From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 271, Prairie Township, White County, Indiana
"N. HORNBECK was born in the State of Ohio, and in 1837, at the age of twelve years, came to White County with his parents, ADAM and MARGARET (DUNGAN) HORNBECK. He availed himself of the ordinary advantages afforded by the pioneer school, and then worked on his own account seven or eight years, acquiring about 200 acres of land. In 1853, he married MRS. PHEBE COIL, daughter of WILLIAM LITTLE, and a native of Miami County, Ohio; to this union have been born four children - THOMAS K. (deceased), FRANK (deceased) and FANNIE (twins) and ADDIE. MR. HORNBECK has added to his land until he is now possessor of about 577 acres, improved with every convenience and comfort. He handles from fifty to sixty head of cattle annually, 100 to 125 head of sheep, 130 to 140 hogs, and twelve to fifteen horses. He has served his fellow-citizens in the capacity of County Commissioner three years, and also for three years as Township Trustee, and in both positions have given the most complete satisfaction to his constituents."