John Andersons of Pennsylvania

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Most of Rebecca Shriver Anderson's (Mrs. John Anderson) biography, that I have to date, is listed in her obituary. I hope to come across more later. I did hear my grandmother, Ada Drennen McCardell, mention, in addition to what we have learned from her obit, that she was a very fine seamstress. It isn't clear to me, whether a sewing machine, that Mom-mom McCardell owned, was Rebecca's or Mom-mom's mother-in-law, Belle's. However, Mom-mom fell heir to it, and I have seen her use it many times. It was quite too old fashioned for Mother, to use for long. Getting her own more modern one, sent the family relick to the attic, where all good relics go. It wasn't until I had been married several years, that I had my Father make a tile top to use with the heavy metal legs of the old sewing machine, to make a table. I used mosiac tile to cover the top, and with that, I had a very clever table. When one of my sons had an apartment of his own, I gave it to him to use. There will be a continuance, of the life of the sewing machine, turned into tile table, when I give an account of my later years.
As the obit stated, Rebecca was a devoted Christian, and it was facetiously stated, "The entire family thought they would go to heaven on "Grandmother Anderson's apron strings." I will perhaps learn more later about her married life to John Anderson; their three girls, Isabella, Mary and Katherine and one boy, Henry.

Grandmother Anderson


Transcribed by James R. Caola
Mrs. Rebecca Shriver Anderson was born in Littlestown, Adams Co., Pa., May 14th , 1812, and died March 16, 1900, at the home of her son, Henry, at Angora, West Philadelphia. Mrs. Anderson was the widow of John G. Anderson of Lancaster Co., Pa., and daughter of John Shriver of Littlestown, Adams Co., Pa. Her mother was the daughter of Samuel Carpenter, Mayor of Lancaster from 1821 to 1824. Mrs. Anderson was a niece of Michael Carpenter also Mayor of Lancaster from 1843 to 1852. The deceased is survived by three children, one son and two daughters, Henry M. Anderson of Angora, West Philadelphia; Mrs. Mary C. Hanna of Wrightsville, Pa., and Mrs. Belle S. McCardle of Philadelphia. Mrs. Kate B. Phillips, also a daughter of the deceased, lived only four days after her mother's death. Mrs. Anderson is also survived by twelve grand-children and eighteen great grandchildren. She has several cousins and nephews in the Christian ministry. Sister Anderson was converted when only eight years of age, and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church at Soudersburg, Pa., and later in life removed her letter to the Methodist Episcopal Church of Mt. Pleasant, Maryland. She served the Lord for 80 years and surely the words of Solomon, "The labor of the righteous tendeth to life." were proven in her life and character. Her's was indeed, a beautiful, sweet and happy life, worthy of emulation. She possessed a strong personality, and any one did not need to be in her presence very long to find out that she was a conscientious follower of Jesus Christ, thoroughly devoted to his cause. Surely for her to live was Christ, and to die must have been eternal gain. She was a frequent visitor at camp-meetings, and was one of the "Old fashioned shouting Methodists" the very atmosphere surrounding her seemed surcharged with the Divine spirit. She was a devoted, loving mother, and a faithful, affectionate wife and was a constant and careful student of the Bible; she had her Bible marked in a great many places. One of her daughters said, "Mother why have you marked the Bible in so many places, we will not know what passages you want us to read." Mrs. Anderson replied, "I want you to read it all." By her pious life she commended Christ and the Bible to all, and her marked Bible shall not only be highly prized by her children and generations to come, but doubtless shall point them and their descendants to Jesus, the Saviour of the world. Mrs. Anderson frequently praised her Redeemer by song and one of her favorite pieces was:

O Redeemed how I love to proclaim it, Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, Redeemed through his infinite mercy, His child and forever I am.

The funeral services were held at the home of her son, Henry, at Angora, West Philadelphia. The Rev. John E. Craig, Pastor of the Angora Baptist Church officiated. He read the description of the Celestial City, in the 21st chapter of Revelation and then spoke of her long Christian life. Memorial services were held also in Union M.E. Church, Freemont, Pa., after the choir sang "Asleep in Jesus Blessed Sleep." The Rev. F. Mack, Pastor of Union M.E. Church offered prayer and then read the 12th chapter of Eccl; he then spoke of the importance of becoming Christians early in life and serving the Lord one's whole life-time, as sister Anderson had done. He referred to her useful happy life and triumphant death. They closed the service with singing the hymn, "Thy will be done, I will not fear."
Her remains were interred in Freemont cemetery to wait for the resurrection of the Just.
"Rest in peace, thou noble spirit throned above;
Souls like thine, with God inherit life and love."

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