The Heritage of Daniel Haston

Hastings Families of Greene County, MO
By Howard H. Hasting, Sr.

Later research, since Mr. Hasting wrote this report in 1980, has uncovered new information that clarifies and, in some cases, contradicts some of what was known about the Haston family at an earlier stage of our family's research.  Please cross reference information in this section with the other information available on this, The Heritage of Daniel Haston, web site.

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See also the Isaac Haston section in the main part of The Heritage of Daniel Haston site.

ISAAC HASTINGS (1797 to      ) was born in Tennessee. The Census for White County, Tennessee, taken in 1820 lists an Isaac Hasting and his family, as follows:

Hasting, Isaac 16 to 26 1794 to 1804
One female 16 to 26 1794 to 1804
One male   0 to 10 1810 to 1820
One female 10 to 16 1804 to 1820
Two females   0 to 10 1810 to 1820

          The Isaac Hasting, so listed, appears to have sold his land in 1822 to one Rhodum Doyle. His deed dated 15 May 1822 was witnessed by William Denny and David Haston. William Denny was to become the father of Jane Denny who later married David's son, William Carroll Haston (2 Mar. 1828 to 11 Jan. 1902). That deed is recorded in Book "L" at p. 312 of the Deed Records of White County, Tennessee, at Sparta. That Isaac and his family were not listed in the 1830 Census taken in White County, Tennessee. The evidence indicates that Isaac went to Missouri. The Census taken in Greene County, Missouri, in Cass Twp., for 1850, shows:

Hastings, Isaac M 53 1797 Tenn.
     Agnes F 53 1797 . .  
     Samuel D M 21 1829 . . 
     De La Fa (De LaFayette ?) M 18 1832 . .  
     Asbury 17  1833  . . 
     Jesse S. 15 1835 Mo.

(Indicating a move to Missouri between 1833 and 1835)

     Robert D.  M 13  1837  . . 
     Hartwell G.  M    9  1841

          Mrs. Tom Greenwade, who lived near Willard in Greene County, Mo., wrote to Howard H. Hasting (23 Mar 1905) and quoted from the 1876 Atlas of Greene County: "Isaac Hastings, likewise an emigrant from East Tennessee, settled about a mile East of Cave Springs (A little town in Greene County, Mo.) about 1835 and occupied the farm now owned by William Thompson." Mrs. Greenwade's letter was dated 13 June 1979 and she said that Isaac owed lands in the E 1/2  of the NE 1/4 of Sec. 10, Twp. 30 N, Range 23 West, in Greene County, and that said lands were divided by a road and that an old cemetery is located on the Southern Division of that land. It is believed that this cemetery is the Friendship Church Cemetery sometimes called the "Old Hasting Burying Ground."


          JOHN HASTINGS (1796 to       ) was born in North Carolina (What is now Tennessee was at that time a part of North Carolina). One John H. Hastings bought some land in Greene County, Missouri, just north of Willard, by Deed dated 26 March 1847. (See Deed Record "A" of Greene County, at Springfield.) John and his family were listed in the 1850 Census taken in Cass Twp. Of Greene County, as follows:     

Hastings, John M 54 1796 North Carolina 
     Rachel F 38 1812 Tenn.
      Robert M 19 1831 Tenn.
      Minerva F 14 1836 Tenn 

     (She could have been born in Tenn. In 1835 and been 14 at the Census of 1850)

     Nancy C. F 12 1838 Mo.
     Garrett M 10 1840 . .

(Indicating a move to Missouri between 1833 and 1835)

     Mary J. F 3 1847 . .
     Sarah S. 1 1849 . .
     Hugh G. M 7 1843 . .

          The lands conveyed to John Hastings (1796 to     ) by the deed mentioned above were described as being in Sec. 15, Twp. 30 N, Range 23 West.


Editorial Note:  Do not confuse this Greene Co, MO William Carrol Hastings with David Haston's son, William Carroll Haston, Sr. (and his son William Carroll Haston, Jr.) of Van Buren Co, TN.

More recent evidence suggests that this Greene County, MO "William Carroll Hastin/Hastings" was probably the oldest son of Isaac and Agnes Simpson Hastings.

          WILLIAM CARROLL HASTINGS (             To 1845) married Nancy Leake (1815 to       ). A History of Greene County, Missouri, published in 1883 by the St. Louis Western Historical Co. and now in the Library of Congress under number F472 G8 H6, at page 717 contains a biography of one Isaac N. Hasten (1844 to 6 Jul 1896) in which it is recorded that he was the son of "Carroll and Nancy Hasten" who came to Missouri from Knox County, Tennessee, in 1835, and that Isaac was born one year before his father's death.
          Isaac Hastings (1797 to     ) served as Administrator of the Estate of Carroll Hastings and in connection therewith filed an affidavit of heirship in which he said, "I, Isaac Hastin, do solemnly swear that there are five heirs of William C. Hastin, deceased, now in being, to-wit:
          Perry Hastin    
          James Hastin
          John W. Hastin
          Isaac N. Hastin, and     
          Nancy Hastin, Widow, all residing in Greene County, Missouri." The Affidavit was dated 15 Oct 1845 (Probate Book "A" at p. 282 of Greene County, Missouri.) One John W. Wadlow who married Marga Haston in Greene County on 24 July 1838 was one of the sureties on Isaac's bond. The record of Isaac's administration shows that William Carroll Hastings died seized and possessed of the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Sec. 11 Twp. 30 N., Range 23 West, in Greene County, Missouri. We can now locate the farms of Isaac Hastings (1797 to      ) and John Hastings (1796 to      ) and William Carroll Hastings (         to 1845) as follows:

:Hastings Families of Greene County, MO

          Carroll's widow, Nancy Leake, married again after Carroll's death to one William J. Bradley. They were married on 10 June 1847. The consolidated families were listed in the 1850 Census as follows:

Bradley, Wm. J. M 32 1818 North Carolina
               Nancy Leake F 35 1815 Tenn.
Dodd, Benjamin F. M 18 1832 Mo.
Hastings, Perry M 12 1838 Mo.
                    John W. M   9 1841 Mo.
               Matilda F 10 1840 Mo.
               Isaac N. M   7 1844 Mo.
Bradley, Milley S. F   3 1847 Mo.
              Sarah A. F   1 1849 Mo.

According to Isaac's affidavit of heirship, Matilda was not a daughter of William Carroll - she could have been sojourning at the home of Nancy when the Census was taken in Greene County. James was not listed in the family, although according to Isaac's affidavit James was a son of William Carroll Hastings. We find another family listed in the Greene County Census for 1850, as follows:

Hastings, James M 26 1824 Tenn
     Virginia F 26 1824 . .
     William R. M   6 1844 Mo.

(Indicating move to Mo. Before 1844)

      John P. M   4 1846 . .
      Joseph R. M   2 1848 . .

It could be that the above James was the son of William Carroll mentioned in Isaac's affidavit of heirship.
           The evidence sustains the suspicion that Isaac Hastings (1797) John Hastings (1796) and William Carroll Hastings (    to 1845) were brothers at least kin probably the sons of David Hasting [website editor's note: this should be "probably the sons of Daniel Hasting"] (1735 to 1826) of White County, Tenn., who moved to Greene County, Missouri, in 1835. A History of Greene County, Missouri, by Fairbanks, shows a biography of Charles Wadlow in which it is recorded that he was the son of John W. Wadlow and Mary Hastings (Marga) and that John W. Wadlow was born in Virginia, in Washington County, and went to Tennessee and then to Greene County, Mo., where he married Mary Hastings (27 Jan 1820 to 12 Dec 1854) on 24 July 1837. In the same history, there is a biography of John H. Hasten, son of Isaac N. Hasten (1844 to 6 Jul 1896). There are numerous records in Greene County, Mo., which we have not researched, and which contain information of other members of the family. We have been able to extend the family of William Carroll Hastings (       to 1845) in the following manner.

Editorial Note:  Although the phrase "probably the sons of David Hasting" in the above paragraph is presented here just as it was in the material written by Howard H. Hasting, it should read "probably the sons of Daniel Hasting.

However, recent evidence (especially related to the probable birth date of William Carroll Hastin/Hastings) would seem to indicate that he was probably Isaac's & Agnes' oldest son, not the brother of Isaac.

The "James Hastings" above was probably "James Bell Hastings," the son of John Holloway Hastings (neighbor of Isaac Haston/Hastings) and not the son of William Carroll Hastings.  Read more about John Holloway Hastings.

           ISAAC NEWTON HASTEN (1844 TO 6 July 1896) son of William Carroll Hastings (        to 1845) and his wife Nancy Leake Hastings (1815 to      ) was born in Cass Township of Greene County, Missouri, one year before the death of his father, William Carroll Hastings. He served as a justice of the peace of that township for several years. He and his son, John Henderson Hasten, operated a store at the little town of Cave Springs in Greene County, Missouri, for years before they sold out and opened a grocery store in Springfield, Missouri. (See a History of Greene County, Missouri, published in 1883 by the St. Louis Western Historical C. now in the Library of Congress under the number F472 G8 H6, at p. 717 for a biography of Isaac N. Hasten.)

           We are indebted to Katie Eugenia Wilson Mann (15 Dec 1890 to    ) who was living in Hugoten, Kansas, in 1978, at 1038 Monroe St., Zip Code 67951, for much of the information shown herein. She was a daughter of Alice Theodosia Hasten (1867 to      ) who was a daughter of Isaac Newton Hasten (1844 to 6 Jul 1896). She said that Isaac's middle name was Newton; that Isaac had two children to grow to adulthood, a son, John Henderson Hasten, and her mother, Alice Theodocia [sic] Hasten; that Isaac had a baby that died in infancy; that Isaac and his son, John Henderson Hasten operated a general store at Cave Springs for years before they sold out and opened a grocery store in Springfield; that John continued to operate the grocery store for years after Isaac died, and then went into the bakery business; that Isaac married Mary Elizabeth Jennings during the Civil War, while she was living at Neosho, Missouri; and that Isaac was killed in an accident; that he missed a door and fell down some stairs and through a window at the landing of the stairs and cut his throat on the glass of the window. She also says that the "Old Hasten Burying Ground" was called Friendship Graveyard and that it was on land about 1 1/2 to 2 miles North of where her father lived. Isaac's family was listed in the 18__ Census taken in Cass Twp of Greene County, Mo., as follows:

Hasten, Isaac N. M 26 1844 Mo.
     Mary E. F 20 1850 Mo.
     Alice F   3 1867 Mo.
     John H. M   1 1869 Mo.

          William L. (Bill) Wood, Rt. 2 Box 89, Strafford, Mo., 65757, who is related to us through Elizabeth Jane Stipe Hasting (6 Feb 1835 to 29 Feb 1927) was kind enough to send to Howard H. Hasting (23 Mar 1905 to     ) a list of all grave stones found in the "Old Hasten Burying Ground," which was prepared by John and LeMerle Cochran during the early and middle 1960's, who filed a copy in the genealogy room at the public library of Springfield, Mo. This list is entitled "Friendship Church Cemetery," and contains the following introduction: "There is no evidence of a building having been here in the past 40 or 50 years (1966). Location is 3 miles North of Willard, Mo. There is no road to it or near it. It is 1/2 mile southeast of the house on the Rex Bell Farm (1966)."     "Hastin, William W., son of Isaac N. and Mary E., 29 Apr. 1866 - 13 Apr. 1867" is the only inscription for any member of the family by name.
          At Isaac's death, his son, John Henderson Hasten, purchased Lot 398 in the Hazelwood Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri, and buried his father there. His wife, Mary Elizabeth Jennings Hasten (1850 to 16 Dec. 1932) is also buried in that lot, and so is Nancy Jennings (          to July 1902) the mother of Mary Elizabeth.


William W. Hastin 29 Apr. 1866 - 13 Apr. 1867
Alice Theodocia Hasten 1867 to
John Henderson Hasten 1869 to 14 Feb 1936

          ALICE THEODOCIA HASTEN (1867 to       ) daughter of Isaac Newton Hasten (1844 to 6 Jul 1896) and Mary Elizabeth Jennings Hasten (1850 to 16 Dec 1932) married Joseph Buster Wilson on 31 Jan. 1883. (Greene County Marriage Records). Joseph owned a 200 acre farm about 4 miles north of Willard and about a mile and one-half from the Isaac Newton Hasten farm and about 3 miles from Cave Springs. They had seven children. One died in infancy.


John Harry Wilson In Cambridge, Wisconsin
Blanche Dinsmore In Detroit, Michigan
Alice Jo Benningan In Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Katie Wilson Mann Of Hugoten, Kansas
Effie Wilson
Isaac Newton Wilson

          JOHN HENDERSON HASTEN (1869 TO 14 Feb 1936) son of Isaac Newton Hasten  (1844 to 6 Jul 1896) and Mary Elizabeth Jennings Hasten (1850 to 16 Dec 1932) Married Mary Josephine Lee (1869 to 4 Oct 1927) but they had no children. She is buried in Lot 398 of the Hazelwood Cemetery in Springfield. After her death, John married Alta B. Stutzman (2 June 1881 to 4 Dec. 1945) the daughter of Frank P and Louise Stutzman of Springfield, but there were no children born of this marriage. John died of a cerebral hemorrage and Alta died of a heart attack. John and his first wife, Mary Josephine Lee, and his second wife, Alta Stutzman, are all buried in Lot 398 of the Hazelwood Cemetery.

           So ends the line of William Carroll Hastings, so far as we are able to determine We found none of his descendants who could affirm or deny that he was a son of Daniel.


A Hastings Family History
Research by George Hastings (February 1999)

George Hastings, a descendant of Isaac Haston/Hastings, submitted a "Hastings Family" research file to the Arkansas State Archives in Little Rock, AR in 1999.

The document focuses on this line: Daniel>Isaac>James B.>Joseph R.>John W. Hastings (the grandfather of George Hastings, the researcher).

Document #2807 (50 pages) in the vertical file.

Note: Based on more recent research, we know that some of the information in the document is not accurate, but Mr. Hastings was wise in admitting that later research would reveal facts that were not available to him at the time of his work.

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