From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 260, Prairie Township, White County, Indiana "F. ALKIRE (Fergus) was born in the State of Ohio, February 13, 1813, and in 1837 came to Indiana and settled in Tippecanoe County, where about 1838, he married MISS RACHEL HAYES, a native of Ohio. He farmed his eighty acres of land until 1854 or 1855, when he came to this county and entered three eighty acre lots, and then purchased until he owned about 2,000 acres, all in Prairie Township, and all under cultivation, except a portion reserved for timber. He has heretofore dealt largely in live stock, and some years back used annually to drive from 400 to 600 head of cattle to Philadelphia or Madison County, Ohio, and so continued to do until railroads afforded him better facilities; he also handled 100 to 200 head of hogs, and about 150 head of sheep. MRS. ALKIRE died in September, 1871, and subsequently MR. ALKIRE married MRS. ELIZA A. HAYES, a widow, and daughter of JAMES and NANCY GRIFFITH. MR. ALKIRE has had born to him five children - MARY A. (deceased), CYNTHIA J. (deceased), I. R. (believe this to be ISAAC), R. H. and W. T., and has assisted all his sons to good farms."