HASTINGS, LAMBERT , farmer and stock-raiser, residing in Jacksonville, Ill., was born at St. Johnsbury, Vt., March 23, 1842, a son of Joel and Emily (Knapp) Hastings. Both his parents were descended from ancient and prominent families of English ancestry, who located in New England. Joel Hastings, who was born November 8, 1811, was for several years the owner of an extensive foundry and machine shop in Vermont, which he conducted until the failure of the business. The extent of his operations may be judged by the fact that he employed 100 men in the industry. The decline in his prosperity impelled him to seek a home in the West, where he might recoup his fallen fortunes. In 1855 he therefore left Vermont for Illinois, and locating in Madison County, engaged in farming. In 1862 he brought his family to Morgan County, with which it has since been identified. The last five years of his active life were devoted to the insurance business. He attained the age of eighty-two years, and throughout his long life retained the confidence and respect of all with whom he was associated. He married in his native State, September 20, 1837, and raised a family of four children, namely: Charles L., Eleanor (wife of Charles Fowler), Harriet and Lambert.
Lambert Hastings attended the public schools of Vermont until he had reached the age of thirteen years, when he accompanied his parents and their family to Illinois. His youth in this State was devoted to the assistance of his father upon the farm in Madison County. Upon arriving at maturity he continued this vocation on his own responsibility, and has since devoted all his energies to agricultural pursuits, combined with stock-raising and kindred enterprises, with the exception of a brief period when he was employed in a sales stable in Jacksonville. He has made a specialty, in late years, of dealing in hay, buying and selling large quantities annually. He now rents 240 acres of fine farming land in Morgan County, located in Township 15, Range 10, for two or three years renting about 1,300 acres. An idea of the magnitude of his stock operations may be gleaned from the fact that at one time he had upward of 700 head of stock on his land. He has also dealt extensively in horses.
In politics, Mr. Hastings is a stanch Republican, actively interested in the welfare of the party measures which he believes to be promulgated for the best interests of the whole people; but he has never sought public office, though in 1898, at the request of his friends, he was a candidate for the nomination for Sheriff. In religion he is an attendant upon the services of the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, of which his parents were members. On October 6, 1897, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Eliza A. Self, daughter of Robert and Catharine (Kennedy) McAllister. She was born in Morgan County, December 13, 1853. In 1840 her parents came from Mercer County, Ky., to Morgan County, her father dying there in 1863, and her mother, in 1898. By her marriage with George P. Self, son of Harvey and Sarah (Abraham) Self, Mrs. Hastings became the mother of five children, namely: Claude O., India I., Harry P., Harvey H., and James F. Harry died at the age of two years, and James at the age of nineteen.
Mr. Hastings has recently erected a modern residence in the southern suburbs of Jacksonville, but still personally superintends the operation of his farm. He is highly regarded as a type of the best citizenship of Morgan County, and can always be depended upon to assist in the advancement of those movements inspired by a desire to promote the welfare of the community.