Tom was an enslaved worker at Tuckahoe during the Allen period. He is thought to have been born around 1826 and come to Tuckahoe sometime between 1850-1856. He is listed on the Allen records as a field hand.
Tom was married to a woman named Amy (also a field hand). The couple had at least 5 children while enslaved at Tuckahoe: Maria, Abner, Philip, Cornelius, and Willis. Sadly, one of their children, Abner, died in 1859 at age 13. The cause of his death was not listed in the Allen account.
After the Civil War, it seems that some of the Anderson family stayed in the area. Poll records from 1867 list Tom Anderson (as well as several other familiar names like Spy Boyd) as having voted in Goochland County, one of the first elections they would have been allowed to vote in. The 1880 census also lists Tom directly below Spy Boyd which indicates that they were neighbors at the time. The Cohabitation Register indicates that Tom’s wife, Amy, had died prior to 1866.