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Among the men who have been active in the affairs of Warren county, Indiana, is James Anderson, commonly known as "Uncle Jim," in his community. As is indicated by the name bestowed upon him, Mr. Anderson is a very popular and prominent man. He has held almost every political office the county can bestow, and has been very faithful and efficient in every position of trust.

James Anderson was born June 10, 1840, in Warren county, Ohio, the son of Joshua and Harriet (Crosley) Anderson. His father was born in Berks county, Pennsylvania, and, as a young, man, he learned the trade of a cooper in his native state, and was engaged in that business for a number of years. Later in life, after he went to Warren county Ohio, he became interested in farming. He was married in Warren county and reared his family of eleven children there.

James Anderson's boyhood was spent on the farm in Ohio, where he attended the common schools and obtained his early education. When he was thirteen years of age the family moved to Indiana, his father having purchased a farm in Warren county, Indiana. His mother died in 1863 and his father married a second wife, Eunice Prosser. They only had one child. While he finished his education, and afterwards, when he was teaching school, James Anderson stayed at home, working on the farm during his vacations.

March 27, 1862, Mr. Anderson married Margery A. Grames, the dauther of James and Elizabeth (Palmer) Grames. James Grames came from Ireland with his family, and settled in Ohio, near Hamilton, and later came to Warren county, Indiana. The family was educated in Indiana. There were nine children, of which Mrs. Anderson was the seventh. She has one brother, John Grames, living in Warren county. James Anderson has one sister, Kezziah, living. She is the wife of Amos Gilger, and lives in Benton county, Indiana.

James and Margery Anderson are the parents of eight children living and dead. Their first child, Emma, died at the age of twenty-one. Harriett is the wife of James Pope and has four children, Vaughn, Roy, Loupert and James. William Anderson married Elizabeth Jones and they are the parents of three children, Malcolm, Margery and Marshall. Frank married Lena Darco, and they have one boy, Robert. Jennie is the wife of Augustus Broody and the mother of four children, Gereline, Florence, Aline and Arnett. Joshua married Myrtle Darco. Pearl is the wife of William Hartz and they have three children, Fred C., Robert E., and Wilmer, who is dead. Minnie is the wife of Fred Holz, whose sketch will be found in this work. They have one child, Charles Frederick. James, the eighth child, married Ethel Wood, and they have one child.

On August 14, 1862, Mr. Anderson left his wife and home and enlisted in Company D, Eighty-sixth Indiana Infantry, Army of the Cumberland. His three years of service is the same story of trial and hardships, heroism and truimph, that so many of our veterans carry in their memories. The most important battles in which Mr. Anderson took part were those of Stone River, Tennessee, Chichamauga, Missionary Ridge, Peach Tree Creek, Kenesaw Mountain and Nashville, Tennessee. He was taken prisoner at Stone River, but was exchanged after about a month, and returned to his regiment. He was sergeant in Company D, and was one of the bravest men during the trials of the long forced marches as well as on the field. Mr. Anderson was one of the many Northern soldiers who experienced the terrors of LIbby prison in Richmond, and after his release he was paroled for awhile.

After the war Mr. Anderson came back to what he calls "God's country," to serve in civil life as faithfully as in the times of bloodshed. He bought land in Warren county and commenced farming, slowly adding to his possessions until he had about eighty acres of land. He had brought his land to a high state of cultivation, and it was very productive when he left it in 1887 and moved to Williamsport, to become county treasurer. He served in this office one term of two years, and was then deputy sheriff for two terms. Since that time Mr. Anderson has seldom been out of the service of the public. Among the offices he held were those of marshal of Williamsport and township assessor. Mr. Anderson was also a member of the town council.

Mr. Anderson and his wife are also very prominent in the social activities. On March 27, 1912, he and his wife celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. It was a great event in the community and all of their large family was there. The family belong to the Methodist Episcopal church and are very prominent in all church activities. Mr. Anderson and his wife belong to the Grand Army of the Republic Circle. They are one of the oldest and most highly respected families in the county and are well known for their public spirit and unwavering loyalty to their friends and neighbors. The biographies of such men as Mr. Anderson will be of great benefit to future generations.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001012
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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