I would like to have some help in regard to my Anderson Family from MO. My gr. gr. grandmother was Martha Ellen Anderson, Massey, Moore, Gentry. I have been researching the family for many years and know in my heart that the Anderson family from Brown County, Texas is also my gr. gr.gr. Grandfather Samuel Anderson's. Noble Anderson being his father and William M. being his brother. I have gone over census and used research from my other families in Stone County,MO. the Meeks, Gentry's, Anderson's etc. I also have researched the census records and history of William T. Anderson know as "Bloody Bill Anderson" from Mo. and Kansas.
I have come to the conclusion that there was only one "Bloody Bill Anderson" of the Quantrill Raiders and he died in MO. in 1864 and is buried there. His parents were William C.Anderson and Martha Thomason (1860 census of Agnes City, Kansas) again I find the family in MO. Randolph County, MO (1850 census).This family had three daughters, one being Josephine who was killed during the Civil War. I am sure most folks have heard this story and have read this history.
Now this is what I need to know:
Has any Anderson male from this family of Noble Anderson and William M. and Jane Scruggs Anderson had their DNA tested as to the male line for the Family. There is a claim in Brown County, Texas that William C. Anderson, son of William M. was the "Bloody Bill Anderson" and Josephine was his sister. There is talk about exhumation to prove this relationship. I do not feel that exhumation is necessary as long as there can be an Anderson male from the family of William M. Anderson from MO. to match with an Anderson's who lived in Brown County, Texas.The mainproblem that I see has happened over the years is the mix-up of two different Families that had similar names and near the same age. There is a possibility that both families may have been related at one time in history. This is what the DNA test will show. Another question: Does any one know of a Thomason connectionto the Stone County Anderson and Brown County Anderson's. I believe in the old traditional History about "Bloody Bill Anderson" and hope that it will not come to exhumation in order to get to the truth of this Legend,I will be more then happy to answer any ones questions about this matter. My roots grow deep in Stone County,MO. and I am proud of my Family! My Gr gr gr Granparentshas seven daughters and no son.Glyndanormglynda@aol.com