Young John Anderson
Inscription and Notes:
No dates and 'Y. J. Anderson' are on gravestone. Full name, dates from other
Military Service: Confederate States of America
Co B Cobbs Legion
Young John Anderson (Y. J. Anderson)
[The below information is from Ranny Eliz. Brewer, Jacksonville, Florida.]
Young John Anderson was born about 1830, in Laurens County, Georgia. He was the son of John G. Anderson.
On March 9, 1851, he attended Franklin College (now the University of Georgia) and was elected Secretary of the Phi Kappa Hall. By August 10, 1852, he was the valedictorian of his class and gave the valedictory address to the audience. Young J. Anderson won first honors and was from Laurens County.
By 1859, Y.J. lived in Macon, Bibb County, probably practicing law. While there he was associated with the Young Men’s Christian Association. He was appointed as an alternate by the Breckinridge/Lane Presidential electors, in 1860.
1859 - October - Y. J. Was Solicitor General, Eastern Circuit (Source: October 17, 1859 - Ga Archives, Gen. Name Search).
In 1860, Y. J. had begun his law practice in Savannah, Chatham County.. He was single. The census revealed that he was born in Lawrence (Laurens County). His real estate value was $11,000 and personal property $11,500.
On February 28, 1861, Y. J. married Sarah Terence Owens, in Augusta. Sarah Owens was also known as: T. O. Anderson, Terence Owens-Anderson and Sarah Owens-Gagnier. Sarah A. T. Owens was born January 17, 1844, in Augusta, Richmond County.
1861 August 17 - Y. J. enlisted in Augusta in the Confederate Army. He enlisted as a private in the Richmond Hussars, who were serving in Virginia; therefore, he was in Co. A. Georgia Legion Cavalry or Co. A, Richmond Hussars. He attained the rank of A2M (Quartermaster) in July 1861,in the Infantry Batt’n Cobb’s Legion, Georgia, Vols., which was organized in August 1861. Y. J. accepted the rank of Captain on October 12, 1861 and was confirmed on December 24, 1861.
1862 March 11. The Ga. Guards, gave a flag presentation in Augusta in front of the Augusta Hotel. “The flag was presented to the Company, in behalf of the fair donors, Quarter Master Young J. Anderson, of Cobb’s Legion in a neat and appropriate speech, which was eloquently responded to by Lt. Rosenell King of the Guards.” (Source: Daily Constitution (Augusta)).
He was transferred to LAW on May 1862. He resigned his position but continued in the active discharge of his duties until May 7, 1863. Y. J. wrote a letter to Genl. S. Cooper, from Richmond, on May 6, 1863 in which he resigned. No reason for his resignation (from Cobb’s Georgia Legion) was shown . One of the reasons for his resignation could have been that he wanted to be home when his first child (female: Terence ca: 1863) was born or perhaps he was having health problems.
1863 Daughter Terrence was born.
1865 April 20. Young John Anderson died in Milledgeville, GA.
Southern Recorder, April 25, 1865 - obituary:
"Capt. Young J. Anderson, late Quartermaster of Gen. Thomas R. R. Cobb's Georgia Legion, died in this city on the 20th inst. Capt A. had prepared himself for the profession of law, and was a highly useful and worthy man. He was about thirty-six years of age. His numerous friends in Laurens and other counties, apart from his immediage family circle, will lament his being thus cut off in the prime of life, with apparently, the brightest prospects awaiting him."
1869 Dec. 7. Sarah Terence Owens Anderson (Y. J.'s wife) remarried. Her husband's name was Alphonse Gagnier.
1870 November 1. Her father (W. J. Owens) was established as guardian of Y. J.'s and T.O.'s daughter, Terrence.