|Birth: ||Apr. 22, 1855|
|Death: ||Apr. 19, 1920|
General History of Macon County Missouri
Andrew J. Asbury, of Hudson township, who is one of the leading citizens of Macon county, and has reflected credit on it and its people in both private and public life, is a native of Missouri, born in Howard County on April 22, 1855. His grandfather, Elijah Asbury, was a native of Virginia, and belonged to a family that for generations held high rank in the Old dominion, where the family name is one of prominence in the chronicles of the state, running back into colonial times.
Mr. Asbury is a son of Thomas and Katharine/Catherine (Downing) Asbury, natives of Clinton County, Ohio. Andrew J. Asbury got his meager draughts of scholastic learning at the common fountain of inspiration of the American people, the district schools, attending these temples of Cadmus in Howard, Monroe and Macon Counties. When he had completed their limited courses of instruction he remained at home and assisted his father in the work of the farm until 1877. He then bought forty acres of land and began farming on his own account, continuing his operations in the line of productive industry until 1895. In that year he moved to Macon City, where he lived for a period of thirteen years. In 1908 he bought another farm of eighty acres, and on this he has ever since made his home, but has not engaged actively in the work of farming the land, having other duties of importance to occupy his time and energies. He was elected sheriff of the county in 1894, and in 1898 was chosen marshal, holding the former office one term and the latter two. At the end of his second term as marshal he was appointed superintendent of the county infirmary, a position which he filled with credit to himself and benefit to the institution and the county for a period of two years. While sheriff he hanged the first and only man ever executed by law in the county.
It will be seen that in official life Mr. Asbury has rendered the county good service and dignified and adorned its citizenship. As a farmer also he was highly successful, carrying on his operations on a high plane and helping to raise the standard of farming all around him. It is his demonstrated merit that has raise him to prominence among the people and won him their lasting esteem; and it is his industry, thrift and capacity that have given him a goodly store of this world's goods and made him comfortable for life.
Mr. Asbury's first marriage occurred on February 25, 1877, when he was united in wedlock with Miss Jennie B. Fleming, a native of Pennsylvania. They had six children and five of them are living(1910): Harry W., a resident of Winslow, Arizona; Frank H., who lives in Los Angeles, California; Jesse T., whose home is in Fresno, California; Cline R. who also lives in Arizona, at Winslow, and Ruby K., who is still a member of the parental household. Their mother died in 1891, and on September 25, 1893, the father married a second wife, on this occasion being united with Miss Ida M. Vanneten, a resident of Macon county. In politics Mr. Asbury is a pronounced Republican. In fraternal relations he belongs to the Woodmen of the World and the Independent Order of Foresters, and his religious affiliation is with the Christian church. He has been very active in all and stands well in each.
Thomas Washington Asbury (1814 - 1888)
Catherine Downing Asbury (1819 - 1882)
Jennie B. Asbury (1858 - 1891)*
Lillie M. Asbury (____ - 1882)*
Cline Richard Asbury (1887 - 1942)*
Ruby K Asbury Vickrey (1889 - 1914)*
William W. Asbury (1839 - 1862)*
Mary Asbury Sickles (1841 - 1896)*
Louisa Jane Asbury Neff (1846 - 1916)*
Andrew Jackson Asbury (1855 - 1920)
William H Asbury (1860 - 1929)*
Bethel Christian Church Cemetery
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Record added: Feb 11, 2010
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