Born: October 7, 1830, Hanover County, Virginia. Note: Some genealogies say 1829, but his tombstone says 1830.
Buried: Lone Oak Cemetery, Leesburg, Florida.
Josephus was the son of Robert Anderson, and husband of Virginia L. Venable (married 1851).
He became a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1848. The preface to his book The Bible Christian indicates he was living in Richmond, Virginia, in 1855.
He moved to Florida shortly thereafter, where he was a presiding elder of his District, a delegate to the Methodist General Conference, and president of the Board of Trustees, Florida Conference College.
In 1876, he received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Emory College, Atlanta, Georgia.
As of 1901, Anderson had been editing the Florida Christian Advocate, Leesburg, Florida, for 12 years.
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