Richard Anderson, I
Richard Anderson, II.
Robert Anderson, I
Robert Anderson, II
John Burbage Anderson
Henry Tompkins Anderson
Lelia Anderson Trabue
Kate Buckner Trabue Rogers
Lelia Rogers Dickinson
The Andersons have been prominent in American life for nearly three centuries. The first members of this family to come to America were Richard Anderson, I. and Richard Anderson, II, who sailed from England in July 1635.
Richard Anderson, II b. 1618 in London, England son of Elizabeth Hawkins and Richard Anderson I; d. Gloucester County, Virginia
Robert Anderson, b. 1634, York County, VA, d. 1712, New Kent County, Virginia; m. Cecilia Massie, daughter of D. Massie and Lucelia Poindexter; 7 children
The Virginia Land Office Book VII, page 272, shows that Robert Anderson I was granted 727 acres of land in New Kent County, Virginia in 1683 for the importation of 15 persons. (i.e. this acreage was given to Robert Anderson for bringing15 persons to America to colonize the land. He married Cecilia Massie of New Kent, and was vestryman of St. Peter’s parish until the parish of St. Paul was cut off in 1704. (28)
Robert Anderson, II b. 1663, New Kent Co. VA, d. 1716 Hanover County, VA; m. Mary Elizabeth Overton, b. June 28, 1673 England, daughter of Elizabeth Waters and William Overton, d. 1734 Hanover County, Virginia
Bartlott Anderson, (30) b. about 1710; m. Mary Cosby, b. 1716 in New Kent County, VA, daughter of Martha Garland and John Cosby;
Garland Anderson, b. 1742 Hanover County, VA, d. March 8, 1811 Hanover Co, VA.; m. Marcia Elizabeth Burbage (Burbridge) of Caroline County, Virginia, b. April 19, 1747, Norfolk Isle of Wright, d. Hanover County, VA; (29)(32)
Garland Anderson owned much property in New Kent, Caroline County, Virginia and adjoining counties, and was a member of the Richmond Convention of 1775, that placed Virginia on a war basis.
John Burbage Anderson, b. June 2, 1765 in St. Martin’s Parish, Caroline County, VA, d. August 18, 1831; m. Martha “Patsy” Tompkins, b. daughter of Ann Dickerson/Dickinson and Robert Tompkins in 1770 of Caroline County, Virginia, d. March 14, 1849 Christian County, KY;
Henry Tompkins Anderson, b Jan 27, 1812; d. Sept. 19, 1872;
Within ten months after his baptism he began to preach the Gospel, and in his twenty-fifth year moved to Kentucky. When he was twenty-one years old he married Mrs. Jane Hawes, who before her marriage was Jane Buckner, daughter of Aylett Buckner of Caroline County.
The first year in Kentucky was spent in teaching school and preaching at Old Salem Church in Barren County, eight miles north of Glasgow, after which he moved to Hopkinsville, KY. Jane Buckner Hawes Anderson died in Hopkinsville, Kentucky in the summer of 1840. In 1841 H.T. Anderson married Henrietta Ducker.
In 1847, Anderson became the Pastor of First Christian Church of Louisville, and continued in this capacity for six years. Upon retiring from the pastorate, he moved to Mercer County where he taught and preached for several years.
Later he presided over a classical school at Midway, KY, where he was assisted by his son, Henry T. Anderson, Jr., and his daughter Jessie, both of whom were brilliant Latin and Greek scholars. In December 1861, he began to translate the New Testament from the original Greek, and in a letter to President Williams about this time, says:If I succeed in translating the New Testament, will it not give reason for my past retired labours in the study of the Holy Oracles? Surely such a result would be worth a life of labour! Whatsoever the result, one thing is certain; I shall have filled my own mind and heart with the knowledge of His truth …
When the Civil War broke out, and young men laid down their books and took up the sword, Anderson gave up his schoolwork and devoted his time to translating, preaching and lecturing. He remained in Mercer County during these years. Dr. Robert Richardson, the President of Bethany College, said, “H.T. Anderson’s knowledge of Scriptures is greater than Mr. Alexander Campbell’s at his best years.”
Benjamin Franklin (not the statesman Benjamin Franklin), a noted Disciple minister and publicist, wrote, “I am pleased with Brother Anderson. He has a mighty fund of learning and knowledge. He is a great man.” Rev. Franklin asked H.T. Anderson to prepare an independent translation of the New Testament.
In 1862 H. T. Anderson moved from Flemingsburg to Harrodsburg, KY to work with John Augustus Williams on the new translation. He had 10 children then, and by moving from Flemingsburg where he was pastor, he “deprived himself of his income, resources and home.”
The Orphan School at Midway cared for some of his children, Dr. Chew, Andrew Steele and Thomas Parrish of Woodford County took others; and Henry T. and his wife and three youngest moved to Harrodsburg and moved into J.A. Williams’ tearoom for part of the year. Later, they moved to a cottage and called all the children home. The church at Harrodsburg eventually called him to be “their preacher, and teacher”, which position he ably filled for some years. (63)
In 1864 he completed his translation, which, he said, was intended to open and illustrate the Scripture for the masses, and the work found instant favour in both America and Europe.
In his translation, Anderson wanted to make it clear that he, like Alexander Campbell, believed that baptism meant immersion, as the Disciples of Christ would have defined baptism and not “sprinkling”. So when the word baptism appears in other translations of the New Testament, Henry T. has translated the word to be immersion. So, in H.T.’s text it’s John the Immerser, not John the Baptist.
LaVece G. Hughes has the family’s copy of The New Testament translated by H.T. Anderson, published March 1864 by the American Christian Review.
Dr. Anderson preached for the Disciples in Washington City (DC) during 1868 and the early part of 1869. In the summer of 1871, he visited his children in Virginia and also visited his children in Kentucky.
After these visits he returned to Washington, where he received an appointment as a clerk in the Land Office. The family has a letter to his daughter, Lelia, in which Henry T. states that President Andrew Johnson attended his church, and gave him a job as a clerk in the Land Office, because the President reportedly knew that “ the Disciples did not pay their ministers enough to live on.” He was paid $100 per month.
H.T. Anderson died in Washington on September 19, 1872. The “dust and ashes” of this distinguished son of Caroline rests in Glenwood Cemetery near the National Capital in an unmarked grave in section E, lot #3, site #1. According to a letter from Clarence to his sister, his father’s death left the family in destitute circumstances and Clarence invited his stepmother and step-siblings to come and live with him.
Lelia Anderson Trabue
b. September 21, 1837, Caroline County, VA; d. February 25, 1901, Barren County, KY; m. Benjamin Franklin Trabue, on June 12, 1855 in Mercer County, KY;
Kate Buckner Trabue m. Joseph Underwood Rogers
Lelia Rogers m. Bartlett Graves Dickinson
Will of Lelia Anderson Trabue
I, Lelia Trabue, of Glasgow, KY do make and publish this my last will and testament as follows:
First: I give and devise to my son, H.B. Trabue, and my daughters Kate B. Rogers, Helen Leslie and Benora Terrell in equal parts all of my estate of every kind, and this includes six thousand dollars, which I received from the estate of my grandfather and which is held for me by my husband, B. F. Trabue.
Second: The interest in my estate, which shall be received by my said daughters, I will, desire and direct, shall go to and be need used and enjoyed by them and each of them free from the control of her husbands.
Witness my hand this the 29th day of November 1900. Signed, Lelia Anderson Trabue (75)
Lelia Anderson Trabue is given credit for THE Dickinson Pumpkin Pie recipe used by the family at Thanksgiving and Christmas time. Inez Dickinson wrote to the Louisville Courier Journal’s Food Editor, Cissy Greg in the ‘50s that, in contradiction to an earlier editorial that Ms. Greg had written in which she stated that the best use for pumpkins was to “leave them in the field.”
Inez suggested she should try THE Dickinson Pumpkin Pie Recipe. Cissy Greg made a column of ‘Nez’s letter in which ‘Nez wrote “I didn’t like pumpkin pie either, until I married (Joseph Rogers Dickinson) and moved from Louisiana to Kentucky.” “Then,” she writes, “I ate a piece of pumpkin pie made by my husband’s mother, Mrs. Bartlett Graves Dickinson, from a recipe handed down from her grandmother, (Lelia Anderson Trabue) and changed my mind.” ‘Nez recommended that the pie was never to be eaten stone cold. However, Dickinsons have been known to eat this pumpkin pie in any form, at any time, and even for breakfast.
Dickinson Pumpkin Pie
Lelia Anderson Trabue
1 cup cooked pumpkin ¼ t cinnamon
1 egg ½ to 1 t allspice
2 T cream ¼ t nutmeg
1 c sugar ¼ t ginger
Beat egg; add sugar, spices, cream, pumpkins and melted butter. Blend. Pour into unbaked crust; bake 10 minutes at 450 degrees, then 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with whipped cream.
For 2 pies, Kate Dickinson Ganter suggested reducing the sugar to ¾ cup and tripling the recipe’s ingredients.