- Time Line of
the Willis Anderson and Martha Jane Yawn Family
- Visit to
the North Bay Creek Indian Village
- Photos of
Various Descendants of Willis Anderson and Martha Jane Yawn Anderson
- Photo of Anderson
and Herrington family (abt. 1886)
was born about 1806. Willis married Elizabeth Simmons in 1832 in Henry
Co., AL. He then married Martha Jane Yawn in 1849, in Henry Co., AL. Both
Willis and Martha, according to family history, were Creek Indians.
info was received from Sybil Cramer: "I have a letter from the
Northwest Florida Creek Indian Counsel that states; in the letters of
Benjamin Hawkins' it talks about a white man named James Simmons who married
an Indian woman and had an Indian family. One of the children was named
Elizabeth Simmons. She married Willis Anderson (Willis was the son of
Tom Anderson) Tom married Mary (proof; 23rd congress, sen doc 51) Tom
and Mary's children were Willis, William, John and Thomas. Willis married
Elizabeth Simmons. Children Willis, Elixabeth, Rachel, Hett, Thomas and
James." Willis and Martha's children were: Sidney Jefferson,
James B., Martha Palmyra, Mary Louisa, Ella (Melinda) Fere, Nancy Artemus,
Jennie F. and Charles B. Anderson.
The interesting thing
about researching the Anderson family on the Internet is that I have had contact
with descendants of many of Willis and Martha's children, as well as, a couple
of Elizabeth's children.
- Sidney Jefferson - info from Tamara Hendon he "died
in 1912 after being thrown from a wagon. Oral history was that he was
taken by train to Mobile after the accident because his back was broken,
but he died in Mobile on October 31 (or possibly in route). I have been
told that he is buried in St. Johns cemetery in Bonifay. "
- James B. - info from Dudley Chipley Herrington he "died
after being gored by a wild hog in the swamps by his house in Washington
Co., FL. He also was taken to Mobile by train.
- Ella Fere (Malinda or Mae) - info from Albert Willis.
- Mary Louise - info from Lillian Nursey "Mary Louisa was
an herbalist." She married Francis Erastus
Herrington and they had 10 children.
- Nancy Artemus - info from Earl & Lana Weeks and Alonzo
Woods, Chief of the Lower Bay Creek Indians. Info from Jeff Weeks under
a picture in Early Logging. "two of his brothers were lost on logging
rigs. His mother was a full blooded Creek Indian from south Alabama.
She marred his father E. B. Weeks, when she was 16 and had 12 children.
The family lived in camps where logging was being done. Weeks' father
raised and broke the oxen."