Mark Anderson, Macon, was born in Bedford County, Penn., October 23, 1831. He was the son of Samuel and Margaret (Tygart) Anderson. The father was born in Maryland and was the son of William Anderson, a native of Scotland. The mother was of Irish descent, her parents being natives of the Emerald Isle. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Anderson were the parents of ten children, but only the following now survive, Thomas, a resident of Nebraska; Mark, our subject; Mrs. Susan Wible, of Fulton County, Penn. and Porter Anderson, also of Fulton County, Penn.
In 1856 Mark Anderson came to Bureau County, Ill., and bought 80 acres of his present farm and began its improvement, it being at that time open prairie land. He now owns 200 acres of land and gives his attention to stock raising. He was reared on a farm and has made farming his occupation during life. He was married in Bedford County, Penn., in April 1853, to Wealthy Horton, a daughter of Thomas I. and Sarah (Foster) Horton, natives of Pennsylvania. They removed to Bureau County, Ill., and the father died here; the mother yet survives. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are the parents of seven children, viz; Uphamy J., wife of Frank Henderson, of this county, a native of New England; Margaret, wife of Neal Anderson, a native of Canada, now of Buda; Allen, of Buda; Sarah E., Lyman T., Samuel and Hugh, at home. In politics Mr. Anderson is identified with the Republican Party.
Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company Chicago 1885