John Anderson Scudder

John Anderson Scudder

Male 1830 - 1913  (82 years)

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  • Name John Anderson Scudder 
    Born 12 Jun 1830  Maysville, Mason, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    AFN 18G3-D5J 
    Burial Bellefontaine Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1850  St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1880  St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 9285688E3C09D511A5C1205002C10000D1F9 
    Died 19 May 1913  St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 21 May 1913  St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I10  Scudder
    Last Modified 25 Feb 2016 

    Father Dr. Charles Scudder,   b. 29 May 1792, Freehold, Monmouth, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1849, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Mary Hord,   b. 7 May 1802, Frederick, Stafford, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1852, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 2 May 1820  Maysville, Mason, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    _UID 8B85688E3C09D511A5C1205002C10000CA89 
    Family ID F6  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ann White,   b. 12 Feb 1834, Wheeling, Ohio, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1900, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 1 Jun 1852  St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    _UID 9D85688E3C09D511A5C1205002C10000DCA9 
    Children 
     1. Mary Ellen Scudder,   b. 1853, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1853, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. William Henry Scudder,   b. 9 Jun 1854, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1854, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. John Robert Scudder,   b. 1857, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1859, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     4. Sallie Scudder,   b. 24 Jan 1860, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1860, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     5. Scudder,   b. 1861,   d. 1861  (Age 0 years)
     6. James White Scudder,   b. 3 Jul 1861, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1949, Ironton, Iron, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     7. Charles White Scudder,   b. 29 Jul 1864, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1939, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     8. Mary Hord Scudder,   b. 19 Jan 1867, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1954, Lake Forest, Lake, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     9. Isabelle White Scudder,   b. 6 Oct 1869, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1931, Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaii Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     10. Scudder,   b. Abt Dec 1898, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1899  (Age ~ 0 years)
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F15  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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  • Notes 
    • Before John was 30 years old, he became prominent in the steamboat business and in the organization of the Memphis and St. Louis Packet Company. The company had been formed to provide transportation on the Mississippi River between Memphis and St. Louis and points between. Two years after its founding, the Civil War broke out. While many steamboat companies ceased operations during the War, John's company remained in business by operating on portions of the river controlled by Union forces.

      In 1869, the Memphis Packet Company purchased the steamboat line running to Vicksburg. They ran three boats a week to Vicksburg and Memphis. In 1874, the company adopted the trademark of the Anchor. In 1878, John organized the new company, the Anchor Line, with semi-weekly trips to New Orleans. The anchor was hung between the two tall smokestacks on each of its boats. It was also included as a logo on the furnishings of many of its boats, including the chairs manufactured for the boats' cabins. He was elected President of the Line.

      Between 1880 and 1887, the Anchor Line built at least ten steamboats, which were about 275 feet in length and 45 feet in length. No expense was spared in creating the boats, they became floating palaces of the late Victorian age. The Anchor Line included the steamboats, "City of New Orleans," "City of Alton," "City of Baton Rouge," "W.P. Holliday", "Commonwealth," and "John A. Scudder." During its existance, the Anchor Line lost five boats by fire.

      Problems normally caused by the river and competition by the railroads let to the eventual collapse of the company. The railroads could service many more towns, not being limited to the course of the river. Trains were safer, not being subject to snags, sandbars, ice, or other problems associated with the river. And, trains were faster. Finally, a tornado on May 27, 1896, struck St. Louis and destroyed and damaged a number of the company's boats. That disaster proved too costly for the company, and in 1898 it sold off its remaining boats and ceased operation.

  • Sources 
    1. [S127] 1850 Federal Census, Fourth Ward, St. Louis, U.S. Government, Department of Commerce, (microfilm), p. 17, lines 35-41.

    2. [S16] Genealogy of Descendants of Jacob Scudder T-2-3-7-Partial and Descendants of Peter Scudder T-2-3-11, Edwin Lefort Soper; comp., (Scudder Association Bulletin), XXVII, p. 14, Dec 1976.

    3. [S541] 1880 United States Census, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Copyright (c) 2000, 2002 FamilySearch (TM) Internet Genealogy Service, November 16, 2002), FHL Film 1254724; National Archives Film T9-0724; Page 231B First Enumeration.

    4. [S308] Marriage License for Charles Scudder and Mary Hord, Maysville, Kentucky; Office of the County Clerk, (certificate), 2 May 1820.

    5. [S16] Genealogy of Descendants of Jacob Scudder T-2-3-7-Partial and Descendants of Peter Scudder T-2-3-11, Edwin Lefort Soper; comp., (Scudder Association Bulletin), Vol. XXVII, p. 14, Dec 1976.