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Hastain Biographies
Henry & St. Clair & Benton Counties, Missouri

Hastain, Missouri

Hastain is an unincorporated community in Benton County, Missouri, United States.

Hastain is located on Supplemental Route V 11.5 miles east-southeast of Warsaw

A post office called Hastain was established in 1884, and remained in operation until 1951. The community was named after the local Hastain family.  -Wikipedia 

Original Source:  Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 210.




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The following men were descendents of Daniel Haston (who died in White County, TN) through his son David Haston and through his son Daniel McCumskey Hastain, who moved from White County, TN to Missouri in the mid-1830s.

We know some of the specific information stated here to be inaccurate.

We need a Daniel McCumskey Hastain family researcher who can provide us with more extensive information on this family, especially documented-to-be-factual information. 

Thomas J. Hastain - 1883

HASTAIN, Thomas J.
Source: 1883 History of Henry Missouri , National Historical Co., pg: 642

--- Thomas J. Hastain, the owner of a fine farm of 243 acres about four miles northwest of Calhoun, is an enterprising farmer and stock grower. He was born March 20, 1841, in the township where he now resides. His father, Daniel M. Hastain, was born December 25, 1808, in White County, Tennessee, while his mother, whose maiden name was Martha J. Wade, and a daughter of Dr. Wade, of Henry County, Missouri, was born in Cumberland County, Kentucky. They had nine children, six daughters and three sons, of whom six are still living. One daughter, Susan M., was born February 23, 1844, and married George W. Pigg, of Henry County, October 12, 1861, and to them were born seven children, five sons and two daughters, of whom four survive, two sons and two daughters. Thomas J. Hastain commenced life for himself at the age of sixteen years, when he took charge of his father's farm, consisting at the time of 720 acres, located in Tebo. The senior Hastain at that time was proprietor of a hotel at Warsaw, which he had just purchased. He has had the principal management of the farm since then and a part of it he still owns, and now resides upon. November 6, 1877 he married Miss Sally M. daughter of Seymore and Julia A. Stone, of Henry County, They have one son, Thomas Stone, born September 30, 1878. Mr. Hastain received for his services rendered upon the estate, ninety-five acres of the same, and subsequently bought 108 acres at one time and forty at another, holding now a tract of as fine land as can be found in his locality. He is quite extensively engaged in farming operations, and deals largely in stock, horses, mules, and fine grades of cattle, hogs, etc. Although comparatively a young man, he has from long experience rendered himself thoroughly competent to manage successfully his farm and all the legitimate business in connection therewith. He gives his attention to his own business and this is to a certain extent the secret of his success. He is connected with the A. F. & A. M., belonging to Lodge No. 184, Calhoun; also Clinton Royal Arch Chapter No. 73, and is one of the Patrons of Husbandry Grange No. 1064, of Calhoun. Mrs. H. is identified with the Missionary Baptist Church of Calhoun. His political views are Democratic. 

From: Henry County, MO -

W.T. Hastain - 1919
Source: 1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co, pg: 796

--- W. T. Hastain, a progressive citizen and prosperous farmer and stockman of Shawnee township, belongs to a pioneer family of Henry County and western Missouri. W. T. Hastain was born in Bethlehem township, Henry County, July 16, 1867, a son of Woodson A. and Sarah (Walker) Hastain. W. A. Hastain was born near Calhoun, Henry County, in 1835. He spent his life in Henry County and died in 1914. His remains are interred in Englewood Cemetery and his widow now resides at 310 East Jefferson street, Clinton, Missouri. W. A. Hastain was a son of Daniel Hastain, one of the first settlers of Henry County, who settled in the northeastern part of the county near where Calhoun is now located. He died in Warsaw, Missouri, and his remains are buried in the cemetery there, W. T. Hastain is one of the following children born to his parents: W. T., the subject of this sketch; Addie, married Ben Holst, Los Angeles, California; Emma, married Thomas B. Wilson, Osceola, Missouri; Bertha, married Joe McCuan, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Sarepta, Boston, Massachusetts; George W., Searcy, Arkansas; Sadie, married W. A. Ellett, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Marie, married L. C. Farnum, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Maude, married E. H. Carnick, Clinton, Missouri. W. T. Hastain was reared on a farm in Bethlehem township and attended the district schools in Bethlehem township, and later he attended high school in Clinton and Clinton Academy. He engaged in farming and stock raising in early life and has made that branch of endeavor his life's study and his life's occupation, and as a reward for his efforts he has succeeded to a very satisfactory degree and is today one of the substantial and prosperous men of the community. He owns a splendid farm of three hundred acres about four miles north of Huntingdale, which he purchased in 1894. The place is well improved with a good six room, two story farm residence, and the barns and other buildings on the place are up to the standard of the residence in modern appointments. Mr. Hastain carries on general farming, although raising cattle, hogs and mules is the leading feature of the Hastain farm. Mr. Hastain was united in marriage in 1890 to Miss Fannie Goff, daughter of Ephraim and Jane Ann (Templeton) Goff. The mother now lives in Bethlehem township, Henry County, and the father died in February, 1914. Mrs. Hastain is one of the following children born to her parents: Ed, Clinton, Missouri; Mrs. Minnie Day, Lewis Station; Fannie, the wife of W. T. Hastain, and Charles F., Rupert, Idaho. To W. T. Hastain and wife have been born the following children: Willie Lee, now a soldier in the United States Army and trained at Camp Grant. He enlisted February 26, 1918, and is now in France with the American Expeditionary Force. The other children are: Alma, Pleasant N., Ina, residing at home, and Helen, who is the wife of Eustace Lake and resides in Shawnee township. The Hastain family are representative of the best citizenship of Henry County, and Mr. Hastain is progressive and public spirited. 

From: Henry County, MO -

Woodson A. Hastain - 1883
HASTAIN, Woodson A.
Source: 1883 History of Henry Missouri , National Historical Co., pg: 787

--- Woodson A. Hastain, farmer and stockman is a native of Henry County, Missouri, having been born five miles north of Calhoun on the 8th of October, 1835. His parents came from Tennessee the year previous to his birth. He is the fourth of five children, one sister, Jane, lives in St. Clair County, and one, Mary Ann Dice, near Warsaw, Benton County, one brother, John P. lives in Henry County. His mother, whose maiden name was Anna Green died while Woodson was in his youth and his father, Daniel M. C. Hastain, married Miss Martha Wall and they reared a family of nine children. Of these Thomas J. lives on the old homestead, and Susan E. Dilley resides at Calhoun. His father died soon after the war at Warsaw, where he had lived a few years. In 1858, W. A. went to California, in company with others, taking a herd of cattle. While on the Pacific coast he was engaged in milling. He was married March 28, 1865, in Saline County, to Miss Sarah Walker, one of the first settlers of this county. She was born on Honey Creek, June 27, 1847. Mr. Hastain lived in Johnson County until 1870, and then came back to his early home, buying a tract of eighty acres. His farm now contains 160 acres, beautifully situated and under cultivation and the improvements among the best in the county. He has been dealing extensively in stock, and is one of the principal shippers in his section of the county. His family of six children living are: William T., Anna A., Bertha May, Amy L., Stephen A. and George Woodson. Two: Pleasant W., and Johnnie L., died in infancy. Mr. Hastain is a sterling Democrat and is thoroughly imbued with the spirit of education and advancement. 

From: Henry County, MO - 

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Woodson A. Hastain - 1919
HASTAIN, Woodson A. 
Source: 1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co, pg: 446

--- Woodson A. Hastain. The Hastain family is one of the oldest if not the oldest pioneer family living in Henry County at the present time. It is one of the old, honorable and well established families of the county, members of which have always taken a prominent and influential part in Henry County affairs. The late Woodson A. Hastain of Clinton was a worthy representative of this fine old family and left a record behind him of which his family and descendants can well be proud. Woodson A. Hastain was born October 8, 1835, and departed this life February 18, 1914. He was born at old Tebo, five miles north of Calhoun, Henry County, and he was a son of Daniel McCumskey and Anna (Green) Hastain. Daniel McC. Hastain was born in White County, Tennessee, and came to Henry County in the early twenties, being among the very first pioneers of this county. He died here during the early seventies. Anna (Green) Hastain was born December 15, 1815, and died April 13, 1839. She was a daughter of Reverend John and Rachel (Mackey) Green. The Rev. John Green was born in North Carolina and died in Tennessee. He was the son of Jarvis and Sarah (Griggs) Green. The former was a private under Capt. Robert Porter, North Carolina, and enlisted in the Army of Independence for service in the American Revolution in 1777. He was killed in a battle with the Indians some time later. Daniel McCumskey Hastain was the son of David, who was born in 1772, and Margaret M. (Roddy) Hastain, born September 23, 1775, natives of Virginia who were in the vanguard of the early settlers of Tennessee. It will thus be seen that the Hastains are of the purest and oldest American stock of undoubted colonial ancestry of English origin. Daniel McC. Hastain had children as follows: James Preston and John Green, deceased; Montgomery died in California; Mary Ann, wife of Abner Dice; Woodson A., subject of this review. All were reared in Henry County. Daniel McC. Hastain was twice married, his second wife being Martha Jane Wade, who bore him children as follow: Thomas Jefferson, died near Calhoun,, Missouri; Minerva Jane, Almira Elizabeth, deceased; Susan Melvina (Pigg) Ruhl, Denver, Colorado; Purlina Jackson, deceased; Mrs. Sarah Frances Schirk, died in Sedalia; Joseph Columbus, deceased; Mrs. Jennie L. Reese, Los Angeles, California; Pleasant Dawson, deceased. When W. A. Hastain attained young manhood he was married, March 28, 1865, to Miss Sarah Jane Walker, who was born June 22, 1847, on a farm ten miles north of Clinton. She is the daughter of Pleasant (born 1796, died 1879) and Missouri Adeline (Lindsey) Walker (born 1816, died 1855). Pleasant Walker was born and reared in Kentucky and came to Henry County, Missouri, with George Wilcox Walker and made settlement in the northern part of Henry County in 1832. Pleasant Walker and George Wilcox Walker were brothers and partners during their entire lives. Mrs. Missouri Adeline Walker was a native of North Carolina. By a former marriage Pleasant Walker had a daughter, Mrs. Sarepta Avery, who died in 1917. The children of Pleasant and Missouri Adeline Walker were as follow: Mrs. Bethia or Bertha Middagh, deceased; Harriet Ann, died in childhood; Mrs. Sarah Jane Hastain; Mrs. Mary Doyle, Kansas City, Missouri; Almira, died at the age of ten years. Taylor Lindsay died in Henry County, and Mrs. Emily Glasgow, deceased. After their marriage W. A. and Sarah Jane Hastain settled upon a tract of partly improved prairie land in Henry County, just south of the town of Leeton, and there made their first home and improved a splendid farm of 300 acres. They resided upon this farm until 1870, and then moved to a fine farm of 400 acres situated five miles east of Clinton. At first they bought an eighty acre tract which formed the nucleus around which they built up a large 400 acre farm. They erected a comfortable residence and good farm buildings and beautified the premises with shade trees and shrubbery, which in the course of years made a beautiful country home. Mr. Hastain was an extensive stockman who was a large feeder and grower of live stock and accumulated a comfortable competence in this manner. He took a considerable interest in affairs outside of his agricultural interests, and for twenty years he served as vice-president of the Citizens Bank of Clinton. Mr. and Mrs. Hastain moved to Clinton in 1905, but after four years' residence in the city they again moved to the country, this time locating upon a place one mile east of the city, where Mr. Hastain died. To Woodson A. and Sarah Jane Hastain were born a family of thirteen children: William T., a farmer living in the northern part of Henry County; Mrs. Anna Adeline Holst, Los Angeles, California; Pleasant Walker, died at the age of two years; Emma Lena, wife of Thomas Wilson, Osceola, Missouri; Bertha May, widow of Joseph McCuan, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Jennie Lind, died in infancy; Sarepta, lives in Boston, Massachusetts; George Woodson, Searcy, Arkansas; Mrs. Sarah Frances Ellett, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Sarah Frances had a twin who is deceased; Mrs. Marie Farnham, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Maggie Ella, died in infancy; Maude Glasgow, wife of E. H. Cornick, assistant manager of the Larrabee Mills, Clinton, Missouri, makes her home with Mrs. Hastain. Each of the children received a high school education and several of them received a collegiate training at Baird College. It is also a matter worthy of recording that in 1858 Mr. Hastain, with others, drove a large herd of cattle across country to the Pacific Coast and engaged in milling on the coast for some time. The Hastains were married in Saline County, Missouri, and resided in Johnson County, Missouri, from 1865 to 1870. Mr. Hastain was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, as is Mrs. Hastain. He was a Democrat but took little or no active part in political matters, being devoted to his home and family. All of the daughters of the family are members of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

From: Henry County, MO - USGenWeb & MOGenWeb

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J.P. Hastain - 1883

Source: 1883 History of St. Clair County MO, National Historical Co., pg: 1133

--- J. P. HASTAIN, farmer and stock raiser, section 10, was born in White County, Tennessee, January 24, 1831. His father, D. M. Hastain was a native of the same state, and his mother's maiden name was Anna Green. In 1834 the family removed to Missouri, and first located in Henry County, being among the pioneer settlers there. J. P. Hastain was reared as a farmer's boy and in 1850, when in his nineteenth year, he went to California, and worked in the gold mines for fifteen years, returning to Missouri in 1865. He was married in Henry County, March 21, 1867, to Miss Octavia Hinkle, a daughter of M. D. Hinkle. She is a Kentuckian by birth, but removed to Missouri with her parents and was reared and educated in Henry County. They have a family of four children: Cecelia, Eddie, Jennie G. and William J. Three children died in infancy, Mary F., Lena May, and T. J. After farming in Henry County for six years, Mr. Hastain removed to California in 1873, and spent one season, the following year returning to Henry County, Missouri, where he farmed about eight years. In March, 1880, he came to St. Clair County and settled on the farm where he now resides. He has 160 acres of land all under cultivation. He and his wife are members of the M. E. Church, South. 

From: Henry County, MO -

Pleasant Dawson Hastain - 1895

HASTAIN, Pleasant Dawson
Source:  1895 Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis Counties, Mo, Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, pp. 440-441

---Hon. P.D. Hastain, attorney-at-law and Mayor of Sedalia, was born in Henry County, Mo., April 18, 1854, and is a son of Daniel M. and Martha J. (Wade) Hastain.  The name was originally Hastings, but was changed by the grandfather of our subject, who emigrated from England to the United States at a very early day.  Daniel M. Hastain was reared in Tennessee, but came to Missouri in 1834, locating in Henry County.  The country at that time was entirely new, but little improvement having been made in any part of the county.  He entered Government land, to which he added subsequently by purchase, and became one of the large landowners of that section.  In 1862 he removed to Calhoun and there engaged in general merchandising, and subsequently removed to Warsaw, Benton County, where he engaged in the same line of business, and there died in 1874.  His wife, the mother of our subject, was born near Louisville, Ky., and is of Scotch-Irish descent.  Her father was one of the early physicians of Henry County, Mo.  She now resides in Sedalia.

There is a lot of confusion regarding the historical accuracy of some important details in this first paragraph.
  • The grandfather of P.D. Hastain would have been David Haston, son of Daniel.
    Daniel Haston > David Haston > Daniel M. Haston/Hastain > P.D. Hastain
    Thus, P.D. Hastain was the great grandson of Daniel Haston.
  • The 1850 Van Buren County, TN census indicates that P.D.'s grandfather, David Haston, was born in Virginia and was not 1st generation to the US.  More specifically, David Haston was born in Shenandoah County, VA.
  • David Haston was not English; his grandfather (Daniel's father, Henry Hiestand) was a Swiss-German Mennonite (Anabaptist) who came to America from the Rhine River area of southwest Germany in early 1727 or before.
  • The Daniel Haston family surname was never "Hastings."  Actually, it was Hiestandt (the "t" was dropped early in Henry's time in America), then became Hiestand. 
  • Probably, David and Joseph Haston (English-literate sons of Daniel) adopted the "Haston" spelling (from "Hiestand") when they were living in Knox County, TN.

Comments by Heritage of Daniel Haston webmaster, Wayne Haston.

On the removal of the family to Warsaw, our subject was but ten years of age.  Here he entered the public schools and received his primary education.  Later he entered the State University and graduated from the law department in 1879, with the degree of LL. B.  Returning home, he at once engaged in the practice of his profession, and soon became one of the most noted attorneys in this part of the state.  In 1880 he was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Benton County, and was re-elected three terms, serving in all for eight years.  In 1890 he located in Sedalia, and formed a partnership with Judge Shirk.  He still retains his office at Warsaw, and there regularly attends the Benton County Court.  His partnership with Judge Shirk continued for about one year, since which time he has been alone.  In 1892, he was nominated as the Republican candidate for Congress in the Seventh Congressional District.  The district was strongly Democratic, and as the year 1892 was disastrous to the Republicans, he was not elected.  Hew was offered the nomination in 1894, but declined to accept.  In the spring of that year he was nominated Mayor of the city of Sedalia, and although the city has been usually good for five hundred Democratic majority, he was elected by six hundred votes over his opponent.  In the discharge of the duties of the office he brings to bear good executive ability, and has the respect and confidence of all his associates.  As may well be understood, in the councils of the Republican party his advice is eagerly sought and his influence is great.

In 1880 Mr. Hastain was married, at Warrensburg, Johnson County, to Miss Lena Hill, a native of that county, and daughter of James Hill who lost his life during the late Civil War.  Four children have been born unto them, Imogene, Reese H., Janet and P.D., Jr.

Socially Mr. Hastain has connections with the Odd fellows, Elks and United Workmen, in all of which orders he takes considerable interest.  As has already been stated, politically he is a Republican, and since attaining his majority has been active in the councils of the party.  For some years he was chairman of the Republican Central Committee of Pettis County, and since 1880 has served as a delegate in every district and state convention of his party.  White an active party man, he yet enjoys the respect and confidence of his political opponents, and as a citizen takes great pride in the upbuilding of the community in which he resides.