Descendants of John Turrentine Anderson

Contributed by Patrick J. Anderson.  Thanks, Pat!

Generation No. 1

1.  John Turrentine10 Anderson  (Edmund9, John8, Armstead7, John6, James5, Thomas4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Richard1)1 was born April 12, 1836 in Hamilton County, Illinois2, and died June 20, 1911 in Hamilton County, Illinois.  He married (1) Mary A. Barnett August 23, 1862 in Hamilton County, Illinois, daughter of James Barnett and Sarah ?. She was born August 11, 1844 in Hamilton County, Illinois, and died December 08, 1864 in Hamilton County, Illinois.  He married (2) Martha Elizabeth Patrick December 15, 1865 in Pinkneyville, Perry County, Illinois3.  She was born May 24, 1834 in Athen, Alabama, and died February 07, 1931 in Hamilton County, Illinois.

Notes for John Turrentine Anderson:
John and Mary A. Barnett were married with a 08/23/1862 license in a 08/23/1862 ceremony by Z. B. Reed, J.P. recorded at Hamilton County, Illinois (C.2194).  Mary A. Barnett was a daughter of James R. Barnett and Sarah A. Thornton.  They are buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery, McLeansboro, Illinois.  Mary died while John was away in the civil war. John is listed as school teacher in the national census and the Illinois Military census.  His mother was the first college educated teacher in Hamilton County, Illinois. He home was South West of McLeansboro, Illinois.   He finished his education at Princeton College, Princeton, Kentucky.  He was
elected county surveyor on 12/17/1861, resigning in 1862. John helped enroll Company A of the 87th Illinois Infantry at the outbreak of the Civil War.  He was Captain of A Company that contained Sgt/Lt Warner P. Anderson, his brother.  

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The History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887) pages 671-2:
Maj. John T. Anderson, farmer, was born in 1836 in Hamilton County, the second of seven children of Edmund and Nancy (Turrentine) Anderson.  The father, born in Union County, Ky., about 1812, and of Scotch origin, was the son of John Anderson, born in Virginia, about 1781, and who at fourteen removed to Tennessee with his parents.  In 1818, John, Sr., having been married in Kentucky, located on the site of the McLeansboro fair ground, and assisted in laying out the town and roads, and organizing the county.  Hamilton County's first court was held in his house.  He served as deputy sheriff, and was elected coroner in 1830, receiving his commission from ex-Gov. Edwards.  He was a farmer.  Four of his eight children are living, all in Hamilton County.  He died in 1873, and his wife in 1846.  Edmund was married in Hamilton County when twenty-one, was always a farmer near McLeansboro, and died in 1864.  His wife, born about 1813 in Alabama, died about 1870, a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.   Our subject alternated teaching and educating himself, finishing at Princeton, Ky., after he was of age.  In 1862 he married Mary, daughter of James and Sarah Barnett, native of Tennessee.  Their child is James E.  She died in 1863, and in December, 1866, he married Martha E., daughter of Hillery and Sarah Patrick.  Their children are Charles L., Flora B., C. Hillery, Walter and Harry.  In August, 1862, he resigned his surveyorship, to which he had been elected in 1860, and enlisted in Company A, Eighty-seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry, was made captain, and in 1864 major.  After eighteen months in the regular, he was afterward in the mounted infantry, at Vicksburg and all through the Red River Campaign.  After three years' service he returned to farming and stock raising.  Since 1866 he has been a resident of his present farm.  He owns 275 acres of choice land near McLeansboro.  He has been for many years a member of the school board, is an Odd Fellow, and he and his wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  Formerly a Democrat, voting for Douglas, he has since been a Republican.
At Vicksburg John became ill with dysentery and was sent home by rail.  His family had to recover him unconscious from the railcar (source Everett Anderson 1973).   John made it into "official" history by being recorded in the published U.S. Army History of the Civil War as the commander of a "battle" at Friar's
Point, Mississippi.  McAllister Hooker one of the privates in his company recorded the battle in his diary as follows:

February, Thursday, 9,   1865.
I went on covering gard to day  pretty wether  I started on a scout with 50 others  get to prier point at 4 a.m.

Friday, 10,
we get off at priers point & went out [11] milds & surounded a house with 5 rebels in it  they give us 10 minuts fighting killing 2 of our men & wounding 3 & 2 of them got away but was wounded  we captured 3 of them  the fight took place at early breakfast  it was
a bloody litle fight

Saturday, 11.
nothing to day
McAllister recorded the followup to the battle in a letter home to his wife:

Letter 650522 from Helena, Arkansas

Helena Arkansas
May 22nd 1865

My Dearest Elizabeth

this morning is warm and I feal lazy & stupid tho I am as well as I have ever been & hope this may find you well.  I am confident that I will not write much for my fealings proves that tho it has been 5 or 6 days since I have writen on account of being on a scout down the river.  Shurly I will be acquainted with the Mississippi River for I have traveled it over & over.  Capt Anderson ( Major now) with 75 men went down to Friar's Point 15 milds below here and stade 4 days & nights to try to get Capt Stanly or a band of Gurrillers that was in that portion of the state of (Miss)  but the Citizens saved us of the truble by capturing him and his men and shooting them.  The citizens are worse than the yanks after the Gurrillas now for they have no mercy at all.  Out of 15 they only
took 2 prisoner and they was going to hang one of them but they sent them to us saying that if we did not well then they would.  We went out from Friar's Point and out 6 milds we met some of them with guns and they told us that we need not go for they had cleand them out.  Stanly was a notorious carectar and if you remember he killed 3 of the 87 some 2 months ago.  While on a scout over there a citizen told me that they caught Stanly an took him up stares to gaurd him and he beged them not to kill him.  They told him to pray if he wishd and he got down on his knees and tride to pray but could not and then he made a brake for the window and jumpt through it and he was shot 3 times befour he struck the ground and after he struck the ground they emted 3 duble barill shot guns in to him. They had 6 of his men and they made a brak to get away and they
shot 4 of them and give us the other two.  They are in jail now. The wether is warm the river is falling a litle.  I am now detailed to go on duty. I went to some sinks Our duty is not hard atall I have not been on picket for a month we are laying around waiting on uncle sam to muster us out or keep us in one or the other.  All the Rebels East of Red River has surenderd and are to come in here tomorrow or next day and deliver up there arms it is thought that they are 700 strong. There is big talk this morning of going home all is lively and one says that one sombody said that the company Sergent said that he
herd the Chaplain say that he herd the post master say that the orders to muster the 87 out was then & thare in the office  and there is an order in the "Commonwealth Commercial" for all troops in Grant's & Sherman's Army shoes terms of service expires prior to October 1865 is to be mustered out rite off but not the troops in the dept of Mo & Ark Commanded by General Pope.  And you ought to here what a talk this gets up. Some will have it the way he wants it ever day.  I must now close hoping that camp talk may be true this time and if so I will be home soon.

I am as ever yours truly
McAllister A. Hooker
Co A 87 Ills. Vols Inft.

After the civil war John T. Anderson returned to Hamilton County, Illinois to his young son and picked up his life again.   John and Martha Elizabeth Patrick were married 12/15/1865 recorded at Pinkneyville, P Co., Ill. Martha was a daughter of Hillery Patrick and Mary Finley Houston. She too is buried in Oddfellows Cemetery, McLeansboro, Illinois.  Hillery Patrick was a minister and performed the ceremony for the marriage of his daughter to John T. Anderson. When the local farmer's Institute was organized in 1895, John T. Anderson was its president. The John T. Anderson family bible and officer's civil war sword is in the hands of family in North Carolina in 2000.

More About John Turrentine Anderson:
Burial: I.O.O.F., McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois
Obituary: June 22, 1911, "Times", Hamilton County, Illinois

Notes for Mary A. Barnett:
She is buried in "Union Hall" / "Shed" Cemetery found west of McLeansboro, Illinois by taking 142 to the Golf Course Road left then a couple miles to the cemetery on the left at the road side.

Notes for Martha Elizabeth Patrick:
Story of 96th birthday 22 May 1930 in the Times
Burial: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Hamilton County, Illinois
Obituary: February 12, 1932, "Times", Hamilton County, Illinois

Child of John Anderson and Mary Barnett is:
2 i. James Edmund11 Anderson, born October 07, 1863 in Hamilton County, Illinois; died March 01, 1935 in Louann, Arkansas.  He married Sue Ida Blackwell December 25, 1888; born September 07, 1867; died May 08, 1953 in Louann, Arkansas.

Notes for James Edmund Anderson:
James was a school teacher and a minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Soon after he married he moved to Camden, Arkansas.

Children of John Anderson and Martha Patrick are:
3 i. Charles Leonidas11 Anderson4, born October 19, 1866 in Hamilton County, Illinois; died December 10, 1890 in Hamilton County, Illinois.

Notes for Charles Leonidas Anderson:
Charles Anderson was killed in a shotgun accident according to Everett Anderson letter dated 4 Feb. 1974. During a winter snow storm, a disturbance was heard in the barn.  Believing that a predator had taken shelter in the barn, Charles took up a shotgun and made his way through the deep snow and raging storm toward the barn by following a rope.  While crossing through a wooden fence the gun discharged killing him.  This story is as recalled in 1986 by Patrick Anderson as it was told to him by Everett in 1974. Charles was an M.D. This story is has so much in common with the story of Carmi Anderson son of John Anderson that obviously some confusion has resulted as to whom this incident occurred to.  However a study of dates has led me to the conclusion that this story belongs to Charles.

More About Charles Leonidas Anderson:
Burial: I.O.O.F., McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois

4 ii. Flora Belle Anderson4, born January 16, 1868 in Hamilton County, Illinois; died December 19, 1898 in Hamilton County, Illinois.

More About Flora Belle Anderson:
Burial: I.O.O.F., McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois
Obituary: December 23, 1898, "Times", Hamilton County, Illinois

5 iii. Cyrus Hillary Anderson4, born September 15, 1869 in Hamilton County, Illinois; died December 18, 1939 in Elgin, Illinois.  He married (1) Florence ?.  He married (2) Mary E. Williams August 16, 1893 in White County, Illinois; born 1869 in Hamilton County, Illinois; died March 16, 1926 in Anna, Illinois.

Notes for Cyrus Hillary Anderson: 
Cyrus enrolled at Southern Illinois Teacher's College in 1887 and received a B.S. degree in Education in 1893. In 1895 he enrolled at Washington University, St. Louis graduating as Doctor of Medicine in 1898.   He became managing officer of the Chester State Hospital in 1907.  He left in 1913 and spent a year of post-graduate study in neuropsychiatry in New York, then returned to private practice in McLeansboro until 1917.  He was appointed managing officer of the Anna State Hospital in 1917, managing officer of East Moline State Hospital in 1926 until 1933.  He joined the staff at Elgin State Hospital in 1934 until his death.

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Note: From Legacy of Kin, Vol. 1, p. 409
Pub.: Times-Leader, January 12, 1939
Dr. C. H. Anderson, age 70 yrs, b. Ham. Co.; d. at Elgin, Ill., resident staff physician at Elgin State Hosp.; son of Capt. & Mrs. John Anderson.   Leaves widow: Florence; 2 daus.: Miss Ruth Anderson of Chicago & Mrs. Ann Rile of Rock Island; 1 bro.: Harry Anderson of McLeansboro.

More About Cyrus Hillary Anderson:
Burial: I.O.O.F., McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois
Obituary: December 21, 1939, "Times-Leader", Hamilton County, Illinois

More About Mary E. Williams:
Burial: I.O.O.F., McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois
Obituary: March 18, 1926, "Times", Hamilton County, Illinois

6 iv. Walter M. Anderson4, born July 21, 1871 in Hamilton County, Illinois; died March 26, 1898 in Hamilton County, Illinois.  He married Nellie M. Hooker August 26, 1894 in Hamilton County, Illinois; born February
01, 1875; died 1941 in McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois.

Notes for Walter M. Anderson:
Preacher & Teacher - taught at Harrisburg, Illinois
Minister of Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Bradford, Ohio
Walter was a teacher in the Anderson school.  See 1891 photograph of Anderson school. His death was caused by laryngitis.  He died at the home of John T. Anderson.

More About Walter M. Anderson:
Burial: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Hamilton County, Illinois
Obituary: April 21, 1898, "Times", Hamilton County, Illinois

Notes for Nellie M. Hooker:
Nellie Hooker raised her granddaughter Marjorie after the death of her daughter Ruby and her husband

Burial: I.O.O.F., McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois

7 v. Harry Anderson4, born May 22, 1874 in Hamilton County, Illinois; died July 27, 1951 in Hamilton County, Illinois.  He married Minnie Emma Wilson June 01, 1902 in Hamilton County, Illinois; born June 24, 1880 in
Broughton, Illinois; died August 21, 1952 in Hamilton County, Illinois.

Notes for Harry Anderson:
Buried in Odd fellows Cem., McLeansboro, Illinois east of town on Route 14.
Obituary 02 August 1951 in the Times-Leader

Harry's Family Bible is in the hands of Gloria Ruth Henderson in 1999.

Notes for Minnie Emma Wilson:
Buried in Oddfellows Cem., McLeansboro, Illinois east of town on Route 14.
Obituary 28 August 1952 in the Times-Leader

            /Samuel Philiman WILSON b: 1809 d: 18 NOV 1863
    /Samuel G WILSON b: 20 NOV 1848 d: 27 NOV 1921
    |       |       /John DOUGLASS b: 5 NOV 1777 d: 16 JUL 1844
    |       \Elizabeth DOUGLASS b: 3 MAY 1815 d: unknown
    |               \Margaret JAMISON b: 1 JAN 1788 d: 3/17 JUL 1856
Minnie Emma WILSON b: 24 JUN 1882 d: 21 AUG 1952
    \Mary Spence (Molly) STINSON b: 15 OCT 1858 d: 17 JUL 1934


1.  Wallace Julian Anderson, Letter from Wallace Julian Anderson,  (Louisville, Kentucky; 17 April 1993).
2.  Edmund Anderson, etal, Bible of Edmund Anderson,  (Given to the McLeansboro, Illinois Historical Museum).
3.  Ralph S. Harrelson, Hamilton County, Illinois, Marriages, 1821-1870,  (The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois, Carterville, Illinois; 1986).
4.  Wallace Julian Anderson, Letter from Wallace Julian Anderson,  (Louisville, Kentucky; 17 April 1993).

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