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 692, Salem Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"STEPHEN THRASHER was born in Marion County, Indiana, April 2, 1841. His parents, JOSIAH and ELIZABETH (CLARKE) THRASHER, were born in 1815 and 1821, respectively, and were married, March 17, 1836, in Rush County, Indiana. At the age of fourteen, STEPHEN began an apprenticeship with his father at carpentering, and worked with him until June, 1861, when he enlisted in Company K, Fifteenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He took part in the fight at Greenbrier, West Virginia, then in the battle of Shiloh, siege of Cornith; the fight at Stone River, where his regiment charged the ford; he was at Chattanooga and with SHERIDAN's division at Mission Ridge and then at Knoxville. He was mustered out at Indianapolis June 25, 1864, and then came to Salem Township. September 27, 1865, he married RACHEL A., the daughter of WILLIAM and MARY A. (CARTRIGHT) GORDON, and to this union have been born five children - BRITAMOOTE, CYRUS, MINNIE (deceased), MARY (deceased), and CARRIE L. MR. THRASHER farmed four years and then sold out and moved to Francesville, bought a lot and built a dwelling and shop and resumed business as carpenter and builder. MR. THRASHER is a Master Mason, and a member of the G.A.R., and he and wife are members of the Christian Church."