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James J. Anderson was born 7 Apr 1850 according to his tombstone. His birth surname appears to have been Burchett. The 1850 census for Franklin County VA lists him as residing in the Franklin County poorhouse. He is also listed in the Overseers report as a resident of the poorhouse until about 1855.) The Franklin County, VA Court Order Book 10 (1855-1860), page 55, confirms that this James Burchett in the poor house was one in the same as James J. Anderson. At the April 1856 court, the following entry was recorded: "On the motion of James Anderson by his attorney, it is ordered that one of the Overseers of the Poor of this county do bind to the said James Anderson, James J. Burchett aged 7 years, the said Anderson not to pay the said Burchett any thing at the expiration of his service but to give the said Burchett such an edjucation [sic] as the law directs." His adoptive parents were James and Caroline (Gulliam) Anderson. Their marriage record is shown below. Marriage Bonds of Franklin County Virginia 1786-1858, page 22 Anderson, James, s. Jesse and Polly, and Caroline B. Gilliam, dau. Arch and Nancy,Oct 20, 1853. minister: Silas Minter James J. Anderson married Martha Ellen Sheppard and they had eight children (listed below). James died 19 Mar 1927 in Pulaski County VA. Children: William Albert Anderson (1874-1943) .. born Montgomery Co VA Mary L Anderson (1876-?) .. born Montgomery Co VA Nancy Cathrine Anderson (1878-1963) .. born Montgomery Co VA Margaret Anna Anderson (1880-?) .. born Giles Co VA Ellie J. Anderson (1883-?) .. born Giles Co VA James C. Anderson (1883-1884) .. born Giles Co VA Lucy Lee Anderson (1887-?) .. born Giles Co VA Charles B. Anderson (1891-?) .. born Giles Co VA Here is the family in the 1900 census: 1900 Federal Census: Virginia, Pulaski County, page 121A household 292/295 Anderson, James - head, W M 53, born Apr 1847 in VA, married 27 years, parents born VA, farm laborer Anderson, Martha E. - wife, W F 48, born Feb 1852 in VA, 8 children/6 living, parents born VA Anderson, Nancy B. - daughter, W F 21, born Sep 1878 in VA, single Anderson, Anna N. - daughter, W F 20, born Apr 1880 in VA, single, at school Anderson, Lucy Lee - daughter, W F 13, born Oct 1886 in VA, at school Anderson, Chas - son, W M 7, born Oct 1892 in VA
Virginia: Franklin County; Montgomery County; Giles County; Pulaski County
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