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Biography: Edmund Anderson born Feb. 20, 1816

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Dallas County, Alabama

Edmund Anderson was a Presbyterian minister. He was born on Feb. 20, 1816, in South Carolina to Col. Robert Anderson (Dec. 20, 1778 – Dec. 7, 1835) and Maria (Thomas) Anderson. He was the gr-grandson of Revolutionary War Soldier Col. Robert Anderson (b. 1741 VA – 1813 SC) and Ann (Thompson) Anderson.

Rev. Edmund Anderson graduated at Franklin college, 1838, and at Columbia theological seminary, 1844.

He began preaching in Mississippi, moved to Alabama in 1850, serving Pisgah and Mt. Pleasant until 1865. He spent the rest of his life in active missionary work in North Carolina, Mississippi, and Alabama. Rev. Anderson married 1st Sarah Anderson; 2nd Margaret McIver Knox, daughter of John Knox and Sarah Eugenia (Spann) Knox. She was born Oct 3, 1816 and died July 21, 1853 in Dallas County, Alabama. She is buried in Valley Creek Cemetery, Valley Grande, Dallas County, Alabama.

He married 3rd Celia Salter (b. 1835 Alabama – d. 1880 Dallas County, Alabama)

The children of Rev. Anderson and Margaret McIver Knox are believed to be:

  1. Elizabeth Anderson (b. 1845)
  2. Mary E. Anderson (b. 1847)
  3. Jesse Anderson (b. 1850)
  4. Annie Anderson (b. 1852 Selma, Dallas Co., Alabama) married William Anson Rogers 1876
  5. Martha F. Anderson (b. 1853)

Additional children of Rev. Edmund Anderson include:

  1. Ja V. Anderson (b. 1855)
  2. Sarah L. Anderson (b. 1859)

Rev. Edmund Anderson died Sept. 18, 1885 and is buried in Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Plantersville, Dallas County, Alabama.


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