Monday, May 25, 2015

LoRuhmah Benham (1839 - 1913)

LoRuhmah is another daughter of Solomon & Sophronia (Hastings) Benham.  She was born in Iron Hill, Brome, Quebec, Canada.  She married Horace Darius Pickle December 29, 1864.  They had one son Follin H Pickle.  LoRuhmah is my second cousin twice removed.
                                                           LoRuhmah (Benham) Pickle

Monday, May 18, 2015

Rebecca (Benham) Chapman 1835 - 1871

Joseph Hastings & Polly Sanborn had a daughter Sophronia who after moving to Quebec married Solomon Benham.  Their daughter Rebecca married John Alonzo Chapman in Cowansville in 1855.  This is a picture of Rebecca (Benham) Chapman from the collection.  She is my 2nd cousin.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Canadian Relatives

A few weeks ago I was in contact with a man in Minnesota who was trying to find out who Sally Hastings was.  It seems that he had inherited a large collection of photographs of people he didn't know.  He thought they were relatives and after reviewing them we determined that they were relatives but very remotely.  Many of the people in the photographs were more closely related to our Hastings clan.  For that reason he sent copies of many of the photos to me.

Many members of the Hastings family left New Hampshire and moved to Canada, just north of the New Hampshire / Vermont border.  Most of Joseph Hastings' children were a part of this migration.  Joseph Hastings (1777 - ) is the brother of my GGgrandfather Asa Hastings (1792 - 1876).

Joseph had a son Asa Hastings (1804 - 1886).  His first wife, Rebecca Wells died in 1836 at 25 years.  Asa then married Sarah Paige Carpenter (1816 - 1889).  After careful analysis we determine that
Sarah Paige Carpenter was Sally Hastings the focus of the Minnesota search.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Three sons of William Henry & Jennie Maud (Cilley) Hastings

These are three of my uncles, brothers of my Father.

Harold “Mike” Hastings – 1911 – 1998. 
Enlisted in the U. S. Army on October 2, 1942.  He served in Tec 4 in the U. S. Army.

Robert “Toby” Hastings – 1918 – 2009.
Enlisted February 11, 1942.  A decorated WW II veteran who served in the South Pacific theater Army Infantry re-occupation ground battalion Cyclone Division motor pool driver and mechanic.  He was honorably discharged in 1945.

Gerald Rodney Hastings – 1925 – 2002.
Served as Pfc in the U. S. Marine Corp from October 12, 1943 to February 13, 1948.  He was wounded in action.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Five Sons of Franklin Pierce & Myrtle (Scott) Hastings

These are my long lost cousins and unfortunately I don’t know a lot about them other than they all served our country.

William Wallace Hastings (1926 – 1989) – U. S. Air Force

James A. Hastings (1931 - ) – U. S. Army

John David Hastings (1935 – 2005) – U.S. Air Force

Lewis A. Hastings (1937 – 1993) – U.S. Army Staff Sergeant

Robert Scott Hastings (  ) – U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Artemus Able Hastings 1836 – 1864

Artemus Hastings was the son of Asa and Anna (Goddard) Hastings born 1836.  He and younger brother Rufus enlisted in the 93rd New York Volunteer Infantry on November 15, 1861.  Following the Peninsula Campaign the 93rd was assigned to Provost Marshall Duty.  They served the commanding General of the Army of the Potomac until the spring of 1864.  Provost Marshall Duty kept them out of the fighting but did not keep them out of harm’s way.  At the Battle of Gettysburg they were serving General Meade.  In the morning of the third day of battle the Confederate Army prepared for Pickett’s charge with an artillery barrage.  Many of their shells overshot the Union troops landing in the camp of General Meade.
In March of 1864 Artemus reenlisted in the 93rd NYV.  Many of the original volunteers did not re-enlist leaving the Union Army with a shortage of veteran soldiers.  The 93rd was thus reassigned to Winfield Scott Hancock’s Second Corp, David B. Birney’s Third Division, Alexander Hays’ Second Brigade.  There first action was in the opening Battle of 1864 at the Wilderness.  Late in the day of May 5, 1864 the 93rd was pushed into action to prevent a Confederate break through at the Plank Road.
The Regimental History tells a story of the soldiers drinking their coffee after dark on that first night of the battle.  Artemus and other members of Company A were wondering “how many of them would be around for coffee on the next night.”  Details about Artemus end at this point but records show that he served, at times, leading his Company with the regimental colors.  On May 6th, the second day of the battle, the 93rd and the Second Corp made a major push driving the Confederate Army three miles backward until General Longstreet arrived on the scene.  At some point during this action Artemus was killed.  His body was never recovered from the Wilderness Battle field.  This was the battlefield where canon fire ignited the brush and undergrowth leaving the battlefield in flames.  Many wounded soldiers were consumed by these flames.