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Benjamin Anderson
 1850 - 1901

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  • Birth  1850  Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  24 Jun 1901  Cow Run, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Benjamin Anderson was killed by John M. Miller. Mrs. Shields stated, there had been family feuding and high water washed some rail fence from one farm down on to the other. A shooting occurred when Anderson attempted to recover his fence rails.
      My Grandfather always said it was over a line fence. As you can see from the census they were next door neighbors. My grandfather was born August 22 1875 died March 4 1947.
      I can remember by grandfather telling the story when I was small. Us children like to hear him tell the story about his neighbors getting in a fight and one killed the other. He more than likely grew up with both men

    • BENJAMIN ANDERSON KILLED BY JOHN MILLER - John M. Miller, Jr., a resident of the late David Sayre neighborhood on Cow Run about four miles from Angerona, is in jail charged with the murder of Benj. Anderson, of an adjoining farm.

      Miller is a son of J. Miranda Miller, is 39 years old, has a wife and six children and was a hard-working, thrifty land owner. Anderson was probably fifty-five years of age, had a family, mostly grown, the youngest being nine, and lived on a farm owned by his son, Samuel, immediately below Miller's. They were related.

      The men had been on bad terms for some time over a line. The difficulty that lead to the tragedy of Monday, which occurred about nin the the forenoon, was over rails that had been tossed about by the flood. Each claimed the rails and each had gone with his team to haul them. Miller was accompanied by his wife and Anderson by his wife and daughter. The ball, which was shot from a 32 calibre pistol, entered an inch over the left nipple and lodged in the right shoulder blade. Anderson died in 10 or 20 minutes after receiving the fatal wound, without making any statement.

      At one o'clock an inquest was held by Squire B. F. Sayre.

      The same Justice held the preliminary examination Monday night in the school house, near Anderson's. The State was represented at this hearing by Prosecuting Attorney O'Brien and the prisoner by Attorneys W. P. Kerwood and W. O. Parsons. The house was crowded and the examination lasted all night, though the only witnesses examined by the State were deceased's wife and daughter and the accused offered no evidence. At the conclusion Miller was remanded to jail. Bail was not asked for. (Benjamin Anderson is buried at Cow Run in the Anderson Cemetery)
    Buried  Anderson Cemetery, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I555  WV Route 87 Family Tree
    Last Modified  11 Nov 2008 15:58:34 
    Father  Samuel W. Anderson, Sr 1816, b. 1816, Meigs County, Ohio, USA  
    Mother  Christinia Dernberger, b. 1832, Wood County, West Virginia, United States  
    Family ID  F10  Group Sheet
    Family  Malindia Howell, b. 25 Dec 1850, Braxton County, West Virginia, USA   [1, 2
    Married  30 Dec 1873  Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1900 United States Federal Census
      about Benjamin Anderson
      Name: Benjamin Anderson
      Home in 1900: Union, Jackson, West Virginia
      Age: 49
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1851
      Birthplace: West Virginia
      Relationship to head-of-house: Head
      Spouse's Name: Melinda
      Race: White
      Occupation: View Image
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Benjamin Anderson 49
      Melinda Anderson 49
      Samuel W Anderson 25
      Nancy M Anderson 14
      Melinda D Anderson 12
      Eugene L Anderson 9
      Leona Anderson 7
     1. Samuel W. Anderson, 1874, b. Nov 1874, Meigs County, Ohio, USA
     2. Edgar T. Anderson, b. 07 Nov 1876, Meigs County, Ohio, USA
    >3. Viola May Anderson, b. 03 Mar 1879, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
    >4. Nancy M. Anderson, b. Dec 1885, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
     5. Melinda D. Anderson, b. 24 Jul 1887, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
     6. B. L. Anderson, b. 10 Feb 1890, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
     7. Eugene L. Anderson, b. Feb 1891, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
     8. Leon Anderson, b. 10 May 1892, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
     9. Leona Anderson, b. May 1893
    Last Modified  14 Jul 2010 08:13:45 
    Family ID  F103  Group Sheet
  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1850 - Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Dec 1873 - Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Jun 1901 - Cow Run, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Anderson Cemetery, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones Ben Anderson 1850-1901Ben Anderson 1850-1901
    Status: Located. Ben Anderson 1850-1901
    Histories Murder of Benjamin Anderson
    Account of the Murder of Benjamin Anderson

    There have been many questions and few answers over the murder of Benjamin Anderson by John M. Miller. The only account I can give was stories told by the fireside. I have posted as a separate file what was in the newspaper at the time (which was posted on in Oct 2006. I am going to give you my account of what happened on that fateful day. There was a flash flood on Cow Run.
    I can speak from experience about the flash floods on Cow Run. That stream could be as smooth and tranquil as a summer day; but a hard fast ran would send the creek out of banks taking with it every thing in it's path. That is what happened so I was told about the rail fence. A flash flood had come down Cow Run and washed the rail fence from John Miller's property to Ben Anderson's property. John and his wife Elzina Barr Miller drove their team and wagon down Cow Run to reclaim their rail fence. Ben Anderson lived on the other side of Cow Run where the rail fence had landed after the flood. Each man was armed. Both claimed the fence. An disagreement took place about the ownership of the fence. According to the stories I was told John Miller shot Ben Anderson in self-defense. In the end charges against John Miller were dropped in Jackson County Circuit Court.
  • Notes 
    • This family was living next door to Fredrick's son, Andrew J. Hoschar this is the same farms the parents owned (Hoschars). Andrew was an only child.
      1900 census shows married 26 years having 9 children 7 living. The 1900 census is where I got the birth dates for part of the children. I found 10. I just have the census and births and death to go on so may not be correct on record.

      1900 census show she had 9 children and 7 was living.

      this is the 1900 census
      Benjamin Anderson Nov/1850 49 married 26 years born WV father OH mother WV
      Melinda Dec /1850 49 '' " "
      Samual W. Nov/1874 25
      Nancy M. Dec/1885 14
      Melinda D. Jan/1888 12
      Eugene L. Feb/1891 9
      Leona May/1893 7

      Ben Anderson was shot and killed by John Maranda Miller in a dispute over rail fencing that had been washed onto Anderson's property during a flash flood. Miller was acquitted of all charges.

      Ben died age 50y 7m 15d. from cemetery records copied by Sidney & Louise Bauer
      In the Anderson cemetery on Cow Run there are 3 or more graves marked with field stones not readable.
    • Benjamin Anderson was a sawmill engineer.
    • This reader of Art's List believes I should present the Anderson side of this story. I have copied her email verbatim.

      Comments: A very lovely site you have put online.
      I have to dispute the John Miller/Ben Anderson murder however as my family tells a different story
      than you do. My mother in law was living while Melinda was alive and she heard all the tales also and
      she tells if very different from what her grandmother Melinda and Melinda's many children told her.

      John Miller in cold blood murdered shot and killed Benjamin Anderson over rails. Ben never drew his gun but John M Miller did, and he shot Ben in cold blooded murder. John Miller did not at the first inquest wa not in denial of these facts. It wasn't until John Miller rallied support and money that he defended himself. Got off saying self defense and that is a total lie. Your family and my Anderson all know it is. You don't have the facts correctly stated about John Miller as, your relative is a murderer. It haunted Ben Anderson's family over the years. Now just think about it as Ben Andersons's property was higher in elevation than John Miller's perhaps you should present both versions on your site. Go
      back and look at the properties and Ben's property was in a higher elevation than John M Miller so yea rails would wash down not uphill to your John M Miller's property.

      I could also provide more information than you have about Ben Anderson's family. Some you have is

      John M Miller murdered Benjamin Anderson and John M Miller got away with the murder. It's probably more true than your version you posted.
      Those are my opinions and most likely more true than your version. Even the current owner of the farm says John Miller shot and killed Ben. You can put up whatever you want but should you not really present the truth about it?

  • Sources 
    1. [S24] U.S. Census, U. S. Government.
      Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Union, Jackson, West Virginia; Roll: T623 1760; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 36.

    2. [S25] Birth Records.


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