninety-seventh birthday, it stated that Walter Anderson recalled coming to Texas with his father at about the age of 8 years and living with an uncle and aunt named Young at Dodd City for a period.
Andrew Jackson Anderson married Ellen Elizabeth Ball, July 5, 1883, in Fannin County. Andrew Jackson became ill and the family (Andrew, Elizabeth, and their two oldest sons, Andrew Pinkstaff and James Porter) moved to Tennessee about 1894 to stay with Andrew Jackson's parents and receive treatments from his father, who was a practicing doctor. Andrew Jackson died January 12, 1895, at Bloomington Springs, Putnam County, Tennessee, and was buried on the hill in front of his father's door. Cause of his death was diagnosed as "catarrh of the throat." Andrew Jackson's and Elizabeth's twin daughters were born in April 1895, after their father died. One of them died at the age of six weeks.
His widow wrote a letter to her stepsons, back in Indian Territory, telling them of their father's death. Text of of written by Ellen Elizabeth Anderson, to her three step-sons, from Bloomington, Putnam County, Tennessee, January 14, 1895, is quoted: "Dear Boys, Samie, Walter, and Georgie: I will rite you a few lines to let you know that your pa died Saturday the 12 and was burried yesterday the 13. The weather was so cold and bad we could not carry him to where your mother was burried, he was burried on the hill here in front of your grandpa's dore. Boys, he was the pirtiest corps you ever seen and he was put away as nice as any body you ever seen put in the ground...it took all the money I had to put your pa away nice. If you can raise money enough and send to me, I will have a nice tombstone put to his grave. Well, Boys, I can't rite much this time--you must rite to me, rite on just the same. Vernie Austin has rote some to you boys to send in this letter, so I will close till I hear from you. Yours as ever, E. E. Anderson. Your grandmother says to tell you she would like to see you the best in the world--she says tell you all to rite."
In a visit to Tennessee in the summer of 1973 by the researcher, the property where Overton B. Anderson lived in 1895 in the town of Bloomington Springs, Putnam County, Tennesee, was located. There was a hill directly across the road and in front of where his house stood. On that hill was a cemetery, containing several unmarked graves. John Norton, on whose property the cemetery was located in 1973, recalled hearing the cemetery referred to as the Anderson Cemetery many years ago, although he also believed it had at one time been an old Indian burial ground. There were no tombstones or markers.
Overton B Anderson (1825 - 1908)
Mary Frances McDonald Anderson (1825 - 1901)
Charity Dickins Anderson (1853 - 1881)*
Ellen Elizabeth Ball Garrett (1858 - 1926)*
Sammy Hampton Anderson (1873 - ____)*
Walter Hughes Anderson (1875 - 1973)*
Andrew Pinkstaff Anderson (1888 - 1918)*
James Porter Anderson (1892 - 1983)*
Lillie Mae Anderson (1895 - 1895)*
Ida Pearl Anderson Kiehlbauch (1895 - 1970)*
Created by: Janie Anderson
Record added: Jan 31, 2013
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