Lucius D. Ashcraft is a native of Harrison County, Ky., and was born
September 3, 1845 and is a son of Ellis and Elizabeth (Keith) Ashcraft,
natives, respectively, of Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Lucius D. Ashcraft
was reared on a farm, and received his education in the primitive
log schoolhouse of his native county.  In 1873 he settled on a farm of 
73 acres, in Central Township, Jefferson Co., Mo., which has since been
his home; he also owns 121 acres besides, and a one-quarter interest in
80 acres of Lee Mines, this county. With the exception of seventeen 
months spent in the employ of the Iron Mountain Railroad, as repairer
and inspector of cars in the DeSoto yards, Mr. Ashcraft has always 
followed agricultural pursuits. June 5, 1873, occurred his marriage to
Lizzie J. Lee, daughter of Archilles and Rebecca (Null) Lee, early settlers
of Jefferson County, both now deceased.  Mr. Lee was a cousin of
the noted Robert E. Lee.  To Mr. and Mrs. Ashcraft have been born five
children, four of whom are living: Elba M., Etta P., Annie L. and 
Charles D. Mr. Ashcraft took his first degree in Masonry the night he
was twenty-one years old, in Thomas Ware Lodge, No. 340, of Claysville,
Ky., and is now a member of the DeSoto Lodge.  He is not a member of 
any church, but is a strong advocate of temperance.  Politically, he is
a Democrat. Mrs. Ashcraft has been a member of the Christian Church
for the past twenty years.