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Thomas Hastings (abt. 1605 - 1685)

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Thomas Hastings
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Husband of — married before 1634 (to 2 Feb 1650) in Englandmap
Husband of — married Apr 1651 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Profile last modified 3 Apr 2020 | Created 25 Sep 2010 | Last significant change: 3 Apr 2020
19:07: M Cole edited the Biography and Death Place for Thomas Hastings (abt.1605-1685). (removed top level category; added Colony to Massachusetts Bay) [Thank M for this]
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The origins of Thomas Hastings are not known. He is estimated to have been born in England in 1605, based on his age at emigration to America.[1] On 30 April 1634, Thomas Hastings, age 29, and "Susan his wife," age 34, were enrolled at Ipswich, England, as passengers on the Elizabeth, William Andrews, master, for New England. They settled in Watertown, Massachusetts (then part of "The Massachusetts Bay Colony"), where he was admitted freeman, May 6, 1635. He "laid down" a lot in Dedham in 1635 or 1636, 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 5, 1650, and he married April, 1651, Margaret Cheney, daughter of William and Martha Cheney of Roxbury, Massachusetts. 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.

They had 8 children: [2]

  1. Thomas, born July 1, 1652 ; died July 23, 1712.
  2. John, born March 4, 1654; died March 28, 1718.
  3. William, born Aug. 8, 1655; drowned Aug. 1669, age 14.
  4. Joseph, born September 11, 1657; died October 7, 1695.
  5. Benjamin, born August 9, 1659; died December 18, 1711.
  6. Nathaniel, born Sept. 25, 1661; died Dec. 25, 1694.
  7. Hepzibah, born January 31, 1663.
  8. Samuel, born March 12, 1665; died 1723.


  1. Anderson, Volume III, pages 235 and 238
  2. The Hastings memorial: a genealogical account of the descendants of Thomas Hastings of Watertown, Mass. from 1634 to 1864. With an appendix and index, by Lydia Nelson Hastings Buckminster - January 1, 1866, Samuel G. Drake - Publisher
  • Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635. Vol. III: G-H. Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 2003.
  • Wikipedia, Thomas Hastings (colonist)


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How can WikiTree say under that "Henry VIII (Tudor-4) of England is 12 Degrees from Thomas Hastings (54)" when your own profile shows his father to be unknown?

The relationship finder says "We could not find a blood relationship between Henry VIII (Tudor) of England and Thomas Hastings."

No documents have ever been found verifying Thomas Hastings birth.

posted by James Hastings
Connection finder is not blood relationships, it's sort of like being 6 degrees from Kevin Bacon.
posted by Chris Hoyt
But it is false since there is no relationship at all between these individuals like there would be between me & my 2c3x removed wife for example.
posted by James Hastings
Correct and that was argued on G2G for quite some time when it was implemented, to no avail. So we are stuck with the non-information.
posted by Chris Hoyt
How do we know he was born in Cambridgeshire? The Wikipedia article says probably Suffolk or Norfolk, which is a good area for Hastings families.
posted by Andrew Lancaster

Rejected matches › Thomas Hastings Junior (1652-1712)

Thomas is 16 degrees from Mary Pickford, 14 degrees from Cheryl Skordahl and 12 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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