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Cyrus Anderson

Last updated 16 Nov 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 7 Dec 1851 in , Dubois County, Indiana, United States

Died: 9 Jan 1917 in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Father: David Anderson (1823 – ?)

Mother: Elizabeth W. ____ (1821 – ?)

Supporting evidence for:
name

census-us-1860-ps-ksterr-lykins-richland-14: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas Territory, Lykins County, Richland Township, page 14 (form) or 174 (not visible on page); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 17 August 2018) > "Kansas Territory > Lykins > Richland" image 2; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 803351]

Additional detail for reference: Line 36, dwelling 111

Comment: Source includes name (Cyrus [Anderson]).

census-us-1870-ps-ks-miami-paolaeastward-16: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Miami County, Paola East Ward, page 16 (form) or page 474B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 8 November 2006) > "Kansas > Miami > Paola East Ward" image 16; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 439 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 545938]

Additional detail for reference: Line 20, dwelling 123

Comment: Source includes name (Cyrus Anderson).

census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Thomas County, Morgan Township, enumeration district 180, sheet 3A (form/penned) or page 26A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Thomas > Morgan > District 0180" image 5; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240502]

Additional detail for reference: Line 5, dwelling 43

Comment: Source includes name (Cyrus Anderson).

misc-spear-date-notebook: Spear birth and death date notebook; multiple contributors; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 21 - January Deaths.

Comment: Source includes name (Cyrus Anderson).

marker-cyrus-belle-anderson-1917-1965: Gravestone of Cyrus (1917) and Belle (1965) Anderson; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 4 Apr 2021), memorial IDs 106481357 (Cyrus) and 103181929 (Belle), photograph uploaded 18 Mar 2015 to both memorials; citing “Atwood Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), unknown plot”

Comment: Source includes name (Cyrus Anderson).

obituary-cyrus-anderson-1917: Obituary for Cyrus Anderson (1917); “The Passing of a Noted Pioneer,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Citizen-Patriot > 1917 > 01 > 18" page 1; citing “The Citizen-Patriot (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 18 Jan 1917 (Thursday), page 1, column 3”

Comment: Source includes name (Cyrus Anderson).

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birth

obituary-cyrus-anderson-1917: Obituary for Cyrus Anderson (1917); “The Passing of a Noted Pioneer,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Citizen-Patriot > 1917 > 01 > 18" page 1; citing “The Citizen-Patriot (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 18 Jan 1917 (Thursday), page 1, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (December 7th, 1851) and location (Dubois county, Indiana).

census-us-1860-ps-ksterr-lykins-richland-14: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas Territory, Lykins County, Richland Township, page 14 (form) or 174 (not visible on page); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 17 August 2018) > "Kansas Territory > Lykins > Richland" image 2; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 803351]

Additional detail for reference: Line 36, dwelling 111

Comment: Source includes age (8) and location (Ind [Indiana]). Using his age and the official census date of 1 Jun 1860 gives a birth date range from 2 Jun 1851 to 1 Jun 1852.

census-us-1870-ps-ks-miami-paolaeastward-16: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Miami County, Paola East Ward, page 16 (form) or page 474B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 8 November 2006) > "Kansas > Miami > Paola East Ward" image 16; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 439 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 545938]

Additional detail for reference: Line 20, dwelling 123

Comment: Source includes age (18) and location (Indiana). Using his age and the official census date of 1 Jun 1870 gives a birth date range from 2 Jun 1851 to 1 Jun 1852.

census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Thomas County, Morgan Township, enumeration district 180, sheet 3A (form/penned) or page 26A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Thomas > Morgan > District 0180" image 5; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240502]

Additional detail for reference: Line 5, dwelling 43

Comment: Source includes date (<conflict>), age (<conflict>), and location (Indiana). See research notes for conflict details.

marker-cyrus-belle-anderson-1917-1965: Gravestone of Cyrus (1917) and Belle (1965) Anderson; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 4 Apr 2021), memorial IDs 106481357 (Cyrus) and 103181929 (Belle), photograph uploaded 18 Mar 2015 to both memorials; citing “Atwood Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), unknown plot”

Comment: Source includes year (1851)

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death

misc-spear-date-notebook: Spear birth and death date notebook; multiple contributors; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 21 - January Deaths.

Comment: Source includes date ([January] 9th [...] 1917).

marker-cyrus-belle-anderson-1917-1965: Gravestone of Cyrus (1917) and Belle (1965) Anderson; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 4 Apr 2021), memorial IDs 106481357 (Cyrus) and 103181929 (Belle), photograph uploaded 18 Mar 2015 to both memorials; citing “Atwood Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), unknown plot”

Comment: Source includes year (1917).

obituary-cyrus-anderson-1917: Obituary for Cyrus Anderson (1917); “The Passing of a Noted Pioneer,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Citizen-Patriot > 1917 > 01 > 18" page 1; citing “The Citizen-Patriot (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 18 Jan 1917 (Thursday), page 1, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (January 9th, 1917) and locaiton ("at their home in this city" [for a story published in Atwood, Kansas]).

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Belle Spear (1860 – 1965)

Married: 10 Jun 1891 in Union Township, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Thomas County, Morgan Township, enumeration district 180, sheet 3A (form/penned) or page 26A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Thomas > Morgan > District 0180" image 5; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240502]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 5,6, dwelling 43

Comment: Source identifies Belle S. Anderson as the wife of Cyrus Anderson and the number of years married (<conflict>) for both. See research notes for either individual for conflict details.

obituary-cyrus-anderson-1917: Obituary for Cyrus Anderson (1917); “The Passing of a Noted Pioneer,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Citizen-Patriot > 1917 > 01 > 18" page 1; citing “The Citizen-Patriot (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 18 Jan 1917 (Thursday), page 1, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (<conflict>). See research notes for conflict details.

periodical-anderson-spear-wedding-1891: “Anderson—Spear,” wedding description; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 17 May 2018) > “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1891 > 06 > 12” page 3; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 12 Jun 1891 (Friday), page 3, column 4”

Comment: Source includes date (June 10th, 1891) and location (at the residence of the bride's father in Union township [, Rawlins County, Kansas]).

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Child: Donald Cyrus Anderson (1895 – 1907)

Child: Harold Edmond Anderson (1898 – 1994)

Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Burial: at Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Cemetery: (Atwood Cemetery) at Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
events

marker-cyrus-belle-anderson-1917-1965: Gravestone of Cyrus (1917) and Belle (1965) Anderson; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 4 Apr 2021), memorial IDs 106481357 (Cyrus) and 103181929 (Belle), photograph uploaded 18 Mar 2015 to both memorials; citing “Atwood Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), unknown plot”

Comment: Source implies burial location in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas.

marker-cyrus-belle-anderson-1917-1965: Gravestone of Cyrus (1917) and Belle (1965) Anderson; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 4 Apr 2021), memorial IDs 106481357 (Cyrus) and 103181929 (Belle), photograph uploaded 18 Mar 2015 to both memorials; citing “Atwood Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), unknown plot”

Comment: Source implies burial location in Atwood Cemetery, in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas.

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Attributes

Residence: 1 Jun 1860 at Richland Township, Lykins County, Kansas Territory, United States

Residence: 1 Jun 1870 at Paola, Miami County, Kansas, United States

Occupation: (editor and publisher) 1880 at , Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 1880 at , Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 1886 at Blakeman, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Occupation: (land office register) 10 Jun 1891 at Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, United States

Occupation: (land office register) 1898 at Colby, Thomas County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 1 Jun 1900 at Colby, Thomas County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

census-us-1860-ps-ksterr-lykins-richland-14: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas Territory, Lykins County, Richland Township, page 14 (form) or 174 (not visible on page); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 17 August 2018) > "Kansas Territory > Lykins > Richland" image 2; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 803351]

Additional detail for reference: Line 36, dwelling 111

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1860) and location (Richland, Lykins County, Kansas Territory).

census-us-1870-ps-ks-miami-paolaeastward-16: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Miami County, Paola East Ward, page 16 (form) or page 474B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 8 November 2006) > "Kansas > Miami > Paola East Ward" image 16; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 439 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 545938]

Additional detail for reference: Line 20, dwelling 123

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1870) and location (East Ward Paola Twp, in the County of Miami, State of Kansas).

obituary-cyrus-anderson-1917: Obituary for Cyrus Anderson (1917); “The Passing of a Noted Pioneer,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Citizen-Patriot > 1917 > 01 > 18" page 1; citing “The Citizen-Patriot (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 18 Jan 1917 (Thursday), page 1, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (1880) and occupation (editor and publisher).

obituary-cyrus-anderson-1917: Obituary for Cyrus Anderson (1917); “The Passing of a Noted Pioneer,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Citizen-Patriot > 1917 > 01 > 18" page 1; citing “The Citizen-Patriot (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 18 Jan 1917 (Thursday), page 1, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (1880) and location (Rawlins county [, Kansas]).

obituary-cyrus-anderson-1917: Obituary for Cyrus Anderson (1917); “The Passing of a Noted Pioneer,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Citizen-Patriot > 1917 > 01 > 18" page 1; citing “The Citizen-Patriot (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 18 Jan 1917 (Thursday), page 1, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (1886) and location (Blakeman [, Kansas]).

periodical-anderson-spear-wedding-1891: “Anderson—Spear,” wedding description; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 17 May 2018) > “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1891 > 06 > 12” page 3; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 12 Jun 1891 (Friday), page 3, column 4”

Comment: Source includes date (June 10th, 1891) and occupation (Register of the United States Land Office) and location (Oberlin [, Kansas]).

periodical-anderson-spear-wedding-1891: “Anderson—Spear,” wedding description; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 17 May 2018) > “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1891 > 06 > 12” page 3; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 12 Jun 1891 (Friday), page 3, column 4”

Comment: Source includes date (1898) and occupation (Register of the United States Land Office) and location (Colby, Kansas).

census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Thomas County, Morgan Township, enumeration district 180, sheet 3A (form/penned) or page 26A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Thomas > Morgan > District 0180" image 5; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240502]

Additional detail for reference: Line 5, dwelling 43

Comment: Source includes census date (1 June 1900) and location (Colby, County: Thomas, State: Kansas).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

In 1880, Cyrus Anderson and James Greason arrived in Rawlins County and established The Republican Citizen newspaper, acting as editors and publishers. The paper was in its 37th year, and using the name Citizen-Patriot, when his obituary was printed in it. [obituary-cyrus-anderson-1917]

However, he was more interested in politics, and ended his connection to the paper to run for the office of County Clerk in 1882, which he won. He spent six years in the office before moving from Atwood to Blakeman in 1886, where he waged a political battle to move the county seat to Blakeman. In 1889 he was appointed as Register of the United States Land Office of Oberlin during the administration of president Benjamin Harrison, but lost it in 1892 with the election of Grover Cleveland, gaining it back in 1898 under the administration of William McKinley, with the office now in Colby. [obituary-cyrus-anderson-1917]

Belle's sister, Wilma, was staying with Cyrus and Belle Anderson by at least 1900 and probably through Wilma's wedding in 1906. [census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a, periodical-married-higley-spear-1906]

When his four-year tarm expired in 1902, Cyrus was appointed to the Kansas State Board of Railroad Commissioners. Following this appointment he left the political world and retired to his farm. [obituary-cyrus-anderson-1917]

Cyrus was in failing health for the last year or so of his life, and had to move from his farm to live in the city. [obituary-cyrus-anderson-1917]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Thomas County, Morgan Township, enumeration district 180, sheet 3A (form/penned) or page 26A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Thomas > Morgan > District 0180" image 5; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240502]

Additional detail for reference: Line 5-9, dwelling 43

obituary-cyrus-anderson-1917: Obituary for Cyrus Anderson (1917); “The Passing of a Noted Pioneer,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Citizen-Patriot > 1917 > 01 > 18" page 1; citing “The Citizen-Patriot (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 18 Jan 1917 (Thursday), page 1, column 3”

periodical-married-higley-spear-1906: "Married," report of wedding of Sam Higley and Wilma Spear; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021) > “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1906 > 06 > 22” page 5; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 22 Jun 1906 (Friday), page 5, column 2”

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Birth Date: This database uses 7 Dec 1851. The 1900 U.S. Census gives an explicit birth date (Dec/1852) and an age (47). When applied to the official census date of 1 Jun 1900, the age gives a birth date range of 2 Jun 1852 to 1 Jun 1853, so the record is internally consistent. [census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a]

Marriage Date: This database uses 10 June 1891. The 1900 U.S. Census gives the number of years (9) of marriage, which, when applied to the official census date of 1 Jun 1900, gives a marriage date range from 2 June 1890 to 1 June 1891. [census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a]

Marriage Date: This database uses 10 June 1891. The obituary for Cryus Anderson gives a date of 10 Jul 1891. [obituary-cyrus-anderson-1917]

Occupation (1900): This database uses Register of the United States Land Office. The 1900 U.S. Census says he was a receiver. This is a different job from register, and his four-year term as register began in 1898. It isn't clear what the distinction is. [census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a]

FOLLOWUP

Cyrus' middle name may have been Donald. [research-a-spear-family-history]

David, Elizabeth, and Cyrus probably moved from Indiana to Kansas Territory sometime between 1852 and 1858.

In 1874, Cyrus may have been elected as a delegate to the Republican State Convention.

A photograph in the Spear Archive (#TBDphotoID_notYetCataloged) shows Cyrus and Amanda, with children Donald and Harold, from about 1899 or 1900. It also shows Wilma Anderson, who looks too old to have been born after 1891. Since Cyrus was 38 when he married Belle, Wilma may have been a child from an earlier marriage. There is an 1880 U.S. Census record for a Cyrus Anderson in Indiana with wife Kate and child Bertha (b. about 1879), but this record would be too early for Wilma. Need to order a birth certificate.

Cyrus probably died in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas. [research-a-spear-family-history]

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Thomas County, Morgan Township, enumeration district 180, sheet 3A (form/penned) or page 26A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Thomas > Morgan > District 0180" image 5; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240502]

Additional detail for reference: Line 5,6, dwelling 43

obituary-cyrus-anderson-1917: Obituary for Cyrus Anderson (1917); “The Passing of a Noted Pioneer,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Citizen-Patriot > 1917 > 01 > 18" page 1; citing “The Citizen-Patriot (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 18 Jan 1917 (Thursday), page 1, column 3”

research-a-spear-family-history: <private> Engelmann, A Spear Family History, privately printed 1988, updated 2002, 2005; privately held

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