Matthew Lynn Anderson (25 Nov. 1834-4 Oct. 1861)

M. L. Anderson was the son of Thomas Cary Anderson (1805-1852) and his wife, Jemima Ann Meredith (1815-1850). The family lived at Seven Oaks Plantation in Louisa County, Virginia. M. L. Anderson attended the University of Virginia in session 31 (1854-1855), and became a teacher. On 23 Dec. 1858, he married Adelia Agnes Perkins (ca. 1836-1872), who was also a teacher, and they had one son, Thomas Marion Anderson. In the 1860 U. S. Census, M. L. Anderson and his family were living in Goochland County, Virginia, with his father-in-law, Thomas Perkins.

On 10 May 1861, M. L. Anderson enlisted at Goochland Court House in the Confederate army as a private in Company F (Harrison’s Company or the Goochland Light Dragoons), 4th Virginia Cavalry Regiment. He became ill on 2 Aug. 1861, and died on 4 Oct. 1861. (Service folder) Schele de Vere states that he died of a disease caught in camp. The Confederate army gave his widow the $37.60 pay owed to him for the four months he had not been paid, plus $38.40 for the use of his horse for 96 days and $4.00 for clothing, for a total of $80. Adelia remarried in 1868, to Richard C. Bowles. (“Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940”) (Note: In the 1870 U.S. Census, his name is given as Robert C. Bowles.)


  • Anderson, Matthew L. [Service folder]. in Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers who served in organizations from Virginia, record group 109, NARA M324
  • Clopton, Morris L. Descendants of William Clopton of Virgina. [database online] c2012.
  • “Pedigree Resource File”, database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2013-09-08), entry for Matthew L. /ANDERSON/.
  • Schele de Vere, Maximilian. Students of the University of Virginia; a semi-centennial catalogue. Baltimore, MD, 1878.
  • University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
  •  “United States Census, 1860,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 Nov 2013), Mathew L Anderson, , Goochland, Virginia; citing “1860 U.S. Federal Census – Population,”; p. 24, family 184, NARA microfilm publication M653; FHL microfilm 805347.
  • “United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 Nov 2013), Adelia A Bowles in household of Robert C Bowles, Virginia, United States; citing p. , family 1373, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 000553150.
  • “Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1917,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 02 Sep 2013), Mathew L. Anderson in entry for Thos. Marion Anderson, 27 Oct 1859.
  • “Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 02 Sep 2013), Matthew L. Anderson and Adelia A. Perkins, 23 Dec 1858.
  • “Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 Nov 2013), Richd. C. Bowles and Adelia A. Anderson, 02 Aug 1868.
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