John E. "Jack" Anderson, my maternal 4th great-grandfather, was born c. 1797 in South Carolina. There has been a great deal of controversy in who the actual father of Jack Anderson was. Several online family histories state that this Jack Anderson was the son of Joseph Anderson, who supposedly married Julia Ann Pushmataha, or "Running Deer", daughter of Choctaw Chief Mingo Pushmataha. To my knowledge, this family story remains unproved. Other family histories report that Jack's father was Daniel Austin Anderson, who supposedly was a major during the War of 1812. I have been unable to find any information on this Daniel Austin Anderson thus far.
There was a John Anderson listed on the 1816 State & Territorial Census, Wayne County, Mississippi. The household consisted of 1 male < age 21, 1 male > age 21, 2 females < age 21 and 1 female > age 21. Jack would have been about 19 years old at that time- I wonder if perhaps this John Anderson was related. Could Jack have been the male under age 21 on this census record?
Jack married Sarah Davis c. 1822 in Perry County, Mississippi. Sarah was born 26 December 1803 in South Carolina and was said to be the daughter of James Davis and Elizabeth Daughdrill.
The 1830 federal census of Perry County, Mississippi listed John Anderson with the following in his household: 2 males under age 5 (John Harris and James Aaron), 1 male age 5-9 (unknown), 1 male age 20-29 (unknown), 1 male age 30-39 (Jack); 1 female under age 5 (Sarah Ann), 1 female age 5-9 (Elizabeth), and 1 female age 20-29 (wife, Sarah).
The 1840 federal census of Perry County, Mississippi listed John Anderson with: 2 males under age 5 (Daniel Austin and Elisha Ryan), 2 males age 5-9 (William Hawkins and James Aaron), 1 male age 10-14 (John Harris), 1 male age 40-49 (Jack), 1 male age 50-59 (unknown); 1 female age 5-9 (Mary Jane), 2 females age 10-14 (Sarah Ann and Elizabeth), and 1 female age 30-39 (wife, Sarah).
In 1850, Perry County, Mississippi, John and Sarah have three children remaining in their household- William, age 17, Daniel, age 15, and Elisha, age 13. John Harris Anderson, the son of John and Sarah, resided next door. Note that the census taker made an error in writing the ages of the John H. Anderson family.
|1850 Federal Census, Perry County, Mississippi, Pg 40|
A decade later, John and Sarah are shown as residents in the household of Moses Fillingame who lived in Marion County, Mississippi. Their daughter, Elizabeth, had married Moses.
|1860 Federal Census, Marion County, Mississippi, Pg 41|
John E. "Jack" Anderson died in 1865. He was buried in the Granny Bounds Cemetery, Forrest County, Mississippi.
In 1870, Sarah was once again a resident in Perry County, living near her sons, John and William. She died 28 October 1879 in Perry County and was laid to rest next to her husband.
Children of John E. "Jack" Anderson and Sarah Davis:i. Elizabeth Anderson (1823-1863), married Moses Fillingame
ii. Sarah Ann Anderson (1826-1909), married Daniel Austin Boon
iii. John Harris Anderson (1828-1890), married (1) Elizabeth Jane Anderson (2) Alice Hodgepeth Roberts
iv. James Aaron Anderson (1830-1865), married Mary Louise Fillingame
v. Mary Jane Anderson (1832-1906), married Austin Fillingame
vi. William Hawkins Anderson (1833-1888), married Drucilla Landrum
vii. Daniel Austin "Bunk" Anderson (1834-1913), married Rebecca Henrietta "Kissie" Stafford
viii. Elisha Ryan Anderson (1837-1866), married Nancy Lee
Tombstone Tuesday: Granny Bounds Cemetery, Forrest County MS