Patrick Anderson-page 12 Assembly from 1778 to 1781, and took an active part in the impeachment of Judge Francis Hopkinson. In 1781 he was appointed one of the Commissioners having charge of Navigation in the Schuylkill River. This was an important avenue of transportation to Philadelphia. When in the Assembly, he voted against a Bill for the Abolition of Slavery in the Colony.
He had an old slave named Ben whom he set free. Ben, who was very old, is said to have gone out to the Slaves' Burying Ground on the farm, and thrown up his hat in the air and shouted praise to the Lord for his freedom, and proclaimed in a loud voice, that he now was ready to be taken to his heavenly rest.
Patrick was credited with having built the first saw mill in the colony.
One unusual characteristic may be noted, he had a double row of teeth front and back. It is reported that he died of "palsey" from which he suffered for several years. (my brother had the double teeth set front and back and had to have one of the sets removed after they all came out when he was 15 yrs. old)
Patrick's descendants maintain a pew in his honor in the Valley Forge Memorial Chapel. It bears a memorial tablet which reads as follows:
"To the Glory of God and in memory of Patrick Anderson July 24, 1719 - 1793 Captain in the French and Indian War, 1755 Member of the Chester County Committee of Safety, 1774, Major in Wayne's Battalion of Minute Men, 1775, Senior Captain in Command of the Pennsylvania Battalion of Musketry, 1776, Member of the Assembly of Pennsylvania, 1778, 1781."
Patrick Anderson was buried in old St. Peter's Churchyard in Paoli Valley, where he was a Vestryman from 1774 to 1780.
The family placed a bronze tablet on the walls of the church, bearing the inscription:
"Patrick Anderson, July 24, 1719, to March 1793. "Captain, French and Indian War. "Major - Wayne's Battalion; Member of Pennsylvania Legislature 1778-1781. Member of the Vestry of St. Peter's Church 1774-1780. "Buried in St. Peter's Churchyard."