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Biography: Frank Yarborough Anderson born 1851 – photograph



(b. 1851 MD. d. Aug. 1932 AL)

Jefferson County, Alabama

Frank Yarborough Anderson, of Birmingham, Alabama, was a native of Prince George’s county, Maryland. His parents were Charles F. and Jane Hauserd Anderson both of whom were natives of England. He spent his youth in Maryland attending the local schools. He entered Columbia college and graduated from the law department.

In 1870 he located in Mobile, Ala., and for several years gave his attention to special land claims before the department at Washington. While in Mobile he formed the acquaintance of some English capitalists who first purchased the Alabama & Chattanooga railway. They reorganized the company which managed the railroad and named it the Alabama Great Southern. They built the New Orleans & North Eastern railway, and purchased the Alabama & Vicksburg, and added to it the Vicksburg, Shreveport & Pacific, and then leasing the Cincinnati Southern they formed the Queen & Crescent system. Mr. Anderson allied himself to these capitalists almost at the inception of their American business ventures.He at once removed to Birmingham, and took the office of

He at once removed to Birmingham, and took the office of land commissioner of the Alabama Great Southern railway, as well as of the Alabama State Land company. He managed the department with great skill. His duties were enlarged until he had charge of the land department in the whole system and held for sale about 1,500,000 acres lying along the railroad from Georgia to Texas. His department averages in sales about $1,000,000 annually and was worthy of remark that in all his entire service for the company he was never required to give a bond, and never a dollar’s loss to the company was on his accounts.

On May 22, 1882, he married Lucy Winston Paine b. 1864 Alabama), a daughter of Doctor Paine of Valley Head, Ala. Her mother was a daughter of William O. Winston, first president of the Will’s Valley railroad, and afterwards merged into the Alabama Great Southern. MRS. Anderson was born and reared in Valley Head.

They had the following children:

  1. Frank Y. Anderson
  2. Pelham H Anderson.,
  3. Winston Paine Anderson
  4. Kate Leidy Anderson
  5. Benjamin P. Anderson
  6. Mary J. Anderson
  7. Charles Fredie Anderson
  8. Lucy W. Anderson.

Mr. and Mrs. Anderson affiliated with the Presbyterian church. Mr. Anderson was a Democrat, but he never mixed with politics. He was president of both the Southern and Commercial clubs and president of the Jefferson County Sanitary commission. He and his family spent their summers at Valley Head, where he had a delightful summer home.

  4. Notable men of Alabama By Joel Campbell DuBose Vol. III

This biography can be found in Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable Alabama Pioneers Volume V


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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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