Moses Logan Anderson (29 Jul. 1838-25 Aug. 1908)

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.]

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3 Responses to Moses Logan Anderson (29 Jul. 1838-25 Aug. 1908)

  1. This information is fascinating to me, as I am the great granddaughter of Moses Logan Anderson. My information about him is more limited than I would wish, but I would be happy to supply additional information that I do have. For instance, he was in the 13th Tennessee Infantry of the Confederate Army. He was captured at the Battle of Kenesaw Mountain, and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of war at Johnson’s Island near Sandusky, Ohio.

    Imogene Anderson King
    Iking@fmsllp.com

    • jlc5f says:

      Hi — I would be very happy to have any additional information you have on Moses Anderson. I have been trying to give just the basics on these UVA graduates, but anything additional is welcome. Thanks, Jean Cooper

  2. Joyce Ballard says:

    Ms. King, I am researching the LaGrange Synodical College and I see that Moses Logan Anderson was a student there in 1858-59. I live in LaGrange and relic hunters have found a button with SC on it. We are looking for any photograph of students at the college to see if it might be a uniform button. If in any of your records you have a photo of Moses Logan Anderson with a uniform with a button that says SC, we would be most excited to have a copy of that photo. Joyce Ballard, j-jballard@comcast.net

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