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Robert Anderson, Jr.

Male 1775 - 1847  (~ 72 years)

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  • Name Robert Anderson  [1, 2
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born by 1775  [3
    • Robert, Jr. 21 years old by 1796 when added to tax list
    Gender Male 
    Died by 1847 
    • will probated
    • Robert Anderson, Jr. acquired, in his own name and with partners, extensive property in the county, that first showed up in the tax records in 1800, totaling nearly 6,000 acres. In 1810 he purchased a 130-acre tract below a sawmill on Catawba Creek, followed in 1816 by a further 180 acres, both located near his father's land grant on a part of a neighboring grant to David Mitchell made in 1742. He operated the sawmill by 1821, when it is labeled "Anderson's sawmill" on a county map. The form of the sawmill pond is visible along Catawba Creek on the property today. Census records show his household consisting of two men between the ages of twenty-six and forty-five, two women between sixteen and twenty-six, and eight children less than ten years of age. By 1820 Robert Anderson Jr.'s property was reduced to a more manageable five tracts totaling 1,600 acres. On a 130-acre section on Catawba he owned buildings valued at $600, probably his homeplace, and on a nearby 180-acre tract he possessed buildings valued at $150, possibly the sawmill. In that year his household included himself, his wife, and nine individuals under age twenty-six.
      The tax valuation and number of tracts remained the same until 1829, when the improvements on the 130-acre parcel increased to the substantial sum of $1,100 (during this period a median value for improvements is about $200). This undoubtedly represents the construction, probably during the previous year, of the brick Anderson house, presumably on or near the site of an earlier Robert Anderson, Sr. dwelling dating from earlier in the century. The $125 value for buildings on the nearby property remained the same. Although a brick with the incised date of 1826 was found in the house during rehabilitation,' the house appears to have been completed in 1828.
      In 1840, William N. Anderson purchased the house and two tracts totaling 290 acres from his uncle Robert Anderson, Jr., for which he paid $3,600. Robert Anderson apparently had made the decision to relocate to Missouri, and made the farm available to his nephew. His will was written in Rawls County, Missouri in 1844 as he was about to depart on a journey to Virginia and was probated in 1847

      1820 US Census, Virginia, Botetourt, Name: Robert Anderson, males <10, 1, males 10-15, 2, males >45, 1, females <10, 3, females 10-15, 1, females 26-44, 1, persons engaged in agriculture, 3, total all persons, 11

      He (Ezekiel Howard) was a soldier in the New Jersey Cavalry Regiment, which was commanded by Colonel Ogden, and this Regiment, together with others, formed the American Army which was commanded by General Washington.  He participated in the Battles of Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth Court House, and was in a number of skirmishes.
      While in the Army, he became acquainted with a young man by the name of Robert Anderson, who was a soldier from Botetourt County, Virginia.  When his father came to Virginia, he came with him, and afterwards visited his soldier friend in Botetourt County, here he met with Rebecca Anderson, a sister of Robert Anderson, and in the year 1791, Ezekiel Howard and Rebecca Anderson were married

      On March 6, 1844, Robert Anderson, Jr., who had moved to Missouri, wrote his will in anticipation of a journey back to Virginia. He left his property to his wife, Elizabeth, and required her to "provide for my two daughters that are yet single… and give my other daughters of my property as she may think to be just and right but Catherine Reid must have one hundred dollars as for my son William he has got all I intend to give him." He appointed Andrew McGown Executor and his wife Elizabeth Anderson Executrix. The will was filed for Robert Anderson deceased in Monroe County, Missouri on 5 Mar 1847. It was also filed in Botetourt County, Virginia at May Court, 1847. [4, 5, 6, 7]
    Person ID I18083  Mindrum
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2015 

    Father Robert Anderson,   b. Abt 1739, Donegal, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1825, Botetourt Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years) 
    Mother Margaret Neely,   b. 1738,   d. 26 Jul 1810  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 1764  Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Family ID F12625  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Lemmon,   d. Dec 
    Married 2 Apr 1801  Botetourt Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F12645  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Anderson House, Botetourt Co., Virginia
    Anderson House, Botetourt Co., Virginia
    Anderson House, Botetourt Co., Virginia
    Anderson House, Botetourt Co., Virginia

    Anderson House, Botetourt Co., Virginia
    Anderson House, Botetourt Co., Virginia
    National Register of Historic Places
    Anderson, Robert - Estate settlement, page 1
    Anderson, Robert - Estate settlement, page 1
    Anderson, Robert - Estate settlement, page 2
    Anderson, Robert - Estate settlement, page 2
    Anderson, Robert Jr. - Will
    Anderson, Robert Jr. - Will

  • Sources 
    1. [S4367] Letter from James Ward, 15 Jun 2015.

    2. [S8143] Virginia, Select Marriages.

    3. [S8283] Auditor of Public Account, Personal Property Tax Books, Botetourt County, Virginia, 1796, LVA Reel No. 47.

    4. [S8243] National Register of Historic Places-United States Department of the Interior-National Park Service--Anderson House-VDHR Site No. 011-0056 and Botetourt Co. Tax No. 71-94--5640 Lee Lane-Haymakertown, Botetourt Co., Virginia-.

    5. [S7847] 1820 US Census.

    6. [S8113] Summary of Life of Ezekiel Howard written by Robert Anderson Calfee in 1908.

    7. [S8281] Robert Anderson, Jr. Will, Botetourt County, Virginia, LVA Reel No. 22, Will Book G (1843-1849), pp. 359-360.

    8. [S8257] Robert Anderson, Dwain Skelton, Botetourt County Virginia Heritage Book, 1770-2000, p. 73.

    9. [S8143] Virginia, Select Marriages, FHL Film Number 30734, Reference ID pg 120.

    10. [S8285] Marriage Register 1, 1787-1844, page 13, LVA Reel No. 37, Botetourt Co., VA.