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Anderson, Moses K.

Born: 1803-11-11 Butler County, Kentucky

Died: 1882-07-05 Sangamon County, Illinois


Moses K. Anderson's parents died while he was in his infancy, and he went to live with relatives in Tennessee. In 1827, he married Cassariller (Cassarilla) Strode, a native of Dickson, Tennessee, with whom he had nine children. Anderson taught in a military school in Dickson, and when he and his family moved to Sangamon County, Illinois, in March 1829, he was elected captain of a company in the Illinois Militia, and later received promotion to lieutenant colonel and brigadier general. Anderson and his family settled in what became Cartwright Township, four miles east of Pleasant Plains. By 1850, he owned real estate valued at $12,000. In 1838, he became adjutant-general of the state, a position he held until 1856. During this time as adjutant-general, he participated in the Illinois Mormon War and the Mexican War. He also served as county judge for four years, Springfield alderman for six years, and justice of the peace for twenty years.

John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 82-83; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Sangamon County, 816:21, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Sangamon County, IL, 236; Gravestone, Anderson Cemetery, Sangamon County, IL.