David Asher Robertson
From the 1889 Goodspeed History
          David Asher Robertson, merchant, and a native of Kentucky, was born in Crittenden County August 6, 1858, the son of William and Narcissa (Asher) Robertson, natives of Kentucky, and grandson of Stephen Robertson. The Robertson family were large people, of strong physique, and were disciples of the Presbyterian faith. Narcissa (Asher) Robertson was the daughter of William R. and Esther (Love) Asher, natives of South Carolina, and granddaughter of William Asher, Sr., who was in the War for Independence, and served with credit and honor. He was a farmer by occupation, and lived to a good old age. He died in Kentucky, whither he had removed. The Ashers were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, as are the Ashers of the present day. David Asher Robertson was reared in Kentucky, and obtained a fair education in the public schools of Crittenden County. The father died in 1871, and it devolved upon David A. to carry on the farm. In February, 1880, he came to Missouri, locating in Butler County, and there remained three years, when he moved to Texas County, and settled at Cabool. In 1886 he embarked in merchandising upon a nominal capital, and has increased it to a large and lucrative business. He was married in Kentucky to Miss C. Shaw Black, a native of Kentucky, and the daughter of John T. and M. Jane (Newcombs) Black. Mr. and Mrs. Robertson have one son and a daughter living, Cora Edna and David Shaw. They buried Birdie Alice and Virgil Asher. Mr. Robertson is a member of the Masonic fraternity, the A. O. U. W., and he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Esther (Calhoun) Love, the grandmother of the subject of this sketch, was a cousin of John C. Calhoun, and the daughter of William Love, a gentleman of high standing in his community, who was county surveyor of Christian County, Ky., and who was murdered by the Harps, two outlaws who infested that country, and who subsequently paid the penalty of their crimes by death, one of whom was beheaded, and his head exposed on a pole for a number of days, the spot being known at the present day as “Harps Head Road,” near Madisonville, Ky.


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