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Thomas Anderson
Born 30 November 1839
Thomas Anderson, farmer, Section 34, Township 17, Range 10, P.O. Americus, was born in Berwickshire, Scotland, November 30, 1839, and nine years later came to the United States with his parents, who first located at Cincinnati, Ohio, but after a residence of one year removed to Galena, Ill. Here they resided three years, then removed to Jones County, Iowa, where they remained until the spring of 1859, when they came to Kansas, locating near Americus, in Breckinridge (now Lyon) County. The subject of this sketch engaged in farming, which he continued until February, 1864, when he enlisted as a private in Company E, Eleventh Regiment Kansas Cavalry. He participated in all the engagements in which his company took part from that time until his discharge, September 1, 1865. He then returned to Americus and engaged in farming, upon eighty acres of trust land situated about two miles northwest of town, which he had purchased just before he entered the service. This farm he improved by the erection of a dwelling, barn and other farm buildings, and has operated it continually since. He has since purchased twenty acres of timber land situated on the Neosho River and 160 acres of land northwest of the home farm. About 120 acres of these land are under cultivation, the remainder being used for grazing and hay. His principal crop is corn. He also raises cattle and hogs, and is engaged in dairy business. He is a member of the United Presbyterian Church. Has held the office of Township Clerk one term, and has been a member of the School Board continuously for over sixteen years. He married Miss Millie A. McCaw, of Americus, August 21, 1862, by which marriage he has had ten children, of whom Emma M. A., Loucella M., Grant W., Ella M., Grace E., George D., William A., Stella L. and Henry C. are living.

Source: The History of the State of Kansas, by William G. Cutler, A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL, 1883
Submitted by: Elaine Bukove


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