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John McMillan Hastings

John McMillan Hastings[1]

Male 1859 - 1930  (70 years)

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  • Name John McMillan Hastings  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 16 Aug 1859  Allegheny, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 6
    Gender Male 
    Lived in 13 Jun 1900  Pittsubrgh, Allegheny, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    McPherson St 
    Died 31 Jul 1930  [6, 7
    Buried Highwood Cemetery, Allegheny Co, Pittsburgh, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6956  Main
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2014 

    Father James Hastings,   b. Belfast, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Margaret McBride,   b. Glasgow, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2703  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Katherine Meriba Brown, "Kitty",   b. 24 Apr 1864,   d. 29 Nov 1891, Allegheny City, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Married 16 Nov 1887  [8
    Children 
    +1. Margaret Helen Hastings,   b. Nov 1891, prob. Pittsburgh, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1925  (Age ~ 33 years)
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2011 
    Family ID F2944  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary E. Gillespie,   b. Apr 1864, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • The census of 1900 shows the family living on McPherson Street, Pittsburgh, PA.  Listed as: Jno M Hastings, age 38, head, occupation Lumber Dealer; Mary E.G., wife, age 36; Helen, age 8, daughter; Jean, age 1, daughter.  Mary Bond is listed as a servant, age 25.

      In the census John and Mary record their parents were born in Ireland.

      Margaret Helen Davison Lathrop notes that there were two children from this marriage Jean and a second who died in an airline accident. [9]
    Children 
    +1. Jean Hastings,   b. Nov 1898, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1985  (Age ~ 86 years)
     2. Mary Hastings,   b. Abt 1903,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2007 
    Family ID F2631  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Aug 1859 - Allegheny, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLived in - McPherson St - 13 Jun 1900 - Pittsubrgh, Allegheny, PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Highwood Cemetery, Allegheny Co, Pittsburgh, PA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Documents
    John M. Hastings - Death Certificate
    John M. Hastings - Death Certificate
    John M. Hastings - obituary
    John M. Hastings - obituary
    Obit from Pittsburgh Press, p9, Aug 1, 1930

    Headstones
    Hastings Family Obelisk
    Hastings Family Obelisk
    Highwood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA
    John M Hastings - Headstone
    John M Hastings - Headstone

  • Notes 
    • He purchased the E. D. Davison & Sons lumber business in 1903.  It was then renamed to the Davison Lumber company.  In 1914 his daughter Helen married Harold Doran Davison whose father was one of the original owners of the business.

      From Margaret Helen Davison Lathrop

      "Purchased E.D. Davison & Sons."

      Article on Springfield, Nova Scotia in Wikipedia:

      "The largest sawmill in Nova Scotia once was located in this village. It was built in 1902 and operated under the name the Davison Lumber Company. They built numerous railway lines in the area to haul logs. One connected with Lake Pleasant. In 1905, the company built 30 houses, a large three-story cookhouse, an office, and a school. In 1914, Hastings, (the mill site was named after owner John M. Hastings of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) continued to boom with more houses, a warehouse, a store, a doctor's office, and a large clubhouse (which contained a bowling alley, two pool tables, a dressing room and a dance hall). The mill went bankrupt in the 1920s and a fire destroyed the mill in 1928. The fire consumed all the mill buildings and 35 of the remaining 55 houses. On September 10, 2005, a history book was launched in Springfield and a monument at the old Lumber Mill site was unveiled."

      Philip Spencer notes:

      "Hastings was named after the company president , J.M . Hastings and Crossburn named after J.W. Cross who was logging superintendent at the time." [10, 11, 12]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S1292] Margaret Helen Davison Lathrop, Telephone conv. 6 Feb, 2006. (Reliability: 0).

    3. [S864] 1900 U.S. Census, "Jno. M. Hastings, head, b. Jul 1861, age 38, b. PA, parents b. Ireland, Occupation: Lumber Dealer" -  Allegheny, Pittsburgh Ward 21, District 256, McPherson Street (Reliability: 0).

    4. [S695] 1910 U.S. Census, Miracode Index 1910 Census "District 0412, Allegheny, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Head, John M Hastings, age 50, W, born Pennsylvania" (Reliability: 0).

    5. [S1218] Hal Lathrop, (Welland, Ontario, Canada), "McMillan" was his middle name (Reliability: 0).

    6. [S1479] Philip Spencer, Philip Spencer, (http://users.eastlink.ca/~pspencer/nsaeta/davison.html), email #2 to jsh 23 Aug, 2010 (Reliability: 0).
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Philip Spencer [mailto:pspencer@eastlink.ca]
      Sent: Monday, August 23, 2010 20:16
      To: John S. Howell, Jr.
      Subject: Re: more Davison / Hastings info

      John,
      I'm sure there is more I intend to send. My research is nothing less than an obsession since I find more info often, and locate more relatives of former Davison workers that have more papers and photos.
      Hastings was also planning another major railroad system and big mill in western NS to be the Liverpool and Caledonia RR. The 1911 Canadian election over reciprocity (which was lost) caused financial problems and the railway never happened.

      The obit for Hastings is attached, although brief. It seems he died Thursday July 31, 1930, just short of 71 years. He is buried in Highwood Cemetery(open attached web page to see more burial info on other Hastings people.) The BIO I have assembled is quite substantial for him, he was a true mover and shaker of the lumber world. A member of the "Hoo Hoos", a club for the elite businessmen in Pittsburgh.

      A correction for your site.... Hastings was born August 16, 1859 in Allegheny County, parents were

      James Hastings, of Belfast, Ireland, and his mother Mrs.

      *Margaret McBride Hastings*, whose birthplace was Glasgow,

      Scotland.
      NOTE!!! His mother's maiden name McBride. It is my contention that JM Hastings middle name is that opposed to McMillan, even though John West says a relative who has researched the family is the one who says McMillan. Until I see McMillan on a birth certificate or other vintage official document, I go with McBride. Do you know otherwise??
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      *Some genealogy from 1860 and 1870*

      *((NOTE*****, The age of James only went up by 5 years between 1860 and 1870, yet Margaret lost 5 years in that same time. According to headstone, they were both 33 in 1860))*

      Hellen probably misspelled, also called Ellen and Ella in other census, Ella on the headstone
      **

      1860 census Allegheny Pennsylvania

      Last Name First Name Age Sex

      HASTINGS JAMES 35 MALE Full Record

      HASTINGS MARGARET 35 FEMALE Full Record

      HASTINGS HELLEN 6 FEMALE Full Record

      HASTINGS JOSEPH 5 MALE Full Record

      HASTINGS JOHN 0 MALE Full Record

      Last Name HASTINGS

      First Name JAMES

      Age 35

      Sex MALE

      Color WHITE

      Occupation CONTRACTOR

      Skill Level MASTER CRAFTSMAN

      Ward Number 1

      Value of Real Estate 1000

      Value of Personal Estate 600

      Dwelling Type RESIDENTIAL

      Place of Birth IRELAND

      Married in Last Year? NO

      Attended School in Last Year? NO

      1870 Census Allegheny

      Last Name First Name Age Sex

      HASTINGS JAMES 40 MALE Full Record

      HASTINGS MARGARET 30 FEMALE Full Record

      HASTINGS ELLA 16 FEMALE Full Record

      HASTINGS JOSEPH 14 MALE Full Record

      HASTINGS JOHN 11 MALE Full Record

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      I send people to your site for details. I have been in touch with various families whose relatives border on Davison and Hastings yet they have no detail. My info and your site is helping them to extend their family tree. I guess this is the whole point isn't it?
      Most recently on a Dolliver family tree (see http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~whynacht/b88.html ) the fellow mentioned Patrick Doran's middle name as MORINE. I questioned that as it is the only place it is mentioned. The site owner could not verify the source and said he would remove it until he could retrieve the source. There was a MORINE family in Mill Village and Port Medway.
      As you know the Liverpool town records show Doran's parents as Patrick and Eleanor of Waterford Ireland. I can't help but wonder about the part that he was in Newfoundland first before Nova Scotia. Not an unusual stopping place but where did the detail come from? Patrick Doran's family may have been a better class of people. I believe Doran could read, write and worked as a clerk for Simeon Perkins. Stories of the gatherings at Doran's house in Mill Village indicate a knowledge and appreciation for the better things in life.
      Also, you have a picture of ED Davison's house in Bridgewater, corner of Aberdeen and Elm.(where did that photo come from?) I thought the house of ED Sr was the larger more imposing place further up Aberdeen (see DavisonHouseBW.jpg). Also see the Doran-Davison house.jpg in Mill Village. It is still there and almost unchanged. It was Patrick Doran's and ED Sr lived there pre-Bridgewater.

      Anyway, that should give a few points to ponder. Sorry if I do ramble on a bit.

      Philip

    7. [S1479] Philip Spencer, Philip Spencer, (http://users.eastlink.ca/~pspencer/nsaeta/davison.html), email to jsh 23 Aug, 2010 (Reliability: 0).
      From: Spencer, Philip [mailto:Philip.Spencer@NRCan-RNCan.gc.ca]
      Sent: Monday, August 23, 2010 12:18
      To: John S. Howell, Jr.
      Subject: more Davison / Hastings info

      Hi John,

      I'm emailing from my work account because it just occurred to me that I hadn't passed on new findings from the last several months

      Reply to pspencer@eastlink.ca   , the same email we've corresponded on before


      I found an obituary for John Hastings I believe 1930, and his burial place which I'll send along when I get home. I f you reply to the home email it will remind to do this

      Another aside,  Joseph Hastings, brother of John, was a very busy contractor in Allegheny and did many extensive street and sewer projects there.  An associate of his who was a bank clerk, was doing some tricky dealing, using other people's stock certificates (left for loan collateral) as collateral for bank loans at other institutions.  The discovery of this brought down the bank he worked for and Joseph Hastings had a substantial loan there (100s of thousands$$$). The collapse of the bank meant Hastings loan was recalled in Dec1904 (I thinků..-I know I have the details home), which ruined him. In February 1905, Hastings was in a New York sanatorium (probably a nervous breakdown) when he shot himself.  (how did he get a gun when in the San???)  Anyway, this unscrupulous stock dealing was the precursor for many similar events that led to the bank panic of 1907.


      My Davison research is taking me in directions I never dreamed of.

      Philip Spencer

    8. [S1479] Philip Spencer, Philip Spencer, (http://users.eastlink.ca/~pspencer/nsaeta/davison.html), email to JSH 24 March 2011 (Reliability: 0).

    9. [S864] 1900 U.S. Census, Allegheny, Pittsburgh Ward 21, District 256, McPherson Street (Reliability: 0).

    10. [S1292] Margaret Helen Davison Lathrop, Telephone interview 6 Feb 2006 (Reliability: 0).

    11. [S792] Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springfield,_Nova_Scotia (Reliability: 0).

    12. [S1479] Philip Spencer, Philip Spencer, (http://users.eastlink.ca/~pspencer/nsaeta/davison.html).