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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  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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J. M. ANDERSON, Fulton County, was born December 5, 1836, in Madison County, Tenn., and is the eldest of eight children of Joshua B. and Martha V. (Sherman) Anderson. The parents were natives of South Carolina and Alabama respectively, and of English and Scotch origin. The father’s parents, Jacob and Mary Anderson, moved to Williamson County, Tenn., in 1818. From there the father moved to Madison County, and thence to Haywood County, where he died in 1875, aged seventy-five years. J. M. Anderson, in 1858, began to work at the carpenter’s trade, and remained at the bench for three years. In 1861 he enlisted for twelve months in Company A, of the Sixth Tennessse Infantry, under Col. G. C. Porter. Among the battles in which he participated were Murfeesborough, Shiloh and Chickamauga. In May, 1862, he re-enlisted and was detailed as clerk in the quartermaster’s department and while serving there he ranked as captain, having first gone out as first lieutenant; he was later promoted to major. In 1865 he was paroled with the rest of Gen. Johnston’s army, on its surrender to Gen. Sherman. Returning home he followed the trade of carriage-maker, at Woodville, Tenn., until 1871. He then came to Fulton, where he engaged in the carpentering and under taking business until 1883. He next began clerking in a dry goods store, and in February, 1884, became a partner in the firm of Browder & Anderson. He was married on December 5, 1868, to Miss Catherine C. Griffith, a daughter of Bennett and Elizabeth (Henry) Griffith. One child, Claudia, was born to this union. Mrs. Anderson died in July, 1874, and Mr. Anderson next married, on January 7, 1881, Miss Samuella Patterson, daughter of the Rev. Samuel G. Patterson. One son, James S., has been the result of this union. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the Masonic and K. of H. fraternities and is at present a member of the Fulton Council.

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This family biography is one of 114 biographies included in the Fulton County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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