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 696, Harrison Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"JACOB A. DEPOY was born in Fayette County, Ohio, July 22, 1829, and is one of the six children born to WILLIAM and MARIA (PURNELL) DEPOY, both natives of Rockingham County, Virginia, and of French, German and English extraction. The parents settled in Fayette County in the fall of 1824; in November, 1850, they moved to Howard County, Indiana; and in 1860, they came to this county, locating at Star City, and finally came to this township, where they died at the home of our subject in the spring of 1870, aged, respectively, seventy-three and sixty-nine years. JACOB A. DEPOY was reared a farmer, but after his majority learned to be a carpenter. He married, December 2, 1852, MISS CYRENA J. MARCUM, born in Darke County, Ohio, October 3, 1832, and daughter of JOSIAH and RACHEL (PENNY) MARCUM, natives of Tennessee and North Carolina. By this marriage there were born to MR. DEPOY ten children, six now living - AMANDA J., WILLIAM S., HARRIET E., JAMES L., FRANK D. and HARRY E. MR. DEPOY followed farming in Howard County until 1860, when he came to Indian Creek Township, this county, purchased eighty acres of land, and lived here two years; then returned to Howard, where he worked at his trade two years; then came back to this county, sold his land in Indian Creek, and bought ninety-one acres in this township. This land he has highly improved, and has erected a fine, large frame dwelling. He is a Republican, and was Township Trustee in Howard County. He and wife are members of the Christian Church."