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 753, Tippecanoe Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"ELI DeMOSS was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, March 16, 1804, and is the eldest of eight children born to WILLIAM and MARY (RAMSEY) DeMOSS, as follows: ELI, POLLY, PETER, CYNTHIA, JOHN, WESLEY, JAMES and NELSON, all of whom are dead excepting ELI and JOHN. The father was born in Kentucky, was a farmer, took part in the war of 1812, and died in Kansas. When ELI was a child, his father moved back to Kentucky, and a year or two later moved to Cass County, Indiana, where ELI resided until he came to this township in the fall of 1837; he has lived on his present place since 1840. He is the oldest settler in the township, was its first Justice of the Peace, and performed the ceremony at the first wedding within its boundaries. He has worked at stonecutting and wagon-making, and has been three times married - first, in 1830, to LUCINDA IRVIN, who gave birth to three children - WILLIAM, ABRAM, and MARIA - all deceased. The second time, in 1840, to MARY MORRIS, who also became the mother of three children - SAMUEL, EMELINE and FELIX; the last named only is yet living. The third time, February 17, 1848, to MARY PHIPPS, who has given birth to eight children - CLARA, AGATHA, VIRGIL, EMMA, JANE, EVELYN, PETER and SCHUYLER. AGATHA and EMMA are dead. MR. DeMOSS and wife are passing their declining years on his fine farm of 200 acres about one-half mile west of Monterey."