Asa Bishop was born in 1829 at Baldwin County, Alabama. He married Martha Ann Andress at Morgan County on April 2nd, 1857. Asa and Martha came to Manatee County with her father, John Andress, at the end of the Third Seminole War in 1859. Andress chose to homestead near Shaw's Point on the Manatee River where an old tabby house stood. The place Asa Bishop chose, just up the river, also became known as Bishop's Point. Asa’s occupation was listed as “farmer” on the 1860 census. Not long after constructing a home for his family, Asa went to Tampa to join the Confederate forces.
He was mustered into Confederate service on April 25th, 1862 when was enlisted as a Private in Captain Smith’s Company (Key West Avengers), 7th Regiment Florida Infantry by Major R. B. Thomas at Tampa, Florida for a period of 3 years or the war. He was reported present on all rolls until February 3rd, 1863 when he was reported on detached duty to the city police at Knoxville, Tennessee .
He was reported present on all rolls from March 1863 until April 3th, 1864 when he was transferred to the C.S. Navy and assigned to serve in CSS Spray[wikilink], St. Mark's, Florida, as ordinary seaman, on June 2, 1864. He was paroled at St. Mark's, May 12, 1865.
After the war, he lived with his family on Sneed Island in Tampa bay where he worked for the US post-office delivering mail by boat up the Manatee River. He & his descendents were fishermen by trade & at one point supplied fish to The Barnum & Bailey Circus which was located in Bradenton.
He was familiar with both Augustus Atzeroth and Miguel Guerrero, both men being in the service with him, and living near Bishop's Point and Terra Ceia.
Asa died on November. 14, 1894 at Palma Sola, Manatee County, Florida. Martha Ann applied for and was granted a Confederate Widow's Pension for her husband's service.