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Hezekiah Boone Anderson

About 1900, Hezekiah w/ daughter Lena Ethel

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May 15, 1848 | Winchester, IL.

April 18, 1927 | Gothenburg, NE.

John Spencer Anderson
Mary Ann (Hall) Anderson

Mary Lousa Mann: (12.25.1870 | York, NE)


Nora Andress Anderson (08.18.1872)
Wilburn Hardin Anderson (10.25.1874)
Mena Esther Anderson (10.12.1876)
Franklin McLain Anderson (03.27.1879)
Joseph Oscar Anderson (04.23.1881)
Jesse Boone Anderson (06.25.1883)
Bertie Belle Anderson (04.23.1885)
Lulu Alice Anderson (04.11.1887)
Eleanor Leona Anderson (12.13.1889)
Thaddeus Myron Anderson (08.08.1893)
Lena Ethel Anderson (08.05.1897)

Earliest Linked Ancestor:
Father | William Anderson (b1801)
Mother | William W. Mann (b1826)

Chittick Line:
Ireland -> United States
Marriage, daughter Eleanor Leona Anderson married James Roy Chittick jr

The Story:
Hezekiah Boone Anderson's Family
by Gary Lane Anderson (c.1990)

Hezekiah Boone Anderson (He used the name "Boon") was born near Winchester, Scott County, Illinois on May 15, 1848, a son of John Spencer and Mary Ann (Hall) Anderson, both natives of Kentucky. John was born September 3, 1820, and Mary Ann was born January 15, 1824. They were married August 12, 1841, probably in Montgomery County, Kentucky. John's parents were William and Jane (Dickey) Anderson of Montgomery County. Williams was born May 25, 1801, and Jane Dickey was born December 15, 1800 in Kentucky. Jane's parents were Robert and Margaret Dickey. The Andersons were farmers in Montgomery County, Kentucky until 1843 when John and Mary Ann moved to Scott County, Illinois. About 1855 the family moved to Morgan County, Illinois. John and Mary were the parents of eighteen children, ten of whom lived to adulthood.

In the fall of 1864, when Boon was 16 years old, the Andersons moved by team and wagon to York County, Nebraska Territory. There John S. Anderson, Boon's father, took the first homestead in York County. In 1876 John and Mary Ann Anderson moved near Sedalia, Missouri. John died September 16, 1894 and Mary Ann died May 28, 1885; and both are buried near Houstonia, Missouri at South Fork Cemetary. Boon also took a homestead in York County when he was old enough.

On December 25, 1870 Boon Anderson and Mary Louisa Mann were united in marriage at York, Nebraska. Mary Louisa was born September 16, 1853 at Dayton, Ohio. Her parents were Wilhelm W. and Mena Louise (Dunker) Mann. Mena was born at Hanover, Germany. During the Anderson's years in York County, in addition to farming, Boon drove freight wagons on the Government Freight Road between Nebraska City and points in western Nebraska and Wyoming. The Andersons had many encounters with the Indians during these early years in York County, and both could tell many interesting stories about pioneer life on the Nebraska prairie.

In the spring of 1885 Boon moved his family to a tree claim (NE1/4, 28-11-26) eight miles southwest of Gothenburg, Nebraska in Lincoln County. After their arrival in Lincoln County, a sod house was built in the northeast corner of the tree claim. The sod house was replaced in a few years with a frame house. The Andersons were one of the early families to settle in the "south side" community southwest of Gothenburg.

In addition to farming, Boon was an auctioneer and also earned eatra money playing the fiddle for county dances with sons Wilburn and Jesse. Around 1908 he also ran a livery stable in Gotherburg with sons Frank and Jesse.

Boon and Mary were faithful members of the Church of Christ and raised eleven children: Nora Andress (Mrs. Charles H. Swift); Willburn Hardin, who married Ada E. Middleton; Mena Esther (Mrs. William B. Swancutt); Francis McLain "Frank" who married Minnie E. Rich; Joseph Oscar, who married Emily H. Ehmen; Bertie Belle (Mrs. George F. Stubblefield); Lulu Alice (Mrs. Lewis S. Hayworth); Eleanor Leona (Mrs. James Roy Chittick); Thaddeus Myron, who married Mary E. Moore; and Lena Ethel (Mrs. J.Robert Carskadon).

Boon and Mary continued to live on their tree claim until Boon died on April 18, 1927 at the age of 78. Mary passed away June 16, 1935 at age 81; and both are buried at Peckham Cemetary southwest of Gothenburg.

During the 1890's and early 1900's, their son Wilburn H. Anderson homesteaded an adjoining quarter section of pasture, purchased more farm land, and continued their farming operations.

On November 21, 1895 Wilburn Anderson and Ada Estelle Middleton were united in marriage at the bride's home aouthwest of Gotherburg. Ada was born April 13, 1876 near Woolstock, Iowa, and information on the Middleton family appears elsewhere in this book. To this union were born nine children including two sets of twins: Lee Ellsworth, who married Nola F. Alexander and Minnie V. Callahan; Lela Avis, who married Clarence M. Richardson and Lewis Peterson; Harlin Stanley, who married Jennie L. Johnson; Harry Boone, who married Geneva LaRue; Paul Harold (Harry's twin) who married Hazel C. Jones; Lyle S., who married Lois L. Nickerson; Owen Wilburn (Lyle's twin), who married Willodean M. Sheffield; Mary Louise (Mrs. Ernest J. Bailey); and Jean Alberta, who died at age two. Of the nine children, Avis, Harlin, Lyle, Owen and Mary still live in the Gothenburg area.

Wilburn Anderson passed away November 14, 1939 at age 65. His wife, Ada, died October 21, 1955 at age 79; and both are buried at Peckham Cemetary.

After their deaths, their son Owen W. Anderson continued their farming operations, and the farm is still in the family a century after Boon Anderson moved to the Gothenburg area.

Gary Lane Anderson

** My parents, Arden & Nina Chittick found this during a road trip they took in 2002 from Seattle to Pennslyvania, to visit their daughter and her family. They stopped in Gothenburg, Nebraska on their way and took time to soak in some history. They found this biography, in a Gothenburg historical book.

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