Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Harrisburg

The Kemp Sketch

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ANDERSON, JOHN D. - Born June 21, 1819 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, a son of Dr. Thomas and Chole (Glascock) Anderson. His father was a son Richard Anderson who was a Captain in theContinental Army in the Revolutionary War. His mother Chloe (Glascock) Anderson was a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Sanford) Glascock. She was the first wife of Dr. Anderson and the mother of his two children, Washington and John D. Anderson. Mrs. Anderson died in Virginia, September 5, 1819 and on February 6, 1824 Dr. Anderson married Sarah Tunstell, who died in Virginia before February, 1835.

Dr. Anderson and his two sons arrived in Texas in February, 1835. On March 14th of that year he received title to a league of land in Milam’s Colony, situated in the present Travis County. Dr. Anderson died in Round Rock, Texas, April 26, 1857.

In a first class headright certificate issued to John D. Anderson for one-third of a league of land it is stated that he came to Texas in February, 1835.

John D. Anderson was a member of Captain Jesse Billingsley’s company. On May 21, 1838 he received Donation Certificate No. 121 for 640 acres of land for having been detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836.

Mr. Anderson was appointed District Attorney of the Fourth Judicial District, February 5, 1844 by President Houston. He was a member from Gonzales County of the Constitutional Convention held at Austin from July 4 to August 27, 1845. He served in the United States Army in the Mexican War in 1846. He was a member of the house of representatives from Gonzales County in the second legislature December 13, 1847 to November 5, 1849.

Mr. Anderson was twice married but the name of his first wife is not known by the compiler. The Taliferros, who were residing in Austin and San Antonio and the Andersons who were residing in Gonzales County in 1836 were descendants of John D. Anderson and his first wife. His second wife before her marriage was Ellen P. Erskine, daughter of Michael Erskine, by whom there were two children, Sophia and Chloe Anderson. One of these was married to Thomas Jefferson Green, son of General Thomas Jefferson Green. Miss Ellen Green lives in San Diego, California and is the only living descendant of the second marriage.

Mr. Anderson died in Guadalupe County April 10, 1849 and is buried in the Erskine family cemetery near the Capote Ranch, a few miles from Seguin.

Miss Agnes Erskine, niece of Mr. Anderson by marriage was living in Seguin in 1936.

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.

Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Company: [Capt. Jesse Billingsley] detailed to guard baggage

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1819 June 21
  • Birthplace: Virginia, Pittsylvania County
  • Origin: Virginia
  • Came to Texas: 1835 Feb
  • Date of Death: 1849 April 10
  • Burial Place: Erskine family cemetery near Seguin, Texas
  • Comments: Fought in U.S.-Mexican War.
  • Donation Certificate: 121
  • Profession: Attorney
  • Wife: 1. unknown; 2. Ellen P. Erskine
  • Children: Sophia Anderson; Chloe Jane Anderson
  • Family at San Jacinto: Father Thomas P. Anderson, brother Washington Anderson