Aunt Ruby (Ruby Bowers McAndrew) remembered her great-grandparents as being named Philip Anderson and Margaret Powell. Philip was obviously just a generational mixup. Margaret is close enough to Martha to be considered to be on target. Thus, it is quite possible Martha's maiden name was Powell. However, I have not been able to document this.
Noted events in her life were:
1. Census: 1840, Barry County, Missouri. 3
2. Census: 1850, Lawrence County, Missouri. 1
3. Census: 1860, Lawrence County, Missouri. 4
4. Census: 1870, Sebastian County, Arkansas. 5
1 1850 Census, Lawrence County, Missouri, FHL Film No. 443,612, Page 291 (Turnback Twp, Dwelling 309, Family 313).
2 Dr. John Q. Anderson, "Anderson" (an unpublished preliminary family history) (College Station, Texas, December, 1959). Dr. John Q. Anderson was a son of Albert Slayton Anderson and a grandson of Green Berry Anderson. In December, 1959, Dr. Anderson, a professor at Texas A & M, wrote a preliminary family history for our Anderson family. It is a combination of family stories and family data. Since he was an accomplished scholar in the fields of english, history and folklore and since he wrote this history at a time when the events were closer in time and could be remembered by older family members, I generally defer to his data concerning names, dates and places. The stories, however, particularly the older ones, were probably not intended by Dr. Anderson to be factual. They are what they are -- memories -- which often wander from the facts as they are passed down from one generation to another. As a folklorist, Dr. Anderson knew the importance of recording the memories without regard to their factual accuracy. Dr. Anderson died February 1975. I am indebted to Helen Hill for sharing his work with me.
3 1840 Census, Barry County, Missouri, FHL Film No. 014,855, Page 19.
4 1860 Census, Lawrence County, Missouri, FHL Film No. 803,628, Page 754 (Turnback Twp, Dwelling 353, Family 324).
5 1870 Census, Sebastian County, Arkansas, FHL Film No. 545,563, Page 148 (Mississippi Twp, Sugar Loaf P.O., Dwelling 13, Family 13).
Probate File for Richard Anderson, Deceased. File 159, Box 6. Lawrence County, Missouri, Probate Court.