Asbury Tout, who is living a retired life in the village of Ursa, was born December 21, 1836, and is the son of John S. and Elizabeth (Tatman) Tout. The father was born in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, October 18, 1806. The mother’s birth occurred in that place on the 17th of November, 1800. They were married in 1826 and came with their family to Adams county, Illinois, in 1842, when their son, Captain Tout, was six years of age. They located on a farm at Marcelline, the father purchasing one hundred and sixty acres of land. Subsequently he sold that farm and rented land for a number of years. Later he received a deed to forty acres of land east of Marcelline from a friend whom he had taken care of during sickness and after selling that place he again operated rented land for several years. He then moved to Marcelline, where his wife died October 25, 1887, and shortly afterward he took up his residence with his son, Asbury, remaining there until his death, which occurred on the 9th of January, 1893, and was the result of of a cancer. Both he and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal church and he also belonged to Marcelline lodge, No. 114, A. F. A. M. He was a personal friend of General Grant. The surviving members of his family are: Mrs. Sarah Jane Hughey, who lives in Minnesota; Mrs. Caroline Bennett, who is living at Smith Center, Smith county, Kansas; and Asbury, of this sketch.
Captain Tout spent the first six years of his life in the place of his nativity and then came with his parents to Adams county, Illinois, where he acquired his education in the public schools. He lived with his parents until eighteen years of age, when he went to Marcelline and there learned the blacksmith’s trade, which he followed until his retirement from business about fourteen years ago, save that he served his country for three years in the Civil war. He enlisted in the Third Illinois Cavalry and rendered active duty in behalf of the Union. When the war was over Captain Tout returned to Adams county and was married here, on the 5th of October, 1864, to Miss Margaret Crawford, a daughter of John and Mary (Heaney) Crawford. The former was born on the 6th of March, 1814, and the latter on the 25th of September, 1822.
The father was a native of Ireland and in his youth came to this country. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Crawford are as follows: Mrs. Tout, who was born February 18, 1845; Jane C. Davis, who was born December 6, 1846, and is now living at Mendon, Adams county; Matilda, who was born January 17, 1849, and lives with her father at Mendon; Mary A. Hedges, who was born March 28, 1851, and died October 30, 1882, leaving four children; Ed, who was born February 14, 1853, and resides at Rockford, Illinois; Susan, who was born October 3, 1854, and is a trained nurse, living in Galesburg, Illinois; Thomas, who was born June 23, 1856; John, who was born April 6, 1858, and lives in Mendon; Mrs. Sophia Battell, who was born May 13, 1860, and resides in Galesburg, Illinois; and Samuel, who was born February 24, 1862, and lives in Mason City, Iowa. The father of these children has retired from active business and is now living in Mendon at the advanced age of ninety-one years, yet enjoying good health. He served for one year in the army, being a member of Company C, One-Hundred and Fifty-first Illinois Volunteers, which he joined when nearly fifty years of age.
Since his marriage, Captain Tout has resided in Marcelline, and for many years he conducted a blacksmith shop here up to fourteen years ago, when he retired from further active business labor. He owns a nice farm of eighty acres south of the town which he rents, having had one tenant upon the place for twenty years, which fact indicates the harmonious business relationship which ever exists between them. Captain Tout also owns a fine home in the town, where he and his wife now reside, enjoying the fruits of their former labor.
In politics he is a staunch republican. believing firmly in the principles of the party. He has a wide and favorable acquaintance in the community in which he resides, for his life has been upright and honorable.
Source: Past and present of the city of Quincy and Adams County, Illinois, p. 902-905; by William H. Collins, Cicero F. Perry, joint author; John Tillson. History of the city of Quincy, Illinois. [from old catalog]. Chicago, S. J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1905.