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Josiah Jordan Anderson
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Sex: Male
Birth: March 10, 1846
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
Death: September 3, 1926
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
Burial: Robert Sanders Anderson plot,
Orange Hill Cemetery,
Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
Father: Robert Sanders Anderson
Mother: Sarah Elizabeth Wooten
Spouse/Partner: Laura L. Shepard
Marriage: June 25, 1867
in Houston County, Georgia

         Josiah Jordan Anderson was the sixth child of Robert S. Anderson and Sallie Wooten. He was known as "Joe" or "J. J.". He served in the Civil War under his brother Capt. Ruel W. Anderson as a private and guidon (flagbearer). Their unit, Co. B of the 14th GA Light Artillery, was known as "Anderson's Battery". It saw significant action before he joined on February 27, 1864, shortly before he turned 18. He joined a group of veterans of Murfreesboro, Tullahoma Campaign, Hoover's Gap, Chickamauga and Chattanooga. He would serve with them as they fought in and around Atlanta, during the Savannah Campaign, including the Battle of Griswoldville, and finally in the Carolinas Campaign. A biography of him makes note of his actions during Griswoldville. With the flagpole "shot to splinters", Joe rashly decided to stand on his horse and wave the flag where it could be seen. Quickly, the horse was shot down, landing on Joe's legs. Thinking him dead, his fellows removed the horse and Joe rose up, took the flag and proceeded to continue waving it as high as he could.

         After the war, Joe married Miss Laura Shepard of Hayneville in neighboring Houston Co. He settled into life as a large landowner and planter. While his brother Ruel became the town's most prominent businessman, Joe was content to stick to his roots. He and Laura had six living children and numerous grandchildren. His bio states that he and Laura "left a rich legacy of an honorable and useful life."

ChildrenEdit

Name Birth Death
Children of Josiah Jordan Anderson and Laura L. Shepard


Charles Clifford Anderson c. 1869
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
c. 1947
Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama


Council Robert Anderson November 14, 1871
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
March 7, 1944
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia


(infant) Anderson November 2, 1876
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
November 2, 1876
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia


Carl Sanders Anderson November 7, 1877
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
January 27, 1904
Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama


Sallylu Anderson November 6, 1879
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
unknown
Pine Bluff?, Jefferson County, Arkansas?


Josiah J. Anderson 1883?
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
August 27, 1930
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia


Fannylene Anderson December 1, 1883
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
January 25, 1953
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia

ReferencesEdit

  • Anderson, Charles Wittichen. Visit to Orange Hill Cemetery.
  • Anderson, Robert Sanders and Sallie Wooten, Bible record.
  • A Brief History on Captain Anderson and the Battery
  • Harris, Virginia Speer. History of Pulaski and Bleckley Counties, Georgia 1808-1956, Vol II. Macon, GA: Hawkinsville Chapter, DAR, 1957. 2v.
  • Hawkinsville Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, compilers. History of Pulaski County, Georgia 1808-1935: Official History. "Joe J. Anderson". Atlanta: W. W. Brown [c. 1935]; Bicentennial Edition: Macon, GA: OmniPress, C. 1975.
  • Henry, William R. 1825-1898 Marriage Records for Houston County, Georgia, Vol. I.
  • Could also examine:
    • 1850 Pulaski County, Georgia Census
    • 1860 Pulaski County, Georgia Census
    • 1870 Pulaski County, Georgia Census
    • 1880 Pulaski County, Georgia Census
    • 1900 Pulaski County, Georgia Census
    • 1910 Pulaski County, Georgia Census
    • 1920 Pulaski County, Georgia Census

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