A Patriot’s Story: Part IV

Today I’m wrapping up the story of my patriot ancestor, Lewis Anderson. If you are not caught up on the previous parts you can find them here: Part I, Part II, Part III.

Following his military service and his miraculous return home Lewis took up farming. In his pension file Lewis’ trade is described as a tailor, a laborer and a farmer. Around 1787 or 1788, he married Jane Gaston, widow of James Mount and mother of 5 young children. The couple went on to have 6 children of their own. Jane died in 1808 at the age of 49 and is buried in the Old Tennant Churchyard in Freehold, New Jersey.

In 1834, shortly after Lewis Anderson was awarded a pension for his service in the Revolutionary War and his time as a prisoner of war, he moved to Warren County, Ohio. He resided in Carlisle with his eldest son and my 4th great-grandfather, Kenneth Anderson, who had moved west around 1816 with several of his siblings.

Lewis A. Anderson

A few years later, Lewis passed away on March 29, 1838 at the age of 81. He is buried in the Tapscott Cemetery in Carlisle, Ohio alongside many early settlers from New Jersey.

Sometime between 1922 and 1935 a ceremony was held to dedicate the graves of the Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Tapscott Cemetery. My 2nd great-grandfather, Howard B. Anderson was present to give a speech dedicating Lewis’ grave. Below is a transcript of the speech that was passed down to me. The heirloom of Lewis’ that he describes was stolen from my second great-aunt’s home during a burglary in the 1960s and never recovered.

Anderson 1920s abt Dedication of Lewis Andersons Grave

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