Mark N. Wightman, a California citizen since 1875, owns and cultivates a fine farming estate off the Lower Stockton road about ten miles south of Sacramento, in Sacramento county. There are three hundred and twenty acres in this place, and his energies are devoted to geneal farming and dairying. Mr. Wightman is one of the progressive men of his county, with original and successful ideas about his own work, and most public-spirited in matters of citizenship, favoring good schools and all civic improvements.

Mr. Wightman is a native of Scotland, his father, Robert Wightman, also a native Scot, and his mother, Mary (Rogers) Wightman, born in England. Mr. Wightman himself was born in Berwickshire March 17, 1851, and was reared to manhood in his native locality, receiving a good education in the schools. When a boy he became a carpenter's apprentice, and fter thoroughly learning his trade at North Northumberland, England, he was a journeyman carpenter in England for three years. He emigrated to America in 1875, at Liverpool taking the Inman line steamer Montreal, which put him in New York city eleven days later, and thence he came direct to Sacramento county, California. He took up his home with Mrs. Jessie Lee, an aunt, who with her husband resided on the ranch which is now the property of Mr. Wightman. Mr. and Mrs. Lee were early settlers of this locality, having come out to California by way of the isthmus from Williamsburg, New York. Mrs. Lee died early in the eighties, survived some time by her husband, Matthew Lee. After the death of his aunt Mr. Wightman came into possession of the ranch, and has since made it his home and the object of his most prosperous endeavors.

Mr. Wightman was married, May 3, 1885, to Miss Jane Hooper, the ceremony being performed in Scotland, to which country he had returned for that express purpose. Mrs. Wightman was born in Northumderland county, England. The five children born to them are names as follows: Thomas V., Robert, who is deceased John H., Mark N. and Lovena. Mrs. Wightman was a daughter of John and Mary (Nesbit) Hooper, both natives of England. Mr. and Mrs. Wightman are esteemed members of the Presbyterian church.

Source: History of the New California - Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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