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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Desha County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Capt. James A. Anderson, a planter and stock dealer, was born in Amite County, Miss., in 1830, being a son of John B. and Sarah (Way) Anderson, who were born in South Carolina, and there married, their union resulting in the birth of six sons and two daughters, only two of the family, James A. and Joseph W., now living. The father died in 1838, his wife preceding him to their long home in 1834. Capt. James A. Anderson was married in Louisiana in 1855 to Miss Susan Montgomery, and a family of eleven children has been born to them, of whom the following are living: Anna C. (wife of C. F. Wells, a merchant and planter, now doing business at Dermott, Chicot County, Ark.), Mary (wife of W. J. Raborn, a planter of Chicot County), James G., Philander S., Ellen D. and Sue. The mother of these children was born in Louisiana about the year 1835, was a worthy member of the Presbyterian Church, and was an excellent wife, mother and neighbor. Mr. Anderson was a soldier in the late war, enlisting in Company B, under Capt. W. D. Trotter, and served until the surrender in 1865. He was first second lieutenant of his company, but was afterward promoted to the rank of captain. He has been a resident of Arkansas since 1852, but first resided in Chicot County, and there purchased land. He built him a log-cabin, improved his place, and is now, by his own exertions, one of the wealthy agriculturists of this portion of the State, being the owner of 1,200 acres of land, with 500 acres under cultivation. He is a Master Mason, and in his political views is a Democrat, his first presidential vote being cast for Zachary Taylor.

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This family biography is one of 80 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Desha County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Desha County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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