A Biographical Sketch from the Book "COUNTIES of WHITE and PULASKI, INDIANA" "HISTORICAL and BIOGRAPHICAL". Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. BATTEY & CO., Publishers. 1883. page 237, City of Monticello, White County, Indiana.
"PROF. J. G. ROYER, Superintendent of the Monticello Public Schools, is a native of Union County, Pennsylvania, where he was born April 22, 1838. He is next to the youngest in a family of seven children born to JACOB and SUSAN (MYERS) ROYER, who were of Swiss and German descent respectively. He remained on his father's farm until the completion of his fifteenth year, when, at that almost unprecedentedly young age, he began his career as a public teacher. In 1856, he entered Union Seminary, New Berlin, Pennsylvania, intending at the time to take a preparatory course before entering college, but owing to ill health, and much to his disappointment, was obliged to abandon the plan. From that period until 1863, he steadily followed the profession of teaching. In the last mentioned year, he removed to Darke County, Ohio, and accepted the Superintendency of the Versailles Schools. Here his reputation as an instuctor of youth was fully ripened. In 1871, he came to White County, purchased a farm in Jackson Township, and in the following year became connected with the schools of Burnettsville. In 1876, he was engaged as Principal and Superintendent of the Monticello High School, and in 1879 was appointed Superintendent alone, the school board creating that position at the time. Thus he remains at present, enjoying a reputation which his energy, skill and natural qualifications have secured. He has at present a well improved farm of eighty acres in Union Township, which he conducts on scientific principles. He is a Republican; also a minister of the German Baptist Church. His marriage with Miss LIZZIE REIFF occurred in 1861. They have eight children - GALEN, SUSIE, MARY, IDA, NETTIE, LILLIE, PHENIE and MYRTLE."