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Ezra D. Anderson, veteran of the Civil War was born on Sandy, Jack-son County, West Virginia, 1847, died at Reedy, year 1926; was one of the family Anderson, pioneers of the middle Ohio River valley; he was a son of John and Betsy Ann (Boice) Anderson; enlisted as a soldier in the Union forces and served through the Civil War.

At once on return from the war in the year 1865, he united in marriage with Mary Jane Powers-his blue uniform his wedding suit. Mary Jane was a daughter of Elihu Powers, a noted man of his times in Jackson County.

These newlyweds made their home on Sandy not far from Sandyville for the first eight years of their wedded lives; purchased a tract of forest land on Staats Run of Middle Reedy and moved themselves and family on it in the year 1873. There brought up their family of seven sons and two daughters whose names given in order of respective births are as follows:

William Hezekiah, born 1866; John D., Remus E., Denzil, Charles B., Edward Hayes, Randolph D., Irene Jane and Ida May. The first wife having died, Ezra married Miss Lummie Starcher, of Spencer, West Virginia; of this marriage one child, the daughter, Icy, was born.

Of this family, William Hezekiah, is an ordained minister of the Gospel, and Remus E. has been for many years the popular baggage master of the B. & O. train on its run between Spencer, his home and Parkersburg or other points on the Ohio River.

Source: History of Roane County, West Virginia, 1774-1927, William H. Bishop, Esq., p 433-434
Submitter: Sandy Spradling, October 1, 1999

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