Bedford County TN Biographies


Joseph Hastings, born November 25, 1757 and died January 30, 1816 in Bedford County, Tennessee. Joseph Hastings for whom Hastings' Camp Ground in the Twenty-third District was named came from Orange County, North Carolina with sons, daughters and their families in 1807. Joseph's grandfather was also named Joseph. He was born in 1708 and died at a hundred years of age in North Carolina. The father of the Joseph who came to Bedford County was Henry Hastings, born 1727 in North Carolina and died May 17, 1812, and was buried at New Hope Cemetery, five miles from Hillsboro, Orange, North Carolina. His wife was Elizabeth _______, born 1740 and died July 7, 1800. The children of Joseph and Susannah Holloway Hastings were: 1-Martha, born 1779, married Thomas Sykes Cates. (Their tombstone at New Hope have "Father" T. S. Cates 1775-1843, "Mother" M. Cates 1779-1818). 2-Joseph, born November 18, 1782, married Nancy Pittman. (Tombstones at New Hope: Joseph Hastings, November 10, 1782, October 13, 1868; Nancy Hastings, August 31, 1781, September 12, 1864, age: 83 yrs & 11 days.) 3-Henry, born 1783, married Sarah Hudlow. 4-Robert, born February 7, 1785, married Jane Pittman. 5-Stephen, married Catherine Hudlow. 6-Susannah, married Samuel Pollock. Joseph Hastings served as a Patriot in readiness to be called into service at a moments notice. "Hillsboro, April 8, 1782 (Page 586, North Carolina Records) Joseph Hastings of Orange County is hereby permitted to remain with his family until called on by me or the Commander-in-chief for the time being. He holding himself in readiness to obey such a call at a moment's notice after which he is to perform such service as shall be assigned to him, to the best of his abilities." Joseph Hastings' land was east of the New Hope Church building, some of it is still owned by Randolph Hastings, a descendant. Perhaps the New Hope in Bedford County was named for the one in North Carolina where Joseph's father, Henry was buried. Joseph Hastings was listed in the 1812 Tax List of Bedford County, Tennessee as Joseph Haistings, in Captain John McWilliams Company. Joseph, Sr., and Joseph, Jr., were both Justices of Bedford County. In 1810, Joseph Hastings purchased Lot # 10 in the Town of Shelbyville. This Lot was at corner of Holland and Deery Streets. New Hope Church, formerly Hastings Camp Ground, is located near Hastings Spring on the New Hope Road, southeast of Shelbyville, Tennessee, in the 23rd District. New Hope was a Cumberland Presbyterian Church, erected about 1821. Early ministers were: Reverands William McGee and Samuel King, Co-founder of the Cumberland Presbyterian Denomination. The present building still stands in disuse for 60 years, except on Decoration Day in May. It is plain white building with two front doors, in an isolated and peaceful rural setting. Spencer Brown and wife Partheny Pratt Brown gave additional land for New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church in the 23rd Civil District for $1.00. (Date not established). John Hastings gave 2 acres and 79 poles of land to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at New Hope, adjoining land sold the said church by Spencer & Parthena Pratt Brown, September 12, 1856. This additional land seems to have included part of the cemetery on which there had been graves for many years. Ref: Information for some of this article was supplied by T.R. Marsh, Shelbyville, Tennessee and Mrs. Louise G. Brown of Columbia, Tennessee, who is working on a book on the Hastings Family, and also from a letter to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, August 2, 1967, written by Ruth Cates Robinson, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.

Contributed by Chuck Seel at Rootsweb World Connect
BEDFORD COUNTY HISTORICAL QUARTERLY, Vol. 6, No. 1., Shelbyville, Tennessee. Spring 1980. Page 18-19.

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