From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 386, Big Creek Township, White County, Indiana
"DANIEL J. ORTH was born in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, July 17, 1848, and is the second in the family of eight children born to HENRY W. and MARIA (STEIN) ORTH, both natives of Pennsylvania and of German descent. HENRY W. ORTH was reared a farmer, and when a young man was employed as a civil engineer and helped to locate the Erie Canal. Later, he followed distilling several years. In about 1848, he moved to Western Ohio and engaged in buying horses and mules for the Eastern market. In 1850, he came to Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and entered the lumber and cabinet-making trade. In 1856, he came to this township and bought 160 acres, engaged in farming until 1870, and then sold and moved to Brookston, where he now resides. MR. ORTH was Colonel of militia in Pennsylvania, and has been Trustee of this township. He is a Mason, a member of the Universalist Church, and a brother of the late HON. GODLOVE S. ORTH, of LaFayette. DANIEL J. ORTH, at the age of twenty-one, bought his present farm of 160 acres, on which he has since lived, with the exception of one year, when he was engaged in the agricultural implement business at Chalmers. He was married, April 7, 1870, to MARGARET WOLVERTON, a native of this county; she has borne him six children, five of whom are living. In politics, MR. ORTH is a Republican, and he is an enterprising young farmer."