Anderson, James

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                                     PEOPLE OF THE PAST
                                      James Anderson

James Anderson was born at Church Point (now Burnt Church) on January 21, 1851. He was the son of John Anderson and Margaret (Loggie) Anderson. His grandfather, also James Anderson, was born in Scotland and was a fisherman and farmer. He immigrated to Prince Edward Island where he met and married a Miss Murray who was also of Scottish ancestry. They had seven children of whom John was the youngest.

For several years John farmed and fished with his father at Church Point. Then he went out on his own and was extensively involved in the lumbering, fish-packing and mercantile business. He married Margaret, a daughter of William Loggie.

They had four children. Mary married Donald Loggie of Church Point. There were three sons – James, John and William.

James and William formed the J. W. & J. Anderson Company which dealt in lumbering, fish-packing and in the mercantile business.

In October of 1887, James married Kate Ellen Peterson, daughter of Alfred Peterson of Chatham. They had six children. James Anderson was a Justice of the Peace and for two years was a county councillor. In 1877 he became the first postmaster at Church Point. He kept the position well into the next century.

By Andrew Fraser

Source: Northumberland News – June 22, 1983


A reader, Laurence Morrison of Newcastle has made a correction in the article on James Anderson printed recently and has provided some additional information:

James Anderson, who married Kate Ellen Peterson of Chatham in October 1887, had eight children, rather than six. The only surviving member is Mrs. Violet (Anderson) Morrison, who is in her 91st year.

Source: Northumberland News – July 13, 1983

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