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 692, Salem Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"WILLIAM S. VALENTINE was born in New York City April 20, 1806, and is the son of CHARLES and RACHEL (HOPKINS) VALENTINE, natives of Long Island. His youthful days were passed partly on his father's farm on Long Island and partly in the city, where he learned tailoring and followed the business for a number of years. About 1829, he married EMILY L. BULL, who bore him four children - CLARENCE WILLIAM, FREDERICK F. (deceased), an infant son who died unnamed, and MARIA E. Having lost his wife, MR. VALENTINE came to Logansport, (CASS County, Indiana), in 1858, but soon returned to the East, and married at Newark, New Jersey, in March, 1859, MARGARET P. CHADWICK (widow of THOMAS CHADWICK), daughter of NATHAN and ANN (BERRY) PICKLES, and mother of six children - JOHN (deceased), SARAH ANN, TABITHA, MARY, MARGARET and ALICE (deceased). MR. VALENTINE then came back to Logansport and began hunting, in a short time realizing $300. He then came to Winamac, this county, where he kept hotel until 1842 (THIS HAS TO BE A TYPO probably meant 1862), when he left the place in charge of his son and came to Francesville and again engaged in hunting and shipping birds. He built a large freezing house, with a capacity for six hundred dozen birds, and he now buys all he can, freezes them and ships them to New York and other markets. He is now seventy-seven years of age and is still considered one of the best marksmen in the county. He has a fine dwelling, with ample storehouses and other outbuildings, and his business continues to thrive. MRS. VALENTINE is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church."