Colegrove, Peter, 1817-1860
- Existence: 1817-1860
Peter Colegrove was born in Tompkins County, New York on January 10, 1817. Deeply influenced by the early nineteenth century religious revivals, which swept western New York, Colegrove professed his Christian faith on September 9, 1833. He entered Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution (now Colgate University) from Mecklenburg in 1834 to prepare for a career in the ministry. Colegrove finished his literary course of studies at Hamilton in 1839 and completed his theological training in 1841.
While at Hamilton, Colegrove served as corresponding secretary of the Eastern Association, a student organization promoting foreign missionary work. He was ordained a Baptist minister at Mecklenburg on August 25, 1841, and served pastorates in Canandaigua, Reading, Mead's Creek, Woodhull, Townshend Settlement, Branchport, Italy Hill, and Bath. In May, 1859, Colegrove settled near Fairbank, Fayette County, Iowa. After a brief illness he died on August 1, 1860.