History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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ASHER K. ANDERS, Esq., one of the younger members of the Bucks county bar, and for the past three years chairman of the Democratic County Committee, was born in Nockamixon township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, June 6, 1869, and is a son of William W. and Matilda (Kohl) Anders. The paternal ancestors of the Anders family of Bucks county were residents of New Jersey, near Milford, for several generations, the name being variously spelled, Anders, Anderse, Andries, Andress, Andriesen, Anderson, and Enderse. They were probably descendants of Andries Andriesse, from Westerover, Sweden, who was among the Swedes on the Delaware from 1659 to 1670.

Paul Anderse or Enders and Gertruyd Delse were married June 5, 1754, at the "Dutch and English Presbyterian Church of Alexandria" in Alexandria township, Hunterdon county, New Jersey, near the present site of Milford. At least nine children were born to them as shown by the records of this old church, viz.: Jacob, Hubert, Margaret, Gertruyd, Abraham, Paulus, Wilhelm, Anna, and Adam.

Jacob Andress, probably the eldest son of Paul and Gertruyd, obtained patents for land in Northampton county near the Bucks county line, in 1786 and 1789, respectively, and about 1800 located in Nockamixon township, Bucks county, where he died in 1810, leaving a widow, Mary Magdalena Andress, and children: John, Jacob, George, Hannah, Elizabeth and William, and possibly others. George and William remained in Nockamixon and reared families there.

William Anders, son of Jacob and Mary Magdalena Andress, married Rebecca _______, and had at least four sons: Jacob, born in 1818; Charles, born 1820; Solomon, born March 7, 1822, and William, born 1826, died July 1, 1896. The date of death of William Anders, Sr. has not been ascertained; his wife Rebecca died March 25, 1875, at the age of seventy-six years.

Solomon Anders, son of William and Rebecca, was the grandfather of the subject of this sketch. He was a farmer and a lifelong resident of Nockamixon, and was a landowner there almost from his arrival at his majority, purchasing his first home in 1847. He later purchased the farm owned by the subject of this sketch near Bucksville, where he died October 25, 1897. His wife, Elizabeth Fabian, born February 9, 1825, died December 18, 1897, belonged to a well-known family of that vicinity, and was of German ancestry, who had been residents of Upper bucks for several generations.

William W. Andres, only son of Solomon and Elizabeth (Fabian) Anders, was born in Nockamixon, April 13, 1844, and died there September 11, 1902. He was a farmer and resided on the old homestead near Bucksville. He married Matilda Kohl, born August 14, 1851, died at the residence of her son, Asther K. Anders, in Doylestown, October 22, 1903.

Matilda (Kohl) Anders was a daughter of Thomas and Maria (Lightcap) Kohl, both natives of Nockamixon, the former born October 21, 1821, died October 24, 1898, and the latter born April 15, 1820, died September 16, 1890. Thomas S. Kohl was a son of Conrad Kohl, who died in Nockamixon in 1843, grandson of Michael Kohl, of the same place, who died in 1828, and great-grandson of Conrad Kohl, a native of Germany, who came to America in the ship "Lydia," arriving in Philadelphia, September 20, 1743. He was twenty-four years of age at the time of his emigration, and died in Nockamixon township, Bucks county, in 1807. His descendants have been large landowners and prominent citizens of Upper Bucks for five generations, and are now very numerous. William W. and Matilda (Kohl) Anders were the parents of two children, viz.: Lewellyn, born July 24, 1867, died unmarried, April 3, 1901; and Asher K.

Asher K. Anders was born and reared on the old homestead in Nockamixon and was educated at the public schools and at Kutztown Normal School, graduating from the latter in 1892. He taught for five years in the public schools of Nockamixon and Durham township, in the meantime entering himself as a student at law under Samuel Z. Freed, Esq., of Doylestown. He was admitted to the Bucks county bar, August 23, 1897, and opening an office at Doylestown began the practice of his chosen profession. In politics Mr. Anders is an ardent Democrat and has always taken an active part in the councils of his party. He was elected chairman of the Democratic County Committee in March, 1902, and filled that position with ability for three years. He has also represented his party in district, congressional and state conventions, and has also served his party "on the stump" in several campaigns. Mr. Anders married, July 12, 1899, Nora E. Grim, daughter of the late Dr. George W. and Elizabeth (Koons) Grim, of Nockamixon, and a sister to Hon. Webster Grim, of Doylestown. Their daughter Elizabeth Marion was born May 15, 1904. Mr. Anders is a member of Doylestown Lodge, No. 245, F. & A. M., of Doylestown R. A. C. No. 270, of Aquetong Lodge, No. 193, I. O. O. F., of Doylestown, of Revere Castle, K. G. E. No. 230, of Revere, and of Sciota Tribe No. 214, I. O. of R. M. of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Text taken from page 368-369

Davis, William W. H., A. M. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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