REV. WILLIAM HASTINGS, pastor of the Methodist Protestant church of Toronto, was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, July 30, 1830 the son of William and Mary (Ashmore) Hastings. His father was a native of north Ireland, and came to the United States in company with his parents, and located in Chester county, Penn., where they remained until 1826. They then removed to Guernsey county, Ohio. Previous to this removal William Hastings was married to Mary Ashmore, a native of Trenton, N. J., born in 1800. He died in 1848 and she in 1884. Eleven children were born to them, of whom seven are living. The subject of this mention received his early education in Guernsey county and completed at Otterbein university and Madison college, graduating from the latter institution in 1852. Four years later he entered the ministry, to which he has ever since devoted his best efforts, having for twenty years of that period been engaged in the service of his church at Toronto. At the outbreak of the rebellion in 1861, he enlisted in the Union army, but in the latter part of 1862, was compelled by poor health to return home. In 1864 he returned to the field as chaplain of the One Hundred and Forty-third Ohio regiment and remained with his command until the close of the war. Mr. Hastings is now a member of the G. A. R. and is also chaplain of the Sixteenth Brigade of the department of Ohio. In 1854 Mr. Hastings was married to Annie, daughter of John Crites, of Fairfield county, Ohio and by this union they have five children: Francis L., Ida M., Flora C., William V. and Pearl J. His wife died July 29, 1888. Mr. Hastings has long been a tireless and devoted worker for his cause, and the growth of the Toronto church, from a membership of seventeen when he was called to the pastorate to its present membership of over 300 is sufficient evidence of his faithfulness.
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