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Rev James Anderson
Birth: Nov. 17, 1678
Glasgow
Glasgow City, Scotland
Death: Jul. 16, 1740
Donegal Springs
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA

"Rev. James Anderson, of Donegal," as he came to be known, "was one of the founders of the Presbyterian Church in America. Donegal Church, one of the most interesting Scotch-Irish settlements in the country, was planted on the banks of the Schecassalungo Creek in 1714.""Rev. James Anderson, of Donegal," as he came to be known, "was one of the founders of the Presbyterian Church in America. Donegal Church, one of the most interesting Scotch-Irish settlements in the country, was planted on the banks of the Schecassalungo Creek in 1714."

James Anderson was twice married. First to Suit Garland, as said, and second to Rebecca Crawford, who survived him. His children, however, were all by his first wife—eleven in number.
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Biography
I. JAMES ANDERSON, b. November 17, 1678, in Scotland; was educated at Edinburgh, under the care of Principal Stirling. He was ordained by Irvine Presbytery, November 17, 1708, with a view to his settlement in Virginia. He sailed March 6, 1709, and arrived in the Rappahannock on the 22d of April following; but the condition of affairs not being favorable for introducing any other religion than that of the established Church of England in that Colony, he came northward, and was received by the Presbytery September 20 following. He settled at New Castle, where he was installed pastor in 1713. In 1714, out of regard for the desolate condition of the people in Kent County, he was directed to supply them monthly on a Sabbath, and also to spend a Sabbath at Cedar Creek, in Sussex. In 1716, receiving a call from the first church organization of New York City, he went there and labored with his accustomed zeal and energy; but his strict Presbyterianism and rigid Scottish habits and doctrines were distasteful to the people, and his charge, consequently, did not prove to be happy or comfortable, and he desired a removal. He was called, September 24, 1726, to Donegal, on the Susquehanna, and accepted. He was installed the last Wednesday in August 1727. In September, 1729, he gave every fifth Sabbath to the people on Swatara, and joined the congregation of Derry, thus becoming the first settled pastor over that church, until the call to Rev. William Bertram, in 1732. He died July 16, 1740. In the language of Presbytery, "he was high in esteem for circumspection, diligence, and faithfulness as a Christian minister." His name and fame are associated with the early history of the Presbyterian church in America. He was a man of talent, learning, and piety, a graceful and popular preacher -- a leader among men. Mr. Anderson was twice married; m., first, February, 1713, Mistress Suit Garland, dau. of Sylvester Garland, of the head of Apoquinimy, Delaware, who d. December 24, 1736, and lies buried in Donegal
Churchyard, where a large flat stone marks the resting place of herself and her distinguished husband. From a mutilated leaf in the Rev. James Anderson's Bible, (Imprint "Edinburgh, A.D. 1676,") on which was recorded the family registry, is copied the following imperfect list of births and deaths. In his will he names only James, Susannah and Thomas, but refers to all his children. He left a large estate, including most of the land upon which Marietta now stands, a valuable ferry-right called "Anderson's Ferry," land on the opposite side of the river, together with several slaves:
2. i. Garland, b. Nov. 21, 1714; married Jane Chevalier.
3. ii. Ann, b. July 24, 1716, in New Castle; m. John Stewart.
iii. [. . . ], b. Feb. 17, 1717-8, in New York.
iv. [. . .]. b. Feb. 23, 1718-9, in New York.
4. v. James, b. May 14, 1721 ; m. Ruth Bayley.
vi. [a son], b. Dec. 18, 1722, in New York.
vii John, b. Jan. 13, 1724-5, in New York.
viii. Susannah, b. Oct. 4, 1725-6, in New York.
ix. [a son], b. March ---,
x. [. . .], b. July ---.
xi. Thomas.
The Rev. James Anderson m., secondly, December 27, 1737, REBECCA CRAWFORD, of Donegal. After his death the Widow Anderson married Joshua Baker, whose daughter, Mary Baker, became the wife of the Rev. John Elder, of Paxtang. Several of his children appear to have died young, and none of his descendants remain in Lancaster County.


 
 
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 Parents:
  John Gaal Anderson (1636 - 1710)
  Susannah Hamilton Anderson (1636 - ____)
 
 Spouses:
  Suit Garland Anderson (1676 - 1736)
  Rebecca Crawford Anderson (1682 - ____)*
 
 Children:
  Garland Anderson (1714 - 1781)*
  Ann Anderson (1716 - 1810)*
  Mary Anderson (1718 - ____)*
  Sylvester Anderson (1719 - ____)*
  James Anderson (1721 - 1790)*
  Robert Anderson (1722 - ____)*
  John Anderson (1723 - 1781)*
  William Anderson (1726 - ____)*
  Thomas Anderson (1730 - 1814)*
 
 Sibling:
  George Anderson (1654 - 1754)*
  James Anderson (1678 - 1740)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Bio & Link to Parents provided by Vicki Hittson (#47380664)
 
Burial:
Donegal Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Mount Joy
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
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Record added: Nov 01, 2005
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Gateway ancestor; 7th Great Grandfather. He prepared his children to give their lives for freedom in America. 2 sons and 2 grandsons gave their lives in the Revolutionary War. The Andersons continued defending our USA for generations more. I pray God con...(Read more)
- Vicki Hittson
 Added: Jan. 22, 2017
Reverend James Anderson and Suit Garland Anderson gave America her independence and freedom through the blood of their sons and daughters. I look forward to rejoicing in heaven with many generations of this family that blessed all of us.
- Vicki Hittson
 Added: Jul. 15, 2016
Rest in peace to my 7th great-grandfather and Masonic Brother.
- Trooper
 Added: Apr. 19, 2016
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