From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 328, Jackson Township, White County, Indiana
"JOHN D. SCROGGS was born in Blount County, Tennessee, October 10, 1820, and is the eldest of the six children of DAVID and MARGARET (DELZELL) SCROGGS, natives respectively of North Carolina and Tennessee. The family came to Putnam County, this State (Indiana), in 1831, moved to Carroll County in 1832, and thence moved to this county in 1836, and located on land which the father had previously entered. The elder MR. SCROGGS was, in his days here, the only blacksmith between Burnettsville and Monticello; he died here in December, 1874, preceded by his wife in about 1848. JOHN D. SCROGGS was reared a farmer, and at the age of twenty began life by cutting wood, splitting rails and getting out square timber. This he continued until March, 1847, when he purchased the farm where he now lives. He was married, March 27, 1851, to MARIA, daughter of JOHN GIBSON, and born in Ohio. In February, 1852, MRS. GIBSON (This is a mistake in the book, should have read MRS. SCROGGS) died, and December 6, 1856, MR. SCROGGS married ELIZA C. CARSON, who died in April, 1860. November 19, 1860, MR. SCROGGS married MRS. MARGARET (DUNCAN) DELZELL, and she died in April, 1875, leaving a family of four children - DAVID, SUSAN A., MARGARET E. (deceased) and JOSEPH A. MR. SCROGGS is a Democrat and a member of the United Presbyterian Church. He owns eighty acres of good land, well cultivated and earned through his own industry and energy."