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 674, Monroe Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"JOHN C. BREWER was born in North Carolina April 7, 1817, and is the son of WILLIAM and ELIZABETH (CAVANESS) BREWER, of whom the former was born in North Carolina in 1768, and the latter in Virginia in 1770. When JOHN C. was aged about twelve, his parents came to Morgan County, this state. There our subject worked at the carpenter's trade from the age of seventeen until April 6, 1836, when he married MARY E., daughter of NOAH WILHITE, of Oldham County, Kentucky. To this union were born eleven children - URBAN C., June 27, 1837; PARTHENA A., January 31, 1839; MINERVA J., December 6, 1840; MARY E., (deceased) December 12, 1842; WILLIAM A., March 17, 1845; CYNTHIA M., April 8, 1848; CANDACE C., (deceased), May 21, 1850; JOHN H., December 7, 1852; THEODOCIA (and a twin sister who died in infancy), November 8, 1855, and MALINDA C., October 8, 1858. After his marriage, Mr. BREWER engaged in various pursuits until 1857, when he came to White Post Township, this County, where he farmed until 1860; he then came to Francesville, farmed two years; he was then appointed Postmaster under Lincoln, started a general store, and in 1874 was reappointed Postmaster under Grant, but three years later was compelled to relinquish business on account of ill health. From 1861 to 1863, he kept the BREWER HOUSE in Francesville. Mr. BREWER is a Mason, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church. FREDERICK CAVANESS, Grandfather of our subject, was born in England and died in North Carolina about 1823; his Grandmother was a native of Holland, and died in North Carolina in about 1825."