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Deacon Thomas Hastings

Birthplace: Little Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England
Death: September 07, 1685 (75-84)
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of unknown father of Thomas Hastings and unknown mother of Thomas Hastings
Husband of Susanna Hastings and Margaret Hastings
Father of Dr. Thomas Hastings; John Hastings; William Hastings; Joseph Hastings; Benjamin Hastings and 4 others

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About Deacon Thomas Hastings

THOMAS HASTINGS, aged 29, and wife SUSANNA, aged 34, embarked at Ipswich, England, April 10, 1634, in the "Elizabeth," William Andrews, master, for New England, and settled in Watertown, Mass., then known as "The Massachusetts Bay Colony," where he was admitted freeman, May 6, 1635. He "laid down" a lot in Dedham in 1635 or 6, but never lived there. Was selectman from 1638 to 1643, and again from 1650 to 1671; town clerk, 1671, 1677, 1680; representative, 1673, and long held the office of deacon.

His wife, Susanna, died February 2, 1650, and he married April, 1651, MARGARET CHENEY, daughter of William and MARTHA CHENEY of Roxbury, Mass. She was the mother of all his children. He died 1685, aged 80. According to Inventory, dated September 9,1685, real estate amounting to £421, he owned two farms and as many as fifteen other lots. He was grantee for seven lots, the remainder he purchased. The west side of School Street, then called Hill Street, was always his residence, which he enlarged by the purchase of the lot of H. Bright, senior. This homestead passed to his son Samuel.

In his will, dated March 12, 1682-3, proved September 7, 1685, he gave son Thomas only ^£5, saying, " I have been at great expense to bring him up a scholar, and I have given him above threescore pounds to begin the world with." To sons John, Joseph, Benjamin, Nathaniel, Samuel, and daughter Hepzibah Bond, he gave each £40; to eldest daughter, Margaret, of son Thomas, £5; to 2d daughter, Hannah, £3. The remainder to wife Margaret. 


  • parents: not known


  1. Susanna (c 1609-1650)
  2.  in April 1651 to Margaret Cheney (1605-1685), daughter of William and Martha Cheney of Roxbury, Massachusetts.  She was the mother of all his children.   

Children of Margaret Cheney & Thomas Hastings

  • (1) Thomas born July 1, 1652, died July 23, 1712,
    • illegitimate son Thomas born 1671, who lived first with Deacon John Morse, then William Hagar Sr, and then William Hagar Jr though the age of 21 (m. May 31, 1693, to Sarah Tarball of Newton, where he resided - will dated March 8, 1737 mentions her, daughters Sarah Pond and Mary Dike, and sons David, Josiah, and Ebenezer)
  • (2) John, born March 4, 1654, died March 28, 1718,
  •  (3) William, born August 8, 1655, drowned August, 1669,
  • (4) Joseph, born September 12, 1657, died October 7, 1695,
  • (5) Benjamin August 9, 1659, died December 18, 1711 in Hatfield
    • m. Elizabeth Graves (b. March 6, 1662, to Isaac and Mary of Hartford, later Hatfield Mass, granddaughter to Thomas Graves of Hartford who died at Hadly in November 1662).
    • son Benjamin preceded him in death February 8, 1697.
  • (6) Nathaniel September 25, 1661, died December 25, 1694
    • estate administered by his widow Mary and brother Samuel on April 1, 1695. Lists two children: Nathanial (bap. June 26, 1698, a mariner whose will was dated Dec. 6, 1714, and proved April 1, 1717, mentioning mother Mary and brother John), and John (bap. June 26, 1698).
  • (7) Hepzibah, born January 31, 1664,
    • m. June 2, 1680, to Deacon William Bond
  •  (8) Samuel, born March 12, 1666, died 1723.
    • John Nevinson became his guardian in October 1685.


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Deacon Thomas Hastings's Timeline

Little Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England
July 1, 1652
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 4, 1654
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
August 8, 1655
Watertown, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
September 12, 1657
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, American Colonies
August 9, 1659
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
September 25, 1661
Watertown, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States