Moses L. Anderson was born in Fayette County, Tennessee, the son of Joel Anderson (1793-1841), from Halifax Co., VA, and his second wife, Lena G. Roberts (1804-1871), from Chesterfield Co., VA. Moses attended the University of Virginia in session 33 (1856-1857), then attended LaGrange Synodical College in LaGrange, TN for two years. Moses Anderson’s great granddaughter, Imogene Anderson King, states that “he was in the 13th Tennessee Infantry of the Confederate Army, and was captured at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. He spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of war at Johnson’s Island near Sandusky, Ohio.”
M. L. Anderson was a farmer and was one of the leading citizens of LaGrange; he owned 2000 acres of land in the La Grange area and in Mississippi, as well as the foundry his father had started in LaGrange, and a steam cotton-gin and a grist-mill attached to the foundry.
The history of the LaGrange Presbyterian Church notes that on Nov. 20, 1900, a cyclone destroyed the buildings of the Presbyterian, Baptist, and Methodist churches in LaGrange. On Dec. 19, 1900, Moses L. Anderson, a trustee for the Baptist Church, gave to the Presbyterian Church “a deed of gift to the ground on which the Baptist Church had stood prior to its having been blown away. The Baptists reserved the privilege of using the Presbyterian Church when it was not in use by the Presbyterians.” (Cargill)
Moses married Mariah D. Smith (1849-1888) on 31 Mar. 1870. The couple had 5 children, four daughters and one son; the daughters were Harriett, Mary Jane, Lucy, and Julia S., and it is possible that the son was named Logan Ernest Anderson. (1850-1900 U.S. Censuses; Findagrave.com) Moses and Mariah Anderson are buried in LaGrange Cemetery, in Fayette Co., TN.
[N.B. – M. L. Anderson’s death certificate states that he died on 20 Aug. 1908; his tombstone states 25 Aug. 1908. Thanks to Imogene Anderson King for information about Moses Anderson’s Civil War service.]
- Anderson family tombstones, LaGrange Cemetery, Fayette Co., TN. Findagrave.com. [database online] (Accessed 9/30/2011).
- Cargill, Bernice. “History Of The La Grange Presbyterian Church.” [website] http://www.lagrangetn.com/presbyterian.htm (Accessed 9/30/2011).
- Goodspeed History of Tennessee … with an historical and a biographical sketch of Fayette and Hardeman Counties. Nashville, TN, 1886, p. 841-842.
- LaGrange Synodical College. Second annual catalogue of the LaGrange Synodical College. LaGrange, TN, 1859. http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/tenn-la-grange-synodical-college-la-grange/annual-catalogue-of-the-trustees-faculty-and-students-rga/1-annual-catalogue-of-the-trustees-faculty-and-students-rga.shtml (Accessed 5/29/12).
- “Tennessee, Deaths and Burials, 1874-1955,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F6RD-STG : accessed 29 May 2012), M. L. Anderson, 1838.