James Asbill, youngest son of William Asbill and Elizabeth Moore, was born in Estill County, Kentucky in 1811.Early in his youth he became an accomplished gunsmith and blcksmith, learning the trades from his father William and his big brother "Billy". James, too, helped make and made by himself in later years many of the famous Kentucky Long Rifles.
He married Paulina Becknell of Red Lick, Estill County,Kentucky who was the daughter of Tyre Becknell, son of Linsfield Becknell and Polly Asbell. To this union were born eight children: Harden, Ross, Mary, Eliza Ann, Linsfield, Menerva, Cordelia and Augeline.
Like all of the early Asbills, James was a great hunter, According to the story told by several of his near relatives, he died on March 11,1879 when he accidently fell off a cliff. He was buried either at Cave Springs near the present Clover Bottom store or on the Old Speed Harrison Place.
Thomas Asbill, next to the younges son of William Asbell and Elizabeth Moore, was born in Estell or Madison County, Kentucky in 1810. We have no record of his wife or marriage, but we know that he lived on Rye Creek near Kirksville, Missouri for a period of time between 1840 and 1875. He probably went to Howard County, Missouri where other Asbills lived or out to Kansas with Ross Asbill.
According to the Census of 1820, Madison County, Kentucky William and Elizabeth had a daughter between the ages of 5 and 10 years.
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