Facts and Events
Robert Anderson was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Botetourt County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Botetourt County, VA Records
Biography of Robert Anderson
Robert Anderson was born in Ireland about 1733. He died in VA 7/22/1825. He emigrated to PA in 1755, moved to Delaware where he met and married Margaret Neely. They moved to VA in 1769 and settled in Augusta Co. which later became known as Botetourt the next year. He had as many as three children: Col. William Anderson (born 6/2/1764, died 9/13/1839), Francis Thomas Anderson who married Mary Anne Alexander, and Catherine Anderson who married Arthur Glasgow. Col. Anderson spent time in the Revolutionary War, then settled at "Walnut Hill," near Fincastle which was the county seat for Botetourt. He was also a colonel of a VA regiment in the War of 1812. He married Anne Thomas from Maryland. William was a self-taught engineer and surveyor and was later responsible for the building of the turnpike that is now U.S. 220 and U.S. 60 from Fincastle to Covington and beyond. He is buried along with other members of his family at the Presbyterian Cemetery in Fincastle. They had several children, one of which was in our direct lineage, Joseph Reid Anderson (born 2/16/1813, died 9\7\1892). He established the Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, VA, in 1836, which was the main supplier of ammo, etc., to the South in the Civil War. He was a very prominent citizen of the Richmond area. He was married to Sara (Sallie) Archer, whose father was Dr. Robert Archer, an army surgeon. They had several children, some of which died at fairly young ages. Archer Anderson was also in the military and, I think, became pretty famous. He had a son named after him, Joseph Reid, Jr., and our family member was John Francis Thomas Anderson. We cannot find out much about him, so we don't know exactly how he fits into things. John F. T. Anderson (born 2/9/1858, died 9/27/1931) married Elizabeth Campbell Cullen, who was the granddaughter of Dr. John Cullen, who was one of the founders of what is now Medical College of VA, here in Richmond. The only child we know of that they had (of course, they could have had more) was Sally Reid Anderson who married William Jerome Miller. He was from NY, and they were the parents of my husband's mother. A lot of the Anderson family, starting with Joseph Reid, is buried here in Richmond at the Hollywood Cemetery.
Source: e-mail of Sylvia Gibbes in 1998, http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~anderson/va/trees/bote.html