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John Smith Anderson
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Birth: Mar. 29, 1843
Hancock County
Ohio, USA
Death: Aug. 13, 1927
Los Angeles County
California, USA

John was born in Findlay, Ohio, in 1843. His parents were Samuel and Margaret Anderson. He was the second son and the seventh child in a family of eight -- six girls, two boys.

John's dad died in Marion Ohio when John was seven. Later, he as his brother moved to Indiana to work in a sawmill. His mother died in Findlay sometime around 1877 we believe after having remarried to a man named Angsburg. In his teens, he worked in a sawmill in Liberty Mills, Wabash, IN. Samuel, his older brother, lived with him.

In June of 1861, at 18, he went down to Indianapolis and enlisted in the 13th Indiana Infantry. He mustered out in July of 1864 after achieving the rank of division wagoner.

John tried returning to sawmill work in Laketon, IN, after he left the army, but the profound deafness he acquired in the war from having to maintain company wagons close to artillery made it dangerous for him to work in a sawmill.

John tried farming as a career in Heyworth, Il, near his sister Martha. Frustrated with the wet and cold of Illinois, he gave up farming and traveled to Texas where he found his life long profession as a cattleman.

Finding Texas a tough place for a former union soldier, John returned to farming in the late 1860s. Traveling to Humboldt, KS, to be near his sister, he briefly worked driving a stage and handling the U.S. Mail, before he bought a farm in the Cottage Grove township near his sister Barbara Ann who had married John Gillespie some time before. It was there in Humboldt, KS, that he met Lurena Lockhart, fell in love, married, and started his family. Three of his four children were born in Humboldt, KS.

In the mid 1870s, livestock farming turned sour as the inexpensive longhorn cattle being brought up from Texas ate into his profits. Figuring that if he couldn't beat them, he would join them, John sold his farm and took his family, including two brothers-in-law, down to Texas to work cattle eventually ending up in Red River Station, TX, a major access portal to the infamous Chisholm Trail. The Census shows John and his brothers-in-law Josiah and Joseph Lockhart worked various ranches while his wife Lurena and his children lived in Red River Station.

From there, in the mid 1880's they migrated up the Chisholm Trail to Arkansas City, KS, waiting for the Indian / Oklahoma Territory to open up to settlers. They became part of the Oklahoma Sooner movement and several times tried to settle the territory before it officially opened up. During this time, so sure was he like so many others that Oklahoma was going to be his family's home that he named his last child, a girl, Oklahoma. She was born in Arkansas City, KS, though.

Tragically, John's beloved "Lurany" died before it could happen. The newspaper the Arkansas City Republican at the time reported that she died of heart disease. John found that her loss coupled with the lung problems John acquired in the Civil War plus raising children by himself made settling Oklahoma unfeasible. So, he moved the family to move to Gila Bend, AZ, where doctors told John that the hot and arid Arizona climate would be better suited to his lung problems and overall health. Arriving on Dec. 16th, 1887, John soon formed the Gila Land and Cattle Company, and found that the doctors were correct in that the hot and dry Arizona climate were much better for his health.

John would remain there for many years cutting quite a figure in the local landscape as a progressive and substantial cattle rancher. He would serve on educational committees, attend G.A.R. functions, and sometimes appear in court defending Josiah, his only son.

The family sold the Gila Bend ranch in 1912, the year Arizona became a state, and each would go their separate directions. John remained in the Phoenix area and would visit his son, Josiah, his new wife Regna, at Crescent Ranch in Hayden, AZ.

In 1918, spent from years of hard work, he moved into the Old Soldiers home in Sawtelle, CA. Oklahoma Anderson Noonan and her husband Daniel lived nearby so family would always be close during his final years.

After a long life, and maybe proving the old adage that old soldiers never die, they just fade away, John slipped quietly away in the night of Aug. 13, 1927.

He is buried in the Los Angeles National Cemetery along side many of his fellow Civil War soldiers but far away from his beloved "Lurany" to whom he can now be next to electronically because of
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  Lurena Lockhart Anderson (1850 - 1887)*
  Mary A. B. Anderson Murphy (1872 - 1966)*
  Josiah James Anderson (1873 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship
John S. Anderson
Co. A
13 IND. INF.
Los Angeles National Cemetery
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Section 52 Row B Site 17
GPS (lat/lon): 34.06263, -118.45298
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Record added: Mar 04, 2000
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