Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

so I start this site in Virginia… go figure

My Pedigree…

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The fast account for the curious…

The photo below is my great grandfather Moses Brock Anderson (seated far right) … in the center is Benjamin Anderson, his older brother.

In 1889 they loaded up the wagon in Tennessee and moved to Comanche, Texas.

George Anderson was a successful farmer, having come from Edgecombe County, North Carolina to southwest Henderson County in 1837. In the former he was married to Mary (Polly) Patterson, July 31, 1824 (marriage bond). The family’s entry in the 1850 U.S. Census, Civil District 1, August 31, page 232:

GEORGE ANDERSON, 52, North Carolina, real estate valued at $900;
MARY ANDERSON, 47, North Carolina;
JOHN ANDERSON, 22, North Carolina;
DELILAII ANDERSON, 16, North Carolina;
ROBERT ANDERSON, 15, North Carolina;
HENRY ANDERSON, 13, North Carolina;
JOSHUA ANDERSON, 11, Tennessee;
BENJAMIN ANDERSON, 9, Tennessee;
GABRILLAS ANDERSON, 8, Tennessee;
CORNELIUS ANDERSON, 5, Tennessee;
MOSES ANDERSON, 1, Tennessee;
NANCY BILBRA, 63, North Carolina.

December, 1865.  John W. Anderson was Administrator for both his father George and his brother Robert.

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My father’s nickname, which he was commonly called, was “Mose”.  His middle name was simply an initial B. , which caused him much consternation during his stint in the Navy, WWII… he afterwards always signed his name with quotation marks, i.e., Maurice “B” Anderson. He once explained to me the “B” was for his grandfather.   My grandfather was named Bart Brock Anderson.

The rest of the story to Edgecombe County…  http://www.tngenweb.org/records/henderson/cemeteries/g-ander.htm

Moses Brock was luckily underage when the Civil War broke out… his older brothers unfortunately, were of age.  A family tidbit has it that Benjamin was a deserter but records from the National Archives show him as being paroled at the end of the war.  I prefer to give him a little respect and suspect that he actually fought in the Battle of Shiloh.  John Anderson enlisted as a private and was slowly promoted to 1st Lieutenant… he spent months in a hospital apparently from dysentery or whatever… many of the folks from either side of the war just whithered away from that miserable death. Henry was killed (I think) in an insignificant little skirmish in Kentucky.  Another family tidbit is that Moses Brock during the war, would run off into the woods with family valuables when any troops showed up and hide them (it didn’t really matter which side- Rebels or Yankees).  Tough times.  Moses Brock was damned lucky because in the later days of the war I’m sure his youth would not have been much of a factor… deep down I think older brother John protected him (John became a recruiter).  After surviving the war, John went into a little business enterprise and as Fate would have it, got kicked in the head by a mule and died.  I’ll shut up now because I’m tearing up…  some people question why I have Southern Pride… I just shake my head.

The great grandfather of these guys was William Anderson of Edgecombe County, NC… he didn’t have a “war” to deal with … although he was registered in the militia of 1754 during the French and Indian War at the time (I don’t think the Edgecombe folks were called to fight)… His son George (my ancestor) did serve in the “important” war of Independence that some of us remember on the fourth of July.  George Sr. died shortly after the trip from North Carolina to Tenn.

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Written by anderson1951

January 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm

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  1. Your research on the Andersons was wonderful to find. I had just hired a genealogist and the history librarian at Edgecombe to research the Andersons, so I quickly emailed your internet site to her. I’m still in the process of reading it, but thank you for sharing all of your hard work.

    I have been trying to find Mary Polly Patterson’s parents. Any clues?

    Thanks again for all of this. I’ll let you know if I learn any more.
    Penny Fischer
    daughter of Alta Marion Anderson Field
    granddaughter of Albert Abner Anderson
    Ggranddaughter of Moses Brock Anderson

    PENNY FISCHER

    April 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    • Hi Penny
      To be honest, I haven’t looked into the Mary Patterson line… I would think that there is oodles of info from the Edgecombe records. Further… I have been doggedly pursuing the parentage of William A. (died 1789)… that project has consumed my time. With that said, I welcome any input from folks like you that can shed some light on the sons of William A. Keep in touch and I’ll post any insights you come up with… as more folks discover the value of this “comment” section the more info we can all share.
      Marc

      anderson1951

      April 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm

  2. Andersen1951, could you please directly email me at juanagibson@juno.com I am a direct descendant of Thomas Gibbons/Gibson of Surry Co, VA, Bacon’s Rebellion rebel and I have a lot of documented info on him and others in Surry Co. DO NOT, DO NOT go by Eliza Timberlake Davis’ info. She mistranscribed and left a lot of info out in her book. I have reviewed the microfiche for Surry, public records and court orders. Joan Gibson, Levant, ME 2078847117 Please contact me. We married into the Andersons of Surry/Isle of Wight and Thos. Pittman was associated with my grandfather, Thomas.

    Joan Gibson

    March 4, 2014 at 2:26 pm


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