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 728, White Post Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"FRANCIS S. HORNER was born in Yorkshire, England, October 16, 1818, one of the ten children of ELIAS and DOROTHY (SMITH) HORNER, of whom there are living FRANCIS, ELIAS and CORNELIUS. The father, also a native of Yorkshire, was born in 1798, and at the age of fourteen, was apprenticed for seven years to one of the great cutlery firms of Sheffield. In 1821 or 1822, he came to America, engaged in farming for several years, then in merchandising, at which he was occupied at the time of his death in 1854, in La Porte County, Indiana. He was a sincere Christian, and an Elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church. FRANCIS S. came to America with his father. At the age of thirteen, he was apprenticed to a harness-maker in Warren County, Ohio, and continued at the business for about five years, since when he has been engaged chiefly in farming. In 1854, he came to this township, and in 1872 to Medarysville, to engage in mercantile business, and is now one of the firm of E. W. HORNER & CO., one of the most extensive establishments in the town. FRANCIS S. was married, in 1839, to ISABEL CAMPBELL, who has borne him two children - ELIZABETH and DOROTHY, the latter deceased. MRS. HORNER died about the year 1843. In July, 1848, MR. HORNER married MARGARET CALLAWAY, who has borne him five children; the names of the living are ELIAS, SARAH, EVA and FRANCIS. MR. HORNER is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is an influential citizen."