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James Anderson
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Birth: 1745, Scotland
Death: 1807
New Kent County
Virginia, USA

Born at Inverkeithing, which is about 40 miles north of Edinburg on his father's farm. Eventually, he would be apprenticed out to work on a farm and learn various and new methods being adapted. By the end of a two year apprentiship he would find himself managing the farm estate of the owners uncle. He would remain at this position for two years. He would have his own farm where he not only tilled the soil, but had a mill and a distillery. For 19 long years he would work his property.

He became the husband of Helen Gordon in February. He would be the father of 7 children, all thought to have been born in Scotland.

He and his family came to America in the 1790's, where for two years rented a farm in Fairfax County near the home of George Washington.

In 1796 he became the manager for Washington at Mt. Vernon and he is credited with the idea of putting in a distillery on the plantation, since grain grew in abundance there. Washington gave him the go ahead and one was built, then enlarged. It turned into a very profitable venture for Washing. Though there were times when Washington and he disagreed, they still could manage to work it out and continue the farming relationship they had built.

After Washington's death he remained and didn't leave until after her death in 1802. At that time he became the manager at White House Plantation, that had been the home of Martha Washington and her first husband. At the time of his going there it was in the hands of George Washington Parke Custis, Martha's grandson. This plantation would eventually become the property of Mary Custis and General Robert E. Lee, passed onto their son. Sadly, much damage was done the property and house burnt during the Civil War.

Apparently Custis and James Anderson had a good working relationship, as James would remain there until his death.



Family links: 
  Helen Gordon Anderson (____ - 1809)*
  James Anderson (____ - 1815)*
  Alexander Anderson (1785 - 1844)*
*Calculated relationship
White House Plantation
White House
Page County
Virginia, USA
Created by: charlott jones
Record added: Mar 20, 2013
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