From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 340, Princeton Township, White County, Indiana.
JAMES S. CLARY is a native of Greene County, Tennessee, son of ZACKI and SUSANNA (HAMDEN) CLARY, born October 24, 1824, and was the sixth in a family of eleven children. On the 22nd of November, 1845, he left home on foot for Indiana, arriving here on the 8th of December, and stopping in Prairie Township. In a few days he secured a job of making rails for SOLOMON McCULLOCH, at 50 cents per hundred. In a short time, he hired to MR. McCULLOCH by the month; worked two summers; then farmed one season; and then struck out on horseback for the home of his childhood, and there remained two months; and then returned to Prairie Township, and November 9, 1848, was united in marriage to MISS SUSANNA SMELSER, of Prairie Township. To them were born seven children, viz.: JOSEPH H., JASPER N., SARAH A., SAMUEL H., JOHN M., JAMES W. and LUCY B. Of these children, only two, the oldest and youngest are living. In March, 1851, MR. CLARY removed to Princeton Township, and for one month lived in an old shanty that stood just west of where the cabin on his land was afterward built. This cabin, however was torn down during the Centennial year, and in its stead was erected a commodious and comfortable house. October 24, 1871, MRS. CLARY died. MR. CLARY, after remaining a widower for nine years, was married, March 13, 1880, to MRS. EUNICE WIRTMAN, a native of Pickaway County, Ohio. MR. and MRS. CLARY are members of the Christian Church, and he is a Republican."