I don’t know of a document stating that Susanna Anderson is the mother of Peter Anderson. I find the circumstantial evidence pretty compelling though…
They both have property on “Dry Pond Branch” and Peter names a daughter Susanna. I also make the assumption that she is a widow merely because of the supposed inability of single women to obtain a grant… widows could however. In the case of this Susanna getting a grant, she is listed in the “Book of Rights” in 1744 as “2 whites” and 0 slaves. This appears to be her and son Peter. Scroll down for several documents showing her grant… unfortunately the survey is missing which could have added more clues.
I think it probable that the land of Susanna and Peter Anderson was located near the modern town of Halifax. My friend David Gammon points out that there are numerous references to a “Dry Pond Branch” near the Little Quankey Creek…
Here is a specific reference to make the point and also tie in Sackfield/Sackville Adams in the 1752 era…
From the NC State Archives
Title: Jones, John. Edgecombe Co.
Class: State Records [Collection]
Group: Secretary of State Record Group
Series: Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey
Box: Edgecombe County, Ho-J
Creator: Secretary of State, Office ofGranville Proprietary Land OfficeSecretary, Office of the
Call Number: S.108.270–S.108.283
MARS Id: 126.96.36.199 (Folder)
Genres / Forms: Warrants, Warrants, Plats
Scope / Contents:
Warrant: 1752 April 30. 640 acres.
Descriptive references for land: Sackwill Adams, Great Dry
Pond Swamp, Edward Going
Great Dry Pond Swamp
My point is that it is likely Peter lived the majority of his life near Halifax and not Nash County… it could be that in his late years he moved near a son in Nash County… here is another observation from David Gammon…
Hardy Anderson (son of Peter) died intestate in Nash COunty in 1834. He left a widow Sarah and four children. Sarah Anderson left a will dated 19 Jan 1849 and proved about 1855. It indicates the four children were:
Martha Emily, wife of John J.A. Drake
Sarah Ann, wife of Holman Arrington, deceased (he died 1847)
Ann Elizabeth, wife of Lemuel Wheless
Mary Elizabeth, wife of Richard Whitaker
Book of Rights (NC Archives, Raleigh)
Peter (x) Anderson 13 Jun 1801 Nov Ct 1801
Weak in body.
Wife ANN ANDERSON – 1 feather bed & furniture; lend to her where I now live, also negroes Fillis and George, etc. Son JOHN ANDERSON – all my blacksmith tools. Daughter MARY ANDERSON – feather bed & furniture. Daughter ANNEY ANDERSON – feather bed & furniture. Son HARDY ANDERSON – 243 acres where I now live, negro George after my wife’s decease, 10 pounds specie, feather bed & furniture. Son HENRY ANDERSON – 210 acres I purchased from WILLIAM ARRINGTON, negro Fillis after my wife’s decease, 10 pounds specie. Daughter SUSANNA HAYES – feather bed & furniture. After debts paid, residue to be divided among 8 of my children: WILLIAM, NATHAN, JAMES, JOHN, HOWEL ANDERSON; SUSANNA HAYES, MARY, ANNEY ANDERSON.
Ex. friend Joseph Arrington Sr., John Arrington
Wit. John Harrison, John Green, James (x) Bradey
Edgecombe County Court Minutes 1744-1762, Pub. GoldenWest Marketing Genealogy, March 1988
[XX]-XX* * the unbracketed numbers refer to original page numbers
Peter Anderson-17 (Feb 175_-Jun 1758) On Motion of Bigans Sturdivant Order’d that a Summ. Issue for Joshua Tatum & Peter Anderson Evidences to a Deed of Feefment, from James Smith to the sd. Biggans, to appear here at Next Court to prove the sd. Deed. (this paragraph crossed out in original) -25 (Jun 1758-Sep 1758) Sackfd. Adams to Peter Anderson Deed proved by Bigins Sturdivant James Smith to Biggans Sturdivant Deed proved Peter Anderson
Edgecombe County Court Minutes 1763-1774, Book II, Pub. GoldenWest Marketing Genealogy
 (Oct 1765) A Deed of Sale from Arthur Bell & Uxr. to Peter Anderson proved by the Oath of Sampson Lassiter
 (Oct 1774) A Deed of Sale from William Borrough? (Borvough) & wife to Peter Anderson acknowledged the female was at the same time privately examined touching her right of dower by Joseseph (sic) Moore Esqr. who freely relinquished.
NASH COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA COURT MINUTES
VOL.I FEBRUARY COURT, 1802
#425- An acct of sale of the estate of PETER ANDERSON, deced., exhibited in open court by the Excrs.
VOL. I, NOVEMBER COURT, 1802
# 586- JAMES ANDERSON is appointed guardian to HARDY ANDERSON, Orphan of PETER ANDERSON, deced., who entered into bond of 1000 pounds with Benjamin Blount Security.
VOL. II, NOVEMBER COURT, 1803
#909- An acct current of the Estate of PETER ANDERSON exhibited in Open Court by the Excrs.
VOL. IV FEBRUARY COURT, 1804
#1057- Joseph Arrington, Executor of PETER ANDERSON, deced., exhibited in Open Court the following bonds given by the legatees of the said decedent to the Chairman of the Court to refund in case of debts hereafter appearing according to the act of the General Assembly in Such cases made and provided.
(Viz)One executed by STEPHEN GUPTON, JAMES DAVIS, and ANDERSON
One executed by JAMES ANDERSON, WILLIAM AVENT, & ELIAS BOON
One executed by JOHN ANDERSON, JAMES ANDERSON, & ELIAS BOON
One executed by JAMES ANDERSON, guardian of HARDY ANDERSON, WILLIAM AVENT, & ELIAS BOON
One by HENRY ANDERSON, WILLIAM ANDERSON, NATH ANDERSON, & JOHN ANDERSON
One by HOWELL ANDERSON, WILLIAM McGREGOR, & JOHN NICHOLSON
One by JAMES DAVIS, STEPHEN GUPTON, & JOHN ANDERSON
One by NATHAN ANDERSON, GUILFORD GRIFFIN, & FOSTER MASON
And one by WILLIAM ANDERSON, JAMES ANDERSON, & JOHN ANDERSON
1801 Will of Peter Anderson lists his wife and children in the following order: (1) wife Ann, (2) son John (3) daughter Mary Ann, (4) daughter Anney(sic), (5) son Hardy, (6) son Henry, (7) daughter Susannah Hayes, (8) son William, (9) son Nathan, (10) son James, (11) son Howell, (12) Executors, Joseph Arrington and John Arrington, witnessed by Harrison, Green and Bradley.
I think the following quote offers an important clue to the possible parent of Peter Anderson d. 1801.
The Hayes’ of Barnwell and Allendale Counties in SC (And Other Descendants of Joseph Hayes) 1995 Gary Hayes, 520 Forest Circle, New Ellenton, SC
“John Hayes married Susannah Anderson, daughter of Peter and Ann Anderson.
…John Hayes died in 1801 between the time that his father, Joseph, and his mother, Anna, died. John died intestate and Susannah was appointed to administer his estate.
…When Susannah was initially appointed to administer the estate of John Hayes, William Adams and Susannah’s brother, William Anderson, posted bond for her appointment. William Adams died in 1802…”
I have to wonder what the association of the apparent son of Sackfield Adams with the daughter and son of Peter Anderson is? My guess is Peter and William Adams were step brothers)
1745 Susannah Anderson
Secretary of State Record Group
Land Office: Land Warrants, Plats of Survey, and Related Records
Apr. 11, 1745
Beginning at a white oak on dry Pond Branch
Nash County, North Carolina, Abstracts of Wills
SACKFIELD ADAMS – 1 May 1779 – Apr Ct 1780
So WILLIAM ADAMS – 14 pds, 1/3 my cattle & hogs. Son ROBERT ADAMS – 26
pds, 1/3 my cattle & hogs. Wife SUSANAH ADAMS – 1 mare, 3 sheep, 1/3 my
cattle & hogs, household goods; after her death to my son ROBERT ADAMS.
Wit: SAMUEL MILLER, ROBERT CLARK.
From the “estate papers” found at FamilySearch.org… one “Jackville Adams (1780):
07 Sep. 1757 Edgecombe Co. deed, 6-345, Smith to Sturdivant, witness Peter Anderson. 23 Sep.
1758 Edgecombe Co. deed, 6-341, Adams to Peter Anderson, 100 acres on Dry Pond Swamp joining Adams, witnessed by Weldon and Bigins Sturdivant.
17 Oct. 1763 Halifax Co. deed, 8-370, Sackville (x) and Susannah Adams of Halifax to Peter Anderson, 100 acres on Dry Pond Branch, witnessed by Charles Burks and Jeremiah Smith.
24 Feb. 1765 Edgecombe Co. deed, C-362, Arthur and Elizabeth (x) Bell to Peter Anderson of Halifax County, 107 acres, witnessed by Sam (x) Laseter and Jonas Williams.
17 Oct. 1774 Edgecombe Co. deed, 2-175, William (B) and Jane (x) Burroughs to Peter Anderson, 100 acres North of Gideon Gibson’s Branch that runs into the Swift Creek, witnessed by Edward (A) Adams and Thomas Hall.
15 Nov. 1777 Nash Co. formed from Edgecombe.
10 Nov. 1784 Nash Co. deed, 3-388, Peter Anderson to John Harrison 207 acres North of Gideon’s Branch, witnessed by Arthur Davis, John (x) Wiggins and William Avant. 20 Feb.
1787 Nash Co. deed, F-22, Lemuel (x) Laseter to Peter Anderson of Nash, 243 acres South of Fishing Creek joining Tobias Laseter and Pollock, witnessed by Tobias Laseter, Sion Laseter and John Harrison.
12 Oct. 1799 Nash Co. deed, , William Arrington to Peter Anderson, 160 acres joining Lemuel Lassiter, Anderson’s line, Jonas’s Branch, Joseph Hays and the Patent line and also 50 acres North of Beaver Dam Swamp, witnesses by William Lewis and Jesse Green.
click link below…
Below are the 3 entries for her grant of 1745… evidently the actual patent is missing…
With all the above being said, its my opinion that single women didn’t just “patent” some property… Susanna Anderson received her grant in 1745… I suppose she was recently widowed from another undisclosed Anderson who had made the land deal just prior to 1745. Great!…another one…
This appears to be the son of Peter died 1801… note the name Arrington in this will of James Anderson 1817… this James also leaves a son “Peter”…
source: North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970HalifaxWills, 1781-1824, Vol. 03 Image 657 of 763
Abstracts per David Gammon…
Will of James Anderson of Halifax county
will Book 3, page 606
Wife Sary – all my lands and tenements for her widowhood, or until my youngest child comes of age.
Lend my wife ten Negroes during her widowhood: Shade, Lyddy, Dilce, Bet, Rose, Dave, Charles, Daniel, Ann, and Aggy
My wife is to use these Negroes to raise and school the children.
When my oldest child comes of age, my property is to be valued, and he or she is to take his/her part, and as the children come of age, they are to take their part.
Enough of my property is to be sold to raise $250 to take up my bonds at the bank.
I lend my son Peter —- (torn)
Executor – friend Cyrus Rosser
Witnessed by Edwd. Smith and Orrin (X) Harris
Dated 5 Jan 1817, proved May Court 1817
Will of Nathan (X) Anderson of Halifax county
will Book 3, page 622
to my three children Susan, George Washington, and John – Negro Shade, plus whatever money may be due me for the hire of Shade in South Carolina.
Balance of property to my wife Precilla for her lifetime or widowhood, then to return to my three said children.
Executor – my brother Hardy Anderson
Witnessed by B.H. Dicken and R.J. Pittman
Dated 13 feb 1818, proved August court 1818
Again, abstracts thanks to David Gammon…
Edgecombe Deed Book 24, page 131 15 July 1845
Joseph J.N. Marks to George W. Anderson
For $57 ¾ dollars, 42 acres on the north side of the White Oak Swamp adj. Josiah Tanner.
Edgecombe Deed Book 25, page 341 1 Feb 1851
George W. (X) Anderson to John Coker, both of Edgecombe
For $100, 42 acres on the north side of White Oak Swamp, adjoining said swamp and Josiah Tanner.
Wit. William Fountain, Staton Leggett
According to Dr. Cary Anderson (descendant of Peter Anderson) the above George W. Anderson was a son of Nathan Anderson of Halifax… he relocated to Shelby Co., Tennessee with wife Sarah Elizabeth Fountain… eventually ending up in Cross County Arkansas.
This is the will of Biggans Sturdivant… I don’t find any clues, per se, but include it as Sturdivant is mentioned in the early land deals of Peter Anderson…
source: North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970HalifaxWills, 1759-1774, Vol. 01Image 291 of 363 (page 298)
George Anderson d.1795 of Nash County… with references to Peter Anderson:
Is this a son who is not mentioned in Peter’s will of 1801?