Alfred Andrews (Anders)
of Grayson County, VA

Alfred Andrews (Anders), possibly a son of Starling ANDREWS, was born July 13, 1830, in Ashe Co., NC, and died Aug. 29, 1910, in Grayson Co., VA. He married (1) Phoebe Jane "Jennie" Blevins, daughter of Thomas Jefferson BLEVINS & Phebe WOODRUFF, June 4, 1854, in Ashe Co., NC. She was born abt. 1834 in Ashe Co., NC, and died June 1870 in Grayson Co., VA. He married (2) Rebecca King, daughter of William & Zilpha KING, abt 1871. She was born Sept. 30, 1849, in Grayson Co., VA, and died Aug. 23, 1909, in Grayson Co., VA. Alfred and Rebecca Andrews are buried at the Andrews Cemetery a.k.a. the Kemper Andrews Farm, Rd. 632 in Grayson Co., VA. Alfred's first wife, "Jennie" (Blevins) Andrews, is buried at the Herman Wiley Farm in Grayson Co., VA.

Child of Phebe Jane "Jennie" Blevins and unknown:

  1. James Jefferson Blevins, b. Dec. 29, 1852, Grayson Co., VA; d. Dec. 9, 1934, Blue Springs, Gage Co., NE; m. Martha Ann HAMILTON, Oct. 21, 1877, Rockport, Atchison Co., MO (b. Feb. 8, 1858; d. Aug. 13, 1914); bur. Blue Springs Cemetery, Gage Co., NE. Listed in the census in Atchison Co., MO, in 1880; Gage Co., NE, 1900-1930.

Children of Alfred Andrews & Phebe Jane "Jennie" Blevins:

  1. Friel "Freelin" Andrews, b. 1855, Grayson Co., VA; d. 1943, Alleghany Co., NC; m. (1) Nancy J. FORTNER, daughter of Patrick FORTNER & Elizabeth MURPHY, Feb. 5, 1880, Alleghany Co., NC (b. 1861; d. 1894); m. (2) Sarah FORTNER, daughter of Patrick FORTNER & Elizabeth MURPHY, Mar. 30, 1895, Alleghany Co., NC (b. Dec. 25, 1874; d. Feb. 16, 1969); bur. Crab Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Ennice, Alleghany Co., NC.
  2. Houston Andrews, b. Apr. 1858, Grayson Co., VA; d. aft. 1910. Listed in the 1900 census of Gage Co., NE, with half-brother James Jefferson BLEVINS. Listed in the 1910 census in Texas Co., MO, with sister Gillie and her husband James POE.
  3. +John Riley Andrews, b. May 12, 1860, Grayson Co., VA; d. Feb. 12, 1940; m. Frances "Fanny" CHEEK, daughter of Richard M. CHEEK & Frances CROUSE, Aug. 16, 1888, Grayson Co., VA (b. Aug. 7, 1867; d. Feb. 12, 1956); bur. Crab Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Ennice, Alleghany Co., NC.
  4. Kenny Andrews, b. June 1, 1862, Grayson Co., VA; d. Mar. 20, 1963, Alleghany Co., NC; m. Frances SHAW, daughter of Moses SHAW & Polly TURNER, abt. 1881 (b. May 12, 1861; d. Apr. 3, 1947); bur. Crab Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Ennice, Alleghany Co., NC. Children: Gillie Maude Alice Andrews (1882) m. Eldridge C. EDWARDS; John M. Andrews (1884) m. Lena M. CHOATE; Phoebe Rose Andrews m. William Vance BLEVINS; Reeves Andrews (1899) m. Arlie CHEEK.
  5. Alexander Andrews, b. June 4, 1864, Grayson Co., VA; d. aft. 1910 in Nebraska?; m. Lillie, abt. 1884 (b. abt. 1865 in Indiana; d. aft. 1910). Listed in the 1910 census in Butler Co., NE.
  6. Gillie Andrews, b. Apr. 1, 1866, Grayson Co., VA; d. aft. 1930 in Missouri?; m. James Everett POE, son of Jeremiah T. POE & Celia ANDREWS, abt. 1887 (b. Oct. 1860; d. aft. 1930). Living in Wyoming Co., WV, in 1900. Listed in the census in Texas Co., MO, 1910-1930.
  7. Phoebe Andrews, b. Dec. 16, 1869, Grayson Co., VA; d. aft. 1930 in Nebraska?; m. Charles Matthew Ellison COOK (COOKE), son of Robert Ward Whitten COOKE & Sarah Elizabeth PRIVETT, Sept. 17, 1898, Wyoming Co., WV (b. abt. 1880; d. aft. 1930). Listed in the census in Texas Co., MO, in 1910; Lancaster Co., NE, 1920-1930. According to the Wyoming Co., WV, marriage register, Phoebe Andrews was born in Grayson Co., VA, and was the daughter of Alfred and J. Andrews. (See Pauline Haga, Marriages of Wyoming Co., WV.)

Children of Alfred Andrews & Rebecca King:

  1. Joseph Andrews, b. Nov. 6, 1873, Grayson Co., VA; d. May 11, 1952; bur. Andrews Cemetery, Rd. 632, Grayson Co., VA.
  2. Sarah Andrews, b. May 16, 1873, Grayson Co., VA; d. Feb. 6, 1891, Grayson Co., VA; bur. Andrews Cemetery, Rd. 632, Grayson Co., VA.
  3. Spotswood Andrews, b. Sept. 8, 1875, Grayson Co., VA; d. Jan. 15, 1923, reportedly in Oklahoma (verification needed); m. Ella, abt. 1908 (b. 1890-1892; d. aft. 1930). Spotswood is bured at the Andrews Cemetery, Rd. 632, Grayson Co., VA. Ella's second husband was Fred KING, an immigrant from England; in 1930 they were living in Montrose Co., Colorado.
  4. Elizabeth "Bettie" Andrews, b. Aug. 8, 1877, Grayson Co., VA; d. Sept. 11, 1906, Grayson Co., VA; bur. Andrews Cemetery, Rd. 632, Grayson Co., VA.
  5. McDonald "Mack D." Andrews, b. Aug. 12, 1879, Grayson Co., VA; d. 1920-1930; m. Pearl ANDERS (ANDREWS), daughter of James Emmett ANDERS (ANDREWS) & Margaret SHUMATE, Dec. 23, 1911, Alleghany Co., NC (b. abt. 1896; d. aft. 1930). In 1930, Pearl was living in Montrose Co., Colorado, with son Wayne and daughter Attie.
  6. Emerson R. Andrews, d. at about 3 months; bur. Andrews Cemetery, Rd. 632, Grayson Co., VA (no dates on stone).

Notes

Alfred Andrews (Anders) was born July 13, 1830, in North Carolina (according to the 1860 census) or Virginia (according to the 1870 and 1880 census).  Some sources claim that Alfred Andrews was the son of Starling Andrews. Other sources state he was a son of Starling's nephew James Carr Andrews.  The researcher Clifford Rector would not hazard a guess -- he says there is no record of Alfred Andrews' father.  (The Anders and Andrews Families of Orange, Ashe, and Alleghany Counties in N.C. and Grayson County VA.)  In general there is a lot of confusion about the relationships between the various members of the large Andrews (Anders) family in Grayson County, VA.

Based on census records, Alfred does not fit well with the family of James Carr Andrews.  It is harder to analyze Starling's family because they are not listed in the census in 1820 or 1840, and Starling appears to have died before 1850.  There is an Alfred Anders (age 19) in the 1850 census of Ashe County, NC, p.250 (HH#182), living with Patsy Anders (age 59), Peggy Anders (age 19), Jackson Anders (age 14), Sarah CROWS [CROUSE] (age 19).  This household is a bit of a mystery.  Jackson Anders (age 14) is supposed to be a son of Starling Andrews.  It is possible that Patsy was the widow of Starling Andrews, and Alfred (age 19) was another one of their sons.  Patsy Anders' household (HH#182) is listed very close to the household of William and Abi (Cheek) Anders (HH#186) in the 1850 census.  William Anders was a brother of Starling Anders.

Just to add to the confusion, there were actually two different men in Grayson County, VA, named Alfred Andrews who were married to women named Phoebe.  The other Alfred Andrews was a bit older (born in 1817) and died between 1900-1910.  He had 8 children: Hannah Letitica (born c.1842, m. John Kirby JACKSON), Lydia J. (c.1844), Amanda J. (c.1846), William R. (c.1848, m. Sarah A. EDWARDS), George T. (c.1851, m. Mary Scott PARKS), Alpha S. (c.1854 m. Isaac BREWER), John (c.1856) and Joseph (c.1859).

1850 Census, Ashe Co., NC, p.250 (HH#182):
PATSY ANDERS, 59, NC
-- Peggy, 19, NC
-- Alfred, 19, NC << is this him??
-- Jackson, 14, NC
CROWS, Sarah, 19, NC

June 3, 1854. Alfred Andress and Jane Blevins posted a marriage bond in Ashe Co., NC, on June 3, 1854. Marriage performed June 4, 1854, by T.C. Douglas, J.P.

1860 Census, Grayson Co., VA, Peach Bottom P.O., p.187 (HH#20):
ALFORD ANDREWS, 28, farmer, $600, $50, NC
-- Jane, 26, VA
-- Jefferson, 7, VA
-- Friel, 5, VA
-- Housten, 2, VA
-- John, 1 mo., VA

Civil War: Alfred Andrews served in Co. C, 63rd VA Infantry. Enlisted April 10, 1863, in Grayson Co., VA. Present in arrest on Oct. 1863 muster, had been AWOL Aug. 15-Oct. 26, 1863. Present on Aug. 1864 muster. In Ocmulgee Hospital, Macon, GA, with debilitis Nov. 28, 1864. On 1898 Grayson Co. CSA Vets roster which indicated that he served 2 years. Granted pension by Grayson Co. Pension Board on June 2, 1900. On 1902 Grayson Co., VA, Pension list. (Source: "Grayson Countians in the Civil War" by Jeff Weaver.)

1870 Census, Grayson Co., VA, Elk Creek Dist. (HH# 588) (next door to Berry Anders):
ALFRED ANDERS, 35, farm laborer, $200, VA
-- Jane, 32, VA
-- Friel, 15, VA
-- Houston, 13, VA
-- John, 11, VA
-- Kenny, 8, VA
-- Alex, 6
-- Gillie, 3
-- Phoebe, 7 mos. (b. Nov. 1869)
-- Jefferson, 24, farm laborer
1880 Census, Grayson Co., VA, Old Town Dist. (HH#248):
ALFRED ANDERS, 45, farmer, VA VA VA
-- Rebecca, wife, 30, VA VA VA
-- Houston, son, 21, " " "
-- John, son, 19, " " "
-- Kelly, son, 17, " " "
-- Alexander, son, 15, " " "
-- Gilly, dau, 13, " " "
-- Phoeba, dau, 10, " " "
-- Joseph, son, 8, " " "
-- Sarah, dau, 6, " " "
-- Spotswood, son, 5, " " "
-- Bettie, dau, 3, " " "
-- McDonald, 10 mos., " " ", b. July 1879
KING, Polly, sister-in-law, 22, " " "
1900 Census, Grayson Co., VA, Elk Creek Dist., p.52 (HH#182):
ALFRED ANDERS, July 1830, 69, m. 20 yrs, NC NC NC, farmer
-- Rebecca, wife, Aug. 1857, age 42, m. 20 yrs, 4 children/4 living, VA VA VA
-- Joseph, son, Nov. 1872, age 27, VA NC VA
-- Spotswood, son, Sept. 1975, age 24, " " "
-- Betty, dau, Aug. 1877, age 22, " " "
-- Mack, son, Aug. 1879, age 20, " " "
1910 Census, Grayson Co., VA, Old Town Dist., ED#55, p.11 (HH#195):
ALFRED ANDREWS, 79, wd, NC NC NC
-- Spotswood, son, 35, VA NC VA
-- Joseph, son, 33, " " "
-- Mack D., son, 31, " " "
-- Ella, dau-in-law, 20, m. 2 yrs, 0 children, VA VA VA

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