The namesake of Anderson Mill is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery

“…Anderson Mill was located on Cypress Creek in northwestern Travis County, about sixteen miles northwest of Austin. It was named for Thomas Anderson, who came to Texas from Virginia in the late 1850s. In the early 1860s he built a mill to make gunpowder for the Confederacy; when the war was over he converted the operation to a gristmill. Farmers came from miles away to have their corn ground, sometimes having to camp near the mill for several days to wait their turn. In the early 1870s Anderson added a cotton gin to his operation. A post office opened at Anderson Mill in 1876 with Anderson as postmaster. In 1884 the community had a population of thirty. When the post office was discontinued later that year, mail for area residents was sent to Duval. The development of steam-powered mills and gins gradually forced Anderson out of business. After his death in 1894 his family sold the equipment and moved to Austin. A historical marker was placed near the mill site in 1936.”

BIBLIOGRAPHY: John J. Germann and Myron Janzen, Texas Post Offices by County (1986). Ellen Seals, ed., A Legend Collection: Fact and Fantasy (Austin, 1981).

The above was taken from “The Handbook of Texas Online”.

Thomas and Lucy (Hoffman) Anderson are buried at Pond Springs Cemetery.  Proof:

1  There is only one Thomas Anderson, born ca 1822 in Virginia, in the area in 1860.  Thomas Anderson, millwright, was in the 1860 Travis County Texas census.  He had a wife (“L”), 3 sons (“W”, “CE”, and “A”), 1 daughter (“S”)

2  There is only one Thomas Anderson, born ca 1822 in Virginia, in the area in 1870.  Thomas Anderson, miller and farmer, was in the 1870 Travis County Texas census.  He had a wife (Lucy), 2 sons (Charles and Abram), 1 daughter (Julia)

3  Their daughter Julia married John Walker RUTLEDGE.  It is John and Julia’s daughter, Beulah Rutledge, that is buried with her grandparents Thomas and Lucy Anderson.

– Suzanne

Thomas Anderson, founder of Anderson's Mill

Thomas Anderson, founder of Anderson’s Mill.

Lucy A Hoffman Anderson

Anderson’s Mill

Thomas and Lucy Anderson Spring 2010

Published in: on March 15, 2010 at 7:03 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Wow! I did not realize that Thomas Anderson was the Anderson’s Mill Anderson. This info makes me want to say to everyone, “Look at this cemetery, it is too important to this area to be neglected.”

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