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 704, Indian Creek Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"VAN S. BURTON is a native of Fairfield County, Ohio, is one of the ten children of JOHN and CATHERINE (STEWART) BURTON, and was born February 20, 1825. JOHN BURTON, a native of Maryland, moved to Fairfield County in about 1810, and was there married. He settled on eighty acres of wild land which his father had entered, built a cabin and cleared up a farm. He served all through the war of 1812, and in 1838 he moved to Carroll County, Indiana, where he died September, 1839. His widow then moved with her children to Cass County, (Indiana), and settled on some land her deceased husband had entered, and there died in September, 1845, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. VAN S. BURTON remained at home until after his mother's death, and then farmed on shares for five years; he then bought a farm of forty acres in Cass County, worked it until the fall of 1854 and then came to this township, where he farmed on shares, until 1859, when he bought 200 acres of unimproved land, on which he has ever since resided, having increased it to 300 acres and placed it all under cultivation. MR. BURTON was first married to NANCY KISLER, a native of Cass County, Indiana, who became the mother of one son - JOHN L., and died February 21, 1852. In September, 1853, he married ABIGAIL WALLEY, a native of Marion County, Ohio. MRS. ABIGAIL BURTON died January 1, 1874, the mother of four children, two of whom are still living - MARY A., now MRS. JOHN R. CORNER, and HANNAH, now MRS. GEORGE COMPTON. In politics, MR. BURTON affiliates with the Greenback party."