Anderson Family (Richmond, Virginia)

William Loundes Anderson (19 Feb. 1824-3 Jul. 1862), Richard Woodson Anderson (10 Sep. 1826-8 Jul. 1894), and John Randolph Anderson (27 Nov. 1828-14 Jan. 1898) were born in Richmond, Virginia; they were sons of William Anderson (1786-1836), and his wife, Mary Goodwin Woodson (1795-1837). William Anderson, Sr. built Warsaw House in Richmond city, now integrated into the Warsaw Condominiums.

William L. Anderson attended the University of Virginia in sessions 17-19 (1840-1843), Richard attended U.Va. in sessions 20-21 (1843-1845), and John attended U.Va. in session 27 (1850-1851).

William L. Anderson was married on 8 Jul 1845 to Martha Jane Gray (d. 9 Jul. 1889). Their surviving children were Fannie, John Randolph, and Richard Dabney Anderson. (Anderson).

In the 1850 U.S. Census, William L. Anderson is listed as a farmer in Culpeper County, VA, and in 1860, he is listed as “teaching” in the town of Fairfax. William enlisted in the Confederate Army on 17 Apr. 1861 at Culpeper Court House. He was a private in Company B of the 13th Virginia Infantry Regiment. Wounded at the Battle of Malvern Hill on 1 Jul. 1862, he died in Culpeper soon after. William is buried at Shockoe Hill Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. Martha Jane is buried in Riverview Cemetery, in Charlottesville, VA.

After her husband’s death, Martha Anderson sold the Culpeper property and bought a property called “Wertland” in Charlottesville. (Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia) Brothers John Randolph Anderson and Richard Dabney Anderson owned and operated “The Corner Bookstore” at the University of Virginia for many years.

Richard Woodson Anderson married Philippa Pendleton Gray (1827-1869)—the sister of his brother William’s wife—on 21 Oct. 1845. Their children were Richard Gray, Nora, Lucy Barbour, James (d. young), Johnson Barbour (d. young), William Gray, Cornelia Nina, Philip Barbour, and John Gray Anderson. They also had one other unnamed child who died as an infant.

Richard served in the same Confederate regiment–the 13th Regiment, Virginia Infantry–as his brother William, but was in Company C, the Gordonsville Grays. He was captured shortly before the end of the Civil War and gave his parole at Pt. Lookout, Maryland, where he was imprisoned. (Carter)

After the Civil War, Richard fought a lengthy court battle to be allowed to pay for Broomfield, the farm he had purchased in 1863, in Confederate dollars, the currency of the state in 1863, rather than in U.S. dollars. He lost the court case and the farm. Between 1870 and 1875, Richard became a teacher at the Richmond Male Orphan Asylum, where he was employed until his death in 1894. Richard and Philippa are buried in Maplewood Cemetery in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Carter)


Staunton Spectator, 11 July 1894, p.3.

On 13 Nov. 1856, John Randolph Anderson married Martha Heiskell. They had the following children: Maude Mary (d. age 18), Porterfield (d. infant), Alexander Kerr, Sarah Heiskell, J. William, John Randolph Jr., Katie, and Douglas L. Anderson. For many years they lived in Hanover, VA, where Anderson was a farmer. They then moved to Lexington, Virginia where he was the Proctor of Washington University (now Washington & Lee University) for fourteen years and served as deputy clerk of the county court for several years. He is buried at Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Virginia. (Obituary of J. R. Anderson)

[Many thanks to Cathy Carter and Barbara Mellor, Anderson family researchers who generously shared their research with me—not the least of which was sending me pages from the family Bible to confirm the middle name of William Loundes Anderson—and setting me on the trail of Richard Woodson Anderson’s date of death. – JLC]


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  • Anderson, Sarah Travers Lewis Scott. Lewises, Meriwethers, and their kin. Baltimore, MD, 1938, p. 298-
  • Anderson Family Bible, 1786-1845. Virginia Historical Society Library. [scanned & sent to me by Cathy Carter.]
  • Anderson family tombstones, Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, VA; Maplewood Cemetery, Charlottesville, VA; and Riverview Cemetery, Charlottesville, VA. (accessed 8/29/2012).
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  • Cumberland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1750-1912. “Richard W. Anderson vs. William Fuqua, etc., 1868-008.” Local Government Records Collection, Cumberland County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
  • Cumberland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1750-1912. “Richard W. Anderson vs. William Fuqua, etc., 1871-022.” Local Government Records Collection, Cumberland County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
  •  Cumberland County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1750-1912. “Richard W. Anderson vs. William Fuqua, 1878-012.” Local Government Records Collection, Cumberland County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
  • “Death of Mr. John Randolph Anderson.” Lexington gazette. (Lexington, Va.), 19 Jan. 1898, p. [3]. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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  • “Leake, trustee v. Benson & als.” Sept. 27, 1877, in Grattan, Peachy R., ed. Cases decided in the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia. Richmond, VA, 1878, v. 29, p. 153-157.
  • “Mr. Richard W. Anderson’s Death.” Richmond Dispatch (Richmond, Va.), 11 July, 1894, p.4.
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  • Stanley, Deborah. “Updates to the Stanley Family Tree.” <; (accessed 8/29/2012).
  • “Virginia, Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 Sep 2013), William L. Anderson, 1824.
  • Virginia Home for Boys. Minute books, 1870-1934, of the Board of Managers of the Virginia Home for Boys. Section 1, July 10, 1894, p. 340, in Library of the Virginia Historical Society, Mss3 V81954 a Sect.1.
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