From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 395, Big Creek Township, White County, Indiana
"JOHN S. WINGARD was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, September 8, 1817, and is the second of the eight children now living born to HENRY and ELIZABETH (SNAVELY) WINGARD, both natives of Pennsylvania. JOHN S. WINGARD remained on his father's farm until twenty-seven years of age, when he came to Carroll County, this State (Indiana), where he worked by the job or month for nearly two years. In the fall of 1847, he bought a half interest in a grist mill, which he retained about three years, and then traded for a partially improved farm of 150 acres in this township and about $700 in cash. On this farm he has ever since resided, and has improved it in a high degree. He was married, August 28, 1847, to ANNA SCHEUTZ, a native of Wayne County, Indiana. To this marriage have been born eight children, four of whom are living. MR. and MRS. WINGARD are members of the Dunkard Church, and in politics he is a Republican. MR. WINGARD's father was a farmer by occupation, and was for many years Assessor in his native county."