Note: Source: History of Leeds & Grenville North Crosby taken from the book "HISTORY OF LEEDS AND GRENVILLE, 1879"
"George W. Hastings and wife emigrated from the State of New York in 1815, locating near Unionville, Elizabethtown.
In 1819, they removed to Newboro, then known as Isthmus. At that time there were but four white families in North Crosby, viz., William Robinson, Isaac McCardney, Frederick I. Moore, and Mr Hastings. The family of Mr. Hastings then consisted of Eleazer; Emily, who married John Robbins; Thersa, who married Thomas Judd; Margaret , who married William Deacon, and Mary Ann who married John Deacon. In 1829, Eleazer settled on the 8th Concession, his clearing being at the extreme western extremity of the Township. Subsequently he purchased land on the 7th Concession, where he erected his residence."
George W. Hastings was the first settler west of Newboro. His daughter, Mary Ann was the first white girl child born in Elizabethtown...
The first land grants in 1803 before Ottawa had been invented. Although the fronts on the St Lawrence established that much earlier but transportation primitive. The St Lawrence which delivered the settlers was frought with danger.
The completion of the Rideau Canal built 1826-32 had many implications for business and commerce thereafter. It was built for military defence (against) US but it never came to that. However, tourism was another 50-60 yrs away.
George W. is buried next to his wife in the Baptist cemetery, across from the Catholic cemetery in Westport. There is currently no stone identifying where his grave can be found but family members have visited there within the last 50 years and remember his grave being right next to his wife, Margaret (Gay) Hastings. (***Update: Susan Bradley Both went to the effort of getting the stones repaired and the cemetery refurbished. I now have photographs of the tombstones, repaired and looking real good***).
Map of Leeds/Grenville and upper NY where the Hastings lived: h t t p ://www.ripnet.com/sites/colonel_edward_jessup/UEL_Col_J/barbs_map.html
Family Data Collection - Births Name: George Washington Hastings Father: Peter Hastings Mother: Elizabeth Harding Birth Date: 14 Feb 1775 City: Providence County: Providence State: RI Country: USA
Burial information: Baptist Cemetery of Lilies Corners Leeds County Ontario, Canada Find A Grave Memorial# 58151628
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