Scott County, Missouri
Old Commerce Cemetery -- Also known as the Anderson Cemetery.
The following is a list of the Andersons buried in the Old Commerce Cemetery, also known as the Anderson Cemetery. This cemetery is located on the hill overlooking the river on what used to be the north and south side of North street between Missouri Street and Cape Girardeau Street. According to a map printed in London, a settlement was located in Commerce prior to 1760. About 800 people are buried in the cemetery but only a small portion have headstones.
The cemetery needs to be cleaned of weeds, trees and brush. This requires hard labor, if you will helpwith the work or help financially, please contact the
COMMERCE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
P.O. Box 93
Commerce, Mo. 63742-0093
ANDERSON, Bell G. 1877-1936
ANDERSON, Benjamin Franklin July 11, 1852-July 24, 1928
ANDERSON, Clara W. (Second wife of Joseph T.) April 15, 1851-June 8, 1927
ANDERSON, Fannie (first wife of Joseph T.) January 31, 1846-November 26, 1872— 26 yrs. 9 months 26 days.
ANDERSON, Henry Gaither, son of Joseph T.& Fannie Anderson, May 27, 1864- September 29, 1865 1 yr. 4 month 2 days
ANDERSON, J. Ranney 1887-1936
ANDERSON, Jessie Gail, wife, September 23, 1883-April 15, 1964
ANDERSON, Joseph T. April 27, 1840-September 14, 1895
ANDERSON, Mary Ellen, wife, April 22, 1853-June 30, 1935
ANDERSON, Norval F. January 19, 1875-March 26, 1947
ANDERSON, Pauline Maupin January 12, 1883-August 14, 1957
ANDERSON, Tillman (Tilman) Wyle— State Rep. For Scott County 1918 and Senator of 23rd district 1920 & 1922— January 4, 1883-November 10, 1952
ANDERSON, Virginia A. March 23, 1881-August 13, 1971
ANDERSON, Wade Gray April 15, 1876- March 27, 1938 (Woodman of the World)
Note from Bob Lamb
My ancestor, Nathaniel W. Anderson married Elizabeth Hale in Scott County, Mo..Their oldest son was George Anderson, born in Texas in 1848.He is buried in Yell County, Arkansas.The youngest of this Anderson family was Ida Alice Anderson, born in Arkansas in 1875.All of the other children were born in Missouri.
Ida Alice Anderson married John Pinckney Webb in Yell County, Arkansas, in 1901.Ida Webb died in 1953 and is buried at Hickory Grove Cemetery near Star City in Lincoln County, Arkansas.
Viola Webb, born in Perry County, Ark., in 1905 was my mother.She married Charles A. Lamb.
The 1880 census of Polk County, Arkansas, shows widow Elizabeth Andrewson with a large family to care for.Family tradition says that Nathaniel Anderson was skilled in the Indian medicines and cures.People came to him for treatment.One such woman came for treatment.Her boyfriend also showed up at the family cabin.A group of men had been watching the cabin in hopes of getting the woman’s boyfriend.They approached the cabin and called out for the man.Nathaniel Anderson stood in the doorway.The man they were after jumped behind Nathaniel Anderson and used him as a shield as shooting erupted.Anderson died in the doorway as the band of men left chasing and shooting at the man.Ida was an infant sitting in the cabin when her father was killed.Census records indicate that Ida was born about 1875.Since Ida was born in Arkansas, the incident likely happened after the family migrated to Arkansas.Ida believed it happened in Carden Bottom in Yell County.However, the 1880 census puts the family across the Arkansas River in Polk County.It’s possible the family moved.It’s also possible that the incident happened in the old “Indian Town” of Russellville in Polk County.It was on the Illinois Bayou that flows into the Arkansas River.That area is now under the waters of Lake Dardanelle.
Ida’s brother John Anderson was an impressionable teenager when his father was killed.He passed on the story of Union soldiers coming to the family home in Missouri and questioning him during the Civil War.John’s children got the impression from their father that the men who did the shooting were soldiers.They also thought the incident happened in Missouri during the Civil War, but the war had been over for ten years.None of Nathaniel’s children passed on the knowledge of where the Andersons came from in Missouri.
My mother believed that the Andersons shipped corn on the river before coming to Arkansas.She also said that they owned land in Missouri.She said that by the time her mother Ida was a toddler, she had lost most of her eyesight and was crippled by rheumatoid arthritis.One day little Ida was sitting on the bed cutting up paper with some scissors.Her mother felt of the papers and realized she had cut up the deeds to the property in Missouri.
It may be that the Andersons buried in the cemetery above are related to Nathaniel W. Anderson.Nathaniel’s likely father was George Anderson of Scott County.The father of George was mostly likely William Anderson of Scott County.
Nathaniel’s wife, Elizabeth Hale, was most likely the daughter of John Hale and Margaret of Scott County.
My oldest brother remembered Uncle John Anderson of Lincoln County, Arkansas, back during the 1930’s and 40’s.He sincerely thought that Uncle John had been an outlaw in Missouri and had ridden with one of the notorious gangs of that area.He said he remembered Uncle John in his long black coat that concealed pearl handled six guns holstered in reverse fashion.He said that Uncle John spent a lot of time sitting on his front porch, but always with his rifle or shotgun within his reach.My late brother had a vivid imagination and was a great story teller.That made a pretty good story.
In real life, Uncle John Anderson was a hardworking and law-abiding citizen.He was widowed several times and raised several children and step children.About 1919, John Anderson was operating a ferry across a tributary of the Arkansas River in Yell County on the road from Centerville to Carden Bottom and Petit Jean Mountain.For a while, the family lived on the mountain which is now Petit Jean State Park.His family then moved to Star City in Lincoln County.Work at a stave mill there was attracting many people.It was that work that brought Ida Webb and her children to Star City in the late 1920s.From Ida Anderson Webb came the Brewsters, Lambs, and Ingrams of Lincoln County.
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