submitted by Neal Carter, Sept. 28, 2007


ANDERSON – Died, Jan. 27th, A. D., 1883, ELLEN ANDERSON, of infirm old age, in the ninety-second year of her age.

Deceased was born in Frederick county, Md, the servant of the Hon. Alexander Warfield, who manumitted her and all her children at the relative ages of twenty-one and twenty-five. She was the mother of thirteen children, seven by her first husband, Edward Matthews, and six by the second, Daniel Anderson, who was well known by all the early settlers, and was commonly called Uncle Daniel, who was a local preacher in the African M. E. Church. He died August 24th, 1856. Only one of the thirteen children survive, viz: Benjamin, who is commonly called “Uncle Ben.” Deceased removed from Maryland to Muscatine, Iowa, then Bloomington, in 1840, where she lived to her death. She embraced Christ in her youth, became a member of the M/ E. Church in 1810 and remained until 1849, when by certificate of transfer she became one of the chartered members of the African M. E. Church, where she remained a true and consistent member until spirits immortal transplanted her glorified body to mansions above, her dying words being, “Tell Sister Howard and the church I soon shall be with Jesus.”

I knew her from my youth. To know her was but to love her and learn the story of the cross, for in her continued meditations, tears and sorrows she gave her best honors to the world, and her blessed part to heaven, and now sleeps in peace. Yes, she is gone, gone to the silent city of the dead. Light be the ashes upon her, and may the sunshine of Heaven beam brightly on her walkings. -- A. CLARK

The following resolutions were read and adopted by the African M. E. Church, Muscatine, Iowa, Jan. 28, 1883:

    WHEREAS, It has pleased Almighty God to remove from earth our friend and mother in Israel, Sister Ellen Anderson:

    WHEREAS, In respect to the honored dead we meet in humble submission to the Divine will to express our heartfelt sorrow for one whose long, active and eventful career has been so earnestly devoted to humanity and the Christian church.

    RESOLVED, That in the death of Mother Anderson society has lost one of its brightest ornaments, the church one of its stanchest pillars, and the world a benefactor, whose memory we cherish and revere for the unselfish fidelity with which she adhered to every principle of right and virtue.

    RESOLVED, That we weep and condole with the relatives of our beloved mother, and we deeply regret her demise, though at an age ripe and full of blossoms of many years, and we extend our sympathies and prayers to the relatives in their hour of bereavement.

    RESOLVED, That these resolutions be printed in the daily Journal and TRIBUNE, and a copy be sent to the family.

    A. CLARK
    Chairman of Com.

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