The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 713, Indian Creek Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"JAMES KEY was born in Carroll County, Indiana, October 14, 1839 and is the sixth of nine children born to SAMUEL and ELIZABETH (GRATEHOUSE) KEY, natives respectively of Virginia and Ohio, and of Irish and German extraction. When SAMUEL KEY was a small boy, his parents settled near Dayton, Ohio, and there he was educated and married. About 1829, he moved his wife and children to the wilderness of Carroll County, Indiana, entered eighty acres, built a cabin and cleared up a farm. In the fall of 1840, he sold out and came to this township, entered 120 acres, and here farmed until his death in September, 1864. JAMES KEY, until his majority, lived with his father receiving the usual education attainable at the frontier schoolhouses. For three years he worked out by the month, and then bought forty-eight acres of unimproved land on Section No. 29, which he improved and added to until he now owns 100 acres. In February, 1865, he enlisted in Company H, Forty-sixth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war. He was married, June 27, 1864, to MARY A. CHRISINGER, a native of Marion County, Ohio, and to this union there have been born eight children, all of whom are living. In politics, MR. KEY is a Democrat."