Asbury B. Adrian, a prosperous farmer and stock raiser, who owns 100 acres of valuable land in Wayne Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, is a representative citizen of this section and a former trustee of the township. He was born in Wayne Township, February 24, 1855, and is a son of Jacob and Eve (Betz) Adrian.
Jacob Adrian was also born in Wayne Township and was a son of Joseph L. Adrian, who was a son of Jacob Adrian, the pioneer of the family, who secured Government land in this township in its earliest days of settlement. Jacob Adrian, father of Asbury B., now in his eighty-first year, lives in Salem Township, and of his nine children there are eight survivors: Asbury B.; Clark B. and Edwin S., both of Salem Township; Huldah B., wife of John Dale, of Gallipolis, Ohio; Calvin L., of Harrison County, Ohio; Margaret, wife of Frederick Trelaven, of Columbus, Ohio; Jane, a teacher in the public schools of Allegheny, Pa.; and Charles R., of Mingo, Ohio. Salome, the second born, is deceased. The venerable Jacob Adrian has resided in Salem Township since 1856 and during his active years was a farmer and stock raiser.
Asbury B, Adrian was but one year old when his parents moved into Salem Township and there he grew into manhood, attending the local schools and Richmond College before that institution was discontinued, In 1886 he was appointed station agent at what was then called Bloomfield Station but is now known as Fair Play Station, on the Pennsylvania Railroad, and served there for eleven years and for a number of years he was also postmaster at that point. In 1887 he settled on his present farm in the northern part of Wayne Township and has followed an agricultural life ever since.
On August 24, 1882, Mr. Adrain married Miss Flora E. Copeland, who was born in Salem Township, a daughter of the late Samuel Copeland, and they have had five children born to them: Chester E., John H., Bertha, Emma and Edna L. In politics Mr. Adrian is a staunch Republican and is active in the affairs of Wayne Township. Formerly he served four years as president of the board of township trustees.