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 754, Tippecanoe Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"JOHN R. DeMOSS was born in Preble County, Ohio, December 23, 1812. At the age of fifteen he came with his parents to Logansport (Cass County), Indiana, and after living there a number of years came with his brother PETER to Monterey, and has resided in Tippecanoe Township ever since - about twenty-five years in Monterey, and nineteen on his present place. He was married, September 12, 1841, to ELIZABETH BAILEY, who became the mother of nine children - MARGARET (deceased), MARY, WILLIAM, CHARLES (deceased), CLARISSA, LEWIS, SALINDA (deceased), ABRAHAM, and PERMELIA. MR. DeMOSS now resides eight miles southwest of Monterey, close by the banks of the Tippecanoe River, and still pays considerable attention to farming. He is among the first of the old settlers; is a worthy citizen, and is always anxious to see any movement prosper that will favor the development of Monterey and her township."