In 1817 David Anderson moved to Knox County. In the same year, he and Seth Nash erected blacksmith shops. The story was told: David Anderson failed to get his cows up one night, and went in search of them the next morning, when he found them in the swamp, where they had furnished a midnight repast for the wolves.
In June 1817, David removed his family to this community and located one mile east of Sparta. At that time the only clearing on his land was one made by cutting down the trees with which the cabin was built and here they endured the privations known only to the pioneers of that day. Eleven children blessed their home, namely; Amasa and Mary who were born in Vermont, James, Benjamin, Phillip, David, Harriet, Sarah, and Julia, and two who died in infancy. The father was a blacksmith by occupation; in politics a Republican; and in religious belief, a Baptist. Not one of this family was living in 1911.