From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 337, Jackson Township, White County, Indiana
"JOHN YORK was born in Preble County, Ohio, January 31, 1821, and came to this township with his parents in the fall of 1835, entering eighty acres on Section 14. He assisted in erecting the first schoolhouse in the township, and attended the same two winters. He assisted his father in clearing up the farm until he reached his majority, and then, March 10, 1842, married MISS SARAH J. RYERSON, of Darke County, Ohio, born August 24, 1824, and daughter of JOHN and ELIZABETH (WINEGARDNER) RYERSON, natives of New Jersey and North Carolina. This family came to Cass County, Indiana, in 1839, and there cleared up a farm; in 1867, they came to Burnettsville, where the father died in 1869, and the mother in 1876, aged respectively seventy-four and eighty-five years. MRS. YORK has borne her husband four children - WILLIAM H., LYDIA (deceased), JONATHAN S. and AMANDA J. (the wife of GEORGE MERTZ). In the early days of MR. YORK's married life, he hauled wheat to Logan (Logansport, Indiana), and sold it for 33 cents to 35 cents per bushel, and pork, dressed, at $1.25 per hundred weight, and hauled his salt from Michigan City, a distance of one hundred miles; but he has thriven, and now has a farm of 305 acres, and has, besides, given to each of his children about $1,500, and he also owns property in Burnesttsville of great value. Since 1837, (this year has to be wrong), MR. YORK has lived in town in retirement. In politics, he is a Democrat, and has served as TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE eight years. He was one of the building committee appointed to superintend the erection of the Baptist Church edifice, and he also contributed largely from his own means toward its completion. He and wife are members of the organization."