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 699, Harrison Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"JAMES TOBEY, one of the eleven children of SAMUEL and LUCY (WHEELER) TOBEY, is a native of Dryden, Massachusetts, and was born October 11, 1813. At six weeks old, he was taken by his parents to Ohio, thence two years later, to Fayette County, Indiana, and four years later to Jennings County, where he attained his majority. The father died in 1833, and the mother was then compelled to rely on JAMES to manage her affairs. February 1, 1838, MR. TOBEY married MISS MATILDA LOCKWOOD, a native of Jennings County and daughter of JAMES and SIBYL (CLARK) LOCKWOOD, both natives of New York State. To this union were born eight children, of whom four are still living - SIBYL C., now wife of N. W. SCOTT; SAMUEL W., PHOENIX T. and JAMES HARVER. In 1843, the family moved to Marshall County, Indiana, and in 1849, came to this township. Here MR. TOBEY has been prosperous, and now owns a fine farm of 180 acres; he has besides, given three 40 acre lots to his children. He is a Republican and has never, to his knowledge, voted for a drunkard. He is now sixty-nine years old, and has never yet swallowed a glass of liquor, nor used profane language. He has long been an officer in the Christian Church, and his family all belong to that denomination."