|Birth: ||Oct. 10, 1822|
|Death: ||Nov. 15, 1897|
"History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania", 1889, Warner & Co., located at the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA. p. 298 - Capt. William B. Anderson, retired captain and boat-owner, postoffice Shoustown, was born in Washington county, Pa Oct. 10, 1822, a son of Hon. Robert and Jemima (Taylor)Anderson.
"History of Allegheny Co, PA" - p. 298
William B. Anderson, at the age of eleven years, went to live with his brother Robert S. and go to school, and did attend school six months, and then went in his store, and continued clerking until April, 1843; then started a grocery himself in Pittsburgh and continued it until the fire of 1845, and after the great fire of April 10, 1845, he was left penniless. He next took a position as clerk on the steamer Lake Erie, under Gen. Charles M. Reed of Erie, PA; clerked on that boat and on the Michigan No. 2 and the Beaver three years. Next he took a clerkship on the Clipper No. 2, one of the seven daily packets making weekly trips between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, Ohio, making 138 round trips on thata boat. Then he formed a partnership with Capt. Samuel C. Young and others and built various passenger and freight boats to run on low water between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati; they built some twenty passenger and freight boats, and generally sold them to run on small rivers in the south. In 1860? Capt. Young died. At that time they were running four packets from Pittsburgh to Memphis, Tenn. (there is much more information on boat building in this book).
September 15, 1853, at Cincinnati, Ohio, Capt. Anderson married Louisa Fischgens, a native of Pittsburgh and a daughter of Joseph L. and Ann (Woolslayer) Fischgens. Her father was born in Cologne, Prussia, and her mother in Pittsburgh. Capt. and Mrs. Anderson have five children: William Y., married to Nancy C. McKinley and residing in Shousetown, Pa.; Anna M., married July 3, 1888, to Edward A. Hart, of Shousetown, Pa,; John L; Robert and Harry C. reside on the homestead. The homstead is where the family still reside and have resided since Aug. 1, 1855.
The length of time employed by Capt. W.B. Anderson in the boating business was twenty-five years, and during all that time there never was an accident of any kind causing loss of life happened, although he made many narrow escapes. On the last trip of the Kenton, the Memphis packet that he was on, he had presented to him a pass from Memphis to Charleston with a view of going from Charleston to New York by coast, and from there to Pittsburgh by rail and be at Pittsburgh in time to meet his boat, but through the persuasion of Capt. Crooks and other personal friends, of Memphis, he did not take that route, but continued on the boat, and that very day commenced the firing into Fort Sumter, and as they went up the river things began to appear lively, but they made the trip safely and concluded to lay up at Pittsburgh till they saw more about what was to happen, and they did see a great deal of it before it was all over.
Obituary: Captain W.B. Anderson Dead.
Captain W.B. Anderson, of Anderson station, on the P.&L.E. railroad, who was one of the old river captains, died last evening at 7:40 o'clock. Captain Anderson in early years was well known to all the rivermen. He was engaged in taking coal down the river when that business was yet young. He was 75 years of age and lived for many years on the P.&L.E. railroad at the station which bears his name. He owned large tracts of land in Chesson township. The funeral will be at his late residence to-morrow afternoon.
(bio by: Lola Weber)
Robert Anderson (1776 - 1836)
Jemima Taylor Anderson (1787 - 1864)
Mary Louisa Fischgens Anderson (1837 - 1911)*
William Y. Anderson (1855 - 1890)*
Anna Margaret Anderson Hart (1857 - 1945)*
John L. Anderson (1859 - 1922)*
Robert Edward Anderson (1861 - 1890)*
Harry C. Anderson (1865 - 1890)*
Joseph Cloud Swearingen (1808 - 1855)**
Margaret Clark Anderson Young (1812 - 1889)*
James B Anderson (1815 - 1850)*
Julia Ann Anderson Porter (1818 - 1881)*
Hetty Ann Anderson (1820 - 1829)*
William B. Anderson (1822 - 1897)
David Shields Anderson (1825 - 1899)*
John Clark Anderson (1828 - 1928)*
Mary Jane Anderson Allison (1832 - 1853)*
Note: no readable headstone found
Created by: Jean Doherty
Record added: Jan 01, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 102915053