Asa Stanton (1760 - 1817)

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Birthplace: Preston , Conn
Death: Died in Wayne Co., PA
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Asa Stanton was born March 2, 1760, the son of David and Sarah Kimball Stanton. He assisted in establishing the American Independence during the Revolutionary War serving as a private in Captain Edward Mott's Company raised for the defence and the protection of the Harbor of New London, Conn. in 1776. He was in the battle of White Plains, November 16, 1776. Asa also served on board a privateer under Captain John Lamb, and was taken prisoner on board of a prize vessel in which he had been sent by Captain Lamb, and carried into Halifax, Nova Scotia where he was detained as a prisoner for nine months. He was paroled and soon afterwards sailed on board another privateer from New London and was again taken prisoner and carried into New York and imprisoned for the duration of the war on the British ship "Jersey" in New York Harbor, where he suffered untold hardships.

Asa was married March 13, 1788 to Keziah or Desire Kimball, as she was better known. They moved to Paupack, Northampton County (now Pike County), PA, where their oldest child Charles was born in Feb, 1789, lived there one year, and in 1790, moved to near what became Waymart, Wayne County, PA and bought three hundred and twenty acres of land on both sides of the North and South State road. He built a large log-house that became a stoping place which kept travelers and drovers. Being one of the first pioneers, his nearest neighbor was nine miles away. Game was plentiful and he was a mighty hunter and in times of scarcity of provisions he furnished gratuitously the needy settlers. In 1798 the county [Wayne which included present day Pike] was organized into eight militia companies, and an election held at Wilsonville to choose officers, Asa Stanton was elected captain of Canaan. He served as deputy-sheriff of Wayne county, under Abraham Mulford, from 1804-1806. He bought three hundred acres around the Stanton pond (now Lake Ladore), where in 1805 he built the first saw mill in the area. He was made a Colonel of Militia and in the war of 1812 received orders to march to Erie, PA but before his regiment could be made ready the order was countermanded and with Perry's victory on Lake Erie, the war was soon over.

The school was at Canaan Corners, some distance from their home and in 1812 he moved his family to Bethany, where the schools were better and nearer. At this time the older children were able to take over the farm work and Charles, Asa's oldest son had taken over the work in the saw mill.

Colonel Asa was drowned in the Delaware River, near Cochecton, N. Y., November 12, 1817. Himself and wife had been on a visit to Westfield, CT and were returning on horseback and on reaching the river at Cochecton near nightfall the ferryboat ready to cross, the regular stage coach with four horses attached on the forward end of the boat, they rode on the boat occupying the extreme rear end. When nearly across the river there came a terrible wind storm, and when the boat reached the bank the stage-horses becoming frightened plunged off forcing the boat back and that part on which their horses stood under the water. Col Asa and Desire were carried off the boat by the current and wind and Col Stanton was drowned. Desire Stanton was caught by the hair and rescued by a man named Drake, who was standing on the river bank.

Source: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61241211

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Asa Stanton's Timeline

1760
March 2, 1760
Preston , Conn
1788
March 13, 1788
Age 28
Preston, Conn
1817
November 12, 1817
Age 57
Wayne Co., PA
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Waymart, Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States
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Waymart, Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States