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Adam Hastings

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  • Name Adam Hastings 
    Born 17 Nov 1827  near Belfast, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 May 1910  Rouleau, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I04876  All
    Last Modified 10 Dec 2006 

    Father James H. Hasty / Hastings,   b. 1783, Parish of Donnaghedy (Cavancreagh Townland) Tyron County, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1856, Whitchurch Township, York County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Ginnett Hasty / Hastings,   b. 1794, Parish of Donnaghedy (Cavancreagh Townland) Tyron County, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863, Whitchurch Township, York County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 1822  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From the research of Earl Hastings

      On May 16, 1806, at the age of 23, on the Island of Jersey, James Hasty enlisted in His Majesty's Royal Irish Regiment of Foot, Second Battalion. He was, no doubt, the forced volunteer from Donnaghedy Parish as at this time each parish was expected - even forced - to provide a volunteer to reinforce the King's Army. The regiment was stationed on the Island of Jersey to repel a threatened invasion of England by Napoleon Bonaparte. He served as a private 14 years, 169 days, and was discharged at Cork, October 31, 1820. His pensionable service amounted to 19 years, 123 days, the result of 4 years, 319 days service in the West Indies. He received a medical discharge after repeated attacks of haemoptosis. It is alleged he consumed considerable vinegar to create the blood ailment. He was granted a pension of one shilling per day.

      He was 37 years of age on discharge, 5 ft., 9 inches in height, with black hair, hazel eyes, dark complexion. His previous occupation was recorded as a labourer.

      In about 1822 he married his cousin Ginet Hasty, daughter of Adam Hasty. They settled on an English farming estate near Belfast. There were 500 soldiers and ex-soldiers on the estate. It was here that his family – Sarah, Thomas, Mary Anne and Adam – were born.

      It is alleged he was fined three pounds in 1831 on an assault charge by the English landlord due to an incident in which his dog either barked at or bit the landlord. He refused to pay the fine, vacated the estate and emigrated with his wife and four children to British North America landing in York (Toronto) June 28, 1831.

      His brothers Thomas and Robert had preceded him, both settling in Whitchurch Township, York County, Upper Canada. Thomas with his wife Sarah Mitchell and six children arrived in November 1818 and their descendants remained in Whitchurch Township for five generations. Robert arrived with wife and three children in 1819. He subsequently moved and settled in Chinguacousy Township, York County and later moved to Mara Township, Simcoe County.

      On July 5, 1831, James Hasty forwarded sundry documents relative to his pension to Captain Ailey, military secretary at Quebec: “soliciting you to lay them before his lordship, the commander of the forces, to obtain his authority for the payment of my pension at York, Upper Canada”.
      On July 6, 1831 he petitioned for land as a discharged soldier. The document is signed by James Hasty with “his mark”. No land grant was issued.

      The first land purchased by James Heasty is dated October 1, 1831 covering the west-half of Lot 12, Concession 6, Whitchurch Township, York County, from the Canada Company in consideration of 62 pounds 10 shillings. Payments continued for five years with interest, and by 1836 he had paid a total of 64 pounds 6 shillings 2 pence. A deed dated October 7, 1836 was issued to James Heasty by the Canada Company.

      James Hastings Sr. was appointed a fence viewer pursuant to By-Law No. 1 passed February 14, 1850 by the township council. This is the first time the name Hastings appears in place of Hasty or Heasty. The “Sr.” distinguished him from his nephew James, son of his brother Thomas, who resided in the same township and whom he later named an executor of his last will and testament. After 1850 the name Hastings remains constant.

      A transfer is registered September 27, 1851 from James Hastings “called” in deed dated October 7, 1836 James Heasty to Adam Hastings in consideration of 100 pounds covering the south half of the west half of Lot 12, Concession 6, Whitchurch Township, containing 50 acres.

      A further transfer is registered in 1854 from James Hastings “described” in deed dated October 7, 1836 as James Heasty, to Adam Hastings in consideration of 100 pounds of the north half of the west half of Lot 12 Concession 6 Whitchurch Township, containing 50 acres. On the same date a mortgage is granted by Adam Hastings to James Hastings securing the payment of 100 pounds with no interest on the 4th day of March in each and every year thereafter during the natural life of James Hastings.

      James Hastings died at Whitchurch Township, York County, Upper Canada February 1, 1856. His total estate amounted to 4 horses, 7 cows, 15 sheep, a wagon, stove, clock, dish cabinet, table and bureau, two bedsteads and a loom; all valued at 88 pounds, plus a note in the amount of 100 pounds (probably Adam’s in payment for land). In any event he bequeathed Adam the farm in consideration of his paying fifty pounds to each of my two daughters, Sarah Davison and Mary Ann Heasting (sic). To his son Thomas he bequeathed but five shillings as Thomas had earned his father’s displeasure by not accepting his responsibilities on the farm. To his beloved wife he bequeathed all of my loose property in the house and out in the country on my farm as long as she lives, but my son, Adam, is to have one cow and a team of horses.

      James Hastings by his will made certain his son Adam would be beholden and responsible to his mother until her death in that he owned the land and she the stock and implements. A situation that would prove difficult for Adam on his marriage in 1860 to Alice McDowell who at the age of 17 years had to share the home with the mother.

      His wife, Ginet Hastings died in 1863 in Whitchurch Township, York County, Upper Canada. They are both buried in unmarked graves in Melville Presbyterian Cemetery (now Melville United Church Cemetery) on Concession 5, Whitchurch Township, York County, Ontario.

      The names Hasty, Hastie, Heasty, Heastings are all used at various times prior to 1850. In Ireland the name Hasty is used in all records to about 1850 when the name Hastings appears. The Hastings name has been in use since that time.
    Family ID F1121  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice McDowell,   b. 12 Jan 1844, Upper Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1928, Regina, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 10 Apr 1860  Dundalk, Grey County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Adam Hastings was raised on his father’s homestead in Whitchurch Township. His meagre education would have been in the village school at Lemonville, and would have comprised reading, writing and arithmetic. He followed his father as a yeoman or farmer and remained with the father until the latter’s death. While he had purchased the homestead (west half of Lot 12, Concession 6) in 1851 and 1854, his father bequeathed it to him in his will. In addition Adam purchased the west half of Lot 15, Concession 6 November 22, 1854 from John Stickley.

      It is said his marriage was “arranged” by his twin sister Mary Anne who married John McDowell of Dundalk. The bride to be was Jane McDowell, John’s sister; however, on meeting Adam, she declined the offer. Adam, not to be deterred and, in view of the long expensive trip from Lemonville to Dundalk, simply turned his affection to her younger sister Alice who consented. The marriage would last 50 years and be blessed with 15 offspring. The young bride was never accepted by his mother, which led to unhappy times since the home had to be shared. The mother regarded the bride as a “mere child”.

      He sold his land holdings in 1870 and became a merchant operating a general store in the village of Lemonville. He was postmaster of Lemonville from 1870 to 1873. The “Old Lemonville Store” still stands as a private residence on the 6th Concession, Whitchurch Township.

      He turned his efforts to lumbering in 1874 in Laxton Township, Victoria County at Elliott’s Falls on the Ghost River two miles north of Norland. By crown grant he acquired 21 acres on the west side of the Ghost River and 102 acres on the east side and established a sawmill and shingle mill, both power operated by the falls. The sawmill represented an investment of over $4,000, a considerable amount at this date. In November 1886, he retired to Norland and rented the mills to Jos. McLaughlin. The Victoria Recorder dutifully reported: “Mr. Hastings is to become a citizen of Norland. Happy to have Mr. Hastings and family amongst us”.

      While residing in Elliott’s Falls and Norland he played an active part in local and public affairs. In 1874 he was elected councillor, Laxton Township Council. The same year the swamps were corduroyed on the tenth line north of the Cameron Road with Adam Hastings in charge of the work. He assisted in establishing S.S. No. 2 Beech Lake School which his children attended. In 1880 he contested the government’s right to lengthen a timber slide on the west side of the river and forced construction on the east side. On October 10, 1876 we won first prize for “sawn shingles” in the manufacturer’s section, Laxton and Digby Fall Show. Town records indicate Adam Hastings supplied 100 4x12 13R. maple planks for deck on bridge at Norland for $36 or $7/m.

      He believed in total abstinence from alcohol. It is interesting to note that he, Charlie, James, Jennie and Samuel were all members of Crystal Fountain Lodge No. 215, British American Order of Good Templars, a fraternal order advocating temperance. It held regular meetings with regalia at which spelling matches, debates, religion and prayer were the order. A true Ulsterman, he was a member of the Loyal Orange Lodge, playing dues of .10 cents per month. A devout Methodist, Sunday evenings were occupied with the traditional family hymn-sing around the organ.

      A strict disciplinarian, he was at the same time a kind, considerate father and husband, but he did demand instant obedience and respect. He was always respectfully referred to as “father” by family members. From his wedding picture of 1860 one is immediately impressed by his most notable feature; his determined cold eyes – slightly crossed. Combined with his height, moustache which droops downward and goatee, he seems to portray a pragmatic man not easy to know nor easy to cross.

      In September 1888 a fire roared out of control north of Norland resulting in the complete destruction of the mill, leaving the family without income. It was quickly decided that the West offered the best prospect with available land “for the boys”. On October 1, 1888 he bid farewell to the family and departed for the great North West to seek the fortune that awaited all who would face the ordeal of homesteading on the prairies. He would send for the family when he was established.

      He would have taken the narrow-gauge Toronto & Nippissing Railway for the 87 mile – 10 hour trip to Toronto from Coboconk. In Toronto he transferred to the C.P.R.’s “Pacific Limited” for the three day journey to Troy. On the trip westward he joined other eager settlers making their way to the “promised land” all crowded into the famous colonial cars with their uncomfortable wooden seats and wooden berths. Designed specially by CPR president Van Horne, these cars would transport thousands to the North West along with their meagre belongings.

      The mill was never reconstructed. The land was abandoned and seized for non tax payment in 1899 by the county. A power plant was later constructed at the Falls but is now abandoned. Today, there is a provincial government campground on the 20 acre site which offers a place to rest beside the river and Falls for highway travellers.

      In 1888 the prairies of Western Canada were known as a great lone land. Alberta and Saskatchewan had not been established and settlers were slowly commencing to move westward from the newly organized province of Manitoba. The Canadian Pacific Railway had been completed in 1885. It triggered the greatest wheat rush ever known. Land, land without end, to be had for the asking – rich land that would grow forty bushels to the acre. The Adam Hastings family would be one of those families that flooded the prairies from Eastern Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe.

      Adam Hastings arrived in Troy (Qu’Appelle) in October 1888 to be met by his nephew George Senze Davidson who owned and operated the Queens Hotel. He would stay with him while searching for a homestead. He walked the Regina plains but was unimpressed by the area, flat as a table with its rich black earth, because he observed “it took one extra ox to pull a plow”. Fourteen years later he would realize his error and eagerly accept homesteads on the plain.

      He filed an application for homestead on NE 24-18-12-W2 on October 11, 1888 and immediately sent for his son Samuel Thomas to join him. During the winter of 1888-89 they constructed a house on the land. On May 9, 1889 he wrote: “My dear alice spring has finally arrived in the North West, the crocuses are in bloom the house is __ so please make haste Sam and i are fine love Adam” (sic). “Make haste” she did for on June 9, 1889 the family left Norland to join him.

      The homestead was located in the Rose Valley district about seven miles north east of Indian Head just above the Qu’Appelle Valley. A small coulee and creek cross the land so he maintained the objective of always seeking land with water.

      Rose Valley was described by the Winnipeg Free Press on October 25, 1901 as being “one of the best in the Territories for farming purposes” and listed Adam Hastings as “following that pursuit in the region”.

      Adam Hastings established Rose Valley Protestant Public School No. 191 on an acre of his land for the benefit of his children and in 1901 his son Hugh A. Hastings is recorded as being secretary.

      He and the family proved the homestead by construction of a 12’ x 18’ house with a 14’ x 18’ kitchen valued at $400, along with a pole straw stable and a log granary. He cleared over 50 acres. In 1892 he owned four cows and three horses. On February 27, 1892 Patent was issued. The land was sold and transferred to William John Orchard on March 21, 1902 in consideration of $2,000.

      Early in 1902 with some interesting help from his friend William J. Bulyea, Liberal member of the N.W.T. Legislative Council, Adam Hastings was successful in obtaining five homesteads on the Regina Plains for his five sons: Samuel Thomas, Adam Luther, Clarence Beverly, Hugh Alexander and Robert William Gordon.

      The family moved to the homesteads located north of the town of Rouleau in April, 1902 and established the family home on the NE 20-15-21-W2, being the homestead of Adam Luther who was otherwise occupied as a grain buyer at Balgonie.

      Politically, Adam Hastings was a Liberal; of this there is not the slightest doubt. As a young man he was nurtured in the Clear Grit Methodist tradition of Ontario. A reform movement advocating simple, responsible government and fervently opposed to political or religious privilege. In the North West he revered Sir Wilfrid Laurier with the chieftain’s picture occupying a place of honour in the living room.

      He and his sons were “Clifford Sifton Men” and later “Jimmy Gardiner Men” and were organizers for both. So strongly did he inculcate his political Liberal beliefs in his children that every son, many grandsons and grandchildren actively organized and supported the part in Western Canada.

      Clarence, his son, travelled by horse and buggy throughout South Saskatchewan in 1905 spreading the message. Clarence would summarily discharge a deputy returning officer who was doubtful about his wife’s vote with the comment “any man who cannot control his wife’s vote is unqualified to be a DRO”.

      In 1935 his daughter, Mary Ann, in congratulating her nephew, Gordon Hastings, on his marriage “hoped his bride was a Liberal and not Roman Catholic”. His son, Adam, would “deliver” a Liberal nomination to James G. Gardiner in Cupar, Saskatchewan in 1912 and his youngest son, Hugh, in his retiring years would faithfully and regularly canvass Regina city on behalf of the party.

      His granddaughter, Marjorie Pearl Hastings Guy was secretary of the Saskatchewan Liberal Association and served as executive assistant to the part leader and late premier, W. Ross Thatcher.

      Adam and Alice Hastings celebrated their golden wedding anniversary April 10, 1910. The family presented father with a gold-headed walking cane from Ireland on the occasion.

      He executed his last will and testament on April 23, 1910 in which he bequeathed his personal estate to his beloved wife of 50 years.

      Adam Hastings died at Rouleau, Saskatchewan May 9, 1910. His funeral was held in the family residence with five sons and son-in-law Thomas Matchett acting as pallbearers. Because of his build – 6’4”, 250 lbs. – an oversized coffin had to be used which would not go through the doorway. The bay windows had to be removed from the house to permit the coffin to be taken in and out. The undertaker attempted to collect interest on the price of the coffin. He had specially ordered it three years in advance of Adam’s death. The interest was not paid.

      On his demise, his wife Alice moved to Sintaluta to live with her daughter, Mary Ann, who was employed as an accountant by her older brother James McDowell Hastings. Mother and daughter later moved to Regina and resided at 2130 Broad Street, 2277 Hamilton Street and 19 Crescent Annex Apartments.

      Alice McDowell Hastings died December 25, 1928 at Regina and was buried December 27, 1928 beside her husband Adam and their son Robert Andrew Gordon in the Rouleau Cemetery.
    Children 
     1. Jennett "Janet" Hastings,   b. 7 Apr 1861, Lemonville, Whitchurch Township, York County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1955, Vancouver, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     2. James McDowell Hastings,   b. 20 Sep 1862, Lemonville, Whitchurch Township, York County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1955, Regina General Hospital, Regina, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     3. Samuel Thomas Hastings,   b. 25 Jan 1865, Lemonville, Whitchurch Township, York County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1953, North Battleford, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     4. Charles John Hastings,   b. 4 Jan 1867, Lemonville, Whitchurch Township, York County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1924, Grande Prairie, Alberta Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     5. Carrie Hastings,   b. May 1868, Lemonville, Whitchurch Township, York County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1868, Lemonville, Whitchurch Township, York County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Mary Ann "Minnie" Hastings,   b. 5 Nov 1869, Lemonville, Whitchurch Township, York County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1946, Toronto, York County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     7. Adam Hastings,   b. Nov 1870, Lemonville, Whitchurch Township, York County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1871, Lemonville, Whitchurch Township, York County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     8. Sarah "Sadie" Elizabeth Hastings,   b. 6 Jan 1872, Lemonville, Whitchurch Township, York County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1944, Regina, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     9. Adam Luther Hastings,   b. 8 Apr 1874, Norland, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1921, Regina, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     10. Herbert DeVere Hastings,   b. 16 Apr 1877, Elliots Falls, Laxton Township, Victoria County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1877, Elliots Falls, Laxton Township, Victoria County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Clarence Beverley Hastings,   b. 19 Jul 1879, Elliots Falls, Laxton Township, Victoria County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1937, Rochester, Olmstead County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     12. Hugh Alexander Hastings,   b. 24 Aug 1881, Elliots Falls, Laxton Township, Victoria County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1968, Regina, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     13. Alice Hastings,   b. 31 Dec 1883, Elliots Falls, Laxton Township, Victoria County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1884, Elliots Falls, Laxton Township, Victoria County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     14. Robert Andrew GORDON Hastings,   b. 24 Feb 1885, Elliots Falls, Laxton Township, Victoria County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1906, Moose Jaw Creek, west of Rouleau, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
     15. William Earl Hastings,   b. 4 May 1887, Elliots Falls, Laxton Township, Victoria County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1889, Indian Head, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
    Last Modified 18 Mar 2009 
    Family ID F1159  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Apr 1860 - Dundalk, Grey County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Family of Adam Hastings and Alice McDowell, Rouleau, Saskatchewan 1906
    Family of Adam Hastings and Alice McDowell, Rouleau, Saskatchewan 1906
    Standing: Adam Hastings & Wife Alice (McDowell) Hastings
    Left to Right: Clarence Hastings & Eva P. Winter, R.A. Gordon Hastings & Mary A. Hastings, Sarah E. Hastings, Hugh Hastings & Elenore Reichert at Rouleau, Saskatchewan in 1906
    Homestead Locations of Adam Hastings and James McDowell Hastings
    Homestead Locations of Adam Hastings and James McDowell Hastings
    Adam Hastings NE34-18-12-W2
    James McDowell Hastings NE32-18-11-W2
    Indian Head, Assiniboia East, The Territories, Canada
    Adam Hastings and Alice McDowell on their wedding day, April 10, 1860, Dundalk, Ontario
    Adam Hastings and Alice McDowell on their wedding day, April 10, 1860, Dundalk, Ontario
    Adam Hastings 1860
    Adam Hastings 1860

    Documents
    Letter from Adam Hastings to wife, Alice
    Letter from Adam Hastings to wife, Alice
    indian head, nwt
    May 3, 1889

    my dear Alice

    spring has finaly arrived in the northwest. the crocuses are in bloom. the house is nearly finished so bring the family west. i love you and have missed you and children __ceeding so please make haste. sam and i fine

    love Adam

    dont go to quppelle come to indian head

    Headstones
    HASTINGS, Adam and Alice McDOWELL
    HASTINGS, Adam and Alice McDOWELL




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