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 765, Cass Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"JOHN B. WALDEN is a native of Dearborn County (now Ohio County), Indiana, was born April 27, 1836, and is the second of the ten children of JOSIAH and SARAH (BARE) WALDEN. The father was the first white child born (1805) in the territory which afterward erected into the county of Dearborn, Indiana. He was formerly mail carrier between Medaryville, Winamac, Rensselaer and Buncomb, and is now a resident of Kansas, of which state he is a pioneer. JOHN B. WALDEN came to this county with his parents May 4, 1844. April 4, 1858, he married MISS ELIZABETH, daughter of JAMES and SARAH SWISHER, natives of Ohio and Pennsylvania, and pioneers of Pulaski County, coming in 1845. MR. WALDEN after marriage lived for three years on rented land, and then purchased forty acres. December 12, 1861, he enlisted in Company G, Forty-sixth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and took part in the fights at Port Gibson, siege of Vicksburg, New Madrid, Riddle's Point, Fort Pillow, Memphis and St. Charles; at Jackson, Miss., July 12, 1863, he was wounded in the face; at Sabine Cross Roads, April 8, 1864, he was struck in the breast by a spent ball, was taken prisoner, and paroled on the 6th of December, and exchanged at Galveston on the 12th. He came home on a furlough for a short time, and then rejoined his regiment at Lexington, Kentucky. September 6, 1865, he was honorably discharged."