From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 424, Cass Township, White County, Indiana
"JOSEPH McBETH was born in Clark County, Ohio, May 3, 1837, and is one of the seven children of WILLIAM and ANNA (STEELE) McBETH, both natives of Pennsylvania, and of Scotch descent. The family came to this county in 1847; the father died September 9, 1854; the mother survives, at the age of seventy-nine, and resides with her son JOSEPH. July 4, 1861, MR. McBETH enlisted in Company K, Twentieth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was assigned to the Army of the Potomac. He took part in the seven days' fight before Richmond, at Glendale and Malvern Hill, and at Gettyburg, where he was twice shot in the left thigh. After three months confinement in hospital at Washington, he rejoined his regiment near Culpeper, Virginia, remaining with it until the battle of the Wilderness, when he was detailed for hospital duty at Philadelphia, where he was honorably discharged in August, 1864. May 3, 1866, he married MISS ELMINA M., daughter of DAVID and LYDIA (HIBBARD) SHEEHAN, and born in Montgomery County, Ohio, December 30, 1839. To this union have been born six children - JOHN S., ANNA A., BLANCH E., WILLIAM W., JOSEPH M. and PERRY MORTON. MR. McBETH is the owner of the old homestead of 200 acres; he is a Republican, and has served as Township Trustee and Assessor; he is also a member of the United Presbyterian Church."