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Robert Sanders Anderson
(no known picture)
Sex: Male
Birth: May 26, 1809
North of the Tar River, Pitt County, North Carolina
Death: September 9, 1881
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
Burial: Robert Sanders Anderson plot,
Orange Hill Cemetery,
Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
Father: Jordan Anderson
Mother: Mary Sanders
Spouse/Partner: Sarah Elizabeth Wooten
Marriage: January 23, 1835
in Monroe County, Georgia

         Robert Sanders Anderson was the fourth child of Jordan Anderson and Mary "Polly" Sanders. He was born in Pitt County, North Carolina, but in 1815 moved with his family to the part of Pulaski County, Georgia, that is now in Bleckley County. They settled on Shellstone Creek. He was only 13 when his father died in 1822 and probably lived with his mother for several years after that.

         In 1833, he struck out across the Ocmulgee River to property three miles west of Hawkinsville. Supposedly, he only took two female slaves with him. He managed to become rather prosperous and eventually built a large home on his large land holdings. In 1835, he married Sallie Wooten, a former resident of Pulaski Co. who had moved north with her family to Russellville in Monroe Co. They had thirteen children, nine of whom lived to be married. Their eldest son, Ruel, became one of the most respected businessmen in Hawkinsville in the latter portion of the 19th century.

         Robert and his wife lived out their days west of Hawkinsville. He died after several days of "intense illness" just a few months after his wife. His descendants remained in virtually the same area well into the next century. Some still live in the general vicinity. Many of his descendants and those of his siblings can be found in Hawkinsville's Orange Hill Cemetery.


ChildrenEdit

Name Birth Death
Children of Robert Sanders Anderson and Sarah Elizabeth Wooten


Nancy Shipp Anderson January 9, 1836
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
April 7, 1915
unknown


Ruel Wooten Anderson October 6, 1837
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
May 27, 1903
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia


Mary Susan Anderson April 4, 1839
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
?? ??, 1872
unknown


Robert Council Anderson ?? ??, 1841
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
bef. 1850
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia


Sarah E. Anderson March 1, 1844
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
?? ??, 1876
unknown


Josiah Jordan Anderson March 10, 1846
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
September 3, 1926
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia


John Laurens Anderson February 25, 1848
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
July 25, 1919
unknown


George Washington Anderson February 5, 1850
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
bef. 1860
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia


Roberta Riley Anderson December 6, 1851
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
May 31, 1915
unknown


Frances Ellen Anderson August 22, 1854
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
July 24, 1935
Barnesville, Lamar County, Georgia


Robert Richard Anderson September 13, 1856
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
March 29, 1883
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia


Eugenia Corinne Anderson January 15, 1859
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
?? ??, 1859
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia


Eugenia Agnes Anderson October 30, 1862
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia
?? ??, 1866
near Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia

ReferencesEdit

  • Anderson, Charles Wittichen. Visit to Orange Hill Cemetery.
  • Anderson, Robert Sanders, Biography. Provided by Dudley Anderson.
  • Anderson, Robert Sanders and Sallie Wooten, Bible record.
  • Anderson Family History
  • Descendants of Thomas Watton of Castor
  • Evans, Tad, compiler. Pulaski County Newspaper Clippings, Volume 02, 1876-1881.
  • Familysearch.org - Ancestral File.
  • Gentry, Lelia Thornton, compiler. Historical Collections of the Georgia Chapters DAR, Volume IV. "Henry Anderson Bible Record". 1932.
  • Hawkinsville Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, compilers. History of Pulaski County, Georgia 1808-1935: Official History. Atlanta: W. W. Brown [c. 1935]; Bicentennial Edition: Macon, GA: OmniPress, c. 1975.
  • Marriage Records for Monroe County, Georgia.
  • Murphey, Frances Ellen Anderson. "Family History of Fannie Ellen Anderson Murphey". Personal document c. 1915. Provided by Shanna English of the Old Jail Museum in Barnesville, Georgia.
  • Could also examine:
    • 1810 Pitt County, North Carolina Census
    • 1820 Pulaski County, Georgia Census
    • 1830 Pulaski County, Georgia Census
    • 1840 Pulaski County, Georgia Census
    • 1850 Pulaski County, Georgia Census
    • 1860 Pulaski County, Georgia Census
    • 1870 Pulaski County, Georgia Census
    • 1880 Pulaski County, Georgia Census

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