Husband of Susan Jane Damron
Henry first shows up in records
for Johnson Co., IL, when he purchases land in Tunnel Hill twp., in 1851. He later purchased land in section 15, Johnson
Co., on 6 OCT 1852. He shows up in records as purchasing land in sections
12, 15, and 19, in Johnson
County, near the Saline
Our branch of the family believes
that Henry Anderson arrived in Illinois
from Union Co., TN. Others believe that
he was born in Illinois. All agree that he married Miss Susan Jane
Damron 17 MAY 1855, at Vienna, Johnson Co., IL. After the death of his first wife, he
married Sarah Elizabeth Dougherty, widow of Adam Dillow, on 26 MAR 1876, in Union Co., IL.
Henry is not listed in the 1850
census for Johnson Co., IL, nor in the censuses for Union or Weakley Counties, TN
(where his first wife's family was from).
He was not a "head of household" at this time.
In addition, Union County
missed being included in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census because the county had
not yet been erected. People who were in the area that became Union County
may be enumerated in 1850 censuses of one of these counties; Anderson,
Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, and Knox. The first census for Union County
is found in the U.S. Federal Census of 1860. It is said that many parts of the
1860 Federal Census were somewhat poorly done, mainly because the country was
on the brink of the Civil War.
Henry and Susan Jane are included
in the 1860 census for Johnson Co., IL. Henry is 27; lists his occupation as
"sawyer"; has $2,300 worth of real estate and $450 worth of personal
property. Susan J., his wife, is 28 and a
housekeeper. Also listed in the family
A., age three;
age one month; and
E., 16 (who might be a sister of Henry.)
This census does not list the
state of birth for any of the household. Henry and Jane Anderson eventually
became the parents of the following:
JOHN ALMOS is our ancestor, born 1 JUL 1857, at Vienna, IL.
In March of 1995, I received a
letter from David Ward Anderson of Conroe,
Texas. David was a great great grandson of Henry
Anderson, through Henry's son Samuel Frank.
Sometimes Sam, sometimes Frank,
and sometimes S.F. Anderson, this son apparently had a few run ins with the law
in Johnson County, IL, a situation which eventually led to his re-location to
Texas. Sam was a farmer, with a love for
hunting and fishing.
Father Henry, it was said, was an
intelligent, industrious man, involved in the community, a Mason and a
church-goer. Henry owned a sawmill, a grist
mill and a cotton gin. His son Sam
didn't "believe in" school, hard work or church, says his great
grandson. Sam's kids never went to
school much, and his son, Norve (David's grandfather) only went to the first grade. (Norve, we are told, was more like his
grandfather Henry -- intelligent, hardworking and a practicing Christian.)
David Ward Anderson provided
copies of photographs of both Samuel Frank Anderson and his wife, and father
Henry Anderson and his wife Susan Jane Damron.
There was a definitely family resemblance to the Andersons descending from Henry's son John
Almos Anderson -- our line.
Record of the death of Henry
Anderson was obtained from the Johnson County, IL, Clerk and Recorder: Henry Anderson, male, white, about 84 years
old, engaged in farming, died 22 JUN 1914 at Goreville, IL, following a
cerebral hemorrhage and general paralysis.
Henry was married and listed as having been born in Illinois.
He was buried 23 JUN 1914. Place of burial not given on record.
It was Richard Anderson of Burton, MI,
who in 1995 informed us that Henry was buried at Chapman Cemetery, Johnson Co.,
IL. Richard was descended from a son by
Henry's second marriage to Sarah Elizabeth Dougherty. Henry and Sarah Elizabeth were the parents
Charles Glenn, born 21 MAR 1877 at Johnson Co.;
married Mary Tom Parham in 1899 at
Paducah, McCracken Co., KY; was a carpenter; died 4 SEP 1929 at Flint, MI. Charles and Mary were the parents
of Algernon Buford, Clyde Lavern, Violet
Irma, and Pauline Vivian.
Alonzo, born 25 JAN 1879 at Johnson Co.; married 6 OCT 1898 Matilda J. White; was a machinist; died 10 FEB 1943 at East St. Louis, IL.
Alonzo and Matilda were the parents
of Clara Vertis, Bernice A., Lula, Siegal, and Jack.
Effie Leeetta, born 1 DEC 1880 at
Johnson Co.; married Oscar John Hiett; died 29 NOV 1965 at San Diego, CA. Effie and Oscar were the parents of Lynas Anderson, Hue O. Hiett, Paul Q.
Hiett, Flora L. Hiett, Elvin Hiett, and Leeeta (Greer)
Claude Henry, born 6 MAR 1883 at Johnson Co.; married 18 JAN 1905 Maggie Condor; died 13 JAN 1964 at Flint, MI. Claude Henry Anderson is the grandfather of genealogist Richard B.
Anderson of Burton, MI.
Claude worked in a
restaurant and married three times: (1) Maggie Condor, (2) Mattie Albright, and
(3) Maude G. Davis. Maggie was the
mother of his six children, dying when the youngest
was four years old. Information about
this family comes, through Richard
Anderson, from Johnson Co. records; Laura H. Anderson; Elizabeth M. Schneider; Ethel Pollock; Ruth L.
Sayles; and (second child information was by A.B.
Anderson and 1910 Johnson Co. federal census appears to confirm this.) Claude and Maggie were the parents of Leland
(Andy), Earl, Earl Clarence (Red), Ruth
Leetia, Elmer Delbert (Buster), and Ethel Anderson.
Silas Edgar, born 23 FEB 1885 at Johnson Co.; married
Leona M. Davis; died 31 JUL 1954 at Stoddard Co., MO.
Silas and Leona were the parents of G.L., and Bonnie
(Sanders) Anderson. Silas was a Baptist.
Guy Everett, born 18 AUG 1891 at Johnson Co.; married 6 JUL 1921 Flora Greer; died 18 FEB 1948 at St. Louis, MO. Guy worked in a shoe store and served in the Army. He married first, Ethel
Martin (no record of children) and second
Flora Greer. Information came through Richard Anderson, from Flora Anderson and Herbert H. Greer (Flora's
brother). Guy and Flora were the parents of
Paul Eugene Anderson, born 27 MAY 1922 at Malden, Dunklin Co., MO; died 20 APR 1965 at Atlantic City, NJ. Paul
Eugene Anderson married Althea Haberern
in June 1952.
families immigrated to America
beginning with the Scottish arrivals in the 1700s. Because of the frequency of
the name, of course, it has been difficult to trace this family once the roots
reach beyond the boundaries of Illinois.
Wondering if our Henry Anderson
came to Illinois with his parents, I checked
the 1840 census for Johnson County,
IL. There were two Anderson households (that of William Anderson
and that of Brussell Anderson) each of which had a male in the 10-15 year age
bracket. It is possible that William
and/or Brussell were either the father or older brothers of Henry, but we
cannot prove either at this point.
A review of the census index for
the State of Tennessee in 1850 revealed 674 Anderson listings. Union
County itself did not yet
exist. It was being formed from several other
counties about this time.
More intense research by
genealogist Luvina K. Maples of Knoxville, TN, found reference to one John
"Jack" Anderson of Union County, whom she believes is the father of
Jack Anderson married three
times, the last to Miss Mary "Polly" Sumter 17 JUL 1842. Jack's farm on Raccoon Valley Road, Union
Co., TN, was inherited by the youngest son of this last marriage, William
Older sons would have had to make
their own way in the world without this inheritance. One son by an earlier marriage, Clark
Anderson, became a clockmaker in Knoxville. It is not only possible, but probable that
one or more sons, including our Henry, "went west" to start lives in
such places as Illinois.
Jack Anderson was a particularly
colorful fellow and we hope that he proves to be the father of Henry. Jack was born 12 JUN 1804 and died 27 DEC 1878. Family sources related to William Edward
above say that the Anderson family came from Scotland, by way of South Carolina.
One story regarding Jack Anderson
involved the time he was hanged. During the final days of the War Between the
States, times were very hard for people in Union County. Horses were very important for transportation
and for farming.
Bands of men roved through the
country taking whatever was of value. Jack Anderson was supposed to know where
some horses were hidden. A group of bushwhackers
tried to force him to tell where the horses were located. He was too stubborn to tell.
They put a noose around his neck
and hung him to a tree. These men gathered
not far away and were bragging that they hanged the old man. A man (the name
may have been Bayless) overheard their talk and went and cut Anderson down. By the providence of the God in whom he believed,
Jack's neck was not broken. He was
alive. In fact, he did not die until 1878. He did, however, wear a black scar around his
neck to his grave.
Another story about Jack Anderson
concerns his chimney building. He had a
reputation of being an excellent carpenter and chimney builder. It was told that he stood on his head on the
chimney when he completed it -- sort of like a "topping out"
One of Jack's other
accomplishments was to make a clock whose parts were all wood. His son Clark had a watch and clock place on Gay Street in Knoxville.
Again, we hope that Jack was
related to our Henry in some way. But more
research is necessary. We return to the
eldest son of Henry and Susan Jane Anderson.