Notes for ASA SMITH COLTON, REV.:
Son of Jonathan Strong and Elizabeth (Danielson) Colton.
Born: October 26, 1804 in Champion, Jefferson County, New York.
Died: August 19, 1881 in Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey.
Buried: Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey.
Cause of Death: Cholera.
Census: September 19, 1850 - Buckeystown, Frederick County, Maryland.
Occupation: Presbyterian Minister.
Married: Margaret Schenck February 21, 1833 in Princeton, New Jersey.
Received his preparatory education with the Rev Asa Donaldson, at Guildford, Otsego County, N. Y. at the classic school of the Rev. Mr. Collins, Sherburne, Chenango County, NY., and at the Academy of Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, N. Y. and was graduated from Hamilton College, N. Y., A. D. 1827. He united on profession of his faith with the Presbyterian Church in Clinton, N. Y., at about twenty years of age, while a student in college. After his college graduation he taught one year at Freehold, N. J.; entered Princeton Seminary in November, 1828; remained there nearly two years ; then studied one year with the Rev. Thomas H. Skinner, D. D., in Philadelphia; was licensed by the Presbytery of Philadelphia, October 30, 1830; then taught in Philadelphia 1830-33. Having united with the Protestant Episcopal Church, he was admitted to deacon's orders, August 4, 1833, and ordained a presbyterian August 27, 1839. His successive fields of labor were as follows: he taught in Morristown, N. J., 1834-36; preached and taught in Bordentown, N. J., 1837-39; was missionary in Bucks County, Pa., 1839-40 ; taught privately at Gulf Mills, Montgomery County, Pa., 1840-42; was rector of St. Andrews Church, West Vincent, and St. Marks, Honey Brook, both in Chester County, Pa., 1842-45 ; was rector of Christ Church, Towanda. Pa., 1845-47; was rector at Pike, Pa., 1847-49; rector of St. Peter's Church, Montgomery County, St. Paul's, Point of Rocks, and minister of Zion Parish, Urbana, Md., 1849-54; taught and supplied several vacant parishes at Wilmington, Del., 1854-59 ; and afterwards resided at Princeton, N. J., preaching occasionally until his death. While in the enjoyment of general good health he was violently attacked by cholera, and died August 19, 1881, at Princeton, N. J., in the 77th year of his age. His end was full of Christian peace and hope.
Mr. Colton was an humble and consistent Christian, liberal and charitable in his views, uniformly courteous and kind. He possessed high literary taste and culture, and held the pen of a ready writer.1850 Census