Peter Anderson

b. 1758, d. November 1838

Father*Edward Anderson b. c 1735, d. c 1790
Mother*Agnes Ann (?) b. 1737, d. b 1796
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NotePeter Anderson The following is taken from "PIONEERS OF WOOD CO. by JOHN HOUSE.

"Perhaps the next most important (after George Avery) character of the early history of the Belleville colony was Peter Anderson. He was born about 1758, and died in 1838. He and a brother, Andrew Anderson, came to the Belleville colony in 1787. While coming to Wood County from Wheeling, they were probably from Pennsylvania, as was David Lee, the hunter and trapper who married their sister. Peter Anderson was active there through the early years of the settlement as a hunter, scout and Indian fighter, and was a Justice of the Peace and member of the County Court in Kanawah County when Wood County was organized, occupying the same position in the new county. In 1815-16, he served a term as High Sheriff of Wood County. He was also a local preacher in the Methodist Church, but unlike Reese Wolfe, a pioneer preacher of some standing, I do not find where he united couples in wedlock."

Anderson married Sarah Coleman, daughter of Michael (Malcolm) Coleman. He must have been married before he came to Belleville, as - if I get the statement correctly - Jane Anderson, who is given as one of Joel Andersons heirs, was married in 1806. Peter Anderson may have owned lands inside the Craik lines and lost them when Wood lost out on his claim. When Wood County was organized, He had a lot in Averys village and in April, 1808, He bought fifty acres of the Craik survey and lived there for years. It was here he maintained a ferry across the Ohio River, bought and sold outlying lands, sometimes in large amounts, set up his children with homes of their own, became wealthy for his day, and died in 1838, a prosperous and respected citizen. Despite his excellent business ability, and his success in the world, Peter Anderson, who grew up in the pioneer days of the backwoods, had little or no education, could scarcely read or write, and his spelling of deeds and documents make them quaint literary curiosities. Anderson was a blacksmith by trade, and a surveyor by profession. He also had a daughter who married Charles Boso." 
NoteHe Edward Anderson (1735-1795) enlisted in the Third Battalion of the Delaware-Pennsylvania Militia in 1758 and 1759. In the 1759 enlistment, Edward is noted to be 24 year old, born in Virginia, five feet four inches tall, and of fair complexion. In 1772, he obtained patents for land on Buffalo Creek, Washington, Co., PA - 1772, The Paxton; 1777, Buffalo Waters. During the first year, the family lived in a hut built of poles and covered with bark; built the first water mill west of the mountains - a small tub-wheel mill. Parts of his land he deeded 20 July 1790 (Washington Ca. PA Deed Book 12-H, pages 59 and 62) to his son, Peter. On 1 January 1796, Peter and his wife sold to Matthew Merrit what was left of his father’s lands. Sarah acknowledged the deed from Harrison County, (W)V (now Wood County). Edward m/ Agness/Ann. known children: William; Peter, Hannah m. David Lee; Andrew; Nancy. [Jackson County Past and Present] 
Birth*He was born in 1758 at Wills Creek, Fort Cumberland, MD. 
Military*Served in the military in 1774 at Revolutionary War; joined at age 16. 
Marriage*He married Sarah Margaret Coleman, daughter of Michael (Malcolm) Coleman and Margarett (?), circa 1783. 
Note*Peter Anderson came by flat boat from Wheeling WV in 1787 at Belleville, Wood County, WV. 
Employment*He was employed by served as High Sheriff between 1815 and 1816 at Wood County, WV. 
Death*He died in November 1838 at Belleville, Wood County, WV. 
Burial*He was buried in November 1838 at Fort Belleville Cemetery, Belleville, Wood County, WV. 


Sarah Margaret Coleman b. 1770, d. unknown

Last Edited17 Apr 2009