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." On page 643: "BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES" "CITY OF WINAMAC"
"JOSEPH B. AGNEW, Sr., was born in Butler County, Ohio, October 22, 1815, one of the eight children born to JOSEPH B. and MARIAM (McKEE) AGNEW, natives respectively of New Jersey and Virginia. Our subject left the parental roof at about the age of fifteen, to seek his own fortune. The fall of 1832 found him working by the day in Ripley County, Indiana; he then learned the millwright's trade. February 25, 1836, he married LOUISA BOLDREY. In May, 1847, he enlisted for the Mexican war in Company K, Fourth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and shortly after was made Corporal. While on skirmishing duty near Natural Bridge, thirty miles above Vera Cruz, he was shot in the right ankle, which necessitated amputation, and he was discharged in December, 1847. On Christmas Day, he left Vera Cruz and reached Ripley (County, Indiana) January, 1848, and there worked at his trade until the fall of 1850, when he moved to White County, this State (Indiana), and a few weeks later came to this County (Pulaski) settled in Franklin Township and engaged in farming and stock-raising until the fall of 1867, when he came to his present place in Winamac (Pulaski County, Indiana), where he owns 137 acres of good land adjoining the town. He was a whig previous to the Mexican War, since when he has been a Democrat. In 1852, he was elected Clerk and Recorder, which office he held four years and then resigned to become Swamp Land Commissioner under an appointment by GOV. WILLARD, and in this capacity served four years. In 1874, he was elected and re-elected County Treasurer, serving four years. Since then he has been leading a retired life. MR. and MRS. AGNEW have had born to them twelve children - DANIEL W., WILLIAM W. (deceased), MARIAM S. (deceased), SAMUEL B., LUCINDA, ELIZABETH A., JOSEPH B., JOHN M., NANCY M., LOUISA, THOMAS J. and FRANK."