"History of Steuben County, Indiana", 1885,
pub. Inter-State Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill.
page 536

Asa Mallory was born in Rutland County, Vt., Oct. 17, 1824, a son of David and Chinthia (Collars) Mallory.  His early life was spent on the home farm, remaining with his parents as long as they lived.    In the spring of 1850 he went to California making the trip overland, arriving in the Eldorado of the West six months after leaving home.  He went to work in the mines and contracted typhoid fever.  After several weeks of illness the physicians told him his only chance of recovery was to return to the States by water.  After a voyage of fifty-five days he reached New York, but  the exposures and hardships he had undergone left their impress in his system, and it was months before he regained his usual health.  After his return home he assumed charge of the homestead and went to work to retrieve his losses in the West.  The result was soon an addition of 125 acres to the origional forty acres entered by his father, and good buildings and other improvements.  Mr. Mallory was married in 1860 to Syntheria E. Wright, daughter of Sherman and Anna (Failing) Wright, old residents of Steuben County.  Mr. and Mrs. Mallory have six children --- Flora E., wife of Granville L. McClue; Cynthia B., Frank L., Herbert C., Clarence A. and Clyde L.  Mr. Mallory is a man of
strong political convictions, but has always refused to accept any official position.  He has never voted any but the straight Democratic ticket.