The following data is extracted from Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - Pleasant Grove Township.
James Anderson, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Mattoon; owns 133 acres; was born in Monroe Co., Md., Dec. 25, 1825, and lived with his parents on the farm in Maryland until 7 years of age; then went with them to Ohio, where he resided until the year 1846, when he went to the Mexican war, and returned in 1855. He was married to Lucinda Knight Dec. 29, 1847; she was born in Licking Co., Ohio, June 12, 1826; they have had eight children, seven of whom are living, viz., Mary Ann, Columbia, William H., Sarah P., Emma, Martha, Charles W. and one infant. Mr. Anderson enlisted in 1846, and went with his regiment to Mexico; he was in the service thirteen months, and was in the skirmish at Ounsford. Mr. Anderson's father is a native of Maryland, and his mother of Pennsylvania; the parents of Mrs. Anderson are natives of Maine.
Source: Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - Pleasant Grove Township