From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 281, Honey Creek Township, White County, Indiana
"JOHN A. BATSON was born in Berrien County, Michigan, August 31, 1842. He came to White County in 1875, and engaged in the drug business at Reynolds until September. 1882, when he sold out to JOHN BRUCKER. During this time, he spent his leisure hours in the study of law, and was admitted to the bar of White County in November, 1878, since when he has been engaged in practice. His prepatory course was gained through self-instruction, he having begun with Webster's Elementary Spelling Book, and advancing to Arnold's Latin Dictionary; the fixed sciences received due attention, and he also became a proficient in music, for seven years giving lessons on the piano and organ. September 13, 1872, he was married to MARION H. BEAM, a native of Michigan, and daughter of JOHN Q. BEAM, now one of the Commissioners of White County, and to this union one son and one daughter have been born. In politics, MR. BATSON is independent, but was formerly identified with the Republican party, and for over three years was Postmaster at Reynolds. He is at present Clerk of the Board of Town Trustees, and also a member of Niles Commandery, K. T., No. 12, of Niles, Michigan."