Front: Victor, Reuben, Delight,
Back: Esther, Lawrence, Elam, Ruth
Photo taken about 1908 in Des Moines, Iowa
Victor and Hannah Anderson came to the United
States in 1886. They lived in Chicago for fifteen years.
Five of their six children were born in Chicago.
In 1901 they bought a peach farm near Pomona, Missouri.
They lived on the peach farm for only half a year and
then moved to Des Moines, Iowa. Their sixth child was
born in Des Moines. In 1911 they moved to a farm north
of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. About 1915 they moved to Mount
Vernon, Washington. However, they were unable to find a
suitable farm there and returned to their farm in Wyoming a
year later. Hannah died in 1921. About 1924 Victor
moved to San Diego where two of his children were living.
He died in San Diego in 1940. The youngest boy,
Reuben, took over the Wyoming farm and remained there the rest
of his life. Esther married and moved to Seattle,
Washington. Ruth married and returned to the Chicago
area. Elam lived in China from 1917 to 1932, then in
McMinnville, Oregon and Redlands, California. Lawrence
moved to San Diego about 1924, and Delight soon followed
him. Victor joined them a short time later.
The descendants of Victor and Hannah are now in the sixth
generation. They number 286 at last full count, and live
in every part of the United States. New in this
iteration of the website is a table giving the number of
descendants in each generation, complete as of 2013.
The Anderson Family
New here is a copy of the birth record
from Victor and Hannah's family Bible. It records the
names of Victor and Hannah's children given at the time of
their birth. It seems that Lawrence as born as Carl Lawrenze and Reuben as Viktor
Reuben. Both men reversed the order of their first
two names. But then, Victor was born Karl Viktor, so
maybe it was quite acceptable in his family.
Fasth, Swedish soldier, and Victor's father
In 1682 Sweden established an
Allotment System to establish and maintain a standing
army. Anders was among the 1200 soldiers who served
in the Army Regiment based in Jonkiping Province.
Victor mentions this only a few times, but it was an
important part of his life. Here is some information
about the system, how it worked, and some of the ways in
which it would have affected Victor's family.
Andersons in the Wyoming Legislature
Five Andersons have served in the
Legislature, including one in the fifth Anderson generation
who is currently serving.
Biographies and other Writings of and about the Andersons
There are biographies here of all
the first three generations of the Andersons in the US,
twenty five in all. Most of them were written in 1984
and are brief one-page biographies and
autobiographies. In a few cases, longer biographical
memoirs have been linked to the brief ones.
Elam Jr died December, 2014. An
obituary, a eulogy, and a memorial from his memorial service
have been included here.
New here is a biography of Elam and
Colena Anderson, written by Colena. It begins with
their meeting at Cornell University in 1913 and goes
through the aftermath of Elam' death in 1944. It is
available here both as a PDF of the original, and as the
New also is Gordon Bjork's
autobiography as well as a memoir / appreciation of Vic
Anderson and his times, written by his daughter, Mary
News of the Family
The Andersons in
When they came to the United States,
Victor and Hannah settled first in Chicago. They lived
there from 1886 to 1901, and five of their six children were
The Andersons in
The family moved to southern Missouri in
1901. They were there for only six months, and moved
from there to Des Moines, Iowa.
Anderson Plaid? Yes, in answer to a
question you never thought to ask, there is an Anderson
Plaid, officially registered in Scotland. And it is a
rather handsome plaid, if you ask me. There is also an
Anderson Arms, and an Anderson motto. Even an Anderson
store in Edinburgh. Check it all out here.
This website aims to tell the story of one
immigrant couple and their descendants.
Corrections and additional information about items on the
website as well as additional photos and biographical or
other information will be gratefully accepted. To
email the editor / webmaster, please click on the link below
news of births, deaths, marriages and other evidences of a
very lively family to Dwight Ericsson.
May all who come behind us find us faithful,
May the fire of
our devotion light their way.
May the footsteps that we leave
Lead them to believe,
And the life we live
Inspire them to
Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful.
- Steve Green