Thomas Mitchell Anderson
Submitted by Thomas G. Anderson,
Printed with permission of the Navarro County Historical Society
Six sons and one daughter of Thomas Mitchell
Anderson and his wife, Thankful Jane Nicks, migrated from Johnson/Pope Counties, Arkansas
to Navarro County, Texas between 1846 and the 1850s. The parents moved from Guilford
County North Carolina to Hickman County, Tennessee in the early 1800s. All of their
children were born in Tennessee and most of them moved with the parents to Johnson/Pope
Counties, Arkansas between 1830 and 1834. The children of Thomas and Thankful Nicks
Anderson who moved to Navarro County, Texas were Dr. William Nicks Anderson, Quinton Nicks
Anderson, Noble Lord Major Anderson, Robert D. Anderson, David D. Anderson, Dr. Thomas
Mitchell Anderson, and Thankful Jane Anderson who married Dr. Samuel Alexander Ross in
Johnson County, Arkansas.
All of the children received grants and/or
purchased land in the south central portion of Navarro County just south and West of
Richland Creek. Two of the brothers (Robert and David) located in what was eventually
known as the Pursley Community, while the others obtained land a few miles away in the
Richland Crossing/Pisgah Ridge area. Dr. W. N. Anderson was appointed a subagent for the
Mercer Colony and is believed to have been instrumental in the decisions of his brothers
and sister to settle in the area. Dr. Anderson was the first postmaster at Richland
Crossing and served from 1848 until 1854 when he was replaced by Asa Chambers, another
pioneer of the area. One of Chamber's daughters, Harriet Elizabeth, later married one of
the Anderson brothers, Thomas Mitchell Anderson.
Based on tax rolls, grants and survey records, it
appears that the three older brothers-William N, Quinton, and Noble Anderson moved to
Navarro County circa 1846-1848. The three younger brothers - Robert, David, and Thomas,
were still in Johnson County, Arkansas in 1848. After their mother's death which occurred
sometime before July 1848, all three moved to Navarro County.
With the exception of one brother, Quinton, all
the children remained in the two communities or nearby and are buried in or near Navarro
County. Quinton moved to Oregon in 1858 and was still living there in 1887.
Descendants of the Anderson family still live in
Navarro County. Further information about the Anderson family, their ancestors, and their
descendants is available through the
Navarro County Genealogical Society.
Thomas G. Anderson
P.O. Box 356
Hubbard, TX 76648
[Added Nov 22, 1997]