Our Anderson Family Tree


(back 9 generations to Northern Ireland)

Andarsan family mottos: “Honest and fast” & “Stand sure”
“Dum spiro spero” (“While I breathe and hope”)
“Nil conscire sibi” (“To have a conscience free from guilt”)
“Per mare” (“By land”)

Table of Contents

Scottish Anderson Old tartan – one of more than a dozen

 (Click on first name for Vitals; spousal surname for associated family)

+John Anderson (1731-1814)
Elizabeth Wilson* ( )
+Robert Anderson (1776-1846)
Mahalath/Mahala Thomas ( )
+“Miss” Martha Anderson (1810-after 1904)
James Ross (c.1815-1885)
Jane Ross (1837-1890)
Thomas Anderson Campbell (1837-1925)
William James Campbell (1859-1954)
Rachel Elizabeth Hoffman (1866-1946)
Bertha Ione Campbell (1893-1980)
Paul Barton Gray (1892-1977)
Ruth Elizabeth Gray (1917-2005)
Ralph Hill Pearce (1917-2002)
Larry Edsel Pearce (1948- )
Susan Kay Miller (1949- )
Annie Rebecca Pearce Matthew Carter Pearce
(1971- ) (1973- )

+ X – Further documentation is being sought to confirm this ancestral line . Currently, alternatives are possible. Please check back.

* Research is ongoing to determine if there is a connection among the Wilsons who married into other parts of the family, considering the proximity of dates:
James Wilson (Pearces 1747-1779)
Hettie Jack (1753-1840)(we’re also looking for a Jack-Pearce connection) whose daughter
Jane/Jean Wilson (1777-1865) married our
John Hill (Pearces 1765-1849) and
Sarah Wilson (17? -1839) married
Henry Moon (Pearces 17? -1825).


Family tradition, including notes from Edna Gray

“Anderson Family History,” from New Kensington Library

Sir John Bernard Burke. The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. London: Habeison & Sons, 1884

“Descendants of John Anderson.” 3 Nov. 2004 http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~merle/andersons

History of Allegheny Co., PA., 1889

“John Anderson.” Geni. 24 Dec. 2015

Various Public Member Family Trees & other documents. Ancestry.com

Last revised: 12/30/16

6 Responses to Our Anderson Family Tree

  1. Chris Toperzer says:

    Hello, I found your E-gen during a search for some of my relatives – specifically John Anderson and Elizabeth Wilson. I use Ancestry.com, and received one of their “leaves” pointing me to a story listed by another member. I’m always skeptical because there’s lots of wrong information out there. So – off to Google to try to prove some of what I had read. Yesterday I seemed to have found a page on your site that was specifically about John Anderson. Had one of those wonderful computer issues and when I restarted, my history was gone. Today I was able to get back to your site. I’m having a little problem understanding how to get to the tree. I also see a notation along the margin about Watson – my gg grandfather was Francis Anderson (m. Marie Watson). I’d love to be able to navigate your site – is there a tutorial?
    Chris McCall Toperzer (John and Elizabeth Anderson, Francis and Jane Anderson, John and Mary Anderson, Francis and Marie Anderson, Robert E. and Elizabeth Anderson, May Anderson and Wasson McCall, Robert McCall, then me.)

    • admin says:

      Hi Chris,
      I suppose I should take down the two generations of Andersons before Martha (b.1810) marrying James Ross. I’m certain of everything beyond that, but my support for before is perhaps too weak. I’ve found lots of your line though, if you read the comment blogs on “Introduction: Anderson” (https://e-gen.info/?page_id=403) and check the documentation. The basic problem is that our West Deer Twp. Andersons (and the rest of the Ulster-Scots for that matter) all used the same given names: John, Robert, Elizabeth.
      As for navigating the page, just run your mouse down over the top menu bar. Andersons are a sept of my Grays so from that tree move right to other trees. Each tree links to a Table of Contents and Vitals. If your computer isn’t “mouse sensitive” and that doesn’t work, just search for Anderson, Wilson, Watson, etc. on the alphabetical Surnames menu tab on the top bar left. If that doesn’t work just write back and I’ll send you the direct URLs. Good luck!
      PS. Where are you living?

  2. Chris Toperzer says:

    Hi Larry – Thanks for the info and I look forward to looking a little deeper on your site. I currently live in AZ, but grew up in Pennsylvania, south hills of Pittsburgh. My Anderson family lived in Ross Twp.

    Last evening I found a wonderful photo on Ancestry.com of my great grandmother (Elizabeth Kuhn wife of Robert Anderson-son of Francis and Marie (Watson) Anderson) with her parents. I’ve never seen this photo, and neither have my cousins. Never ceases to amaze me what info is out there that you can just stumble on! It pays to add non-direct family member to your tree.

    (My maiden name is McCall – so I totally understand about the problem with given names. There are Samuels, Williams, and Roberts EVERYWHERE!)

    Thanks, I’ll let you know how it goes.

    • admin says:

      Hi Chris,
      I’m pretty certain that many of the North Hill Andersons are related, although it was a common Irish surname. I have them on both sides of my family. “Miss” Martha even married a James Ross, but not the same one for whom Ross Twp. is named. He was a US Senator and land developer years earlier. Would be nice if both James were related. I’m familiar with your Anderson line but can’t positively connect our Martha. I’ve tried everything. Please let me know if you find the connection to Martha’s daughter Jane who married Thomas “Anderson” Campbell. Did his father, also Thomas, have Anderson relatives back in Northern Ireland? Martha returned to Western PA to live with Jane after husband James died in their new Missouri home. Nice to hear from you,

  3. sheldon barker says:

    MY great great grandfather, John Anderson, was from Indiana, but moved to California in the late 1860’s. The family grew walnuts and to my knowledge still do. He fought briefly in the Civil War but became ill. I have no clue who his parents are or for that fact if they were Irish, English, or Scottish. His wife was Elizabeth Starkty Sheldon.

    • admin says:

      Thanks for that interesting story. No mention of any Pennsylvania roots to those walnut trees? Perhaps one of our readers can “relate” to you.

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