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William Anderson

William Anderson was born in 1693 in Highlands of Scotland. He immigrated in about 1715 to Virginia. He died at the age of about 104 in 1797 in Anderson's Bottom, Hampshire County, Virginia.

Their children were:

IGI: Thomas Anderson was mentioned in William Anderson's will 10 Sep 1786. (Probably the wrong Thomas and William.)

From GENEALOGY of the Anderson Family:

Letter from John Anderson to James H.

Anderson of Columbus, Ohio.

Marion, Ohio, Oct. 26, 1886.

Mr. J. H. Anderson, Columbus, Ohio.

My Dear Nephew:--

I now undertake to give you some account of my ancestors. My Great-grandfather, William Anderson, was born in Scotland, in the year 1693 and died in Virginia in 1797. He was a friend of the Stuart dynasty, and joined the standard of Prince James, the Pretender, (as he was styled by some) son of James II, the deposed King of England.

After the rising in 1715, he fled into England where he tarried awhile, and then made his way in disguise, I am told, to Virginia, where he had relatives. He went up the Potomac river till he came to a beautiful and fertile valley, or bottom, on the North Branch, and here he decided to settle. It has ever since been called the Anderson Bottom, and was afterward included within the boundaries of Hampshire County, Virginia. That was then a wild region, inhabited mainly by Indians, but there were a few French, and probably a few British subjects west of William Anderson's new home.

He was strong and brave, and helped to protect the frontier settlements from murderous Indian foes. In "Braddock's defeat" (Braddock's engagement with the French and Indians near Fort Duquense) though beaten he fought bravely.

He was the father of four children, two boys and two girls. One of his sons, William, was killed by the Indians in the mountains near home. One of his daughters married Captain William Henshaw, of Berkley County, Virginia, whose plantation was near Bunker Hill, on Mill Creek.

I have forgotten the name of the husband of the other daughter, although I have often heard it. (In a subsequent letter he says her name was Sarah and that she married a Mr. Wilkins.)

As he, William Anderson, was 104 years old at the time of his death he was a little childish, but at 80 he was as strong and active as ever. He brought a large amount of gold from Scotland, or it was afterward sent to him, and he was known to possess a great deal when he died, but after his death it could never be found.

My father often saw it and believed it had been stolen during his last sickness or put away by him with too much care. He was opposed to the marriage of his daughter to Capt. Henshaw on account of his poverty; but the Captain afterward inherited a fine English fortune--he was an Englishman by birth--and became wealthy and prominent.

I have forgotten the name of William Anderson's first wife--the mother of his children. The name of his second wife was Barnett, to whom he was married at the age of 80. He was a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

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According to Iona Burrows Jones:

William Anderson came to Virginia in 1739, or at least by that date he own several plantations in Virginia and Maryland. One was "Anderson's Delight" and another "Anderson's Bottom". Andersonson's Delight was near Washington, DC.