What did my mother know about her Anderson / Hale roots?
She knew that her mother's father was Nathaniel Anderson. My brother Joe's middle name was Nathaniel.
She knew they came to Arkansas from Missouri but didn't know from where.
She knew that Elizabeth was the name of her mother's mother.
She knew she was a Hale.
She believed that Nathaniel Anderson owned land in Missouri and that her mother cut up the land deeds with scissors when she was a small girl.
She knew that her mother was not yet walking when her father, Nathaniel, was shot dead in the cabin door by a group of men who were after another man who had come to the cabin.
She believed that Nathaniel was 3/4 Indian and that he was an Indian doctor or medicine man. People came to him for herbs and cures. She thought he dabbled in the spirits, causing tables to rise and conjuring up frightening noises.
She believed he shipped grain (corn) by boat on the river.
She believed that he had been killed when the family was living in Carden Bottoms at the foot of Petit Jean Mountain in Arkansas.
These beliefs may not all be factual, but they are what mom was led to believe.
The census records indicate that Ida Alice Anderson Webb was the youngest of the Anderson children. She was the only one born in Arkansas. All the rest, except the oldest, were born in Missouri. The oldest was born in Texas.
Ida's gravestone at Hickory Grove Cemetery in Lincoln County, Arkansas, shows her birth as 1872, but the census records indicate that it was 1875.
In 1880 the Anderson family (spelled Andrewson in the census records that year) lived in the Illinois Township of Russellville, Arkansas. Elizabeth was the head of the household.
The oldest son, George W. Anderson, opened a blacksmith shop at Centerville in Yell County, south of the Arkansas River from Russellville.
Land for a Methodist church in Centerville was donated by the Andersons.
Widow Elizabeth, who became blind from cataracts and crippled by rheumatoid Arthritis, lived with son John and daughter Ida at a little place called Alpha, which was a few miles west of Centerville, on the road to Danville. It was there that Ida became involved with a much older (9years) John P. Webb. J.P. Webb had already been married to a Julia Hubanks, but she had died in childbirth after working on the farm. J. P. Webb vowed to never again be a farmer like his father. He turned to working in timber and the sawmills like his brother-in-law, Erastus Walker. Tragically, Erastus Walker of Centerville died from a sawmill incident. He left Mary Jane with many children to care for.
Back to the Anderson / Hale roots. I found the Andersons and Hales in Scott County, Mo., in 1850 -- 25 years before Ida was born. The marriage record of Nathan Anderson and Elizabeth Hale are there in Scott County, which borders the Mississippi River. Elizabeth was a young bride and mother at the age of 17. Her parents can be found close by. The records below show that John and Margaret Hale were both from Virginia.
CENSUS YR: 1850 STATE or TERRITORY: MO COUNTY: SCOTT DIVISION: District 92 REEL NO: M432-419 PAGE NO: 177A
REFERENCE: Enumerated on the 9th day of September by George Pettit
LN HN FN LAST NAME FIRST NAME AGE SEX RACE OCCUP. VAL. BIRTHPLACE MRD. SCH. R/W DDB
1 283 283 Hughs Rebecca J. 10 F Missouri
REMARKS: Handwritten Page No. 353
2 283 283 Hughs Arminda 5 F
3 283 283 Hughs Mary Ann 2 F
4 283 283 Hughs Samuel M. 3/12 M
5 283 283 Hill Martin 12 M
6 284 284 Anderson, Nathaniel W. 25 M farmer
7 284 284 Anderson, Elizabeth 17 F
8 284 284 Anderson, George W. 6/12 M Texas
9 285 285 Brown David 45 M farmer Tennessee X
10 285 285 Brown Jennett 30 F Tennessee X
11 285 285 Brown Charles 10 M Missouri
12 285 285 Brown Mary E. 5 F
13 285 285 Brown John 4 M
14 285 285 Watkins Maryann 13 F
15 286 286 Hale, John 63 M farmer 900 Virginia
16 286 286 Hale, Margarett 53 F Virginia
17 286 286 Hale Temperence 18 F Missouri
18 286 286 Stringer Samuel 22 M farmer
19 286 286 Hatcher Calvin 13 M
20 286 286 Hatcher William 9 M
21 286 286 Hale Sally 5 F
22 286 286 Hale John B. 33 M Labourer Tennessee
23 286 286 Hale Elizabeth 10 F Missouri
24 286 286 Hale Amanda 7 F
25 287 287 Bartwell William 47 M farmer 100 Tennessee
26 287 287 Bartwell Elizabeth 41 F Newyork
27 287 287 Bartwell Stephen 20 M Labourer Illinois
28 287 287 Bartwell John 18 M Labourer Illinois
29 287 287 Bartwell Alexander K. 13 M Illinois
30 287 287 Bartwell James 11 M Illinois
31 287 287 Bartwell William 4 M Missouri
32 287 287 Bartwell George W. 2 M Missouri
33 288 288 Overton Mary 46 F 100 New york
34 288 288 Overton Elizabeth 23 F Illinois
35 288 288 Overton Richard 13 M
36 288 288 Overton Margarett 8 F Missouri
37 288 288 Overton Hannah 4 F
38 289 289 Foster Isaac 28 M farmer 150 Tennessee
39 289 289 Foster Martha J. 25 F Illinois
40 289 289 Foster Elizabeth 6/12 F Missouri
41 290 290 Young Sylvester 45 M farmer 500 Newyork
42 290 290 Young Mary E. 26 F Louisiana
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