From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 319, Jackson Township, White County, Indiana
"E. R. HERMAN was born in Miami County, Ohio, February 15, 1831, and is the second eldest of the eleven children born to FRANKLIN J. and MARY A. (ROBBINS) HERMAN, natives of Kentucky and Pennsylvania respectively. FRANKLIN J. HERMAN and family came to this township in 1839, and located forty acres; he served as Justice of the Peace for twenty-five years, and died February 10, 1861; his widow still resides on the homestead. E. R. HERMAN, when nineteen years old, began teaching school, but in 1855 took up law and read until 1861, teaching school and practicing at intervals. In October, 1861, he enlisted in Company E. Forty-sixth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, was elected First Lieutenant, and campaigned through Kentucky, Arkansas and Mississippi. The next spring he resigned his commission, but remained with his company until July; then returned and engaged in mercantile pursuits for three years, and then went to Rochester (Fulton County, Indiana), where he followed the legal profession until the fall of 1881, when he returned to Burnettsville, to assist in caring for his aged mother. He was married, in 1856, to MISS MARGARET E., daughter of JOSEPH and MARGARET CULLEN, born in White County, September 21, 1831. To this union were born three children - MARIEL D., ALPHA and ASHTON FLOYD. MR. HERMAN is a Royal Arch Mason and a Democrat, and his wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church."