James and his wife are probably buried in the graveyard of old St. Peter's Church in the Great Valley, of which he was vestryman. According to family tradition he is said to have imported clover and garlic (!) into this country - a blessing and a curse!
Harry Emerson Wildes, the historian, in his book VALLEY FORGE, recounts the romance of James Anderson with the miller's daughter:
"Valley Forge itself began with an elopement. The story following traditional romantic patterns, richly merits novelistic treatment, for a poor indentured servant, bought by a crusty miller, won the daughter of the rich, conservative Welsh Quaker family, ran off with her to break hitherto untilled farm land, built a home in the wilderness, achieved success, and gained eventual forgiveness.
"In 1713(*), the year following Holstein's arrival at Swedesford, Thomas Jerman, Quaker preacher who was nicknamed 'The Thrifty Miller', went into Philadelphia to buy a sleigh.
There he found a ship just arrived from England, bringing, among other passengers, a red-headed, twenty-year old(*) Scotch boy. The man to whom this James Anderson was indentured, desired to sell the lad's services, and Jerman, attracted by his bright personality, bought the boy for little more than the five pounds' transportation cost.
The thrifty miller took James Anderson upcountry to his Great Valley Mill, the first inland grist mill to be licensed after Penn gave up his mill monopoly.
"Quick-witted and pleasant-spoken, laughing Jim Anderson worked faithfully and hard, though the serious Welsh Quakers thought him frivolous.
Elizabeth, the elder daughter of the Jermans, was captivated by his charm. A few months after his arrival, the two were deep in love. Jerman was disappointed; he had intended Elizabeth for Enoch Walker, son of the pioneer of Rehobeth, hoping that thus "Rehobeth" and the Great Valley Mill might be united into one great property.