Amanuensis Monday: Mansfield Anderson’s Declaration of Service in the War of 1812, 13 December 1850

This document is part of Mansfield and Harriet (Black) Anderson’s pension and bounty land warrant applications file (No. 11127), based on Mansfield’s service in the War of 1812. The original file is held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). I accessed the file through fold3.

This file holds a great deal of information about Mansfield in particular, but also about Harriet, two of their children, and the family’s standing within their community in Macon Co., NC. It also contains information about the family’s movement from Tennessee to Mississippi and then back east. I hope to transcribe interesting documents from the file and place them online over the next few weeks.

Today’s document is an affidavit made by Mansfield attesting to his War of 1812 service in order to apply for a bounty land warrant. A good overview of bounty land warrants is available at Genealogy (written by Kimberly Powell). NARA has a PDF with a brief background explaining where to find these records.

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Tombstone Tuesday: Lacephine (Pendergrass) Anderson, Maiden’s Chapel Cemetery, Macon Co., NC

The tombstone of Lacephine (Pendergrass) Anderson located in Maiden’s Chapel Cemetery in Macon County, North Carolina, which reads Lacephine wife of R. A. Anderson born Dec. 29, 1858 died Feb. 14, 1901.

Lacephine was the daughter of Miles and Mary (Lowry) Pendergrass.

Amanuensis Monday: Land Grant to Mansfield Anderson, 10 December 1852

Source: Macon County, North Carolina, Deed Book G (1853 – 1859): 409 – 410; Register of Deeds, Franklin.

State of North Carolina No. 1081

Know ye that we for and in consideration of the Sum of five
cents for every acre hereby granted paid into our treasury by Mans-
field Anderson hath given and granted and by these
presents do give and grant unto the said Mansfield
Anderson a tract of land containing one hundred acres
lying and being in the county of Macon on the waters of Tenn
-essee River Beginning at a white oak near the pole Bridge
Branch and public Road and runs thence East sixty poles to a
pine thence South fifty East eighty poles to a B. oak
thence South forty poles to a Stake thence South forty five
West seventy five poles to a Stake thence west ninety poles to
a Stake thence North one hundred and fifty poles to the Beg
-inning Entered December the 12th 1849 as by the plat hereunto
annexed doth appear together with all woods waters mines
minerals hereditaments and appurtenances to the said land
Belonging or appertaining to hold to the said Mansfield
Anderson his heirs and assigns forever yielding and paying
to us such sums of money yearly or otherwise as our general
assembly from time to time may direct provided always
that the said grantee shall cause this grant to be Reg
-istered in the Registers office of our said county of Macon
within twelve months from the date here of otherwise the
same shall be void in testimony whereof we have
caused these our letters to be made pattent and our
great seal to be here unto affixed. Witness
David S Reid our governor at Raleigh the 10th day
of December in the 77th year of our independence and
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred
and fifty two

By command W. Hill Secretary of State David S Reid

The foregoing grant was duly Registered in my office as
Register the 7th day of July 1854

Witness J N Keener R M C

Feature Friday: Hardscrabble News, 19 November 1920

The following is from the 19 November 1920 issue of The Franklin Press, found on page two. I’ve included this community column in its entirety. Hardscrabble was likely located in the Cartoogechaye section of Macon County, North Carolina.

Hardscrabble News.

Nov. 16.-Hog killing is on a boom these rainy days.

Misses Annie Anderson, Anniemay and Marie Huscusson were visiting Miss Leila Huscusson Sunday afternoon.

Rev. J. L. Kinsland spent the night with Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ramey Saturday.

Mrs. Allen Dills and children were visiting Mrs. Harley Ledbetter Sunday.

Mr. Zeb Anderson spent Saturday with Mr. Lax Dills.

Mr. Jesse Guffee passed through this section one day last week going to Franklin on business.

Messrs. Raleigh Guffee and Ellis Anderson took dinner with their grand-father, Mr. R. A. Anderson, Sunday.

Miss Cecily Dills has been reported on the sick list this week. We hope she will soon be out again.

Mr. R. A. Anderson has also been reported on the sick list.

Mr. Willie Huscusson was the guest of Mr. Zeb Anderson Sunday.

Miss Florence Anderson was visiting Miss Annie Anderson Tuesday.

Mr. Herbert Dills returned home last week from Easley, S. C.

Mr. Nonly Anderson gave a corn shucking one night last week. A large crowd was there and reported a good supper and a nice time.

We had a spelling match at the Poplar Cove school house Friday afternoon. Messrs. Ed and Walter Johnson were the leaders.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Ramey took dinner with Mrs. Ramey’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Dills, Sunday.

There will be a box supper at Poplar Cove school house next Saruday night, November 20th, for the benefit of the school. Everybody is cordially invited.

A protracted meeting is expected to start at Maiden’s Chapel next Sunday. We hope for a good attendance.

Mr. Lester Dills is wearing a bright [word blacked out]. It’s a boy.


Tombstone Tuesday: Robert A. Anderson, Maiden’s Chapel Cemetery, Macon Co., NC.

The tombstone of Robert A. Anderson at Maiden’s Chapel Cemetery in Macon County, North Carolina, which reads Robert A. Anderson July 10, 1857 July 18, 1928 He died as he lived, a Christian.

R. A. was the son of Joseph Black and Mary Eliza (Battle) Anderson, and the grandson of Mansfield and Harriet (Black) Anderson.

Feature Friday: Anderson Creek News, 12 November 1920

The following is from the 12 November 1920 issue of The Franklin Press, found on page two. From the people named, I believe Anderson Creek was located in the Cartoogechaye area of Macon County, North Carolina.

“Anderson Creek News” was a community column. I’ve included it in its entirety as many of these individuals were related to the Andersons, by marriage or blood.

Anderson Creek News.

Nov. 9.-The farmers are busy digging potatoes and gathering corn.

Miss Florence Anderson returned home last Wednesday, after an extended visit to relatives in Cherokee County.

Mrs. Andy Ledford was the guest of Mrs. J. M. Dills last Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. Delia McClure was visiting Mrs. Hez Dills last Sunday.

Miss Cecily Dills and Mr. Frank Kimsey were visiting at Mr. J. M. Dills’ Sunday.

Mrs. Jane Williamson and daughter Emma were visiting on Poplar Cove Sunday.

Mr. Edward Rainey spent the week end with home folks.

Mr. Arthur Dills and family have moved to Mr. Harley Ledbetter’s farm.

There will be a singing at Cartoogechaye next Sunday afternoon. Everybody come.

Mrs. Dan Sweatman was the guest of Mrs. Lawrence Dills last Monday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Dills made a flying trip to town last Monday.

Mrs. Jerry Dills was visiting Mrs. Hez Dills last Monday afternoon.

Miss Florence Anderson was the guest of her cousin, Miss Annie Will Anderson, Sunday.

Mr. R. A. Anderson gave a corn shucking one night last week. A large crowd was present and shucked lots of corn. All reported a nice time.

Miss Lila Huscusson spent one night last week with her sister, Mrs. John Williamson.

Mrs. Ed Ramey spent one night last week with Mrs. Will Anderson.

Miss Florence Anderson was the guest of Mrs. Harley Huscusson one night the past week.