Asa Danforth Jr.
Asa Danforth Jr.
|Born||June 29, 1768|
Brookfield, Massachusetts, United States
|Died||c. 1818 or 1821|
|Occupation||Early settler, land speculator, highway engineer|
|Parent(s)||Asa Danforth Sr. and Hannah Wheeler|
Asa Danforth Jr. (June 29, 1768 – c. 1818 to 1821) was one of the first citizens of Onondaga County, New York, when he arrived there with his father, Asa Danforth in 1788. Danforth incurred heavy debts speculating in land in New York State. Hoping to reverse his fortunes, he invested in the especially risky land titles of nearby Upper Canada and later was a highway engineer.
Danforth's Road was extended in 1802 from Trenton to reach the Bay of Quinte at Stone Mills (now Glenora). From there, a primitive ferry crossing to Adolphustown provided access to an early Loyalist colonisation road, the Bath Road, built in 1784 from Bath to Kingston.
In 1817, the York Road (Kingston Road) bypassed through traffic between Trenton and Kingston away from Danforth's 1802 Bay of Quinte extension onto an inland route through Belleville and Napanee, eliminating a ferry crossing.
Recognition and memorials
A Glenora Road which closely follows Danforth's 1802 path to Trenton was designated part of the Loyalist Parkway (1984). Asa Danforth Sr. didn't raise any Loyalists, but the road connects by ferry to an established 1784 Loyalist colonisation road through Bath to Kingston.
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- Ron Brown (2010). From Queenston to Kingston: The Hidden Heritage of Lake Ontario's Shoreline. Dundurn Press.