From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 421, West Point Township, White County, Indiana
"JAMES S. VAN VOORST was born in Marion County, Ohio, September 7, 1836, and is one of the four children born to S. and ELIZA (KERR) VAN VOORST, the names of the children being JAMES, JOHN, ABRAM, and ELIZABETH, of whom JAMES alone survives. The father of JAMES was born in Ohio, but became one of the most extensive cattle dealers in White County, Indiana, having from 500 to 3,000 head, and died in Princeton Township. When seven years of age, JAMES was brought to Knox County, Ohio, where he remained until August 1864, when he removed to his present location. On February 4, 1858, he was married to MARY A. DEBOLT, by whom he had thirteen children, those living being CATHARINE, CLARA, WILLIAM, CHARLES, JOHN, FRANK, MARY and LAURA. MR. VAN VOORST resides six miles southwest of Reynolds, on a farm of 160 acres, twenty acres of timber lying three quarters of a mile north, and twenty acres four miles northeast of his residence; most of the land is level, fertile and well cultivated. MR. VAN VOORST gives some attention to cattle-raising, and has his best returns therefrom. He has a comfortable frame dwelling, good barns and various other improvements, including a large windmill. He is a prosperous farmer and an esteemed and worthy citizen."