Maj Leonard Wade Anderson

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Maj Leonard Wade Anderson

Prince Edward County, Virginia, USA
Death 2 Feb 1902 (aged 80)
Stokes County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Pine Hall, Stokes County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 12247146 · View Source
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Along with his wife, Martha Fontaine Anderson (a great-granddaughter of Patrick Henry), he was the builder of Pine Hall Plantation in the 1850's. The home sat along the Dan River, and consisted of 3000 acres. Clay from the river bottom was used to make the bricks. The 1860 census shows that they had a son, Nathaniel, who was 17 and a daughter, Augusta, who was 4 years of age at the time.
Leonard Wade Anderson was born in Virginia in 1820 and died in 1902. He married Martha Anne Fontaine (1822 - 1915) in 1841 in Henry County, Virginia. In 1853 he bought 747 acres in Stokes County on the Dan River, at Ladds' Ford, from William Fewell who left for Missouri. There he began construction of a house probably on the exact same site as the Constantine Ladd house. The main section of the house was completed in 1855.
In 1856, Anderson owned eight slaves which eventually numbered thirty. The property consisted of six log slave cabins, a log kitchen, and the two-story frame residence.

During the latter part of the Civil War, Anderson became a major in the Confederate Quartermaster Corps. He built a quartermaster commissary on his property to the rear of the house. After the war, he developed extensive agricultural and business interests but struggled to operate his plantation. For a time, he hired "bound boys" from the courts in Winston to help operate the farm.

Having no children of their own, the Andersons adopted the majors' neice, who became known as, Margaret Augusta Anderson. They also adopted a son, Nathaniel, who was born in 1842.
Nathaniel served in the Confederate Army and died in 1862 in Richmond, Virginia.

(Source: Stokes County Historical Society)

Their marriage bond is in Henry County, VA. on 4 Nov. 1841.
It says that Leonard was under the age of 21 and his Guardian was Hugh F. Morton
of Prince Edward County, VA.

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