From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 391, Big Creek Township, White County, Indiana
"GEORGE STEPHAN, Jr. was born in Germany March 7, 1831, and is one of the nine children of GEORGE and EVA (GRUNDTISCH) STEPHAN. The father, a farmer, brought his family to this country in 1846, settling in Massillon, Ohio, where he remained one year, and then moved to Wyandot County, where he bought land and farmed until 1866; he then sold out and bought property in Sandusky, where he died September 13, 1881. MRS. EVA STEPHAN died at the same place June 25, 1880. Both were members of the Lutheran Church. GEORGE STEPHAN, Jr., at the age of fifteen years, began working by the month at teaming and farming, and so continued until he was twenty-four; he next farmed on shares in Wood County, Ohio, for three years; in the spring of 1858, he brought his wife and family to this township, farmed on shares twelve years, and then bought his present farm of 163 acres. He was married, April 2, 1855, to LOUISA WERTS, a native of Pennsylvania, and this lady has borne him three children, as follows: WILLIAM H., April 13, 1856; SOPHIA E., February 15, 1860 and GEORGE A., August 26, 1864. Both MR. and MRS. STEPHAN are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics he is a Republican."