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Biography: Rev. George Smith Anderson born Feb. 5, 1847

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(1847- 1923)

Marengo, Lowndes, Hale County, Alabama

George Smith Anderson was born February 5, 1847, at Tomahawk, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, the son of Wat Otey and Nancy (Smith) Anderson, both of Virginia; and grandson of Jesse and Polly (Arrington) Anderson, of Franklin County, Va., and of George and Susan (Atkins) Smith, of Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

Rev. Mr. Anderson was educated in the country schools, Richmond college, Virginia and Southern Baptist theological seminary, Greenville, S. C. He was licensed as a preacher in Virginia, 1867; ordained in Florida, 1872; preached in Virginia, Florida, and Alabama, organized or re-organized churches at Demopolis, Lowndesboro, Hayneville, Newbern, Alabama and other places, and established Bible schools in Alabama and Mississippi. He was a field worker for the General association of Baptist churches of America in 1904.

He served as a corporal in Company C, 46th Virginia volunteers; later joined Gen. J. H. Morgan’s cavalry; and in 1864 was in the secret service.

He was a Democrat, a Mason and author of “Sermon builder,” 1892; “Sermon science,” 1900; “Bible students primer,” 1906; “Science of literature,” 1912; “Adner Ward,” 1910; and editor of the Landmark series of Sunday school publications and helps.

On May 1, 1872, he married Catherine Isabel Hunt, (1851-1942), daughter of Rev. Daniel and Martha (Hunt) Speigner, at her parents’ home in Orangeburg, S. C.

Their children were:

  1. George Smith Anderson, (Aug. 17, 1873- d. Sep 5, 1909) m. Margaret Winston, he was deceased by 1904;
  2. Daniel S. Anderson, m. Alice Morris;
  3. Paul O. Anderson, m. the widow of his brother George;
  4. Marion Darlington Anderson, (d. May 5, 1918) m. James Walker, of New Orleans;
  5. Isabel S. Anderson, m. Dr. J. C. Flippin, University of Virginia;
  6. Mattie L. Anderson, m. Wm. Hardie, Jr., of Birmingham;
  7. Benjamin N. Anderson;
  8. James Walter Anderson ( Apr. 15, 1893 – March 27, 1938)
  9. William Roy Anderson ( July 29, 1895 – Mar. 25, 1935)

His residences in 1904 was Newbern, Ala., and Little Rock, Ark. He passed away on July 30, 1923 in Auburn, Alabama. He, his wife and several children are buried in Newbern Cemetery in Newbern, Hale County, Alabama.


    1. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 3 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen
    2. Find A Grave Memorial# 76857063 # 32478472 # 76857067 # 76857068# 76857064# 76857065# 76998160


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