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ANDERSON, Rev. James, was a native of Scotland, born November 17, 1678, was educated under Principal Stirling of Glasgow, and ordained by Irvine Presbytery, November 17, 1708, with a view to his settlement in Virginia. He sailed March 6,1709. and arrived in the Rappahanock on the 22d of April following, but the state of things there not warranting his stay, he came northward, and was received by the Presbytery September 20. He settled at New Castle. In 1714, out of regard to the desolate condition of the people in Kent county, he was directed to supply them monthly on a Sabbath, and also to spend a Sabbath at Cedar creek, in Sussex. He subsequently ministered in New York, but owing to some difficulties in the congregation there he desired a removal. He was called September 24, 1726, to Donegal, on the Susquehanna, and accepted it. He was installed the last Wednesday in August, 1727. In September, 1729, he gave every fifth Sabbath to the people on Swatara, and joined the congregation of Derry, thus becoming the first settled pastor over that church, until the call of Rev. William Bertram, 1732. He died July 16, 1740. In the language of the Presbytery, "h was high in esteem for circumspection, diligence and faithfulness as a Christian minister." The Rev. Mr. Anderson married, February, 1712-13, Suit Garland, daughter of Sylvester Garland, of the Head of Apoqunimy. She died December 24, 1736. He then married Rachel Wilson, December 27, 1737. His son Garland Anderson, married Jane, daughter of Peter Chevalier, of Philadelphia, but died early. His daughter Elizabeth married Samuel Breeze, resided in New York, and was a woman of great excellence. A brother of the Rev. Mr. Anderson was John Anderson, of Perth Amboy, who in 1712 was made one of the council of the Province of New Jersey. He died in March, 1736, aged seventy-three, being then president of the council.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 25 February 2001

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