Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

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I have recently been corresponding with Ken Brantley (of the Brantley Association) concerning my DNA having what appears to be overwhelming similarities to that family name.  This means of course, that a female in my Anderson line mothered a child from a Brantley male…  the particular circumstances unknown other than the fact the child retained the Anderson name.

I suspect that that woman was Elizabeth (Anderson) Pitman just prior to 1733 at The Meherrin River area.

But reality being all fussy about facts and such, any event in the last 300 years or so could have affected my personal DNA.  Therefore it would be nice to compare my DNA results with any and all that may be associated with the William Anderson d1789 clan of Edgecombe County, NC.

Just sayin’

But then (not to go down without a fight)…

And since slings and arrows are being thrown about…

A mystery Francis Anderson was wandering around Isle of Wight Virginia at about the same time as Edward Brantley…

So there… now you Brantleys can sweat a bit also… (smiling)

Are there any descendants of Micajah Anderson of Edgecombe who have done a DNA sample?

Also… if any Pit(t)mans have a “suspect” DNA match to the BRANTLEY clan… both myself and Ken Brantley will be interested… we can compare notes as it were…


Update:   I have gotten in touch with a cousin in Texas.  Each of our different grandfathers were sons of Moses Brock Anderson b.1849  d.1931 (he had 14 children).  We are waiting for his DNA results.  If we match then I assume that traces to 1849 and by inference to George Anderson, Jr of Edgecombe, County, NC (who was born 1798).

Now I would REALLY like to see a DNA result from any Anderson that traces to Edgecombe County and specifically to another son of William Anderson d.1789.  I think a descendant of Micajah Anderson would be the ideal test.


Here is a new (to me) DNA mystery:

Andrew Jackson Hart of Henderson County, TN.    (This is a blood match to me… genetic distance of 1)

His father hailed from North Carolina.  (I have ran across numerous HARTs in Edgecombe County references)

So the question is- how are any ANDERSONs (or Brantleys) related to any HARTS?   (and the implication, since this is a yDNA match, is that this particular HART was fathered by an ANDERSON)

Here is a clue:

Update:  I have it on good authority that a male descendant of Micajah Anderson of Edgecombe (Civil War Era) has just submitted his DNA test.  I am beside myself with anticipation.  This whole ANDERSON DNA stuff is about to take off.

As an aside (speaking of my, what is it, 4th or 5th Great GrandUncle) Micajah…

And might I compare 1873 “journalism” to todays “journalism” whereby an author with what seems to be an axe to grind… and a barrel of ink, takes aim at a man running for State office…

As a modern 2018ish sort of Anderson…. I have to admit… I would hunt this Sombitch down and whip his ass royally.  But then, I am moderately civil.  Before my time I suspect this would have been grounds for duel.

Assclowns were about the same in 1873 as 2018.  Read the book folks… the only mistake old man Micajah made was marrying a woman 40 years old when he was 60.  I too can understand him sitting by the old tree with a shotgun waiting for her sorry ass to come wandering home with her boyfriend.

Did I mention the boyfriend “smelled”…

Micajah book review

Note that in the “review” above… the author mentions the paid author Ben Johnson as “a dardey” (I think he meant Darkey)

And why, pray tell, was Micajah referred to as “Cagie” in this article?  Where, I ask myself, was this “journalists “objectivity”?

Democrats… spouting the same bullsh*t since 1873.

And what is his problem with Figi Islanders…

And Micajah’s daughters were as ignorant as what?

Figi Islanders? … this is one weird journalist…

I could go on…

But then, I can be a nit-picker…





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December 16, 2017 at 8:53 am

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  1. This is exciting. I would be willing to share my DNA, but with cousins only. My DNA was done by 23andMe. Do you have a different email and I’ll send my results to you? Elizabeth may not be the one at all. There’s several possibilities. My DNA is not linked to any family names.

    Cousin Penny




    December 24, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    • Hi Penny… I replied with an email.

      We need a male yDNA from a link to William Anderson d1789. Sooooooo! Since you are still out West nearer to our roots… perhaps you can recall a living male relative from the Moses Anderson b1849 clan???

      (I, your humble web host was born 1951… so time is relatively important… you know?) (smiling)

      The only folks I know to be linked by any recent descendants would be sons of Micajah Anderson who died in Edgecombe in the later 1800s… I know his kin stayed in the area… but I have never heard a word from any of them???

      Maybe 17…18 years ago I corresponded with a lady who was pretty sure she was attached to another son of Wm Anderson d1789 (one of the Williams… or possibly James)… I have no contact info though.




      December 24, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      • Oh… and any male that can show a reasonable link to Edgecombe County Andersons…I will pay for the DNA test…

        Unless there are a hundred of you… my piggy bank isn’t that big…

        Actually my piggy bank is pretty small… but my curiosity is large…

        Just sayin’



        December 24, 2017 at 3:57 pm

  2. Micajah is called “Cage” by people who knew him. Modern day direct descendants who carry his name are called Mickey. One may still farm in North Edgecombe County, NC.
    A book was published a few years ago on Edgecombe Families. The author of one Anderson article was a Barbara Wardsworth from Charlotte I think. Her husband is an Anderson who used to own the Carolina Panthers when they first started.
    Andersons are everywhere starting with the first voyages to Virginia. I am fascinated with the way you are tracking down your parentage. I have a similar problem in one of my lines.
    A cousin whose line I was researching in Northampton had an ancestor for whom Edward Brantley served as a guardian. His daughter married his ward in Isle of Wight. He died 1688. That daughter and husband moved to Bertie Precinct in the part that became Northampton County, but the Brantleys moved across the Roanoke River to what became Halifax County. Most of the Isle of Wight Quakers moved there and belonged to the Rich Square monthly meeting. There were fewer Andersons in Northampton than in Halifax, Nash, or Edgecombe Counties where they proliferated. My great grandmother Elizabeth Eugenia Anderson lived in the 1800s, but she may have been named for a family member. Elizabeth is the most common name for women in the 1600s and 1700s.
    I will look up the Anderson material in the Edgecombe book and see if it would be of any help to you. Back to you soon.



    July 6, 2018 at 8:28 am

    • Christine

      Glad you stopped by….

      I know details of which you speak…. the grandmother Elizabeth Eugenia Anderson is on my radar.

      I am also on a friendly email conversation with Mr. Gammon of which you reference as an author…

      Please… let’s talk and share some history!



      July 8, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      • I’ve met, or shall I say, corresponded with a few of you born and bred Edgecombe County folks. And what a delight it has been. Around 1999 I got caught up in the Internet shenanigens and found the Interwebby Edgecombe “Group”…..

        You “Edgecombe” folks seem to view genealogy as a simple “matter of fact” … no big deal… that’s just life sort of way…

        Those of us in the “flyover country”… hinterlands… are just now catching up to what you Edgecombe folks have taken for granted over the years. What an absolutely fascinating recount of history!

        I tip my hat to you folks just for keeping the history alive….

        Oh… and I do not understand this “Mickey” thing you reference above???? “Cage” I get….



        July 9, 2018 at 4:20 pm

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