James M. Polk, of Greenwood, was born in Spencer County, Ky., August 15, 1837, and was the son of William and Sarah (Shoptaugh) Polk, who, when he was eight years old, removed to Bullitt County, Ky. There he spent the rest of his early youth on a farm. At eighteen years of age, or in March, 1856, he accompanied his parents to Greenwood, this county, whither they arrived on the 10th day of the month. The home of our subject has been in and near Greenwood ever since, and his occupation has chiefly been farming. He was married July 6, 1886, to Miss Josephine Miller. She was born in Highland County, Ohio, February 24, 1853, and was the daughter of Cary A. and Sarah (Brous) Miller, both of whom were also natives of Highland County, Ohio. The wife of Mr. Polk is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He and wife have a pleasant home in Greenwood, where they reside in a happy way. They are highly respected.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 809.