Letter from Mary Anne Mason Anderson to her sister, Sue

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Letter from Mary Anne Mason Anderson to her sister, Sue


Domestic life


Mary Anne "Molly" (Mason) Anderson (1834-1928), was the daughter of John Young Mason (1799-1859) and Mary Ann (Fort) Mason, and wife of Archer Anderson (1838-1918). Mary Anne married Archer Anderson, son of Joseph Reid Anderson, president of Tredegar Iron Works in Paris in 1859 while Mary Anne's father served as minister [the equivalent of ambassador] to France.

They returned home to Richmond after a honeymoon in France where their first child was born; Archer left shortly thereafter to serve in the Confederate Army.

Mary Anne Mason Anderson was a copious letterwriter, generally confining her discussion to family and domestic life. In this letter to her sister, she speaks of an illness, troubles with servants, an pride at her children's achievements in school.

The year of this letter is omitted; however, Mary Anne refers to her daughter Kate (Kathleen Graham Anderson) who was born in 1876, and her references to her daughter's inability to dress herself yet suggest a possible window of 1877-1882 or thereabout.


Mary Anne Mason Anderson


Mason Family Papers, 1825-1902, Section 36. Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia


February 25, 1876-?


Lee Ann Ghajar


Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia


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Mary Anne Mason Anderson , “Letter from Mary Anne Mason Anderson to her sister, Sue,” Omeka + Scripto, accessed March 21, 2019, http://scripto.org/omeka/items/show/3.

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