It has been over three years and 10,000 messages since my last posting on this guy, so I thought I’d bring people up to date.
William H. Anderson (I’m nearly certain he’s the “Old Billy Anderson” described by Dr. S. Compton Smith in his 1857 memoir of the Mexican War):
-born in 1792 in Kentucky;
-arrived in the Nacogdoches region of Texas about 1835; received a first-class headright grant to a league and a labor (indicating he was married; who was his wife?); on tax rolls in western Nacogdoches Co. in 1837 and 1845;
-some evidence of serving in an early Texas Ranger unit in 1839;
-in Gonzales Co., TX by 1846; joined Hays’s First Texas Mounted Rifles at outbreak of the Mexican War; fought at Battle of Monterey; in McCulloch’s Company, Texas Mounted Volunteers (Spies) at Battle of Buena Vista; only Texas Ranger wounded in that engagement; but continued to serve in Chevallie’s Battalion for remainder of war; back in Gonzales Co., TX by 1851;
-wrote to Gov. Bell in August 1853 requesting command of one of five new Texas Ranger companies being formed; indicated he had served under “Haies” and “McCulloch” and had been a “Frontier man and Indian Fiter” in Texas since 1835;
-married 19-year-old widow, Elizabeth Angelina Dikes Gordon (b. 1835 in Nacogdoches Co.) in Gonzales Co. in 1854; they had four daughters (youngest, Elizabeth Adecia Anderson, b. 1863, my g-grandmother);
-granted $100-per-year pension by Texas Legislature in 1861;
-died in 1864; probably buried in Dikes Family Cemetery near “Come-and-Take-It” battle site west of Gonzales.
Any speculation or information on pre-Texas days appreciated.