|Birth: ||Jun. 15, 1830|
|Death: ||Jun. 15, 1864|
31st Texas Cavalry
Confederate States Army
Son of Archibald Anderson of the Isle of Skye, Scotland and Nancy Jane Stewart of Richmond, NC.
Husband of Mary Robinson, a daughter of Neil Robinson and Christian McLennan.
Allen Stewart Anderson was the original land owner of the 5 acres of land which is now known as the Oswald Cemetery, originally known as Clifton Cemetery. On 22 Nov 1877, Flora, who had inherited the land, deeded this 5 acres of land and it was recorded in the Bosque Co., TX Deed Records for "using said 5 acres for the purpose of a grave yard". This land was already in use as a grave yard in the early 1860's. See the Historical Cemetery marker photo on the main cemetery page for Oswald Cemetery for more detail.
From: "The Quirt and the Spur" by Edgar Rye, Pages 333-335:
DEATH OF CAPT. ALLEN S. ANDERSON
In connection with the many events contemporaneous with the carrier of Col. Buck Berry, was the tragic death of Capt. Allen S. Anderson, who was shot by Dick Cox, one of his own scouts, during a raid after a thieving band of Indians in the month of June, 1864. Captain Anderson was one of the pioneer settlers of McLennan county, and moved to Bosque in the spring of 1864, settling in the town of Comanche. On the night following his arrival, June 14th, the Indians silently entered the town and stole all the horses, with the exception of the splendid animal owned by Captain Anderson. During the following morning while the inhabitants of the little hamlet were discussing the situation, several men from the adjacent country arrived with a bunch of horses, and it was decided to organize a scouting party. After all the preparations were completed, Captain Anderson was selected to lead the men on the trail of the Indians. Among those who accompanied Captain Anderson were Captain Cunningham, Aaron and Dave Cunningham, Elias Denton, Dick Cox, Bob Marshal, W. H. Kingsbury, A. C. Pierce, and others not remembered at this late day. The main object of the scout was to ascertain the direction the Indians were traveling on their raid, and, if they were traveling south, to circle in ahead of them and warn the settlers living in the valleys below of town. Failing to discover any signs leading south, Captain Anderson led his men in a wide circle, carefully scrutinizing the surrounding country. At last the scouting party found signs leading west, and followed the dim trail five miles beyond Salt Creek peak, a noted landmark used by the Indians for building signal fires. A brief consultation was held and it was decided that by reason of the fact that no one was known to live west, in danger of being attacked by the marauders, that it would be useless to follow the trail further, especially as no preparations had been made for a long journey. On return of the expedition, when the men were within fifteen miles of Comanche, one of the scouts saw a loose horse with a rope around his neck, and he reported that possibly there were Indians in hiding in the thicket near by. Acting on the strength of this report, Captain Anderson let an attack on the supposed Indians, as his horse outdistanced his command, he made a run for the opposite side of the thicket to cut off any chance of the red warriors' escape. The thicket was so dense that he was obliged to dismount before he could enter. By this time Captain Cunningham and Dick Cox had arrived, and entered the thicket from the other side. Cautiously approaching the center, Dick Cox saw what he believed an Indian crouching down as if to avoid detection, and raised his gun, took deliberate aim and fired a load of buckshot, striking Captain Anderson under his left shoulder near his heart. He uttered a loud scream of pain as he bounded to his feet, and exclaimed "I'm killed," and Cox realized the horrible fact that he had shot his captain. Anderson walked about thirty feet and was caught in the arms of Cox, who was frantic with grief. Cox gently laid him upon the ground and he expired in less than a minute. It was a sorrowful little band of men that carried their captain back to Comanche. Captain Anderson's wife and two children settled in Bosque county, where his son, Archibald D., was elected sheriff at the age of twenty-two. And at one time he owned a half interest in a herd of cattle that ranged in the valley of Bitter Creek west of the Double Mountain fork of the Brazos river. Later Archibald D. married Miss Bertha Thompson. Flora, the daughter of Captain Anderson married Joseph A. Kemp, a successful merchant of Wichita Falls, Texas. Both of the families of Archibald D. Anderson and Joseph A. Kemp settled in Wichita Falls and became prominent in the development of that flourishing little city. The wife of Captain Anderson died at Clifton, Texas.
Archibald Allen Anderson (1792 - 1852)
Mary Robinson McSpadden (1838 - 1869)*
Archibald D Anderson (1857 - 1906)*
Flora Ann Anderson Kemp (1861 - 1957)*
Created by: Sarah Locklin Taylor
Record added: Sep 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42116961