W. H. ASHER, Crittenden County, was born in Humboldt, Gibson Co., Tenn., March 9, 1828, and is a son of William R. and Easter C. (Love) Asher. His parents were born in South Carolina, his mother being an own cousin of John C. Calhoun. His grandparents on both sides came to Caldwell County, Ky., in an early day, and his parents were married here. Soon afterward they moved to Gibson County, where they resided until 1835, then came to Kentucky and settled in Crittenden County, where the father died February 18, 1869; the mother April 18, 1868. Subject is the seventh of eleven children, of whom seven are living: T. S. C., in Missouri; Jane Hurley, in Livingston County; Narcissa Robenson, in the Indian Territory, W. H. (subject), Walter M., in Shady Grove; R. L., in Missouri, and D. C. in Illinois. Subject remained on the home farm until twenty-one years old and then settled down for himself near the old homestead, where he remained until 1867. He then came to his present farm, where he now owns about 600 acres of land, with about 200 acres in cultivation. He pays considerable attention to stock raising, and is also engaged in buying and rehandling tobacco. Mr. Asher was married March 21, 1849, to Miss M. A. Crider, daughter of Samuel J. and Polk (Foster) Crider, natives of Virginia. Mrs. Asher was born in Crittenden County, and is the mother of ten children: Nancy J., wife of T. A. O'Neal; Mary, wife of Joseph Samuels; Sarah J., wife of P. O'Neal; Henrietta, wife of B. H. Thurman; Elizabeth B., wife of W. D. Lamb; Eastus C., W. L., J. D., Kittie and Samuel. Mrs. Asher and family are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Asher is a member of Bigham, Lodge, No. 256, A. F. & A. M. of Marion, and Wingate Council No. 35.


Source:  J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin, & G. C. Kniffin. Kentucky. A History of the State. Louisville, KY, Chicago, IL: Battey, 1885. Page 717.