Peter Anderson

Brief Life History of Peter

When Peter Anderson was born on 11 November 1844, in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, William Anderson, was 46 and his mother, Elizabeth Gourley, was 43. He married Laura Elizabeth Nicol on 14 December 1882, in Quealy, Sweetwater, Wyoming, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Sweetwater, Wyoming, United States in 1880 and Dallas, Fremont, Wyoming, United States in 1910. He died on 10 May 1930, in Lander, Sweetwater, Wyoming, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Lander, Fremont, Wyoming, United States.

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Peter Anderson
Laura Elizabeth Nicol
Marriage: 14 December 1882
Florence Anderson
Ellen Harriet Anderson
Laura Elizabeth Anderson
Frank Newell Anderson
Clyde Hugh Anderson

Sources (17)

  • Peter Anderson in household of Elizabeth Anderson, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Peter Anderson, "United States Western States Marriage Index"
  • Peter Anderson, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


Historical Boundaries: 1850: Mexican Cession, United States 1850: Utah Territory, United States 1851: Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States* 1896: Salt Lake, Utah, United States *Renamed Salt Lake in 1868


Historical Boundaries - 1867: Carter, Dakota Territory, United States; 1869: Sweetwater, Wyoming Territory, United States; 1890: Sweetwater, Wyoming, United States

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: patronymic from the personal name Ander(s), a northern Middle English form of Andrew , + son ‘son’. The frequency of the surname in Scotland is attributable, at least in part, to the fact that Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, so the personal name has long enjoyed great popularity there. Legend has it that the saint's relics were taken to Scotland in the 4th century by a certain Saint Regulus. In North America, this surname has absorbed many cognate or like-sounding surnames in other languages, notably Scandinavian (see 3 and 4 below), but also Ukrainian Andreychenko etc.

German: patronymic from the personal name Anders , hence a cognate of 1 above.

Americanized form (and a less common Swedish variant) of Swedish Andersson , a cognate of 1 above.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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My father, William Anderson, and my mother, Elizabeth Gourley were of Scottish descent and embraced the Gospel in Scotland before the death of the Prophet. I remember very distinctly, though only a li …

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