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George W. ANDERSON

George W. ANDERSON[1, 2]

Male 1848 - 1899  (50 years)

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    William rode with Bloody Bill Anderson
    William rode with Bloody Bill Anderson
    Conway Cemetery, Osage Beach, Camden County, Missouri
    Conway Cemetery, Osage Beach, Camden County, Missouri

  • Name George W. ANDERSON  [1
    Born 10 Jun 1848  Allen, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    FamilySearch ID KXRW-JVH 
    Name George Washington ANDERSON  [3
    Residence 1880  Glaize, Miller, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    _UID 943D76BD9BA64134961D41119C56902465B0 
    Died 14 Jan 1899  Linn Creek, Camden Co., Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Buried Conway Cemetery, Osage Beach, Camden County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I29410  Carney Geneaology
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2022 

    Father UNKNOWN,   b. Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Unknown,   b. Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F13966  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Irene Paulina Elizabeth "Maggie" CROSE,   b. Jun 1854, Boone County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1923, Columbia, Boone County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Married 19 Jul 1870  Randolph County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William A. "Willis" ANDERSON,   b. 13 Jun 1872, Rennick, Randolph, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1945, Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     2. Congrsmn Benjamin Franklin ANDERSON,   b. 24 Apr 1874, Auglaise, Miller County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1941, St Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     3. Mollie B. ANDERSON,   b. Abt 1876, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. James W. ANDERSON,   b. 17 Dec 1881, Tuscumbia, Miller County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1951, Camdenton, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     5. Helen "Maggie" Lee ANDERSON,   b. 7 May 1883, Miller County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1969, Columbia, Boone County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     6. J.M. ANDERSON,   b. 8 Jul 1885, Camden, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1891  (Age 5 years)
     7. Charles "Charlie" Avery ANDERSON,   b. 12 Apr 1887, Linn Creek, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1951, Hannibal, Marion County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     8. S.E. ANDERSON,   b. 15 Aug 1888, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1895, Camden, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
     9. Edward ANDERSON,   b. 20 Aug 1892,   d. 22 Aug 1892  (Age 0 years)
     10. Ollie May ANDERSON,   b. 14 Apr 1894, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1967, Damsel, Camden County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F6314  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • My mother told me he (George W. Anderson) was 1/2 or 1/4 Indian blood, presumed to be from his mother - who reportedly was a Cherokee. However with the DNA testing update in 2020: Using current DNA samples submitted by Jim Carney in 2020, the second DNA test taken, it is concluded that George W. Anderson was approximately 1/3 to 1/2 black (estim 35-45%) from the Congo region of Africa. My mother always said there was a real mystery as to his origins, and this may explain why. In those days, in the southern states it may have been better to claim Indian ancestry than to acknowledge black and slave related ancestry.

      George was born in Kentucky, and came to Missouri where he fought in the Civil War for the Confederacy. He later met Elizabeth and married in 1870. He was a tall man of partial Scottish descent with dark red hair. His name was supposedly not originally Anderson according to my mother, and for unknown reasons was changed by him or his father, but again - maybe due to part African heritage. Cannot rule out Anderson was his real name, not an assumed name - but he would not tell his family any details from his past.

      During the Civil war in 1864 and 1865, as a young man of 16 and 17 years of age, he rode with Quantrill Unit and also reportedly with "Bloody Bill Anderson" see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_T._Anderson. Bloody Bill Anderson was also of Scottish descent and a ruthless killer who shot and scalped their prisoners, and was accompanied by Frank and Jesse James. George W. Anderson was listed on the Civil War rolls as belonging to Quantrill Unit, which Bloody Bill Anderson belonged to early in the war.

      Reportedly had 10 children, and sometime after last child was born, his wife left family home.

      Was found living with Annie Woresback some years later in Linn Creek, Camden County Missouri, and owning several properties in the area. George was killed with a tomahawk or axe by an unkown person (rumoured to be an Osage Indian) while picking corn from a corn crib in 1899 - Unclear as to motive. See newspaper articles following.

      Son, William Anderson arrested for the murder of his father, but "Practically no evidence tending to incriminate young Anderson was introduced and he was set at liberty."

      See below for information as to new speculation following arrest of suspect Hunsaker, 8 years after George W. murder.

      1870 Census finds George (age 23) and Paulina (age 14) Anderson, living with her parents, Robert and Sarah Crose in Prarie, Randolph County, Missouri.

      Census of 1880 links Mollie, Benjamin, William and Elizabeth (wife) with George as father. George lived in the northern part of Auglaize township, which is know today as "Wilcox Bend" and "Bear Creek Country"

      Name:George W. Anderson
      Home in 1880:Glaize, Miller, Missouri
      Age:33
      Estimated birth year:abt 1847
      Birthplace:Kentucky
      Relation to Head of Household:Self (Head)
      Spouse's name:Elizabeth
      Father's birthplace:Virginia
      Mother's birthplace:Virginia
      Neighbors:View others on page
      Occupation:Farmer
      Marital Status:Married
      Household Members:
      NameAge
      George W. Anderson33
      Elizabeth Anderson25
      William Anderson8
      Benjamin F. Anderson6
      Mollie B. Anderson4
      James Shelton19


      James W. Anderson (son) listed fathers birth place as "United States" and mothers as Missouri in 1930 Census.

      Found birth and death dates in Conway Cemetery records.

      From "THE REVILLE" Linn Creek, Camden County, Missouri, Thursday, January 19, 1899 Double
      Murder George W. Anderson and Annie Woresback Brained With an Ax
      Our usually quiet town was startled late last Friday evening, as it has not been for years by the intelligence that Annie Woresback had been found dead in the door of the old Wm.. Lane house, 2 ? miles northeast of town, occupied by Geo. W. Anderson and the woman and that as Anderson had not been seen since Wednesday, the two had probably been murdered. The ghastly discovery was made by Wm. L. Hammer, of Montreal, who had called to see Mr. Anderson on business, and informed Mr. Anderson's family, at Erie, of the tragedy before coming in to notify the authorities. Coroner Avery, Drs. Moore and Moulder, Prosecuting Attorney Chalfant and many others repaired to the scene, where about fifty person's had already gathered.
      Mr. Avery found Mr. Anderson's dead body in an old house used as a corn crib, a few feet from where the woman lay. He had been struck a left handed blow from behind, apparently with the poll of a hand ax, and was lying face down with corn husks in his right hand and a sack in the other. All appearances indicated that while he much have known of the assasin's presence, he had no suspicion of his foul intent, and had been struck down without warning. He had been struck two blows while down. The woman had been struck two blows in the forehead. Her body had fallen partly out of the doorway, and had been further disfigured by hogs. The table had been laid for three, and the meal, supposed to be supper, had evidently been eaten by three persons.
      The theory of the murder is that their visitor had followed Anderson to the crib while the woman went to milk. After slaying Anderson the murderer had met the woman, who had left a bucket of unskimmed milk on the table, and either to conceal his previous crime or from some deeper motive, had killed her also. What passed between these two --what awful emotions assailed the misguided woman in the presence of a dreadful death- who can conjecture? A watch was placed over the bodies, which were brought to town where an inquest was held, the verdict being that they came to their death at the hands unknown.
      Anderson's body was turned over to his family and buried at the Conway cemetery, seven miles east of town. The woman's remains were interred on the county farm. On Tuesday night, Newton John, who had been seen in the vicinity, was arrested on suspicion. He had a preliminary hearing yesterday before "Squire" Foster and clearly established an alibi.
      Anderson was well-known as a farmer, stock raiser and dealer both in this county and in Miller, whence he came some fifteen years ago, and had become quite wealthy, owning several large and valuable farms in both counties. He had recently lived apart from his family, with the Woreback woman, who was raised in Miller county. She was an unmarried sister of John Woresback, sent to the penitentiary from Laclede county several months ago, for stealing a team of horses from Archibald Patterson Jr, near here.
      The dead man did not usually carry much money on his person, and but few cents was found on his body. An anonymous warning letter was received by Wm. A. Anderson, his eldest son, yesterday, stating that the writer knew who had killed his father, and that the crime was committed Wednesday night. It is not known with certainty that Anderson was seen alive after Wednesday, the place where he lived, being off the common route of travel. The mystery so far baffles all inquiry, and not even the motive can be clearly traced, several probably causes for the crime having been assigned. Anderson leaves a wife, three sons and two daughters.
      From "The Revielle, Linn Creek, Camden County, MO, April 20, 1899. "We were now in sight of our goal, but we turned aside to attend the sale of the estate of the late George Anderson, who was so mysteriously murdered some months since. We expected to buy some cattel at this sale, but we found a great many stockmen present who seemed to want live stock a great deal more than we did. Everything offered for sale brought exceedingly high prices and the proceeds of the sale amounted to $6,000.
      THE REVILLIE, Linn Creek, Camden County, Missouri February 16, 1899 $1150 Reward To reconcile conflicting reports, I wish to state that the following rewards have been authentically offered and will be paid for the apprehension and delivery to the sheriff of Camden County, at the county jail at Linn Creek, Mo., of the unknown murderer or murders of Geor W. Anderson and Anna Woresback, rewards payable on conviction. By the State..............................$200 By Camden County..........................$200 By. B. F. Anderson........................$250 By Elizabeth and W. Anderson..............$500 Total....................................$1150 The documents guaranteeing said rewards may be seen at my office. H. W. Chalfant Pros. Atty ***************************************
      From "The Reveille, Linn Creek, Camden County MO, Thursday, July 6, 1899.
      Anderson Trial
      The preliminary examination of Wm. Anderson charged with the murder of his father, G. W. Anderson, in January was held before Squire Foster last Friday.
      Practically no evidence tending to incriminate young Anderson was introduced, and he was set at liberty.
      Since the Trial Mrs. Anderson, the widowed mother of the acused has made a trip to St. Louis accompanied by Attorney Roach and City Marshal Winrod. Whether or not further developments are now at hand remains to be seen.

      The Lee's Summit Journal
      Lee's Summit, Jackson County
      February 3, 1899
      Repository, Missouri State Historical Society, Columbia, Missouri
      Quantrell's Men
      Geo. W. Anderson, who was one of Quantrell's most daring men, was found dead at his home near Linn Creek, Mo., on January 9th. He had been murdered with an ax and no clue has been found as to who committed the deed.

      Miller County Autogram 22 Nov 1906:
      A man named Hunsaker was lodged in the Camden county jail on day last week charged with the murder of George Anderson, said to have been the wealthiest farmer and stock dealer of that county at the time. The murder was committed eight or nine years ag and no trace of the perpetrator could be cound. Anderson's oldest son Will, was under arrest for the deed, but there was no evidence against him and he was released.

      It is asserted that Hunsaker has been in the pen two or three times and while confined there confided to cell-mate that he killed Anderson and that one of Anderson's daughters paid him $300 for murdering her father. The cell-mate told the story and Hunsaker was hunted up and placed under arrest.

      Anderson was killed with an old ax used for chopping up corn for stock, while at his feed barn, shortly before daylight. The blow was to his head. A Mrs. Wiseback, hosekeeper for Anderson was murdered at the kitchen door.

  • Sources 
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    2. [SAuth] Jim Carney, compiled by James H Carney [(E-ADDRESS), & MAILING ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Pelican Waters, Queensland 4551 AUSTRALIA.

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