ASA B. MOORE. - - Throughout life Asa B. Moore has been a resident of Sangamon county and now owns and operates the old Moore homestead of three hundred and thirty acres on sections 19 and 24, Chatham township. He was born May 10, 1858, on the farm where he still resides, and is a son of M. M. Moore, who was born in Virginia in 1813. His grandfather, Joseph Moore, was also a native of the Old Dominion and from that state removed to Kentucky about 1815, locating in Bourbon county, where he made his home for several years. Later he came to Illinois, joining his son M. M. in Sangamon county, where he spent his last years.
M. M. Moore was only two years old on the removal of the family to Kentucky and there he grew to manhood. About 1835 he came to Sangamon county, Illinois, where he entered land and purchased additional property, becoming the owner of a good farm which is now in possession of our subject. He erected a large and substantial residence, good outbuildings and set out fruit and shade trees, making his farm one of the best in the locality. In this county he married Elizabeth Crow, a native of Kentucky and a daughter of William Crow, who was one of the "snowbirds", having located here before the winter of the deep snow. After a useful and well spent life Mr. Moore died in 1895, at the ripe old age of eighty-two years, and his estimable wife passed away in September, 1900. In politics he was a stanch Democrat, but never sought or desired office. He had nine children, seven sons and two daughters, namely: Joseph N., who is single and resides with Asa B.; John H., a farmer of Chatham township; Charles, who is engaged in business in the village of Chatham; George L., a resident of Wichita, Kansas; Robert, deceased; William D., also a resident of Wichita, Kansas; Asa B., the youngest son; Margaret J., wife of C. W. Nuckolls, of Champaign, Illinois; and Sadie, deceased wife of William Kirk.
Asa B. Moore passed his boyhood and youth under the parental roof and received his education in the district schools. From some years he assisted his father in the operation of the farm and then took charge of the place. After his father's death he purchased the interests of the other heirs and succeeded to the property. In connection with general farming he is successfully engaged in stock raising, keeping a good grade of horses, cattle and hogs.
On the 11th of January, 1899, Mr. Moore married Miss Lou Scott, who was born, reared and educated in the village of Chatham, being a daughter of Thomas Scott of that place. They now have a little daughter, Erma.
Politically Mr. Moore was formerly a Democrat, but being a strong temperance man he now supports the Prohibition party at national elections and at local elections votes for the man whom he believes best qualified for office, regardless of party lines. Both he and his wife are active and prominent members of the Cumberland Presbyterian church and for years he has served as one of its elders. He contributes liberally to church work and never withholds his support from any enterprise which he believes calculated t promote the moral, social or material welfare of his native county. His life has been in harmony with his religious belief and his friends throughout the community are many.