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 Thomas Watkins Anderson

Thomas Watkins Anderson

Upson County, Georgia, USA
Death 24 May 1900 (aged 61)
Gillespie County, Texas, USA
Burial Morris Ranch, Gillespie County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 51795296 · View Source
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Son of Dr. James Anderson and Pricilla Beal Anderson.

Graduated from EMORY COLLEGE, Oxford,Ga.

At an early age, he moved to UNION PARISH,LA.
He operated a cotton gin, a brick kiln, a sorgum mill while there. He was a cotton farmer and a surveyor.

May 3,1862 enlisted in CSA CO E,31st.LA INF. Appointed Ordinance Sgt. 01/29/1863
July 4,1863 taken prisoner at VICKSBURG,MS but was released on July 9,1863.

November 11,1863 while in LA on furlough, he married MARGARET ANN MC FADIN.

Moved to Kerr County, Texas in 1882 with his wife and 5 children. Thomas had contracted TYPHOID right after the CW which necessitated the move from Louisiana. He purchased a section of land near a spot where the North and South Fork of the GUADALUPE RIVER meet. The family lived in a tent until they built a 2 story home.

Thomas Anderson built a mill to make gunpowder for the Confederacy; when the war was over he converted the operation to a gristmill. Farmers came from miles away to have their corn ground, sometimes having to camp near the mill for several days to wait their turn. The settlers had to travel many miles and usually several wagons from a community would come to the mill and camp while their corn was being ground. The camping was enjoyed by all because this was a period of telling the news and helping each other with problems. The miller could only grind forty bushels of corn a day, so the men who were not helping would be doing repairs or talking about the crops. The women kept busy by cooking and sewing and trading stories about their friends or neighbors.

In the early 1870s Anderson added a cotton gin to his operation. A post office opened at Anderson Mill in 1876 with Anderson as postmaster. In 1884 the community had a population of thirty. The Anderson Mill site was awarded a Texas State Historical Marker(Marker Number: 15298)
in 1936, and the ruins of the mill were dismantled in 1941 before the area was inundated by the waters of Lake Travis at the completion of the Mansfield Dam. The Anderson Mill Gardeners joined with family members to build a replica of the mill and museum on land near the original site.

Thomas also owned a Mercantile business in Kerrville,TX.
He built the family another 2 story home there.

Thomas and his wife and family were always devoted in attendance to their church. They were active in the community and schools

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