Not my family line, just sharing.
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 678, Salem Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"PETER J. ELDRIDGE is the son of STEPHEN and DICEY ELDRIDGE, natives of Massachusetts. The parents moved to Stark County, Ohio at an early day, where, on April 26, 1812, PETER J. was born, twin to a girl. When but two weeks old, he was adopted by a friend of the family, Mr. PETER JOHNSTON, by whom he was educated and reared to manhood. He was apprenticed to a carpenter, and after learning the trade was married, February 14, 1831, to CATHERINE TRAXLER, who bore him eight children - WILLIAM, May 14, 1832; DANIEL, February 15, 1834 (deceased); HENRY, June 26, 1836 (deceased); STEPHEN, August 25, 1839; NATHAN, August 28, 1841; ELIZABETH J., August 7, 1843; THOMAS, January 25, 1845. September 11, 1848, the mother died and was buried with a newly born boy in her arms. In 1840, Mr. ELDRIDGE moved to Crawford County, Indiana, and remained there until 1849. He then moved to Marion County, where he established a steam saw mill. September 14, 1851, he married MARIA COUNTERMASS, daughter of JOHN H. and ANN (KINT) COUNTERMASS, and to this union ten children were born - JAMES, January 31, 1853; Peter, January 31, 1855; LUCINDA, March 28, 1857; ANN, July 9, 1859 (deceased); SARAH, November 8, 1861; JOHN, April 1, 1864; ELIAS, January 12, 1866; CHARLES, November 6, 1868; MARY, December 21, 1870, and JOSEPH, May 29, 1873. In 1857, Mr. ELDRIDGE came to this township, where he had previously purchased 160 acres of wild land, and engaged in farming and in carpentering and house building. In 1875, he lost his dwelling and contents by fire. In 1876, his son HENRY was killed accidently. He and others were out to charivari a newly married couple, when the wad of a gun discharged by a nephew entered HENRY's body, causing death two weeks after. Mr. E. is a Democrat and has served as School Trustee; he and wife are members of the Free Will Baptist Church."