||Thomas Hastings migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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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. 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: 
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