Col. Benjamin Anderson
|PA Militia / Colonel / War of 1812|
3 miles west of West Middleton, at that time Hopewell Twp.
1 mile west along National Pike, owned 250 acres
|Death||29 JUN 1861|
Aged: 72.5 years
Benjamin Anderson, their father, was born in Ireland in 1789. He came with his parents to Washington county, where his boyhood was passed on the pioneer farm. At the outbreak of the war of 1812, he was made captain of a company of drafted infantry, which entered the service under the command of Gen. Richard Crooks, whose battalion was a part of the First Regiment of Pennsylvania Militia, which was assigned to duty in the West under Gen. William Henry Harrison. About the close or the war Capt. Anderson (afterward raised to the rank of a colonel) returned home, and in 1816 was married to Margaret Cook, daughter of Gen. James Stevenson. To them were born eight children: Ann Eliza (Mrs. John Moore, of Buffalo township, deceased at the age of thirty five), James Stevenson (farmer of Donegal town ship), Thomas Love (died March 7, 1892), Nancy Jane (deceased at the age of nineteen), Catharine (Mrs. Jonathan Brownlee, of Buffalo township), William Cook (merchant, Claysville, Penn.), Mary Melila (deceased at the age of nineteen) and John (died when seven years old). Col. Anderson passed the first five years of his married life on the old home farm, 1ocated about three miles west of West Middletown, in Hopewell township. He then moved to Donegal township, settling about one mile west of C1aysville, along the National pike, where he owned 250 acres of land, and which be came his permanent residence. He was brigade inspector of Washington county for seven years. In politics he was a stanch Democrat, and besides holding different township offices, he was elected county commissioner in 1836. Col. Benjamin Anderson and his wife were both members of the South Buffalo U. P. Church. He died in 1861, Mrs. Anderson in 1875.
Margaret Cook Stevenson
Dutch fork of Buffalo creek
Aged: 80 years
- Mrs. Margaret Cook Anderson's father, Gen. James Stevenson, a civil engineer, was a native of Pennsylvania, born July 25, 1755. The place of his birth is not definitely known, but his boyhood home was in Letterkenny township, Cumberland count. Though scarcely more than a boy at the outbreak of the Revolution, he enlisted in the struggle for independence, endured the hardships of the Colonial soldier on the field, suffered the misery and want with fellow-prisoners in the hole of an English prison-ship, where the greater number of his companions starved to death; and bore as the evidence of close encounter, the scar of a saber-stroke on his head. About the year 1787 he came west and settled on the Dutch fork of Buffalo creek, in what is now Donegal township, Washington Co., Penn., where he owned some 600 acres of land. In 1791 he was married to Catharine Bonar, the daughter of a pioneer neighbor, born November 7, 1766. Their children were Margaret Cook, John, Ann, Mary, Elizabeth, Catharine and Nancy. Gen. Stevenson for several years held the office of justice of the peace. He was twice elected State senator from Washington county, and also served five sessions in the House of Representatives. He died during the last session, and is buried in the cemetery at Harrisburg. His obituary, on record at the State capitol, is in part: "Died December 20, 1815, Major General James Stevenson, member of the House of Representatives from Washington county. In him were united the venerable and worthy citizen: the firm and enlightened patriot: the soldier and officer of the Revolution: the generous" friend and the indulgent father: the affectionate husband and the honest man." The House, on hearing of his death, Thursday, the 16th, suspended business, and the Governor and heads of departments were invited to attend the funeral. As a mark of respect his fellow-members wore crepe on the left arm for thirty days. They had inscribed on his tomb: "in memory of Gen. James Stevenson, of the House of Representatives, * * * * He was a native of the State and one of the heroes of '76. He served his country: his country honored him." Gen. Stevenson also served as major-general in the war of 1812.