The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 231, City of Monticello, White County, Indiana.
"JOHN McCONNELL was born in Greenfield, Ohio, November 6, 1838, and is one of fourteen children born to JAMES B. and SARAH D. (STEWART) McCONNELL. JAMES B. McCONNELL was a physician, located Cass County, Indiana, in 1852, and there died in 1855; his widow resides in Monticello, White County, Indiana. JOHN McCONNELL was reared until he was fourteen in Ohio, then passed three years in Indiana, then five years in Illinois; he then returned to Indiana, where he has resided ever since. In August, 1862, he enlisted from Cass County, Indiana in Company G, Seventy-third Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He fought in Kentucky and at Stone River. He was captured while on special duty at Rome, Georgia, was sent first to Atlanta and then to Richmond, where he was exchanged; the remainder of his service was passed in detached or special duty, and he was discharged in the fall of 1865. For a year he engaged in merchandising with his brothers, in Logansport, Cass County, Indiana; he then came to Monticello and engaged in the drug trade, and now carries a stock valued at $6,000, consisting of a full line of pure drugs, books, etc, and during the holidays a very full line of toys. MR. McCONNELL was married to Miss MARTHA COWGER, who has borne him two daughters - GAIL D., and SARAH F. Mr. McCONNELL is a member of the A. O. U. W., and is a Republican. Mrs. McCONNELL is a member of the Presbyterian Church."