Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Taphophile Tragics - Col John T. Anderson

Fincastle Presbyterian Church
Col John Thomas Anderson born 1804 died 1879

Married Cassandra Shanks Patton
The little girl from last weeks post was a Patton. I wonder if somehow related. Just now realized the Patton connection.

Found this info on the Col:
Notes for John Thomas Anderson:
"Journal of the Roanoke Historical Society"

Lived and died in Botetourt County. He, his wife and only son are all buried in the Presbyterian cemetery near those of his parents and his four grandparents, Robert and Margaret Neely Anderson, Francis and Grace Metcalfe Thomas.

Represented his county in the Virginia House of Delegates and in the State Constitutional Convention of 1849-50.

He was a lawyer and practice for 22 years in Fincastle. Was involved in the beginnings of Fincastle Academy and the Presbyterian church.

Appointed by President Andrew Jackson to the board of the United States Military Academy.

He retired from his law business and was involved in getting iron down to his brother Joseph Reid Anderson at Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, VA.

Their home "Mt. Joy" was destroyed by the Union General Hunter and they lived in the brick servant's house and kitchen after the mansion was burned.

He had six boys before he passed away.

**A little confused here. It says he and his wife are buried with their only son...then notes he had 6 boys before passing.
Found HERE

You can read some more interesting info HERE along with more links.

Linking with Taphophile Tragics although I don't know if this meme is still going on anymore....seems every time I find a new interesting meme to play along with, it drops off lol...this will be my last week to try and link with it if it doesn't link up today.


  1. Interesting! Love this stuff. :-)

  2. Those box graves are so rare...I think I have only seen about 4 or 5 of them around this area.

    1. they have quite a few of them at this cemetery for some reason.

  3. I always enjoy reading history like that but it can be confusing. Great photo!

  4. Your Patton may be related to the Patton who settled on the north side of the river at Buchanan. That area was known as Pattonsburg. Here is what I found on the town of buchanan site:
    In the 1740′s the earliest trace of the Great Road from Philadelphia to western Virginia first crossed the James River at Looney’s Ferry, whose approximate location is marked with an historic highway marker along route 11 west of downtown. Frontier colonial leader and land speculator James Patton obtained lands at the Great Valley Road crossing of the James River in the mid-1740′s. His heirs the Buchanans, Boyds and Andersons acquired title to those lands and settled there over the next three decades. William Anderson laid out the town of Pattonsburg on the north side of the James River in 1788 while James Boyd who married John Buchanan’s daughter Margaret, laid out the Town of Buchanan on the south bank of the James River in 1811. The Town of Buchanan was named in honor of John Buchanan who held the original title to the land. Plats of Buchanan in 1811 and Pattonsburg in 1818 established a grid of streets and enumerated lots that conform in large part with the current tax maps.

  5. A very interesting post of this fellow's life. Good job of ferreting out the details.

  6. The suns rays make the scene even more poignant.

  7. He certainly lived a full life!

  8. So amazing you could find such detail. Gorgeous light here!

  9. Great shot with the sun streaming from above creating those colours. I once went around a very old cemetery and found it more interesting than modern ones of today.

  10. I love your header, that coffee pot is amazing.

  11. I just recently found out two lines of my ancestors lived in Fincastle! The Duncans and Ruddles. Have any of those in your family?
    That's a fantastic photo! The sunburst is a perfect touch!

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