Capt. John Clark Anderson
|Birth||14 Jan 1828|
|Death||6 Oct 1928|
Aged: 100.7 years
"History of Allegheny Co, PA" - p. 336
J. C. Anderson, farmer, Sewickley, is a son of Hon. Robert Anderson. Our subject was born in 1828 in Leetsdale. He farmed till 1849, when he joined Capt. Ancrum's Pittsburgh and California Enterprise company, numbering over three hundred persons. They crossed the plains, and he mined for gold a short time in California where he afterward owned a large stock ranch. In 1851 he returned to this county, where he followed the river for twenty years. Since 1865 he has made his home on his homestead. He was married in Cincinnati to Miss Rose Hinton, a native of Pittsburgh and eight children have been born to them: Elizabeth (wife of Rev. F. Peters), Robert, John, Mrs. Julia Fleming, Mrs. Hatti Varro, David, William and Samuel Anderson.
Captain John Clark Anderson, river pilot and farmer, one of the lst of the "Forty-niners" who blazed a trail across the continent to the California gold fields will be publicly honored on his one hundredth birthday, Saturday, by the borough of Sewickley, where he makes his home.
When the news of the gold discovery in California reached Pittsburgh, Anderson, with 350 prospectors, left on a steamboat for St. Joseph, Mo. , crossing the Missouri river, his caravan of (missing word) Conestoga wagons (missing words) men to a wagon, drawn by six mules made their way into the Indian country. Without the loss of a man, they reached California. Anderson dug gold for six weeks, then went into stock raising business. In 1851 he came home by boat. He crossed the Isthmus of Panama by mule and canoe, instead of going by boat round Cape Horn.
Back in Pittsburgh once more, he went into the river trade with his brother-in-law. He realized a life lone ambition and became a river pilot and captain. During the Civil War he was in the Union service, transporting troops and cattle. After many years of river life he took up farming. His wife, the mother of his six children, died in 1911. He has 30 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.
The children are: R. L., D.C. and S.W. Anderson, Mrs. F. R. Peters, Mrs. Cochran Flemming and Mrs. H.A. Varro. All save Mrs. Varro, who lives in Los Angeles, Cal., reside in Sewickley.