The following Biographical sketch was copied from "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA" Historical and Biographical. Illustrated Chicago: F. A. Battey & Co., Publishers 1883.
JAMES M. McBETH, Deputy County Auditor and Trustee of Union Township, is a native of Clark County, Ohio, where his birth occurred July 31, 1842. His father, WILLIAM McBETH, was a Pennsylvanian of Scotch descent, a farmer, and was twice married. His first wife, AMELIA GOUDY, died in Ohio in 1820, an infant daughter surviving her only a short time. In about 1824, he married ANNA STEELE, mother of the subject of this sketch, and to this union seven children were born, three only of whom are living. The parents moved to Cass Township, this County (WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA), in December, 1847, where Mr. WILLIAM McBETH died in 1854. His widow remarried, and is yet living in White County, aged seventy-eight years. JAMES M. McBETH has passed the greater part of his life in White County, and is one of it's soldier boys, having enlisted on the 5th of November, 1861, in Company E, Fifty-sixth Indiana Volunteers, and having been discharged September 5, 1865. He was engaged in the battles of Fort Gibson, Raymond, Champion Hills, Vicksburg, Carrion Crow Bayou, Pleasant Hill, Opelousas and Sabine Cross Roads. At the last named engagement, Mr JAMES M. McBETH was captured and conveyed to Camp Ford in Texas, and afterward to Camp Grose. At the last named place he was paroled, and in February, 1865 was exchanged. After the war, he returned home, and commenced better educating himself, and since has taught school a total of twenty-one terms, and for the past eight years has served as Deputy Auditor. Mr. JAMES M. McBETH is a warm Republican, has served in various positions of local honor and trust, and is the present Trustee of Union Township. He is a member of the I.O.O.F., A.O.U.I., the G.A.R., and the father of four children - WILLIAM E., WALTER, BERTHA, and BIRDELLA. The mother was Miss SARAH C. TURNER, of Dayton, Ohio, and was married to Mr. JAMES M. McBETH November 25, 1872, and both parents are members of the Presbyterian Church. The following are the names of the children born to Mr. JAMES M. McBETH'S parents: JOHN S.(died in Andersonville Prison during the Civil War), WILLIAM W.(a resident of Tippecanoe County, Indiana), JOSEPH(who lives on the old place in Cass Township), James M., AMELIA G., MARGARET J., and MARY A.(deceased)