Hastings Family

The Hastings Family in Scotland

 The old Scottish family of Hastings was a branch of the English Hastings family that settled in Scotland during the reign of William the Lion, King of Scotland from 1165 to 1214. The Hastings name predates the Norman Conquest of 1066 because the Castle of Hastings was held by the Hastings family when William the Conqueror landed. The area of Scotland that our Hastings family lived in was Dumfriesshire, in the southwest part.

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Sarah Hastings was the daughter of James Hastings, born at Drumloff, Scotland in 1763 and Sarah Muirhead, born at Moniaive in 1767. James and Sarah had a family of four girls (Margaret, Jane, Sarah and Elizabeth) and five boys (David, James, William, Thomas and John).  The first three children were born at Drumloff (or Drumloft), the next four at Neis, and the last two at Crogland (or Croglin).  Sarah was the sixth child in the family, born in 1806 at Neis.  All of the foregoing places are located in Penpont Parish in the northern part of Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Dumfriesshire, in turn is located in the southwest part of Scotland, in the Borders region. 

View between penpont and moniave

With at least five of James and Sarah Hastings’ children leaving Scotland between 1836 and 1838, we could assume that they left because the land theyhad farmed was turned over to sheep grazing. 

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Maybe a Scottish relative?Hastings in Canada

Sarah and her sister Jane were the first to leave, travelling with their families on board the Belvidera, belvidera sailing shipleaving Liverpool in March and arriving in New York May 30, 1836, after eight weeks of sailing. accompanying them on the voyage was Sarah’s sister Jane, married to David Haistings (or Hastings) and their four children. According to Jane Hastings’ account, they encountered severe storms in the Atlantic Ocean and were driven back one hundred and fifty miles in one night’s storm. An account of the voyage can be found in the following article from the Wellington County museum; hastings_family_history_nicholtwp.

 

Hastings in Australia

Hastings gravestone from William Rodger

Two brothers David and William immigrated to Australia with their families.  Both men died in a quarantine station from The William Rodger, a fever-stricken vessel at Sydney, New South Wales in October of 1838.  David left his wife Mary Lowrie and three sons James, William and Thomas.  William left his wife Grace Houtson and four children, Mary, Nicholas, Jane and Grace.  A sister, Elizabeth, married to Robert Kelly, may have also immigrated to Australia the same year.  The Hastings families would have received about 76 pounds as an incentive to immigrate. For further information about the Hastings families in Australia, please see http://mhfamilyhistory.pbworks.com/w/page/36769358/Hastings%20Surname (linked with permission from the site owner)

 

Robert and Sarah (Hastings) Milligan – first stop in Canada [Nichol Township, Ontario] 1836-1855

Robert and Sarah Milligan and David and Jane Hastings and their families arrived in Nichol Township near Guelph, Ontario about 1836.

The 1851 census of Nichol Township listed Robert Milligan, a farmer, age 55 and his wife Sarah, age 45, both born in Scotland, with four children, James age 19 and William age 17, both born in Scotland and Sarah, age 11 and Margaret age 9, both born in Canada.  Two other children Robert and Archibald had died in infancy. 

Margaret’s obituary in 1932 stated that she had attended Mr. George Elmslie’s school, a well-respected grammar school in Guelph (Johnson, 1977).  Mr. Elmslie was a noted classics scholar. 

David Hastings and his wife Jane (Sarah Hastings Milligan’s sister) had five sons listed on the 1851 census; William, John, James, David and Thomas, the last three born in Canada, and attending school.  

The following is a list of the children of James Hastings and Sarah Muirhead and their presumed adult lives.

 

Child Spouse Birth Marriage Death Burial Children
Margaret William Patterson Drumloft 1795 Penpont 1831 Penpont 1839
David  

 

Mary Lowrie

Drumloft 1797 Keir 1829 Quarantine Station W. Sydney Oct. 12, 1838 James Hastings Brisbane Water, N.S.W.
William Hastings
Brisbane Water, N.S.W.
Thomas Hastings
Died in infancy soon after landing in N.S.W.
Sarah Hastings
Died in infancy soon after landing in N.S.W.
James  

 

Janet Coates

Drumloft, Dec. 1799
Woodhead Kells Apr. 19, 1810
Largmore Kells, Feb. 20, 1835 Cromy Park, Dec. 31, 1842

Furness Vale, Sept. 25, 1889

Dalry Galloway

 

Fernilee, Derbyshire

James Hastings
William Hastings
David Hastings
Margaret Hastings
William  

 

Grace Houtson

Neis, 1802 Drumloff 1830 Quarantine Station W. Sydney Oct. 29, 1838 Mary Hastings
Sarah Hastings – Died in infancy on shipboard
Nicholas Hastings
James Hastings – Died in infancy at Sydney
Jane Hastings
Grace Hastings
Jane  

 

David Hastings

Neis, 1804 Cromy Park, 1828 Ontario Dec. 25, 1872 William Hastings- Ontario
Sarah Hastings- Ontario
John Hastings- Potioska US
Margaret Hastings- Ontario
James Hastings- Ontario
David Hastings- Potioska US
Thomas Hastings- Potioska US
Sarah  

 

Robert Milligan

 

Neis, 1806

 

1794

Knockreich 1831 Ontario, March 25, 1876

Ontario, Feb. 12, 1869

James Milligan – b. 1833, Maddie Castle, Kirkcudbright, d. 1911, Ontario
William Milligan, b. 1835, Scotland, d. 1887, Ontario
Archibald, 1836-Died on board ship
Margaret Milligan
Sarah Milligan
Thomas  

 

Margaret Sloane

Neis, 1808 Carsphairn 1830 Magilligan, Ireland James Hastings – drowned at sea
Alexander
Jane
Sarah
Margaret
Mary
Agnes
Elizabeth
Elizabeth  

Robert Kelly

Crogland, 1812 Garroch 1836 Sarah Kelly – died in infancy on shipboard June 27, 1838
John  

Margaret Brown

Crogland 1815 Closeburn 1849 Margaret Hastings, Coleraine, Ireland
Sarah Jane Hastings, Newton Simo Vaddie
James Hastings, at present in Ontario

 

Reference:  Genealogy chart received in 1990 from Pat Smeltzer, London, Ontario (descendant of Jane Hastings, m. David Hastings)

In 1990 Edna Hastings, the great granddaughter of Jane Hastings (sister of Sarah Hastings Milligan) sent a sketch of the Hastings family tombstone in Scotland (follows).  It was sent by a cousin in Scotland, Christine Hastings Hiscocks [or Hiscox], who had some contact with Margaret Milligan Mervyn (sister of James Milligan).  The connection dates from before Margaret’s death in 1932.

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A tombstone located in the Penpont graveyard for James Hastings and his second wife, Susan Steel, in September, 2012 looked like this:

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There is a mystery here;  was there a large original tombstone that we never found?

 

Robert and Sarah (Hastings) Milligan – first stop in Canada [Nichol Township, Ontario] 1836-1855

Robert and Sarah Milligan and David and Jane Hastings and their families arrived in Nichol Township near Guelph, Ontario about 1836.

The 1851 census of Nichol Township listed Robert Milligan, a farmer, age 55 and his wife Sarah, age 45, both born in Scotland, with four children, James age 19 and William age 17, both born in Scotland and Sarah, age 11 and Margaret age 9, both born in Canada.  Two other children Robert and Archibald had died in infancy.

David Hastings and his wife Jane (Sarah Hastings Milligan’s sister) had five sons listed on the 1851 census; William, John, James, David and Thomas, the last three born in Canada, and attending school.