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Hiram King "Uncle King" Anderson
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Birth: 1789
Spartanburg County
South Carolina, USA
Death: 1871
Madison County
Tennessee, USA


Tales of Other Days in Madison by Chas W. McMillin

UNCLE KING ANDERSON: Hiram K. Anderson, the subject of this sketch, was born in Davidson County(actually not true-(he was born in Spartanburg County, SC; however, he did live in Davidson County and married Susan Newsom there) and moved to Madison County in 1825.

His father was one of the three that pitched their tents on the Capitol Hill of Tennessee when the Indians were at dagger points with the whites. "Uncle King" Anderson as he was called by all the citizens of Jackson and Madison County, was the same man that beat the drum while Gen. William T. Haskell led the brave Jackson and Madison County boys in the Mexican War.

Uncle King Anderson was a perfect picture of a frontiersman. West Tennessee was then called the Western district; the forest was dense and the undergrowth almost impassable. Bear, deer, catamount, wild cat, and numerous other wild animals were plentiful. Hazelnut bushes, chinquapin bushes, and others grew in abundance. Such was West Tennessee when Uncle King Anderson first set foot on it.

He was a man of three wars. He had a limited education, like many of the pioneers but was kindhearted and true to a friend. He was not a tall man; but his massive chest and arms evidenced a great strength. With his shirt open, and his brawny arms uncovered, he presented a picture that anyone would look at and admire. He was a man of the woods; and just such a man as was born to blaze a way through the wilderness.

Bands of Indian hunters from the Cherokee and Chickasaw tribes often chased deer and other game along the banks of Forked Deer River. At times the braves of one or other of these tribes come to this section in search of "human" game. Many a redskin bit the dust as a result of coming into range of an old long-barreled flint-lock rifle. Uncle King Anderson had one of these old guns and his bore a special "pet name"ójust what this name was, we have been unable to find out. But it could have been called "Trusty" for every time Uncle King drew a bead on a deer, bear, squirrel or other game, the home-made bullet seldom missed its mark. It was said that he would never strike the body of a squirrel or wild turkey but send a shot right through the head.

FIDDLER JOHNSON-There was another stalwart pioneer who lived near Mr. Anderson by the name of James Johnson. He was called by everyone in Jackson and Madison County "Fiddler Jim Johnson": he was a great fiddler. And many of the boys and girls of Madison County dancing to his fiddle, skipped over the rough board floors of the cabins one hundred and fifteen or twenty years ago.

But now a bit more about Hiram K. (Uncle King) Anderson. As was said above, he was in three wars. First, the Creek War, fighting Indians; then again when the Redskins went on the warpath in Florida; and last the Mexican War.

As has been mentioned previously in this column, the plot of ground that is today occupied by the Colonial Bakery of Jackson was once a grove that was used for all kinds of public gatherings. General Andrew Jackson, on one of his many trips to the city that was named for him, addressed a large crowd in this old meeting place. Squirrel stew, barbecue and a huge ashcake that weighed 130 pounds were items of food for the day. And Uncle King Anderson and a man by the name of Vick, baked this ponderous ashcake. Dr. Thomas C. Reavis assisted the two in preparing the barbecue and squirrel stew.

After the dinner was over, Gen. Jackson arose and said, "Fellow citizens, I want to shake the hands of the men who baked this mighty ashcake and cooked this long-to-be-remembered squirrel stew and barbecue".

Uncle King Anderson and the other two were presented to the great Jackson, and he took each by the hand and with a firm grip thanked them for that they had done, saying, "Gentlemen, I will never forget you for this happy occasion."

Uncle King Anderson died at the age of 82. His dust is now buried under the sod of the old Pleasant Hill graveyard.

Transcribed article courtesy of Mary Beth Marchant.
Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery
Madison County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: Lynda Gregory Friesen
Record added: Aug 18, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95557922
Hiram King Uncle King Anderson
Added by: Lynda Gregory Friesen
Hiram King Uncle King Anderson
Added by: Lynda Gregory Friesen
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