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 248, City of Monticello, White County, Indiana.
"H. VAN VOORST, County Auditor, was born in Lucas County, Ohio, February 27, 1844. His father, ABRAM VAN VOORST, was a native of New York State, and was three times married - first to MARY MURRAY, who bore him three children, two yet living, our subject being the youngest. MRS. VAN VOORST died in 1849. In 1850, the father brought his two children to this county, and in 1852 married SARAH IRVINE. August 7, 1861, HENRY VAN VOORST enlisted in Company F, Twenty-seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and for two years served in the Army of the Potomac, taking part in the battles of Winchester, Cedar Mountain, second Bull Run, Antietam, at which last he was wounded in the head. Gangrene set in, and for two months he was confined in the hospital at Philadelphia. His next engagement was at Chancellorsville, where he was wounded in the thigh by a fragment of a shell, and was sent to the Lincoln Hospital, at Washington. After a short furlough, he rejoined the Army of the Potomac, and in the fall of 1863 was transferred to the Army of the West, under GENERAL HOOKER. He was wounded in the right hip by a shell, at Resaca, was sent to hospital at Nashville, and finally discharged October 13, 1864. On his return, he clerked, taught school, learned telegraphy, and was station agent at Reynolds four years. In 1876, he was elected County Auditor, re-elected in 1880. He was married, December 24, 1868, to MRS. ELLEN BUNNELL, who has borne him two children - BERTIE and FRED. MR. VAN VOORST is a Republican, and his wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church."