The Heritage of Daniel Haston


Isaac Newton Hasten - Greene County, MO
Son of William Carroll Hasten of MO

And John H. Hasten - Son of Isaac N. Hasten

Squire Hasten is a son of Carroll and Nancy (Leak) Hasten, and was born in Cass township, Greene county, Missouri, January 22, 1844. His father emigrated from Knox county, Tennessee, to this county in 1835 and settled upon Grand prairie, and lived upon the farm he settled until his death in 1845. He was buried in the old Hasten family burying ground. Isaac was educated in the common schools of the county. He grew up on the farm, and in 1861 enlisted in the 72d Missouri militia. After six months he joined the 16th Missouri Rangers, and served with them two years. He then enlisted in the regular service under Capt. Isaac Julian, in the 46th Infantry of U. S. A. He was mustered out at the end of seven months. He was married January 29, 1865, to Miss Mary E. Jennings, of Neosho, Mo. Their union has been blest with three children, viz.: Alice Theodosia, John, and William (deceased). He was elected justice of the peace in 1878, and re-elected in 1882. The 'Squire is a Greenbacker but had been a Republican. He and his wife are members of the Missionary Baptist church, and he is a member of both the A. F. and A. M., and I. O. O. F. societies.

Source: History of Greene County, Missouri (1883, R. I. Holcombe, Editing Historian) [From a Greene County, MO website]

JOHN H. HASTEN. Everyone, in addition to his ordinary workaday life, whether it be professional, political, commercial, or one of manual labor, by which he earns his daily bread, needs to have something aside from his material existence to which he can turn for relaxation. If he is to escape the limitations of a humdrum, commonplace, provincial, and narrow existence, he must build for himself a home in the realm of the ideal. Thus he will be able to escape when he wishes from the ordinary environment of business or professional life and become a citizen of the world, living in a sense a life as wide as that of humanity. John H. Hasten, president of the Springfield Bakery Company and for many years a well known business man of this city, is one who knows the value of good ideals--an intellectual abode, and thus he is not only a successful man of affairs but is a citizen who is highly appreciated by those who know him.

Mr. Hasten is a worthy representative of one of the sterling pioneer families of Greene county, and his birth occurred in Cass township, in the northern part of this county, on August 27, 1869. He is a son of Isaac N. Hasten, also a native of that vicinity, where he grew to manhood, attended the district schools and engaged successfully in farming many years, later in life locating in the village of Cave Spring, not far from the Hasten homestead and there he engaged in general mercantile pursuits for a period of twelve or fifteen years, enjoying a large trade with the surrounding locality, dealing honestly and courteous with his many customers and carrying a large and well selected general stock of goods at all seasons. Finally he removed to Springfield and engaged in the retail grocery business on West Commercial street with his usual success until his death about five years later, in July, 1897, at the age of fifty-seven years. He was not only a capable business man but an influential citizen and active in public affairs. For a period of nearly twenty years he served Cass township as justice of the peace in a manner that reflected much credit upon his ability and to the eminent satisfaction of the people, his decisions being characterized by a uniform fairness and sound principles of jurisprudence. He was also a member of the school board in his district and was a great advocate of good education, doing much to encourage better schools in his part of the county. Politically, he was a Republican. During the Civil war he enlisted in this county in the Forty-sixth Missouri Cavalry and saw three and one-half years of faithful and commendable service for the Union, proving a gallant and intelligent soldier.

The mother of the subject of this sketch was known in her maidenhood as Mary Jennings, who was born on August 22, 1850, in Neosho, Missouri.

Mrs. Mary Hasten, our subject's mother, is still living, now at an advanced age, and makes her home with her son, John H., of this sketch, who is the youngest of her three children, her daughter being Docia, who married Joseph B. Wilson, a farmer and stock raiser of Cass township; the eldest child, William, died in infancy.

John H. Hasten grew to manhood on the home farm in Cass township and there he worked when a boy. He received his education in the district schools of his community and in Morrisville College in Polk county, later attending Drury College, Springfield, and finally took a business course in this city. When nineteen years of age he went into business with his father and helped manage the grocery store on Commercial street which was a success from the start. He was in partnership with his father and upon the latter's death he bought out the heirs and continued to conduct the store until 1901 when he sold out to South Brothers, and engaged in the grocery and seed business on East Commercial street, in partnership with R. A. Fisher under the firm name of Hasten & Fisher. They continued successfully until 1907 when our subject sold out, having other business interests which took the major portion of his time. In 1905, with others, he organized the Springfield Bakery Company, of which he has since been president and he has been the principal spirit in building up one of the largest, best equipped and popular bakeries in the Southwest. Further mention of this industry is made on another page.

Mr. Hasten was married on August 28, 1891, to Josie N. Lee, a daughter of Robert and Ruth (Watson) Lee. Mr. Lee was a successful farmer of Cass township, Greene county, where Mrs. Hasten was born, grew to womanhood and educated. Later Mr. Lee moved to California and engaged in the vineyard and fruit raising business.

Fraternally, Mr. Hasten is a member of the Masonic order, including all branches, such as the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine and the Order of Eastern Star; he also belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen and the Court of Honor. He was a member of the school board of Cass township for two years. Religiously he belongs to the Baptist church, to which his wife also belongs, and in which he was formerly trustee and is now deacon. He is active in church work.

Source:  Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri: Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records of Many of the Representative Citizens (Jonathan Fairbanks and Clyde Edwin Tuck) [From the Greene County, MO website]

Civil War Record - Isaac N. Hasten

Civil War Record of Isaac N. Hasten

National Archives Record for Isaac N. Hasten's Civil War Service
Isaac mustered in to Company E., 46th Regiment Missouri Infantry, on 29 August 1864, as a Private. Occupation was listed as “Farmer," he was 20 years old, he had blue eyes, dark hair, fair complexion, and his height was 5’10”. 
  • On the muster roll for Sept. and Oct. 1864, he was listed as sargt. and “present." 
  • He was listed as “absent” on the muster roll dated Dec 31, 1964, “Detached as escort for commissary train to Springfield, Missouri.”
  • He was listed as “present” for January and February, 1865.

Source:  National Archives (sent from Nelda Hastings)

Mary E. Jennings Hasten - Wife of Isaac N. Hasten & Mother of John H. Hasten

Mary E. Hasten - Death Certificate

Obit for wife of Isaac N. Hasten

Death certificate & obituary, compliments of Rose Higgins of Newark, Arkansas (

Description of Mary Elizabeth Jennings Hasten
“Ma Hasten’s folks?  Virginians!  She was a tall lady and everyone that knew her loved and respected her sweet gentle ways-- she died in her 80’s and had been widowed for so long that I doubt that anyone living now knew him (Isaac) or about him.  Death: Apoplexy; Medical data: artierial reual?

Source:  Email from Bev McGrath to Nelda Hastings, 12 Jan 1999.

"Granny’s Tale of Isaac N. and 14 Year Old Mary Elizabeth Jennings"

Civil War--the Union soldier snuck over the line with Mary and perhaps 1 or 2 more youngsters--hiding in the Missouri caves-- reach a safe divided Missouri state-- He left his wards to go back to war--they were
safe with his fold. They married--she was 14! They had 2 children, John and Alice Theodocia---I’m not sure where, but I know how my great grandfather died.  He was checking a noise downstairs- tripped at the
landing--fell into the window-severed his neck- bled to death in Ma’s lap and arms-she tried to stop the bleeding with her nightgown to no avail.”  According to Mary Katherine, both her mother, Effie Lee and
Aunt Kate, claimed to be the favorite Granddaughter and were staying there when it happened. Effie Lee lived with them during high school.  He (William Carroll) came from Rolla, Missouri, according to Aunt Kate’s notes.  Nancy Leak’s people lived in Rolla.  After Wm Carroll died, Nancy returned to Rolla and remarried William Bradley.”

Source:  Email from Beverly McGrath to Nelda Hastings.