Ed Payne to Speak About Sarah Collins at Laurel-Jones County Library

Independent historian Ed Payne, of Jackson, will present “Sarah Collins: Pioneer Woman in the Free State of Jones” before the Jones County Genealogical and Historical Society at the Laurel-Jones County Library on Saturday, March 28, at 10:00 a.m.

Ed’s article on Sarah Collins is scheduled to appear in the April issue of the Journal of Mississippi History.

Those who have been following my recent posts about the Collins family may already know that Sarah (Sallie) Collins (1810-1889) was the daughter of Stacy and Sarah (Anderson) Collins, among the first settlers in the area that would become Jones County. Ed offers the following profile of Sarah Collins:

Sarah’s family connections and personal decisions placed her at the center of events in Civil War Jones County. Although she was a slave owner, Sarah is documented as having assisted the Newton Knight band—which included three of her brothers and four nephews. At the same time, her son and a son-in-law were fighting in Confederate units. Thus the life of Sarah Collins offers a unique prism through which to view the legacy of the Free State of Jones.

Sarah also exemplifies the strength and grit of the pioneer women of the Piney Woods: single-handedly killing a bear in her teens, enduring the death of her husband (George Willoughby Walters) and three children in her early forties, strongly contesting a divorce suit filed by her second husband, and then struggling to operate her own farm over the next three decades.

NOTE: Kinship ties between the Collinses and other area families who ended up on opposing sides during (and after) the Civil War will also be discussed. These allied families include ANDERSON, POWELL, WALTERS, and WELBORN.

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  1. It appears that the Andersons were from Holland and there were some Andersons in the very earliest settlement of the Northeast. The Anderson name appeared in Nathan Philbrick’s book “Mayflower”.

    • B. T., have you ever found any documentation about the Andersons of Jones County? I know that Stacy Collins’s wife, Sarah, was an Anderson, and I believe the Andersons migrated to Mississippi territory from S.C., with perhaps a stay in Georgia along the way. Like so many Jones county families, they seem split between slaveholding and nonslaveholding branches.

  2. My great, great grandfather Isaac Anderson who married
    Teresia Powell in Twiggs Co., GA. settled in Ellisville, MS. in 1818 with siblings Asa, John and Sarah. They all had big
    families. Teresia died in 1850, and Isaac married Sarah Deason in 1852 and had a second family. I believe the
    Andersons are Scots-Irish: originally from Scotland, then moved to Ulster. My Andersons moved to Angelina Co.,TX., and I descend from Isaac, Richmond, Wm. Newton and Wendell Holmes Anderson. Sarah Collins descends from
    Sarah Anderson who married Stacy Collins.
    Doris Anderson Lamb

    • Doris: I was in the MS Archives bookstore when you called inquiring about the issue of the Journal of MS History that will include my article on Sarah Collins. Latest word is it should be out by late May or June.

      Barbara Knotts, who you probably know, has done a lot of research on the Anderson family. The Isaac Anderson Bible (which I’ve only seen in a notarized transcript) has an entry “James Anderson, father to Isaac Anderson, died on the 4th of April, 1822.” Some years back Barbara was making inquiries about whether a James Anderson of Amite County–who died in the Spring of 1822–could have been Isaac’s father (and Asa, John, and Sarah’s). I don’t know if she ever found any definitive proof or not. But the Amite County James Anderson did leave behind some documentation that I plan to check. I also hope to get back down to Laurel / Ellisville soon and arrange a visit with Barbara, who I met at my Laurel County presentation.

      • The James Anderson that is buried in Amite County , Mississippi, died Nov. 11, 1822.
        His wife’s name was Margaret he had a son named John and a daughter named Mary she married a William McRae
        His will was administered Nov. 25, 1822
        The family was members of Bethany Presbyterian Church
        He was a revolutanary soldier,
        The information I found was in this book
        Amite County, Mississippi 1699-1865
        volume l
        volume ll The churches
        volume lll

    • Sarah Anderson Collins and her husband Stacy moved onward to Texas. They resided for a time in Jefferson County and went on to live in Hardin County Texas. Sara dies and a few months later Stacy died. They left a son age 15. Their son Edwin Collins fought in the war and died at Sabine Pass, Texas. All three of them are buried in a small cemetery with only 4 graves in Hardin County Texas near Village Mills off of highway (69) that leads into Beaumont Texas. I have pictures of their tomb stones. Edwin their son has two stones. One placed by the military, the other looks to be possibly placed there by relatives. There were lots of Collins living in the counties where they resided. My thoughts are they migrated there to be near relatives.

  3. Thanks, Doris. Interesting that these Jones County Andersons ended up in Angelina County, the only Texas County to vote against secession in 1861. Did they move there after the Civil War? And do you know any more about their experience of the war? Just curious, since so many of the Collinses were Unionists.


  4. Thanks, Ed, I am looking forward to reading the article about
    Sarah Collins. And I believe I met Barbara Knotts years ago,
    when I first began researching the Andersons. Let me know
    if you learn anything about the James Anderson who died in
    1822. I am now trying to determine if our Anderson line descended from the Isaac Anderson who came to America in 1726 and settled in Rockbridge Co., VA. in 1741. His son James who married Jane Allison had a son James who might
    be the James who died in 1822. Since we determined that
    we do not descend from James and Agnes Craig Anderson of
    Augusta Co., the Rockbridge Co. Andersons sound the most
    probable. The Andersons, by the way, were Scots-Irish who
    came to Ulster from Scotland. And, if our ancestor is Isaac
    Anderson, he was present during the Siege of Londonderry.
    His son John was killed by Indians in 1742. It seems that there was an Isaac in each generation! Our Isaac was born
    in N.C.,but siblings Asa, John and Sarah were born in GA.
    Isaac’s first wife who died in 1850, was Teresia Powell
    from whom I descend. Doris Anderson Lamb hdlamb@sbc

    • Hi,
      I am trying to find my Great Great Grandfather who fought in the Civil War and was from the Ellisville, Mississippi area. The only first name that I can find for him in local records is R. Anderson.
      I have been told that he was killed in the Civil War. My Great Great Grandfather, George Washington Anderson, came to Angelina County, Texas sometime after the Civil War with his wife Susan Mc Grew (Mc Grue). I have looked at some of the information on Issac Anderson’s family and have seen some family names that I recognize from later generations (like Melvina).
      Any information that you could give me would be of great help!!!!
      Stan Anderson
      Pollok, Texas

      • Stan,
        I believe Geo. Washington Anderson was the grandfather
        of Clark Anderson who was a lawyer in Lufkin. Clark sent
        me some information about Wm. Newton Anderson, my’
        grandfather, who came to Angelina Co.,TX. with his brothers and one sister. I haven’t corresponded with
        Clark in years and don’t know if he’s still living. And I
        think George was one of William Newton’s brothers.
        William’s father, Richmond Anderson did serve in the C.W.
        at Moss Point, MS., but wasn’t killed. Incidentally, my
        father, Wendell Holmes and his seven brothers were born in Pollok, Texas. They moved to Houston Co., Ratcliff, in the 1890’s, and Wm.Newton purchased 300 acres of land for 60 bales of lint cotton, each weighing
        500 lbs., to be paid over six years; ten bales on Nov.
        15, 1892 and ten each year forward through 1897.
        My grandmother, Sara Josephine Lee, married William
        Newton Anderson in 1873. Doris Anderson Lamb

      • Hi Stan:

        Rememeber we spoke a few months back through Dennis Fulmer who put us in touch. I wanted to ask you a question and lost your number. Could you please supply it or else call me?

        Ellis Turner
        Bethesda, MD


  5. Based on some quick checking, the person you mention might be Richmond Anderson, a son of Isaac Anderson and Teresia Powell Anderson. Richmond was born ca 1828 and married Parmalee Cornelia Deason (born ca 1834) around 1850. I haven’t found substantiation, but it’s a good possibility that she was a daughter of Ellisville merchant Amos Deason. There are several Anderson / Deason connections. One of these is that in 1853 Isaac, left a widower following Teresia’s death in 1850, married Sarah Rebecca Deason. There is proof that she was a daughter of Amos Deason. At the time of their marriage, she was 23 and Isaac was 66. If there is documentation that Parmalee was also Amos’s daughter, then father and son married two sisters.

    Public genealogies (caution alert) show Richmond died in Angelina TX in 1863 and that one of his sons was George Washington Anderson (1854-1927). Quite a few persons who left Jones County settled in Angelina County–probably due to kinship connections.

    By the way, if this is correct we are distantly related–since my Jones County line descents from Isaac Anderson’s sister, Sarah Anderson Gibson Collins. But then, everyone in Jones County seems to be related somehow.

    You might want to check with the Jones County Historical and Genealogical Society for more help.

    • Thanks so much Ed. The Anderson’s of Angelina County married into the O’Quinn family who came to Texas in 1852 or 1853. My Grandfather and Great Uncle married sisters who were O’Quinns. The O’Quinn brothers fought in various Texas units during the Civil War. My Great Grandfather, Britton Baldwin O’Quinn fought with the 13th Texas Cavalry. Do you have any knowledge if Richmond was a veteran? I have heard a story about my Great Great Grandfather on the Anderson side being shot in the leg by raiders during the Civil War.
      Thanks again.

  6. Charles: Records indicate that a person named Richmond Anderson served as a private in the 7th Battn, MS Infantry (Co C) and the 8th MS Infantry (Co K). Since the 7th MS Battn in particular was mustered from the Jones County area, it’s a good bet that one or both records refer to your Richmond Anderson.

  7. Ed:

    Angelina County, TX, is immediately due north of Polk County where some of the Collins band of former Jones County, MS, residents later moved. I don’t know if that lends credibility to your source, but there is a connection to other Jones County, MS, transplants to this area of Texas.


  8. Ed, your info: “Public genealogies (caution alert) show Richmond died in Angelina TX in 1863 and that one of his sons was George Washington Anderson (1854-1927).” The 1854-1927 dates match my Great Great Grandfather’s lifespan. I was told his father never made it to Texas but was wounded by raiders and died after loosing a leg in the Civil War so my information might be wrong. There can’t have been too many George Washington Anderson’s in Angelina County during this period. I can’t find any record in Angelina County for Richmond Anderson so far. After looking for my Great Great Grandfather through several sources, it is exciting to get this much possible information so quickly! Thank you for your help.

  9. Vikki, first let me mention how much I enjoyed your book, “The Free State of Jones”.

    I am related to the Knights through my ancestor Harriet Rebecca Whitehead. So I was wondering, if during your research on the book, if you came across any descendants of this branch of the Whitehead family?

    I have no idea as to what became of the other surviving members of the family (George and Kiziah Jane, assuming that they survived the Civil War years). I have read somewhere that besides the execution of my Whitehead Uncles that the Whitehead home was also burned, although I have not seen any supporting evidence. Records of members of this family seem to be sparse by the end of the Civil War.



  10. Michael,

    Thank you for your kind words about my book. Your questions concerning the Whitehead family are intriguing, and I have tried a few times to trace the family beyond what the book contains without success. I wonder if the family’s horrific trauma during the Civil War caused members such as Harriet to move away from the area?

    My only documentation of Harriet is as an 11-year-old in the 1850 household of her parents, John and Mary Ann Knight Whitehead. Do you have any more information on her, such as whether or whom she married? Any other counties or states where she was known to live? And might she have used her middle name of Rebecca instead of Harriet?

    I hope we can help you on this site. Perhaps there are some Whitehead descendants out there who will see this and offer some information.

    Best of luck,

  11. Vikki,

    I have not made much of an effort to find George or Jane Whitehead after the 1860 census. A casual search has revealed nothing. Also, I have no clue concerning the fate of John and Mary Ann Knight Whitehead. I have seen at least two different death dates for Mary Ann. I can help with Harriet Whitehead though.

    Harriet Rebecca Whitehead married James Oliver Hill. In the 1860 Covington Co. Census she is already married to James and they are living next to her parents. She is listed as Rebecca in this census.

    James (Jim) Oliver Hill was born c. 1837 in AL. I cannot connect him to any known Hill family. James Hill served in Co. E of the 27th MS Inf. per pension records (filed by Harriet).

    The story in the family is that they lived in Claiborne Co., MS for a while after the war. Though I cannot located any of the family members, Whitehead or Hills, in the 1870 census. I have always assumed that they moved away from the turmoil of Jones Co. after the war.

    Harriet and Jim Hill are next located in the 1880 Hinds Co., MS census. Listed in the census are:

    James O. Hill – Head
    Harriett R. Hill – Wife
    Manerva Lucretia Hill – Dau.
    J. E. Hill – Son
    Alice Hill – Dau.
    Charlie – Son
    Jane Kerklan – Sister
    William Kerklan – Nephew

    At this point I am assuming that Jane is James’ sister. She listed her parents as being born in AL and so does James.

    Manerva is my ancestor (on my mother’s side). She married Thomas Lewis Stevens and she is buried in Chapel Hill Cem. in Hind Co.

    Her sister, Alice Lenora Hill married Andrew Terrell Barlow and they are buried in the Utica Cemetery in Hinds Co.

    The boys are untraced.

    I can provide documentation if you are interested.


    • Michael,
      You really have a lot of information about the family after the war–much more than I expected! If I write more about this family (my new book is already finished) this gives me plenty to start with.


  12. Charles: Do you have a copy of the transcription of information contained in the Isaac Anderson Bible? It includes an entry “[?Mich/Rich?] M. Anunderson was born the 7th of March, [1829?]” Let Vikki know your email–if she doesn’t already have it–and she can forward it to me. Hope to be able to check the muster rolls for Richmond Anderson in the 7th Battn and 8th Infantry to see what information they contain. It is quite possible he could have been wounded and died in MS.

  13. Vikki,

    If you do find yourself in need of additional information on the Whiteheads just let me know and I will be glad to help in anyway that I can.


    P.S. I am looking forward to reading your new book once it is out.

  14. The marked graves of Stacy and Sarah Collins are both in Hardin County Texas mentioned above. He moved there prior to the Civil War and never returned.

  15. Thanks for the post on Stacy Collins’s gravesite. He died in Texas around 1853, and his wife Sarah died sometime after the Civil War erupted.


  16. Vikki, enjoyed reading “The Free State of Jones” so very much. Also, thanks to research by Ed Payne and passed down to a “cousin,” Chas. Standley Anderson, we both learned the fate of our mutual ancestor Richmond Anderson. Instead of having been buried in Angelina Co., TX., he had died in an Atlanta, GA. hospital from wounds suffered in the C.W. I’m still searching for James Anderson and his wife, parents of Isaac Anderson. I am wondering if James could have married a second time and moved to Amite Co., MS. and died there in 1822. Also, I found some Anderson, Powell and Collins names as members of the Stone Creek Baptist Church in Twiggs Co., GA. in 1810. Thanks. Doris Anderson Lamb

    • Doris, I appreciate your kind words about my book, Free State of Jones. Yes, Ed Payne has done a wonderful job of tracking Anderson, Walters, and Collins ancestors, and he may be able to answer your latest question as well. I have read those Twiggs Co., GA, church records, and it’s fascinating to see all these families living and marrying in close proximity to one another as they make their way across the frontier!


  17. Vikki,
    Thanks so much for your work and I enjoyed your book about Jones Co. I am kin to Nancy and Calvin Walters and find their story very interesting. It’s also in the State of Jones book. I know that two of her sons rode with Newt and later joined the Union army in New Orleans. I’m looking for more info on this family and their father Daniel Walters. Could you help me? Thanks.

    • Reed,

      I am descended from Daniel and Nancy Walters through their son, Drury, and I have some information on them. Are you the Reed Walters who lives out in Myrick?

  18. Reed,

    I anticipate a new post on the Walters family before too long that will be written by Ed Payne. Hopefully it will shed light on your family line.


  19. Walters folks,

    One of my lines of Jones County ancestry comes from Willoughby Walters (who, incidentally, I am convinced was NOT the same person as Thomas Willoughby Walters) via his son George Willoughby Walters and gr-son George Warren Walters. George Warren Walters died in a Union prison camp and never saw his only son, Warren Vinson Walters–who was my gr grandfather.

    Over the next couple of weeks I hope to compile my research on the Walters families: their migration into Jones County, their slave ownership and (more typically) their lack thereof, their various paths during the CW, the Union pension applications of some of their number, and a few of their post war activities. The intent is to post the write-up here on Renegade South in one or more parts.

    The end result will not be a detailed genealogy of the prolific Jones County Walters clan nor will it be a definitive history–but hopefully it will serve as a basis for folks to come forward and share their individual pieces of the Walters puzzle.

    Ed Payne

  20. I am SO excited to find these postings and comments. I have been helping my son and husband research their Walters line and I’m stuck at what appears to be erroneous information, that being the connection to Thomas Willoughby Waters/Walters. I’ll keep watching this site for more information, but I’m wondering if anyone can point me in a new direction. My husband’s line back to the presumed Thomas Willoughby ancestor is as follows:

    Joseph Alan Walters (my husband)
    Bruce Edwin Walters (1925-1977)
    Joseph Warren Walters (1889-1972)
    Joseph Marion Walters (1857-1938)
    Jesse Edmond Jehue Walters (1807-1892)

    The Walters’ have ties in South Carolina, congregating in Jones County, MS, and my husband’s direct line came and settled in Kelsey, Upshur County, Texas.

    Any information or pointers in helping us get past the Thomas Willoughby block would be most appreciated.

    Thanks so much,

    Angela Walters
    Pflugerville, Texas

  21. Angela: In responding, please note that I am making liberal use of work done by Jimmye Walters Watson, whose genealogical research into the Walters family I greatly respect.

    The Willoughby Walters who we record as the father of Jesse Jehugh Walters et al (he is known to have had 13 children) was born in SC in 1773. He can be found on the 1810 census in Colleton Co SC, living next door to Asa and Herrin Walters–who would also settle in Jones Co. Willoughby died in 1849 of palsy and was listed on the 1850 mortality schedule. A court document exists (of which I have the text) in which he gave livestock to a daughter who had cared for him. Willoughby’s wife is often given as Mary Susannah (Polly) Tucker, but I have found no primary records to verify this. If the 1793 birth year ascribed to her is correct, she must have been Willoughby’s second wife. We do know three male Tuckers moved to Jones County by 1830, so a connection is certainly possible.

    The information compiled by Ms Watson is contained in a one page article published in”Echoes From OUr Past,” a compilation of genealogies and family histories assembled by the Jones County Genealogical & Historical Organization.

  22. I found a James Anderson listed in the 1786 census of Tyrrell Co., N.C. There was one white male listed under 21 years of age. I think this might be “our” James (father of Isaac, Asa, John and Sarah Anderson), since Isaac was born in 1785. Before the other siblings were born, James must have moved to Georgia, as the other three were born in Georgia. Still haven’t found any information on William Anderson, son of Isaac Anderson, Sr. and wife Martha. And where James died in April of 1822 is not known, but he and his wife probably died in Georgia. Has anyone else found any information on the ancestors of our Isaac, Asa, John or Sarah? Thanks to Gevevieve, we know that “our” James is not the one who died in Amite Co., MS. D.L.

  23. Ed,
    Several years ago you contacted me regarding information on Jasper Collins. I think you got in touch me through Our Home Universalist Unitarian Church. I was also able to get you a copy of the “Bynum and Herrington Connections” written by Ruby Bynum. My book club is reading the new “The State of Jones” (I’ll now read the books by Ethel Knight and Victoria Bynum..I’m hooked!). I was trying to find a connection between J.H. Powell and my great-great grandmother Remellicent Powell Shows when I can upon the renegade south website. Great work, I’m impressed with all the work you all have done. I’ll share this website with the other members of my group.
    Thanks for sharing all this knowledge.

  24. Becky:

    Thank you. I still have and wear my Our Home Universalist Unitarian Church tee shirt. I’ve given several talks in Jones County (the genealogical society and the Kiwanis Club) but am always open to speaking on the many facets of this subject: including how Universalist doctrine seemed to find a receptive audience among several of the former renegades such as Jasper Collins. This post Civil War rebellion against the religious as well as political status quo is one of the topics Vikki Bynum addresses in her new book, “Long Shadow of the Civil War.”

    Ed P.

  25. Hey Ed,
    Thank you so much for the transcript of your presentation. It was very interesting!

  26. Vikki,
    On reading further, I discovered that a former minister of the First U U Church of Austin (1960’s) had written the book on Moncure Conway who I had never heard of. Charles Howe was a wonderful person, and I shall add his book to my reading list, along with yours. Thanks for all the great information on your blog! Doris Anderson Lamb,

  27. Doris,

    How wonderful that you actually knew Charles Howe! I had read about Moncure Conway in George Frederickson’s book, The Inner Civil War (which is actually about Northern abolitionists) way back in graduate school. Ever since, I have been interested in Conway, but it was Charles Howe’s work on him that made me realize his relevance to Universalist/Unitarians in Jones County, MS.

    Thanks for your comment!


  28. There is another person, Isaac L. Anderson, a Presbyterian minister, who established a college, Maryville, in TN., an abolishionist who had an integrated college before the Civil War. He was the great grandson of Isaac & Martha Anderson who came to America in 1730 when their youngest son, Isaac, Jr., was an infant. I believe that our Isaac Anderson of Ellisville, MS. was a descendant of Isaac, Sr., and, if so, both he (b. 1785)and Isaac L. (b. 1780) would have been great grandsons of Isaac, Sr. I have no proof of this yet, but Isaacs, Williams and James abound in this Rockbridge Co., VA. family. I was pointed in this direction by a genealogist in Augusta Co.,VA. It is ironic that Isaac in Ellisville,Ms., a slaveholder, could have been a distant cousin of the abolishionist, Isaac L. Does anyone have any information about the connect between these Rockbridge Andersons, the James Anderson in Tyrrell Co.,N.C. and Isaac Anderson of Ellisville?

  29. Ok, my greatgrandfather is Silus P Anderson, his father is George Washington Anderson(1854-1927), his father is Richmond Anderson(1828-1864) his wife was Parmalee C Deason, Richmonds father was Isaac Anderson who was born in NC (1785-1871) who was married to Teresia Powell. Now, does any1 have anymore information on these people? Doris and charles, it looks like we are related?

  30. Its a family rumor that George Washington Anderson left Mississippi for killing a black man! Can anyone corroborate this?

    • G.W. came to Texas very shortly after the Civil War and Richmond’s death in the Atlanta campaign. His Grandfaher Isaac and mother were probablly both dead when he left Mississippi. I’m at work and don’t have the dates of those deaths but they were shortly after the war. I have also heard these rumors. He married Susan McGrue (McGrew), I have been told somewhere near the Lousiana border. I have a tin type of Susan and a large portrait. Susan and G.W were my Grandfather’s mother and father. I am the son of Clark.
      You are a half cousin. Silas was a step brother of my grandfather Ed and great uncle George McGrue Anderson.
      email me and I will send you Richmonds Civil War papers. Neat stuff.

  31. Roger, my grandfather, Wm.Newton Anderson, son of Richmond, came to Angelina Co.,TX. around 1870 with his younger siblings, including one sister. Richmond had died, and I believe Parmalee Deason Anderson had died after the census was taken in 1870, as there was no mention of her after that census. I believe Isaac was born in Tyrrell Co., N.C. in 1785, as there is mention of his father James Anderson in the 1786 census with one son. It seems that there were several daughters born earlier, but they could have died before James and his wife moved to GA. with Isaac. And the three younger children were born in GA. I don’t know what happened to James who died in 1822 or the name of his wife.
    It would be great to tie up loose ends. I haven’t had any luck in connecting James with the Isaac & Martha Anderson, Rockbridge Co.,VA. line, as possibly being the son of William Anderson, and grandson of Isaac, Sr. Ed Payne was helpful in
    finding info. about Richmond for Stanley Anderson and me.

  32. I assume my great grandfather George Washington Anderson came with William Newton to Angelina County around 1870 and he is one of those siblings that Doris has written about. Thanks again to ED Payne and Doris for all of the wonderful help. Also, thank you Vikki for the chance to discover my family history and for your super book on Jones County!

  33. Stan,

    I’m sure Doris and Ed appreciate your words as much as I do. I am just so pleased that this blog has enabled so many of family researchers to share information with one another. And if my book has helped, too, so much the better.


  34. Wow! what a lot of information you have on this site. I am following Newton Carroll Collins, son of Stacy and Sarah Anderson Collins. I have never been able to find proof of Sarah’s parentage. Would be willing share information on what I have collected.

    • Hi Geneva,

      Welcome to Renegade South! I don’t know whether or not you remember it, but you and I briefly corresponded about the Collinses several years ago–you helped me put together the links between the Texas and Mississippi Collins. I hope you find some contacts here that will help you build on your knowledge.


  35. Vikki, you will be interested to know that the Rev. Charles Howe died this past July in Raleigh, N.C. I still haven’t read his book, but intend to do so. And, Roger, I haven’t heard any rumors about Geo. Washington Anderson killing anyone. He was born 14 May, 1855, so was just fifteen when he came over to Angelina Co., TX., with my grandfather, Wm. Newton Anderson, and younger siblings Mary,John, Edmond, Charles and Henry. Another sibling, Isaac, born in 1854, must have died between 1860 and 1870, as he is not listed in the 1870 census of Jones Co., MS. As the father, Richmond, had died in 1864 in an Atlanta, GA. hospital, the family was listed in 1870 living with Isaac and Sarah Deason Anderson. As Ed said, Parmalee Cornelia Deason, Richmond’s wife, and Sarah Deason were most certainly sisters. The last child, Henry, was born in 1864 after his father died. The younger children boarded with other Anderson families after they moved to Angelina Co. ca. 1870.

  36. Geneva, I am still working on finding the ancestry of our Isaac Anderson. I think we have proof that the father was James
    (from Bible record). I found a James Anderson in Tyrrell Co.,N.C. in the 1786 census with one son (Isaac was born in 1785). And I found a marriage record of a James marrying Rachel Johnson in 1778; the next day a John Anderson married Miriam Spruill. And I found a James and John Anderson in Franklin Co.,GA. in 1790. Assuming they were brothers, they must have moved to GA. ca.1788. James’children, as far as we know were Isaac,Asa,John & Sarah. I am still trying to tie James in to the Isaac and Martha Anderson of Rockbridge Co., VA. through their son William.
    No proof, however. Does anyone have any information about William who came with his parents to America in 1730 when their last child, Isaac, Jr., was an infant. They settled in Rockbridge Co., VA. in 1741. It is not known where they lived between 1730 and 174l, possibly PA. Their eldest son John was killed by Indians in 1743.

  37. The James Anderson in TyrrellCo., N.C., was not the father of our Isaac. He died ca. 1787, and his widow Rachel Johnson remarried. I still have not found Isaac’s birthplace in N.C.

  38. I have not checked this in a good while. Glad to see all the information. Stan Anderson, if you see this, my email is I would really enjoy those military records if you still have them to send. Also, Doris, is there any records that you could email me as well as far as the Anderson Bible is concerned? As well as any other records for that matter? Thanks.

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