HASTING OF WHITE AND VAN BUREN COUNTIES, TENNESSEE
also the Daniel Haston
section in the main part of The Heritage of Daniel Haston site.
DANIEL HASTING (1735 TO 1826). John Sevier, as Governor of
Tennessee, issued Land Grant No. 535 to "Daniel Haston,"
conveying a tract of 150 acres in what was then White County, Tennessee,
but now in Van Buren County, Tennessee, because Van Buren County was
created between 1830 and 1850 from portions of White, Warren and Bledsoe
Counties. The county site of White County is at Sparta and the county
site of Van Buren County is at Spencer, Tennessee. That deed was dated
26 September 1808, and it described the tract by metes and bounds
Tennessee did not have the benefit of the public land survey, so that
lands could be described ay sections and parts of sections. The
description was, "lying * * * on the Big Spring Branch of Cane
Creek on the main fork of Cany Fork: Beginning at a White Oak standing
on the bank of the Big Spring Branch, on a conditional line of "Joseph
Hasting" and Jacob Mitchell's beginning corner, etc." The
habendum clause was: "To Have to Hold the said tract * * * to the
said "Daniel Hasting" and his heirs forever." The deed is
now of record in Book "A" at p. 224 of the land records of the
State of Tennessee on file with the Tennessee State Library and
Archives, State Department of Education, State Capitol, Nashville,
Tennessee. The deed is also recorded in Book "C" at p. 108 of
the Deed Records of White County, Tennessee, at the Court House at
Haston" was indicted for assault and battery upon Jacob Mitchell,
the above-mentioned adjoining land owner, on 24 July 1818, and was fined
fifty cents on a plea of guilty on 31 Jul 1818, according to pp. 209
& 227 of the Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas of White County,
earliest Federal Census taken in White County, Tennessee, which is
available for examination is that of 1820. The early censuses listed by
name only the "Head of the Family," and the remaining members
of each family were listed merely by sex and age between certain years.
The family of "Daniel Hastin" was listed as consisting of him,
shown to be over 45 years of age, and one female over 45 years of age.
This was, apparently, Daniel and his wife. We have never discovered her
name. However, Elizabeth Jane Stipe Hasting (6 Feb 1835 to 24 Feb 1917)
wife of James Thomas Hasting (8 Jun 1836 to 31 May 1885) said that
Daniels wife lived to be 110 years of age, and that Daniel paid her
transportation to this county, and that she, Elizabeth Jane, remembered
Daniel's wife lived to be 110 years old, she should appear in
the household of some family member for, at least, the 1830
& 1840 Federal Census records. We have not been able
to locate a female of this age in any of the Haston family
census records for that era. Please contact
us if you have information to support the Elizabeth Jane
Stipe Hasting statement.
Daniel's sons were listed in this 1820 census in White County Tennessee,
in the following manner:
||26 to 45
||26 to 45
||26 to 46
||10 to 16
||10 to 16
|| 0 to
|| 0 to
|| 0 to
||16 to 26
||26 to 45
||10 to 16
||10 to 16
|| 0 to
|| 0 to
Born in 1777, David would have been the male in the 26-45 age
category. There was a 45+ age male in David's house at the
time of the 1820 census, but who
could it have been?
*Since Daniel's wife was listed as living with him in this census the
female over 45 living with Joseph was, probably, his mother-in-law,
rather than his mother.
||16 to 26
||16 to 26
|| 0 to
||10 to 16
|| 0 to
The names were as shown, i.e. "Hasting."
Daniel, nor his wife, was listed in the census for 1830. We must
presume, in fact we know from other evidence, that Daniel died between
the 1820 and the 1830 censuses.
The 1826 White County, TN census and tax records of the mid
1820s seem to indicate that Daniel
died in 1826. The 1830 Rev War veterans mortality
list card for Daniel also supports this year of death.
his land to one Rhodum Doyle in 1822 and conveyed it by deed dated 15
May 1822. This deed was witnessed by William Denny and David Haston.
William Denny was to become the father of Jane Denny who married David's
son, William Carroll Haston (2 mar 1828 to 11 Jan. 1902). (See Book
"L" at p. 312 of the Deed Records of White County, at Sparta).
Isaac and his family were not listed in the 1830 census. It is believed
he had begun his travels which ended in Greene County, Missouri. Joseph
was not listed as the head of his family in the 1830 census; his wife,
"Sara Ann," was listed as the head of his family, so that we
presume that Joseph died before 1830, i.e. before the 1830 census was
taken, but not long before, because his daughter, Amanda Haston was born
in 1831, if census reports are correct.
Record of the Cumberland Region, by George A. Ogle and Co., of Chicago,
published in 1898, is now on file n the Library of Congress under file
No. F443 C8 M5. That publication contains a "Sketch" of
William Carroll Haston, from which the following is taken:
"He was born here, March 2, 1829, and on the paternal side is of
Dutch Descent, his grandfather, Daniel Hastons, being scarcely able to
speak English. At an early date, he came to Tennessee, locating in Van
Buren County, near the spring now known as Haston's Big Spring, where
he purchased the land now owned by our subject. In his family, were
thirteen children, all now dead."
All evidence indicates that the statement as to the nationality of
Daniel is correct, notwithstanding contrary statements by others. This
may account for the various spellings of the name an effort to spell
a Dutch name in English. The "Sketch" continued:
parents of our subject, David and Margaret Roddey Haston were probably
natives of Virginia." This last statement is supported by the 1850
census which shows David as born in Virginia.
Although this statement in William Carroll Haston's bio
sketch, as well as other evidence, does support the view that
Daniel Haston was "Dutch," there are also sources
that suggest that Daniel's nationality was either English or
Scots-Irish. See the "Roots"
section of this site for a thorough discussion of various
theories of Daniel's European roots.
It is quite
probable that Daniel moved from Virginia to what is now Tennessee, but
which at the time of his move may have been considered as in North
Carolina. Washington County, Tennessee, was organized in 1777, with its
county site at Jonesboro, to become Tennessee's oldest county. It
embraced all of what is now Tennessee and a part of the mountains which
are now in North Carolina. The area so inclosed [sic] in Washington
County, North Carolina, was at the time, considered as North Carolina's
"Western Territory." In 1783, the Cumberland region was
organized as Davidson County, with its county site at Nashville. Greene
county, with its county site at Greeneville, was also organized n 1783.
In 1784, Sullivan County was organized with its county site at
Blountsville. In 1786 two other counties were organized, namely: Sumner
with its county site at Gallatin, and Hawkins with its county site at
Rogersville. Then, Jefferson County was organized in 1792 with its
county site at Dandridge. All of these counties were organized as
counties of North Carolina, because the territory was not taken into the
Union as the State of Tennessee until 1796.
difficult to understand how Daniel Haston could have avoided service in
the Revolutionary Army. Lieutenant General Lord Charles Cornwallis had
continued his march from Charlestown up the Wateree to Charlotte, North
Carolina, arriving there on September 22nd. Major Patrick Ferguson,
marching through western South Carolina with his 1,000 American
Volunteers (Tories) had taken up the pursuit of a small force of Georgia
and South Carolina militiamen, under Colonel Elijah Clark. Clark had
made an unsuccessful attempt to retake Augusta and fleeing toward the
Watauga settlement, west of the mountains. Ferguson had arrived at
Gilbert Town, where he was pursuing his favorite diversion of rounding
up the Patriots - Rebels, he called them and burning the homes of
those who fled or reused to take the oath of allegiance to the King; it
was there that he first learned that the "over-mountain men"
from what is now Tennessee were coming for him. He had made the mistake
of sending to them a threat, that unless they ceased their opposition to
the King's authority, he would cross the mountains, hand their leaders,
and lay waste their settlement with fie and sword. Colonels John Sevier,
known as "Nolichucky Jack," and Isaac Shelby issued a call for
the frontiersmen to rendezvous on September 25th at Sycamore Flats, near
Fort Watauga, n Carter County, Tennessee. Those who answered the call
were: Colonels Sevier and Shelby, with 140 men each; Colonel Charles
McDowell of North Carolina, with 160 men; and Colonel William Campbell
of Virginia, with 400 men. They marched southwest, through Gillespie Gap
to Quaker Meadows, where they were met by Colonel Benjamin Cleveland
with 350 men. Ferguson started south as if for Ninety-six; but instead,
he marched along the west bank of Silver and Cane Creeks, across Second
Broad River to Broad River, and along the north bank of the Broad,
across Buffalo Creek, to the top of King's Mountain, in the Northwest
corner of York County, South Carolina, where he determined to make a
stand. Thinking Ferguson was marching toward Ninety-six, the Patriots
swung further to the south through the Cowpens, in the Northwest corner
of Cherokee County, S.C., where they were joined by Colonels James
Williams and William Graham, with 160 more men. In order to make up lost
time, 900 men that were mounted were sent ahead to intercept Ferguson.
On 7 October 1780, those 900 men surrounded Kingšs Mountain,
dismounted, and advanced on foot up its slopes. Firing their Deckhard
rifles with deadly accuracy as they moved from tree to tree, they closed
in, shouting "Tarleton's quarter!" Ferguson was killed; and
before their officers could stop them, those outraged men of the West
had killed 157 Tories and seriously wounded 163. Not a man escaped; 698
were captured. Unfortunately, it must be observed that Ferguson was the
only British Regular on King's Mountain that day the others were
Tories. The prisoners were marched to Gilbert Town, where 30 to 40 were
tried on charges of raiding, looting and wanton burning of dwellings.
Twelve were convicted, and 9 were hanged so ended the first war
crimes trials held by our country. Colonel Cleveland marched the
remaining prisoners to Hillsboro, N.C., and delivered them to General
Gates. There is no doubt that the victory at Kingšs Mountain was the
major contributing cause of Lord Cornwallis'
defeat at Yorktown, and the independence of the United States. King's
Mountain was only one of several major battles fought in western North
and South Carolina and Tennessee the area in which Daniel Haston and
his family were living at the time.
It is not
surprising that we find in "A ROSTER OF SOLDIERS FROM NORTH
CAROLINA IN THE REVOLUTION published by the North Carolina Daughters of
the American Revolution in 1932, on page 233 the beginning of a chapter
entitled MILITARY LAND WARRANTS, CONTINENTAL LINE which lists warrants
for lands granted the officers and soldiers in the continental Line out
of the Secretary's, and on page 280 the following:
No. To Whom Granted
No. of Acres
Service in Months
2345 Daniel Haston, Pvt.
Haston's timeline on this site for additional information
regarding this Revolutionary War land grant.
war, Daniel remained in Tennessee, living for a time near Knoxville in
Knox County. In the library at Nashville, can be found a copy of the
Knox County Court Minutes, Vol. 3, 1800 to 1802, and at page 101
thereof, a record of a case, entitled Samuel Cowan v. Joseph Hastin,
tried in October 1800 [Editorial note: tied
in April 1801], in the summary of which this is found: "leased
the said lot of land to a certain Daniel Hastin, the father of the said
Joseph Hasting." The court records of that county show that Daniel
served as a juror in the Knox County Court. And the marriage records in
Knox County show that Polly Hastings married James Milliken on 4 Sept.
1805, and that Peggy Hastings married John Ault on 22 Nov. 1809.
Some Haston researchers have assumed that Polly
Hastings and Peggy
Hastings were daughters of Daniel Haston, but there is no documentation
to support those assumptions. Some circumstantial evidence
supports the possibility that Polly
Hastings could have been a daughter of Daniel. The
1830 will of a Franklin County, TN John
T. Hastings indicates that Peggy
Hastings (Ault) was his daughter.
recited that Daniel acquired lands in White County in September 1808,
and we must presume that he moved to White County from Knox County
between 1808 ad 1809. Jesse Hasting married Elizabeth Gilentine [sic
"Gillentine"] on 12
December 1815 in White County, and Caroline Haston married John Austin
in White County in 1817.
Mr. Howard H. Hasting, Sr. referred to the wife of John Austin
as "Caroline." Her name, as we have found it,
She probably was Daniel's daughter. John Austin lived
fairly near the Haston family in southern White County,
TN. John Austin's first wife was a sister to William
Denny, whose property adjoined Haston property.
Hasting died in 1826 and was buried in Big Fork Cemetery in what is now
Van Buren County, Tennessee. His grave was unmarked until rather
recently. As a result of the inquiry conducted for this history of the
family, Elwood Haston caused a stone to be placed at Daniel's grave and
induced the D.A.R. to mount one of their plaques thereon. We are sure of
his grave because John Taylor Haston had pointed out his grave and that
of Daniel's wife, and that of Joseph Haston and his wife many years
before to Casto Haston.