Does any know anything about this?
In my family, there's an old "legend/story" possibly about our
ancestors, describing Four Anderson Brothers. Here it is in part....
As a general name, Anderson is synonymous with Scotch Presbyterianism
and it is interesting to find the earliest history of the
family in America bound up in the early history of the church.
Apparently the first American with this name was James Anderson, a
Presbyterian Minister, born in Scotland November 17 1678. He arrived
in this country April 22 1709 to settle in New Castle Pennsylvania
and became one of the founders of the Presbyterian Church in America.
About 1738, when the tide of emigration turned toward the Shenandoah
Valley in Virginia, the Reverend James Anderson was sent as an emissary
of the Philadelphia Synod, and at the home of John Lewis, preached the
first sermon delivered in that section. This was probably the
incentive that led to the building of Old stone Church near Middle River,
in Augusta County, Virginia. It was begun in 1740 and completed in 1747.
At this time, about 1736, four Anderson brothers, John, James, George
and William Anderson settled in the Old stone Church neighborhood.
As proof that they were brothers the following is quoted from George
Christian?s letter in the Lyman C. Draper collection.
Father was married to Margaret Anderson, daughter of George Anderson
of Middle River, Augusta County, in 1762 or 3. There were four
brothers of the Anderson?s, John, James, George and William. They
were among the first settlers of Augusta County. They were from
Apparently there is a disagreement among genealogists as to whether
the four Anderson brothers were related to the Rev. James
Anderson, but it is definitely known that two of the Rev. James
Anderson?s children settled in Augusta County, Virginia. They were
John Anderson, born January 13,1724, and Susannah Anderson, born
September 14,1725. She married Col. John Woods, of Albermarle
County, Virginia, son Michael Woods and Lady Campbell of
Argylshire, Scotland, John Anderson married 1750, Anna Irvin (Erwin).
Their descendants were pioneers in Madison County, Kentucky.
There is a tradition that the children of the Rev. James Anderson
claimed a relationship with the families of the four Anderson
Brothers. Numerous records show the Anderson Brothers were men
of prominence and influence, and always at the front in defense of
their country. The History of Orange County by Scott shows William
Anderson was an ensign in 1742 under Col. Jas Patton. According
to tradition they helped to build the Old stone Church. They with
others carried stones and other necessary materials in sacks,
caskets and every conceivable container and presumably helped with
the actual construction of the building. Some of them became
elders and all were staunch supporters of this Church as long as
Descendants who live in Augusta County say they were buried in
the old cemetery across the road from the Church. Many of the
early markers of graves were of wood and have long ago disappeared.
Virginia Land office records show that the bros. John, James,
George and William Anderson received from King George 11 grants of
large tracts of land on Middle River, in Augusta County, Virginia
as early as 1738. Descendants of John Anderson have told the
writer that he owned 1170 acres at Bowlings Mill, near Staunton,
where he, or his son, built a house that has a fine example of
Colonial architecture. It contained ornate mantels and expensive
paneling and was a showplace of that locality. The last of the
Anderson?s who lived there was Willie Anderson, son of Andrew
Anderson. He had one son and one daughter. About 1882 the house
was bought by Edward Furr and was entirely destroyed by fire about
1925. James Anderson, the scholar of the family, lived on Middle
River, near what is now known as Springhill, Virginia. He founded
the Anderson School, which is known to have been a flourishing
school in 1754. It is said there were only two schools in the
Shendanoah Valley at that time. The writer has visited the Wm.
Anderson home and made Kodak pictures of the house and outer
buildings. Near the house stands the old spring stone house
which was built by Wm. Anderson himself, about 1740.
The four Anderson brothers came from Ulster, Ireland and landed
at the Port of Philadelphia about 1732. Margaret Anderson, mother
of the four brothers, made a sworn statement in Dec. 1757, that
she knew a Mr. Francis in Chester C., Pennsylvania about 1736-38
as proof of the emigration. Wm. Anderson married again about
1745, for his next child, Mary was baptized June 21,1747.
His second wife was Elizabeth.
.....end of story.
I have this info on these people, not sure of accuracy......
Father: Anderson (afn:RRC8.P7) (? first name)
b: abt 1660 Northern Ireland
m: abt 1685 Northern Ireland
Mother: Anderson (afn:RRC8.QD) (? first name)
b: abt 1665 Northern Ireland
m: abt 1685 Northern Ireland
Had the following son:
b: abt 1690 Ireland
m: 1715 Ireland Margrit (Margaret) Anderson (afn: RRCO-OH)
Margaret b: 1695 Ireland
M: 1715 Ireland to John Anderson
d: mar 1764 Augusta Va.
John and Margaret had the following four sons:
John Anderson (afn:RRC0-46) (afn:12JM-D2W)
b: abt 1712 Ulster, Ireland
d: 1787 Middle River, Augusta Co, VA.
James Anderson (afn: RRC0-2T) (afn: IH59-HW0) (afn:12JM-D34)
b: abt 1716 Ulster, Ireland
d: 1779 Middle River, Augusta Co, VA.
George Anderson (afn:RRC0-31) (afn:12JM-D48)
b: abt 1718 Ulster, Ireland
d: 1789 Middle River, Augusta Co, VA.
William Anderson (afn:RRC8-CH)
b: abt 1720 Ulster, Ireland
d: 1792 Middle River, Augusta Co, VA.
b: 1792 Middle River, Augusta Co, VA.
Can you help provide any more information. Any and all help
is greatly appreciated. Is your data on the internet? if so,
what is the location. Also, Could you attach your GEDCOM
file to your response so I can review it.
Here is the location of my families web site.