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Anderson, John Fain, 1844-1929



  • Existence: 1844 - 1929

John Fain Anderson, born November 17, 1844, in Blountville, Sullivan County, Tennessee, was the son of Samuel Anderson (1805-1849) and his wife Hannah Crawford Fain (1811-1891). He was married on December 15, 1869, to Susan Florence Lady (1852-1932), also a native of Sullivan County. A member of the Presbyterian church since his youth, he joined the Salem Presbyterian Church after moving to Washington County, Tennessee.

While stationed at Knoxville and Loudon, Tennessee, during the Civil War, Anderson served as a messenger boy for Union troops. After the war he operated a mercantile establishment at Brownsboro, Washington County, Tennessee. Retiring from the mercantile business in 1881, he purchased a farm near Washington College in Washington County.

An authority on local history, Anderson wrote feature articles on upper East Tennessee history for the Knoxville Journal and Tribune and other newspapers. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the East Tennessee Historical Society.

John Fain Anderson died at his home on Sunday, April 28, 1929. Both he and his wife are buried in the graveyard of Salem Presbyterian Church, Washington College, Tennessee.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

John Fain Anderson Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-288
Arrangement The material contained in the scrapbooks date from 1796 to 1938. The volumes have overlapping dates, but are not arranged chronologically. Volume numbers assigned by Fain have been retained whenever possible, and numbers have been assigned to unmarked volumes. Loose pamphlets, financial documents and written historical sketches have been removed from the volumes and placed in a separate folder with the first volume. Volume descriptions highlight the subjects included within a particular volume...
Dates: 1796-1938