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Scotland-In a count taken in Scotland for the census of 1861 Anderson was ninth in order of numbers on the list of fifty surnames in greatest bearing there. There were around 28,300 of them and nearly all in the Lowlands. In Ireland to which the name was brought mainly by Scottish migrants after l600 its use was not widespread and it did not appear last century in the list of one hundred surnames most prevalent in the country.

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George Anderson was born on June 29, 1782 in York, Pennsylvania United States, and died at age 53 years old on January 6, 1836. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember George Anderson.
Mary Ann (Anderson) Molson was born on August 14, 1784 in York, York County, Pennsylvaniavania United States to James Anderson and Elizabeth McClay, and had a brother George Anderson. She was in a relationship with Samuel Molson beginning November 6, 1802 in York, York County, Pennsylvania, and had children Samuel D. Molson, John Molson, William Molson, Mary Ann (Molson) Deputie, Robert Molson, David William Molson, George Molson, James Molson, and Sally Molson. Mary Ann Molson died at age 86 years old on August 29, 1870.
Matilda Annie (Anderson) Spencer was born in 1802 in Rhode Island USA, and died at age 77 years old in 1879. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Matilda Annie Anderson Spencer.
Agnes Adamson Anderson
Agnes Adamson Anderson was born on May 5, 1804. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Agnes Adamson Anderson.
Amelia (Anderson) Dalton of Bendigo Australia was born in 1805 in Dublin, D Ireland. She was married to Stephen Sheppard Dalton, and had a child Eliza Ann (Dalton) Glass. Amelia Dalton died at age 67 years old on January 5, 1873 in Eaglehawk, Greater Bendigo City County, VIC Australia.
Maj. General Robert Anderson
Civil War Union Brigadier General. He was a long-time career United States Army officer who is best remembered in history as being in command of Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina when Confederates bombarded it on April 12, 1861, starting the Civil War. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1825, he placed 15th of 37, and his classmates included future Union Generals Charles F. Smith and William R. Montgomery, as well as future Confederate Generals Daniel S. Donelson and Benjamin Huger. His subsequent service was spent mostly in the artillery arm, which he fought in during the Black Hawk War, the various Seminole Wars in Florida, and in the Mexican War (he would receive two brevets for gallantry there). Promoted to Major in 1857, he was placed in command of the forts in Charleston Harbor in November 1860. In April 1861, after a number of Southern states had formed the Confederate States of America, he was presented with a formal surrender demands by Confederate authorities in Charleston, which he refused. After 34 hours of constant shelling, he would capitulate, but not before he saluted the flag with a 50-gun salute. The rebel bombardment and his defense of the Fort constituted the true beginning of the Civil War, and the commander of the Confederate forces that shelled the Fort, General P.G.T. Beauregard, had been taught and mentored by Robert Anderson at West Point. Promoted to Brigadier General after his exchange, his successive Civil War service was brief. General Anderson commanded forces in his native Kentucky for a time, fell ill, and was retired in 1863. When the South surrendered in 1865, General Anderson was detailed to raise the American flag over Fort Sumter exactly four years after he was forced to surrender it. He received the brevet of Major General, US Regular Army in April 1865.
Henry Anderson was born on May 11, 1808, and died at age 100 years old in May 1908. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Henry Anderson.
Frances Anderson of Grafton, Clarence Valley Council County, NSW Australia was born in 1813, and died at age 92 years old on March 18, 1906. Frances Anderson was buried at Grafton Cemetery 209 Villiers St, in Grafton.
William Anderson of Australia was born in 1814 to William Anderson and Eliza Jane (Fullerton) Henderson. He had siblings Anna Jane Henderson, James Carr Anderson, Henry Lyons Henderson, John Podgen Anderson, James Henderson, Robert Samuel Henderson, Phoebe Elizabeth Anderson, Henry Julius Anderson, Alexander Anderson, Robert Anderson, David Thomas Henderson, David Anderson, Frederick William Henderson, William Anderson, Robert Charles Anderson, Edward Thomas Anderson, Frederick James Noel Anderson, Ida May Anderson, Helene Elizabeth Kneebone, John William Anderson, Elizabeth Maitla Anderson, and William Anderson. William Anderson died at age 50 years old in 1864.
Charles Anderson was born on June 1, 1814, and died at age 81 years old on September 2, 1895. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Charles Anderson.
Harold Anderson was born on January 1, 1814, and died at age 162 years old in January 1976. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Harold Anderson.
William Anderson of Australia was born in 1817, and died at age 56 years old in 1873.

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Isabel Alice (Anderson) Barrett was born to Mary (Young) Anderson and Robert Wilson Anderson, and has siblings William Wilson Anderson and Robert Wilson Anderson. Isabel Anderson married Michael Barrett on January 6, 1919 at Heathcote, in Greater Bendigo City County, Victoria Australia. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Isabel Alice (Anderson) Barrett.
Robert Wilson Anderson was born in 1845. He was married to Mary (Young) Anderson, and had children William Wilson Anderson, Robert Wilson Anderson, and Isabel Alice (Anderson) Barrett. Robert Anderson died at age 84 years old on November 17, 1930, and was buried at Heathcote Cemetery 42 Pohlman St, in Heathcote, Greater Bendigo City County, VIC Australia. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Robert Wilson Anderson .
Mary (Young) Anderson of Heathcote, Greater Bendigo City County, VIC Australia was born in 1851. She was married to Robert Wilson Anderson, and had children William Wilson Anderson, Robert Wilson Anderson, and Isabel Alice (Anderson) Barrett. Mary Anderson died at age 78 years old on April 6, 1930 in Heathcote.
Valery Anderson was born to William Wilson Anderson and Mary Josephine Playne, and has siblings Robert Wilson Anderson and Geoffrey Anderson. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Valery Anderson.
Robert Wilson Anderson was born to William Wilson Anderson and Mary Josephine Playne, and has siblings Valery and Geoffrey Anderson. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Robert Wilson Anderson.
Geoffrey Anderson of Geelong, Greater Geelong City County, VIC Australia was born on March 7, 1937 to William Wilson Anderson and Mary Josephine Playne. He had siblings Robert Wilson Anderson and Valery. Geoffrey Anderson died at age 77 years old on June 26, 2014.
Mary Josephine (Playne) Anderson of Geelong West, Greater Geelong City County, VIC Australia was born in 1900. She was married to William Wilson Anderson, and had children Geoffrey Anderson, Robert Wilson Anderson, and Valery. Mary Anderson died at age 91 years old on January 19, 1992.
Robert Wilson Anderson of Heathcote, Greater Bendigo City County, VIC Australia was born in 1892 in Heathcote to Mary (Young) Anderson and Robert Wilson Anderson. He had siblings William Wilson Anderson and Isabel Alice (Anderson) Barrett. Robert Anderson died at age 96 years old on September 30, 1989 in Heathcote.
William Wilson Anderson of Heathcote, Greater Bendigo City County, VIC Australia was born in 1889 in Heathcote to Mary (Young) Anderson and Robert Wilson Anderson. He had siblings Robert Wilson Anderson and Isabel Alice (Anderson) Barrett. He married Mary Josephine Playne, and had children Geoffrey Anderson, Robert Wilson Anderson, and Valery Anderson. William Anderson died at age 84 years old on January 30, 1974 in Geelong West, and was buried in Geelong West.
Annie Grace (Stewart) Anderson of Essendon, City of Moonee Valley County, VIC Australia was born in July 1862 in Sunbury, City of Hume County to Donald Grant Stewart and Catherine (McLean) Stewart. She had siblings Margaret (Stewart) King and Mary (Stewart) Young. She married James Grant Anderson on January 17, 1882 in Diggers Rest, Victoria, and had children William Stewart Anderson, James Grant Anderson, Leslie Stewart Anderson, Florence Catherine (Anderson) Dawson, Donald Clarke Anderson, William Clive Anderson, Gordon Roy Anderson, Stewart Anderson, Colin Lindsay Anderson, and Janet Anderson. Annie Anderson died at age 90 years old on November 14, 1952 in Essendon, City of Moonee Valley County, VIC.
James Grant Anderson of Torrumbarry, Campaspe Shire County, VIC Australia was born on July 15, 1921 in Tatura, Greater Shepparton City County to James Grant Anderson and Elsie Dixon Anderson. He had siblings Margaret J Anderson, Donald Anderson, and Kenneth Russell Anderson. James Anderson died at age 87 years old on February 6, 2009 in Torrumbarry, Campaspe Shire County, and was buried at Patho Cemetery in Patho.
Margaret (Anderson) Butzerin was born on July 3, 1866 in Neenah, Winnebago County, Wisconsin United States. She was in a relationship with Albert Butzerin, and had a child Hazel Ann Bisbee. Margaret Butzerin died at age 78 years old on September 13, 1944 in Chicago, Cook County, IL.
James Grant Anderson of Keilor, VIC Australia was born on March 25, 1849 in Cupar, Fife County, Scotland United Kingdom. He was married to Annie Grace (Stewart) Anderson on January 17, 1882 in Diggers Rest, Victoria Australia, and had children William Stewart Anderson, James Grant Anderson, Leslie Stewart Anderson, Florence Catherine (Anderson) Dawson, Donald Clarke Anderson, William Clive Anderson, Gordon Roy Anderson, Stewart Anderson, Colin Lindsay Anderson, and Janet Anderson. James Anderson died at age 94 years old on June 2, 1943 in Keilor, VIC Australia, and was buried at Keilor Cemetery, Ely Court,, in Keilor East, City of Brimbank County.
Florence Catherine (Anderson) Dawson of Essendon, City of Moonee Valley County, VIC Australia was born on August 26, 1888 in Keilor to James Grant Anderson and Annie Grace (Stewart) Anderson. She had siblings James Grant Anderson, William Stewart Anderson, Leslie Stewart Anderson, Donald Clarke Anderson, William Clive Anderson, Gordon Roy Anderson, Stewart Anderson, Colin Lindsay Anderson, and Janet Anderson. Florence Dawson died at age 43 years old on September 28, 1931 in Essendon.
James Grant Anderson of Gillieston, Greater Shepparton City County, VIC Australia was born on February 24, 1884 in Keilor to James Grant Anderson and Annie Grace (Stewart) Anderson. He had siblings William Stewart Anderson, Leslie Stewart Anderson, Florence Catherine (Anderson) Dawson, Donald Clarke Anderson, William Clive Anderson, Gordon Roy Anderson, Stewart Anderson, Colin Lindsay Anderson, and Janet Anderson. He married Elsie Dixon Anderson, and had children Margaret J Anderson, James Grant Anderson, Kenneth Russell Anderson, and Donald Anderson. James Anderson died at age 78 years old on June 19, 1962 in Gillieston.
Donald Anderson was born to James Grant Anderson and Elsie Dixon Anderson, and has siblings Margaret J Anderson, James Grant Anderson, and Kenneth Russell Anderson. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Donald Anderson.
Kenneth Russell Anderson of Kyabram, VIC Australia was born on January 31, 1926 in Gillieston, Greater Shepparton City County to James Grant Anderson and Elsie Dixon Anderson. He had siblings Margaret J Anderson, James Grant Anderson, and Donald Anderson. Kenneth Anderson died at age 80 years old on March 31, 2006 in Kyabram.
Margaret (Anderson) Russell of Numurkah, Moira Shire County, VIC Australia was born on March 29, 1915 in Mooroopna, Greater Shepparton City County to James Grant Anderson and Elsie Dixon Anderson. She had siblings James Grant Anderson, Donald Anderson, and Kenneth Russell Anderson. Margaret Russell died at age 89 years old on March 21, 2005 in Numurkah, Moira Shire County.
Elsie (Dixon) Anderson of Gillieston, Greater Shepparton City County, VIC Australia was born on March 3, 1886 in Melbourne. She was married to James Grant Anderson, and had children Margaret J Anderson, James Grant Anderson, Kenneth Russell Anderson, and Donald Anderson. Elsie Anderson died at age 86 years old on January 20, 1973 in Gillieston.
Leslie Stewart Anderson of Keilor, VIC Australia was born on August 17, 1886 in Keilor to James Grant Anderson and Annie Grace (Stewart) Anderson. He had siblings James Grant Anderson, William Stewart Anderson, Florence Catherine (Anderson) Dawson, Donald Clarke Anderson, William Clive Anderson, Gordon Roy Anderson, Stewart Anderson, Colin Lindsay Anderson, and Janet Anderson. Leslie Anderson died at age 77 years old on January 23, 1964 in Keilor.

Popular Anderson Biographies

James Herod Anderson
James Herod Anderson was born on February 22, 1848 in Hartwood, Stafford County, Virginia United States, and died at age 79 years old on October 31, 1927 in San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA. James Anderson was buried at San Francisco Columbarium & Funeral Home 1 Loraine Ct - 3rd floor, Section H, Tier 2, Niche 8, in San Francisco. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember James Herod Anderson.
Mary Isabella Anderson
Mary Isabella Anderson was born on April 1, 1869. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Mary Isabella Anderson.
Willa (Gaines) Anderson
Willa Anderson was married to Welton R. Anderson Sr. They had seven children: Claressa, June, Debbie, Welton Jr. (aka "Brother"), Anita, Karen and Willa Lorraine. We were all raised in Louisville KY. Mom was simply the best ever. She taught us about God so that we could triumph in this life. I'll be so glad to see her in the great by and by.
John Murray Anderson
John Murray Anderson was born on September 20, 1886. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember John Murray Anderson.
Edward Anderson
Edward Pascal Anderson was born on October 7, 1863, and died at age 76 years old on June 18, 1940 in Ozark County, Missouri United States. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Edward Anderson.
Daniel William Anderson of Salyer loop rd was born on February 2, 1938, and died at age 81 years old on August 13, 2019 in Eureka, California United States. Daniel Anderson was buried at Daniel was cremated and his youngest son Madrone holds his ashes very dear to his heart..
Marian Anderson
Marian Anderson, the most celebrated singer of the 20th century, was an African-American contralto. When the DAR refused permission for her to sing at Constitution Hall in 1939, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the organization. She was born in Philadelphia PA - her father was John Berkley Anderson (c. 1872–1910) and her mother was Annie Delilah Rucker (1874–1964). She had 2 sisters - Alyse and Ethel (her sisters also became singers). Through her aunt (her father's sister Mary), she became active in her church choir at age 6 and then expanded to singing for a small fee in public. As a teen, she made more money and continued her "career". When she was 12, her father died after complications from a work-related accident. The family moved into her father's parents house (her grandfather was an emanciptated slave who had moved to Philly. Marian continued singing in her church choir and with the assistance of the local community, continued her education and singing activities. When she applied to an all-white music school, the Philadelphia Music Academy (now University of the Arts), according to Wikipedia she was turned away "because she was black. The woman working the admissions counter replied, "We don't take colored" when she tried to apply. Undaunted, Anderson pursued studies privately in her native city through the continued support of the Philadelphia black community, first with Agnes Reifsnyder, then Giuseppe Boghetti. She met Boghetti through the principal of her high school. Anderson auditioned for him by singing "Deep River"; he was immediately brought to tears. " Marian married James DePreist and they had a son, James Anderson DePreist, who became a noted conductor. She also married Orpheus H. "King" Fisher (who had initially proposed in high school). Throughout her career, Marian was lauded - and discriminated against. You can scroll down (under professions) to read about one noted instance. A woman of immense dignity and immense talent, Marian died of congestive heart failure.
Maria Carolina Anderson Hedberg
Maria Carolina (Anderson) Hedberg's parents were Nils Peter Anderson (1834 - 1916), born in Sweden, and Emma Lovisa Martinsdotter, who died in 1879 in Sweden. She had siblings Jonan, Anton, Emma, and Gus. Maria married Gotthard Hedberg on June 14, 1889, in Seattle Washington. When they married, Gotthard was a logger, age 30. Maria was 28 and a "domestic". Both of Maria's and Gotthard's parents had been born in Sweden. When Maria was 40, she was in Fairbanks Alaska and still married to Gotthard, 42, and now living with their son Frank, 10. A decade later, Maria and Gotthard were living in Mabana, Washington, and Maria was now a naturalized United States citizen. Gotthard's brother, Otto, 54, was living with them, as was their son, Frank, 20. Gotthard was a farmer, son Frank was helping on the farm, and brother Otto was a laborer in a logging camp.
Agnes Adamson Anderson
Agnes Adamson Anderson was born on May 5, 1804. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Agnes Adamson Anderson.
Tu Cam (Nguyen) Anderson
Tu Cam Nguyen Anderson was born in Saigon, Vietnam. She was of Vietnamese descent. Her father’s and mother’s names are Jim Trung Nguyen and Nguyen Thi Trung, both of whom passed before her, her father in 1975, and her mother in 2001. During her time in Saigon, she completed 12 years of formal education, earning her High School diploma. She was known to have a particular fondness for studying the French language ever since she was a young child. After the fall of Saigon, many tragedies befell her. Although she was able to hide out until the beginning of 1976, unfortunately, that is when true tragedy struck. She served a lengthy sentence of 5 years in a communist prison due to having a South Vietnamese husband, Cường, a man with a military background in the ARVN. He lost his life in the city of Hue, leaving her widowed, an experience that left her with a broken heart. After her release from prison, she fled Vietnam immediately due to fears of continued persecution and fears of being sent to the New Economic Zone. She escaped Vietnam by boat, making her way to a refugee camp in Hong Kong, and then eventually being sponsored as a refugee by The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, a Buddhist temple in Talmage, California. She arrived in California in June of 1981. Tu adjusted to life in America, re-marrying and holding several domestic type jobs while raising her 4 children. In later years, Tu worked for the Marriott Hotel in Riverside, California. Tu was fluent in Vietnamese, French, Chinese, and English. She had beautiful penmanship. Chronic health issues cut her life short: she passed at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, Los Angeles County, California, surrounded by family and friends. She was 51 years old.
Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Robin M Anderson.
Frank Anderson
Frank R. Anderson was born on June 14, 1882. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Frank Anderson.
Edla Marie (Näsman) Anderson
Edla Marie (Näsman) Anderson was born in 1858 in Finland, and died at age 92 years old in 1950.
Maria (Harris) Anderson
Maria (Harris) Anderson was born in 1884. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Maria (Harris) Anderson.
Joyce Carmen (Paulson) Anderson
Joyce Carmen (Paulson) Anderson was born in 1921, and died at age 81 years old in 2002. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Joyce Carmen (Paulson) Anderson.
A very fun loving girl that should have never parted ways with me . I will never forget the fun we had tubing down the Kern river. Seeing the Steve Miller Band. Being young and hopeful in life. Lindsay Noel Brashear married Michael Wayne Anderson Jr on March 6, 2005 in Clark County, Nevada. Born in Bakersfield, California, Lindsay attended West High School and died in Los Angeles, California at the young age of 26.
Carl August Anderson
Carl August Anderson was born in 1858, and died at age 71 years old in 1929.
Unne A. (Anderson) Paulson
Unne A. (Anderson) Paulson was born in April 1891 in Sweden to Loyd Lane Kenyon. Unne Paulson was in a relationship with William A. Paulson, and has a child Gloria Mae (Paulson) Kenyon. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Unne A. (Anderson) Paulson.
Anna Louise (Anderson) Heidke
Anna Louise (Anderson) Heidke was born on September 5, 1885, and died at age 51 years old on September 5, 1936. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Anna Louise (Anderson) Heidke.
Adam West
William Anderson, known as his stage name "Adam West" is an American actor. He is known most famously for his role of Batman in the 1960's television series "Batman" that aired 120 episodes from 1966-1968 and the 1966 movie of the same name. After Batman, he appeared in other movies and tv shows, often as himself, Adam West and did voice over work and appeared in shows such as "The Fairly Odd Parents", "The Simpsons's", "Spongebob Squarepants", and "Family Guy". Adam West has a star of the Palm Springs Walk of Stars and received the 2468th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012. West was married three times. He first married his college girlfriend, Billie Lou Yeager in 1950 and they divorced six years later. The following year in 1957, he married Ngatokorua Frisbie Dawson, a dancer from Cook Island. The couple had two children before their divorce in 1962. He then married Marcelle Tagand Lear in November 1970. They had two children and were married until his death.

Anderson Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Anderson family member is 73.0 years old according to our database of 295,448 people with the last name Anderson that have a birth and death date listed.

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73.0 years

Oldest Andersons

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Michael Anderson was born on March 13, 1862, and died at age 115 years old in July 1977. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Michael Anderson.
115 years
Jeff Anderson was born on September 4, 1865, and died at age 114 years old in June 1980. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Jeff Anderson.
114 years
Perry Anderson was born on January 14, 1865, and died at age 115 years old in September 1980. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Perry Anderson.
115 years
Shelly Anderson was born on April 19, 1866, and died at age 114 years old in November 1980. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Shelly Anderson.
114 years
Mary Anderson of Alexandria, Rapides County, LA was born on March 5, 1883, and died at age 114 years old on September 15, 1997.
114 years
Dawn Anderson of Mount Clemens, Macomb County, Michigan was born on April 7, 1864, and died at age 113 years old in May 1977.
113 years
Noemi Anderson of Petaluma, Sonoma County, California was born on September 28, 1897, and died at age 111 years old on April 20, 2009.
111 years
Lucinda Anderson of Marion, Smyth County, Virginia was born on March 3, 1876, and died at age 110 years old in January 1987.
110 years
Edna B Anderson of Elk Grove, Sacramento County, CA was born on December 26, 1894, and died at age 109 years old on March 8, 2004.
109 years
Clara J Anderson of Minden, Kearney County, NE was born on December 25, 1888, and died at age 109 years old on March 14, 1998.
109 years
Robert B Anderson of Warrenton, Warren County, GA was born on November 16, 1878, and died at age 110 years old in November 1988.
109 years
Lorena Anderson was born on June 5, 1880, and died at age 110 years old in November 1990. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Lorena Anderson.
110 years
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RE: Photo of Anderson & Arine (Nielsdtr) Olsen
I am an administrator for a Danish American Genealogy group on Facebook. I posted the photo on my group page and there are several Danish members who are wondering if you need help with their records. Here is a link to our page on Facebook or you can email me privately.
In the Dallas Morning News, June 12, 1936 it was reported that my relative John Thomas Anderson was credited with saveing the life of General U.S. Grant by deflecting a fellow Confederate Soldier's rifle who intended to shoot General Grant as he rode to the home of Mr. Wilber McClain to receive the surrender of General Robert E. Lee.
I am an Anderson from my father and his father and so on, we are of the Romany scottish Travellers (some small minded people call Gypose/Gypsies. We are decended from King Charles Far Blyth and I would love to know more on this family history, Where dose the Anderson , from many generations back come into it? If there are any other Traveller Andersons out there could you please let me know because my father is dead and i dont see my grandfather any more, thanks, STAND-SURE, Ross Anderson.
You know how people sometimes say you shouldn't dig too deep when researching your ancestors because you might find one of them was 'hung for a horse thief'? Well, I'll be darned if that wasn't almost the truth in this case!

Keep on reading and you will encounter an 1866 newspaper article about my (in)famous great-great-great uncle Peter Anderson, who family legend has it ended up killed in a bar brawl in California years after the events described in this story took place, although we're not certain about that.

Here it is:

From "The Fredericksburg Ledger," Fredericksburg, Virginia
May 29, 1866 Page 3, Column 1.

A Horse Stealing Case

About two weeks ago, a stranger came here and offered our fellow-citizen, W.M. Lang, a horse, which he bought. Lang, giving $60 cash and his note for one hundred dollars at sixty days.

In a few days afterward, he was shown a handbill from Tenallytown, D.C., which showed conclusively that the horse was stolen. Mr. Lang at once took a guard of soldiers, the officers of the town, being all absent at Spotsylvania Courthouse, attending Leitch's trial.

Going to where the man, Peter Anderson lived in Stafford County, they surrounded the house and caught Anderson, though he attempted to make his escape. After tying him, they took him in a wagon and had gotten him as far as Falmouth, at which place about 9 P.M. at night, it being very dark, Anderson succeeded in making his escape, having gotten loose the cords with which he was bound.

Our friend Lange, got his money back, and the identical money too. Anderson when caught, had some $800 on his person, the proceeds, it is said, of the sale of some seven or eight stolen horses.
Music and songs have been my lifelong friends. They have accompanied me through my childhood and past the rocky years of adolescence. They have helped me express my love and provided solace in times of grief. If I was in a silly mood, there was a song to express it; if there was a time of deep spiritual reflection, a song framed it in my mind.

When I think of favorite songs back in the "Good Old Days", I have a specific one that floods my mind.

"In a vine-covered shack in the mountain,
Bravely fighting the battle of time
Is a dear one who's weathered life's sorrows,
'Tis that silver-haired Daddy of mine.
If I could recall all the heartaches,
Dear old Daddy, I've caused you to bear,
If I could erase those lines on your face
And bring back the gold to your hair,
If God would grant me the power,
Just to turn back the pages of time.
I'd give all I own if I could but atone,
To that silver-haired Daddy of mine.
I know it's too late, dear old Daddy,
To repay for the sorrow and care
But dear Mother is waiting in Heaven
Just to comfort and solace you there.

*I have heard my Father sing this song so many times...but never understood the true depth and implication until he passed away June 12, 2001.
Vinegar Pie
Ingredients:
1 cup of water
2 eggs
2 tablespoons of vinegar
1 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons of flour
1 tablespoons of butter
1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract
1 9-inch baked piecrust
Directions:
Mix together the sugar, water, eggs, vinegar, and the flour in the top of a double boiler. Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture is smooth and thick. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the lemon extract and the butter. Pour into the baked piecrust and let cool. Top with whipped cream if you like.
* Our Dad made this vinegar pie for us when we were young children. I thought it was so neat that Dad could "cook".

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