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 727, White Post Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"JAMES M. FARNSLEY was born in Jefferson County, Kentucky, May 9, 1817, and is one of seven children born to DAVID and SARAH (MERRIWETHER) FARNSLEY, only three of whom are living - MARY, JAMES and MARTHA. The father was born in 1787 or 1788, and was a farmer and harness-maker, and died in Jefferson County, Kentucky, in 1833. JAMES M. worked on his father's farm until 1844, when he moved to Harrison County, Indiana; there he farmed for ten years, after which, in partnership with another, he erected a "fifty-barrel" steam grist mill; shortly afterward, he purchased his partner's interest and operated this mill alone until 1869, when he came to Medarysville to view the country. In 1873, he settled on a farm two and a half miles southeast of the town, and in 1879 returned to Medarysville and purchased a two-thirds interest in the only grist mill in the township. This is a two-and-a-half-story frame, with two sets of buhrs, run by a twenty-five horsepower engine. The firm name is FARNSLEY & SLOCUM, and custom work is a specialty. MR. FARNSLEY was married in October, 1841, to MARGARET C. NEIL, who gave birth to eight children, of whom HOLBY, EURAH, JULIA, ALICE, LIZZIE, and MATTIE are living. MR. FARNSLEY was again married in December, 1864, his choice being MARGARET E. KESSINGER, who has given birth to fourteen children, of whom there are living the following: LUCY, HATTIE, LEAH, TAMY, RACHEL, MILDRED, ALBERT and EVE."