Bascom M. Hastings


BASCOM M. HASTINGS, is a very prominent dealer in general merchandise in York, Smithfield township, Jefferson county, Ohio. He was born November 30, 1851, near Holmes Church. His father's name was Joseph, and he was born November 20, 1807, in the vicinity of Little Washington, Washington county, Penn. Joseph Hastings moved to Ohio with his parents in 1813. They located on section 26 of Smithfield township, where he resided, with the exception of a few years, until his death, April 16, 1889. He was a broad minded, liberal hearted man, and his character has left its impress on the community in which he lived from the early pioneer days. Ruth Brown became his wife March 8, 1832. She was a daughter of Stephen Brown, and was born October 14, 1812. Ten children were the result of this happy union: George W., Martha E. and Stephen B., are deceased; the latter lost his life in the late war; those living are: John W., Mary A. (Martin), Ruth A., James D., ALbert J., William B. and Bascom M. The paternal grandparents were James and Martha (Black) Hastings. The former was a native of Ireland. Bascom Hastings improved his early educational advantages, attending the common school until his eighteenth year, when he entered the Richmond college, at Richmond, Ohio. After leaving college he taught for five years, then engaged in farming for eight years. In 1882 he entered the merchandise business, and has since conducted a large trade with unusual efficiency. He married Anna E. Moore, May 21, 1879. She was born April 16, 1857. Her parents, Enos and Maria (George) Moore were the parents of five children: Montford, William, Anna (Hastings), Oliver and Emma; the two latter are dead. Her paternal grandparents were Nathaniel and Susan Moore. They had seventeen children. Mr. and Mrs. Hasting's union has been blest by the advent of two children: Hallock and Glenn. Both husband and wife are influential members of the Methodist denomination. A staunch republican in politics, a man of integrity and enterprise, beloved by his neighbors and esteemed by those with whom he comes in contact.

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