Frank L. Anderson was the son of James Mason Anderson (1784-1870) of Spartanburg, SC, and his wife, Mary “Polly” Miller (1788-1856). He studied at Poplar Spring Academy before attending the University of Virginia in session 28 (1851-1852). After he left the University, he was commissioned by the governor of South Carolina as captain, then major of the Cashville Beat Company, a part of the 36th Regiment, South Carolina Militia. He served 7 years in this unit of the state militia.
Before the Civil War began, Anderson enlisted in the Spartan Rifles as a sergeant; then he served in Virginia in the 5th Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers in the first year of the war. In 1862, he was transferred to Company A of the Holcomb Legion. He served in this regiment through the rest of the war.
In 1859, Anderson married Susan N. Norris, (1833-1863), with whom he had 2 children, Frank Nuckles and William Norris Anderson. His second wife was Ada Eppes (1842-1924), with whom he had Victor Eppes, Robert Reid, Benjamin Mason, Thomas Moore, Walter Cary, James Leland, John Marshall, and Henrietta Maria Anderson. After the war, Anderson resumed his life as a farmer in Reidville, SC. He was a devout Presbyterian and held the position of elder in the church.
The Anderson family is buried in Nazareth Presbyterian Church Cemetery, in Spartanburg County.
- Ancestry.com. 1850-1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc.
- Anderson tombstones, Nazareth Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Spartanburg County, SC. Findagrave.com (accessed 9/26/2012).
- Landrum, J. B. O. History of Spartanburg County. Atlanta, GA, 1900, p. 263-265.